457 Visa Abolished? – Turnbull Raises More Questions Than answers! “Gutsy move by Turnbull provided he can cut through the red tape”. Nilesh Nandan, Immigration Lawyer, MyVisa Australia. “The armoury for this 457 visa onslaught is already in legislation. A new visa mechanism for slashing and burning entire visa classes without having to wait for…

Has your Australian visa been cancelled or have you received a visa cancellation notice? #1 What Is Visa Cancellation? This means that a departmental officer (or Minister for Immigration personally) has decided to cancel a visa which the Department of Immigration (DIBP) has previously granted. A decision to cancel a visa will usually result in the…

Been refused because of schedule 3? The Schedule 3 Problem Schedule 3 sets out out additional criteria that must be satisfied when a visa application is lodged in Australia, and where the applicant is not the holder of a substantive visa at the time of grant (ie. usually the applicant is in Australia and is the…

I’m an immigration lawyer that looks at lots and lots of PIC 4020 “invitation to comment” letters and “4020 visa refusals” each week. Public Interest Criteria 4020 : You Are Not Alone There are many many visa applicants that are affected by PIC 4020. It’s because it’s an easy shot for the Minister or Minister’s…

Health Requirement & Health Waiver For Australian Visas There is little point in meeting specific visa criteria unless you first consider the applicable health requirement and whether any health waiver is available, if the health criteria is not satisfied. To meet the health requirement, Australian visa applicants must do two things: Firstly, the visa applicant…

Are you eligible to apply for an Australian Citizenship? To meet the general residence requirement you are required to have been living in Australia lawfully for a period of four (4) years and at least one (1) year as a Permanent Resident immediately before making an application. All temporary visas, such as visitor visas, student…

I wish I had a dollar for every time a client suggested that a decision maker in their case was biased. Apprehended bias is extremely difficult to establish. This is so, not just in the AAT Migration and Refugee Division (formerly the Migration Review Tribunal and the Refugee Review Tribunal), but currently in the Royal Commission…

Looking to Avoid a defacto visa refusal? Defacto Visa Tips Here you’ll find the top reasons why your Australian defacto visa (partner visa) application will get refused (arghhhh!) and what approach you should take: Are you applying for a defacto visa? Most people think that not having enough of a pile of documents showing joint…



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