• The Minister for Immigration has the power under s.501 of the Migration Act 1958 to cancel a person’s visa (including a permanent resident visa) if that person fails to satisfy the Minister that they pass the “character test”. In certain [...]

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    If you are considering buying a business there are many things you need to do from a legal, financial and general business perspective. Getting the right advice from the start is important. The structure of and issues involved in the sale are quite [...]

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    The Significant Investor Visa (SIV) programme is offered to high net worth investors wishing to migrate to Australia. The SIV is a stream within the Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) (Subclass 188) visa and the Business Innovation and[...]

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    The meaning of “main business” in a Visa application The Federal Court in the case of Synman & Anor v Minister for Immigration & Anor (2015) considered the meaning of “main business” in migration law in the context of several businesses [...]

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    “Compelling reasons” in partner visa policy broadened In March 2016, the Full Federal Court made a very important decision about Departmental policy in regard to compelling reasons in partner visa applications. This decision significantly [...]

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    Do you have a friend or relative who has just separated? If so, the information below should help. What is meant by separation? Separation in Family Law is defined as the bringing to an end of a marriage or de facto relationship (which also [...]

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    Background Our client, an Indian citizen, was discriminated against because he was a prominent Sikh. Police in India viewed our client as a prominent militant, and he was repeatedly tortured and detained on numerous occasions. Even when he was on [...]

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    Background Our client left his home country of India (leaving his family behind) due to religious persecution. After remarrying an Australian and gaining permanent residency, he divorced.  He then wanted his first wife in India and their four [...]

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    Background In this case our client applied for a spouse visa after having been in a relationship with her partner for 17 months. For most of their relationship, however, the couple had lived separately and maintained separate households. The visa [...]

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    Background The applicant had held a sponsored 457 temporary business visa on which he had travelled extensively, including many trips to China, at the time that he applied for a Business Skills Residence visa. In his application he relied on owning [...]

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