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Operation Fortitude; Clumsy Wording?

Recently, you might have read of Operation Fortitude, the new Australian Border Force’s (ABF) plan to patrol the Melbourne CBD with Victoria Police and other agencies. A press release issued beforehand stated an intention to check the immigration status of “any individual we cross paths with”. Due

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The 457 ‘Visa Factory’ & The 7/11 Debacle

On 17 September 2015, the Minister for Immigration, Peter Dutton introduced legislation into Parliament to make it a criminal offence for a sponsor to be paid by a visa applicant in return for securing a migration outcome. ‘Payment for visas’ conduct is not currently unlawful. However a

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Merits Review Tribunal Amalgamation

On 1 July 2015, the Migration Review Tribunal (MRT) and the Refugee Review Tribunal (RRT) amalgamated into the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). This means that matters previously dealt with by the MRT and RRT can only be undertaken by the Migration and Refugee Division (MRD) of the

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Bridging Visas and Judicial Review

Commonly, a bridging visa is granted on the grounds that a substantive visa application has been made and is yet to be finally determined. However, that bridging visa does not carry over to encompass a judicial review application. You may be eligible to apply for a bridging

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Additional Stamp Duty for Foreign Purchasers

When you buy or acquire a property in Victoria, you must pay land transfer duty (otherwise known as stamp duty) unless an exemption applies. The State Taxation Acts Amendment Act 2015 (Vic) amended the Duties Act 2000 (Vic), and consequently from 1 July 2015, a “foreign purchaser”

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Safe Haven Enterprise Visa

A Safe Haven Enterprise visa, allows a person to whom Australia is found to owe protection obligations, to stay in Australia for five years. This visa allows access to Medicare, social security benefits, job matching, short term counselling for torture or trauma, and for minors, access to

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Visa Cancellation – Eden v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

A recent decision of the Federal Court highlights that unfair visa cancellations can be fought in the courts on grounds of unreasonableness. In Eden v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Justice Logan, sitting in Brisbane, overturned (or “quashed”) a personal decision of the Assistant Minister for

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The Citizenship Bill Saga Continues…

The Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Bill 2015 is currently in the works, and will see dual nationals losing their citizenship if they have engaged in an act of terrorism. Leading constitutional lawyers, legal groups and the Australian Bar Association have warned the Government that this

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Australian Business Skills Migration: The Guidebook

Edition 3 of Australian Business Skills Migration: The Guidebook now available.

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Cricketer, Asylum Seeker, Citizen

A very interesting article recently in the Sydney Morning Herald regarding Fawad Ahmed, a professional cricketer forced to leave Pakistan after receiving threats from religious extremists for his community work, which included education for girls and vaccinations for polio and hepatitis. Ahmed’s story underlines the importance of

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