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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...

February 11, 2019

Australia’s annual permanent immigration intake continues to remain at the centre of political discussions and proposals are being put forward to send migrants to regional and rural Australia.

As a skilled migrant, you may consider the following pathways to apply for pe...

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...

Data Matching to Enhance Compliance in SC457/482 programs

On 9 Jan 2019 the Department of Home Affairs issued a notice regarding SC457/482 visas. In the notice the Department announced it will start exchange data with the Australian Taxation Office (the ATO) to identify...

December 20, 2018

What is the Reciprocal Health Care Agreement (RHCA)?

The RCHA is individual agreements between Australia and certain countries where visitors can get publicly funded medically necessary care.

What countries are covered in Australia?

Australia has agreements with Belgium,...

December 18, 2018

Are you an accredited or standard business sponsor? Are you aware of your sponsorship obligations as a sponsor of subclass 457/482 visa holders?

You have obligations as a sponsor. Sponsorship obligations include the following:

  • the Department of Home Affairs must be i...

What is a GTE?

“GTE” stands for “Genuine Temporary Entrant”. The criterion is applied to ensure temporary visa applicants genuinely intend to stay in Australia for a short period of time and for the purposes of relevant visa programs. If you are applying for a short-ter...

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...