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Does my partner who is sponsoring me for a partner visa to Australia, pass the character test?

  The Australian Government is very serious about protecting not only its citizens and residents, but also any person applying for a visa where an Australian citizen or permanent resident is sponsoring them. Since 2016, Australian citizens and permanent resident who want to sponsor an applicant for a partner visa…

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What happens if my visa is refused or cancelled due to my character?

If you have your visa refused or cancelled, you need to get expert advice a soon as possible. Strict time limits apply to drafting submissions and appeals. A visa refusal or cancellation can limit the type or visas you can apply for in the future or even prohibit you from…

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Ministerial intervention – What are they?

A Ministerial intervention in migration matters is often misunderstood. What is Ministerial intervention and how does it work? Ministerial intervention is governed by sections 351, 417 and 501J of the Migration Act 1958 (Act) The Minister has powers under the Act to replace a decision of a merits review tribunal…

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Brisbane man Ali Choudhry facing deportation – A serious reminder to all visa applicants

ABC News has recently posted an article regarding Ali Choudhry, a gay man living in Brisbane who is now facing deportation. Mr Choudhry has been living in Brisbane for four years with his partner, Matthew Hynd. The pair lodged a de facto partner visa with the Australian Department of Immigration…

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Had your visa cancelled or application refused? Considering making a request for Ministerial Intervention

What is Ministerial Intervention? Ministerial Intervention involves the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship personally considering your situation and making a decision based on public interest matters, rather than criteria specifically found under the Migration Act. The Minister has the power to substitute a more favourable decision relating to your visa…

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