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Do not travel overseas – Permanent Residents & Citizens of Australia

Permanent residents and citizens of Australia that are currently overseas are being urged to come home before the coronavirus pandemic escalates.   The Australian Government has issued new advice, recommending all permanent residents and citizens of Australia that are overseas to return home as soon as possible. The Government Website, Smart Traveller, is also urging all to reassess the need to [...]

By |March 18th, 2020|General news|Comments Off on Do not travel overseas – Permanent Residents & Citizens of Australia

Satisfying the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) Requirement

According to the Department of Home Affairs, all applicants that apply for a student visa must demonstrate that they are coming to Australia temporarily for educational purposes.   The Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement is a requirement for all student visas and it is also the most common reason why the Department refuses student visas.   To [...]

By |February 26th, 2020|General news|Comments Off on Satisfying the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) Requirement

What can happen if you overstay your visa? 

To remain in Australia legally, every non-citizen must have a valid visa and must comply with the requirements and regulations attached to that same visa. One of the most important requirements is that the visa holder does not overstay the expiry date they were given when they received the visa. Sometimes, though, this date is [...]

By |February 26th, 2020|General news|Comments Off on What can happen if you overstay your visa? 

Visa Refusals: Dealing with the AAT 

The Department can refuse a visa for many different reasons, even when you truly believe what you have already submitted is satisfactory. If this occurs, you have the option to appeal the decision to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). The AAT provides an independent review of a wide range of decisions made by government officials, [...]

By |February 19th, 2020|General news|Comments Off on Visa Refusals: Dealing with the AAT 

Eligibility & Requirements of Training Visa (Subclass 407)

Looking to Upskill? The Subclass 407 – Training Visa Might be For You The Subclass 407 Training Visa is designed for individuals looking to improve their skills and competencies through targeted workplace-based occupational training.  An example could be training that you need to obtain professional registration in your field, or that helps you improve your [...]

By |February 12th, 2020|General news|Comments Off on Eligibility & Requirements of Training Visa (Subclass 407)

Partner Visa Refusal: Submitting an Inconsistent Relationship Statement 

“When Did We Meet Again?”: How Relationship Statement Inconsistency Can Result in Partner Visa Refusal The decision to apply for a partner visa is very exciting. However, the partner visa process itself can seem complicated and daunting.  One of the important factors considered by the Department of Home Affairs is consistency of information. Consistency is [...]

By |February 5th, 2020|General news|Comments Off on Partner Visa Refusal: Submitting an Inconsistent Relationship Statement 

Representing yourself? Visa Holders Beware  

A recent case at the Federal Court shows us just how important it is for victims of domestic violence to seek legal representation.  Within this particular case, the visa holder wished to assert that they were a victim of domestic violence. In 2014, he had been granted a Partner (Temporary) (subclass 820) visa, however in [...]

By |January 29th, 2020|General news|Comments Off on Representing yourself? Visa Holders Beware  

Coronavirus Travel Restrictions for Australian Visa Holders

The Australian Government has recently announced that they will be implementing strict travel restrictions in response to the global outbreak of the coronavirus.  From the 1st of February 2020, those that are travelling to Australia from any part of mainland China, will have to go through significantly enhanced border control measures in order to ensure the [...]

By |January 22nd, 2020|General news|Comments Off on Coronavirus Travel Restrictions for Australian Visa Holders

Regional Migration in 2020

The Minister of Regional Services for Australia has recently announced the expansion of the Work and Holiday visa for young Thai nationals. These changes will be made to help satisfy the significant skill shortages that are currently affecting regional areas in Australia.  Minister Coulton stated that, “By expanding this successful programme to more young people, [...]

By |January 15th, 2020|General news|Comments Off on Regional Migration in 2020

Can you lose your Australian Citizenship?

According to the Australian Citizenship Act 1948, if a person has gained Australian citizenship through ‘migration-related fraud’ then they have committed an offense, which could result in the person’s Australian citizenship being revoked.    What is Migration Fraud?   Migration Fraud involves knowingly making a statement that is misleading or false in a material that relates to [...]

By |January 8th, 2020|General news|Comments Off on Can you lose your Australian Citizenship?