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December 6, 2019

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Are you an Australian Permanent Resident and been considering applying for Australian Citizenship for some time?

Life gets busy and once people have their permanent residency it can take some time to get around to applying for Australian Citizenship.

At SCA Connect we ca...

December 3, 2019

The new Subclass 491 visa (Skilled Work Regional Provisional) was introduced on 16th November 2019. This has replaced the Subclass 489 visa program. The Subclass 491 visa is a points tested visa for applicants sponsored by:

a) A designated regional area of an Australian...

February 28, 2019

It is the time of the year when student visas are about to expire and many students are starting to consider their options to remain in Australia.

Major new partner and family visa legislation has also been passed and the legislation will come into effect after royal as...

Character Test

The Australian government require that all visa applicants to meet character requirements. The character requirements are set under Section 501 of the Migration Act 1958. According to the current policy, the immigration department will not grant an applic...

Citizenship by decent – who is my parent?

Think of this scenario: you are an Australian citizen and you apply for Australian citizenship for your child. After a long wait the Department finally contacts you. You are required to provide relationship evidence and do a DNA...

January 24, 2019

Last year we touched upon Public Interest Criterion 4020. Today, we will revisit this topic. 

To read the previous article, please click here.

What are the consequences of a PIC 4020 breach?

The visa applicant is obliged to prove their identity and provide true informatio...

December 9, 2018

You may have recently received a refusal for an application.

Do not despair, you may have options available to you including the following:

1. Request for the refusal to be vacated

A refusal may only be vacated on limited circumstances such as where the Department of Home...

October 26, 2018

Do you have a pending visa application but planning on travelling overseas for the Christmas and Summer holidays?

Don’t leave it to the last minute to check your visa status and right to travel overseas. Here is a brief guide to understanding bridging visas and travel r...

October 16, 2018

We all know that a visa applicant should never submit a ‘bogus’ document or provide false or misleading information when making an application. One might ask however - how much actual knowledge, consent and active participation on the part of a visa applicant is requir...

September 24, 2018

Perhaps this is a good time to revisit PIC 4020 and the rationale behind it as we are seeing a lot more natural justice letters from the Department in this regard.

An Introduction

Fraud within the Visa and Citizenship Programmes is a high risk for the Department. People...

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