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Visa Cancellation on the Rise

Visa Cancellation is a growing trend Australian government reporting in the Senate in late 2015 has shown a dramatic increase in visa cancellation. The introduction of data matching systems across government departments, including state and federal jurisdictions, has allowed compliance monitors to identify breaches of conditions by visa holders. Student visas in particular have seen[…]

Skilled visa applicants beware IELTS requirement

IELTS Skilled Visa A number of review cases through the MIGRATION REVIEW TRIBUNAL (MRT) for skilled visa applicants, whose visa applications had been refused by DIBP, indicated that many applicants do not pay sufficient attention to the IELTS requirement in their applications. In Australian migration law Schedule 2 criteria define the requirements for the applicant[…]

What is a section 20 Notice of Intention to Cancel my student visa?

Section 20 Notice Student Visa The Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Regulations 2001 contains section 20 notice student visa. The section 20 notice provides legal guidelines for Immigration officers to following when commencing visa cancellation. The guidelines must be followed to protect the rights of the visa holder. Australian law provides for fair and[…]

10 year ban on re-applying for Australian visas now in place

Stronger measures to crack down on identity fraud have recently come into force in Australia’s immigration system. From 22 March 2014, penalties under the so called Public Interest Criteria (PIC) 4020 were increased from 3 years to 10 years. Applicants will not be able to make application for an Australian visa with PIC 4020 requirement[…]

Where can I check for current Skills in Demand across all Australian states and territories?

The Commonwealth Government has recently implemented its Labour Market Information Portal (LMIP). As a work in progress, the information portal is still being consolidated with latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data and should be fully operational by late March 2014. The primary objective of the LMIP is to improve reporting on skills shortage by industry[…]

What will happen to my (Skilled) visa application when the annual cap is reached?

Skilled visas are allocated each financial year by a system of quotas. This is to allow the government to manage visa places annually in accordance with economic and social priorities. Quotas for the 2012/2013 financial year were recently published by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection. The system of allocating visas to visa[…]


WARNING: UNAUTHORISED IMMIGRATION WEBSITE FOUND TO BE DEFRAUDING CLIENTS The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) recently warned of false and unauthorised websites attempting to defraud would be migrants of money and identities. One website in particular,, mimics the current departmental website in appearance and layout, particularly when using certain browsers. A departmental spokesman said[…]

Partner Visa Interview preparation questions: What will the case officer ask?

To be better prepared for your upcoming partner visa interview Know the types of questions to be asked Be sure there are no contradictions (after all, not all new couples are completely familiar with every detail of their partner’s life) Improve your understanding of how case officers assess answers to questions When applying for Partner[…]

Beware ‘bogus documentation’ when applying for a visa to travel to or remain in Australia (Part 3)

HOW DO DEPARTMENT OF IMMIGRATION AND BORDER PROTECTION CASE OFFICERS ASSESS FOR BOGUS DOCUMENTS? All forms of correspondence such as email,text messaging, blogging, letters, postcards and the like are used extensively by departmental case officers to corroborate stories, accounts, claims made in applications, etc. It is important when compiling such material as documentary evidence, such[…]

Beware ‘bogus documentation’ when applying for a visa to travel to or remain in Australia (Part 2)

HOW DO DEPARTMENT OF IMMIGRATION AND BORDER PROTECTION CASE OFFICERS ASSESS FOR BOGUS DOCUMENTS? As Mentioned in Part 1 of this series, heavy penalties are now being introduced by DIBP for people found to have submitted — knowingly or otherwise — false or misleading documents or proven to have filled in forms with incorrect information.[…]

Beware of ‘bogus documentation’ when applying for a visa to travel to or remain in Australia (Part 1)

HOW DO DEPARTMENT OF IMMIGRATION AND BORDER PROTECTION CASE OFFICERS ASSESS FOR BOGUS DOCUMENTS? Bogus documentation is dealt with in s97 of the Migration Act (1954). Bogus documents are defined as being false in a material particular, which basically means documentation that is telling a lie or hiding the truth. The Act defines a bogus[…]

Changing Course

Changing course after the first six months – Subclass 573 to 572 If you have completed six months of the highest qualification course in which your visa was granted, you may choose to change courses or educational sectors. If you choose to change education sectors you must apply for a new visa and continue to[…]

What are balance of family tests?

What are balance of family tests? Balance of family tests are applied to parent sponsorship in Parent visa applications.  The balance of family test is the weighing of eligible with ineligible children. Eligible children are those considered to be usually resident in Australia. For example, PR or citizens of Australia. Ineligible children are those usually[…]

Settled Usually Resident Definitions Sponsored Visas

  When applying to sponsor a relative through a number of the Family visa subclasses, the degree to which an applicant is considered ‘settled’ or ‘usually resident’ in Australia will influence the decision by a case officer. Australian Immigration Law often limits sponsorship of family members to those sponsors who can demonstrate their commitment to[…]

Assurance of Support for Contributory Parent Visa

Assurance of Support for Contributory Parent Visa Assurances of support (AoS) are administered by Centrelink and not Department of Immigration. AoS is an undertaking by an Australian resident or organisation (the assurer) and the Australian Government. Under an AoS, the assurer agrees to support the migrant (the assuree). The assurer also agrees to repay any[…]