PIC 4020 Update: Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection shortly to be looking at past 10 years of applications

Public Interest Criterion (PIC) 4020 is the anti-fraud provision designed to make people think twice before putting any bogus (false) documents or false or misleading information into their Australian visa applications. Unfortunately, it also catches out many people who either simply made a mistake when providing information, or whose representatives were the ones who were […]

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Australian Visa refusals: Defective Notification. Out of time for Tribunal review?

For nearly all cases of visa refusal received from Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP)you will have a limited number of days to apply to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT)for review of the decision. 2 days, 7 days, 21 days, 28 days; sometimes more. The point here is that these review application deadlines […]

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Ministerial Intervention requests: are they worth it?

Up until early 2016, many people who had exhausted all other immigration actions (visa applications, tribunal review, judicial review) but were not yet ready to leave Australia and were still holding onto a hope that they may be allowed to stay, had a viable option to approach the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection via […]

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Australian Student Visas: Complete Applications mean faster processing and fewer refusals

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is currently receiving very high numbers of student visa applications. Make sure that you include ALL necessary documents with your application or your application’s processing will face delays and maybe even refusal. Remember to include plenty of evidence to show that you have enough money to support yourself […]

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10 year Australian Frequent Traveler Visitor Visa trial may be extended

Trial 10-year Frequent Traveler Visitor visa in China is underway and may become regularly available if successful On 12 December 2016 a limited trial of a new 10-year ‘Frequent Traveler’ Visitor visa began for  people who hold passports from the People’s Republic of China and are applying for the visa from within China. The visa […]

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RSMS: Australia’s Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme

Australia’s Subclass 187 visa is the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa for skilled workers who are willing to work in regional Australia for a period of time, before becoming free to move to any area of their choice. The visa requires nomination by an approved Australian employer and then a visa application must be made. […]

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How to add a child to your Australian Partner Visa application

People often make applications for Subclass 820 Partner visas in Australia, when they are here on a Subclass 600 Visitor visa, a student visa, a 457 visa, or some other temporary visa.  If you have done this, you may have your children from a past relationship with you here in Australia; or perhaps your children […]

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Standing up against alienation of Australian community members; terrorism in Europe, and 5 more shameful years of Asylum seeker policies

A few weeks ago, a casually racist joke or slogan that’s been doing the rounds for many years now (dressed up as an apparent epiphany) came out of the mouth of a dearly loved family member of mine: “not all Muslims are terrorists but all terrorists are Muslims”.   More recently, a friend I’m very fond […]

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