Monday, July 21, 2014

Survived 4020

I have previously blogged about PIC 4020 (providing false information or bogus documents).

I just came across this case in the Migration Review Tribunal where an applicant managed to convince the tribunal that his skills assessment was based on real work experience. It appears that there has been an outbreak of common sense:

Polio Threat

I received this email from DIBP today (if you want more info let me know):

The Department is introducing measures whereby certain visa applicants will be asked to provide polio vaccination certificates. This is in response to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) declaration that wild poliovirus transmission is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.


If the visa applicant is applying from outside of Australia and has spent a period of 28 days or longer on after 5 May 2014 in Afghanistan, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Israel, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia or Syria, or in any combination of these countries, they should be vaccinated against polio prior to their departure. The visa applicant should provide their current certificate of vaccination against polio. If they are lodging a new application, this should be provided at the time of lodgement

Monday, June 23, 2014

No limit to number of protection

On 20 June 2014, the High Court unanimously held that the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection ("the Minister") did not have the power under s85 of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) ("the Act") to limit the number of protection visas that may be granted in a specified financial year.
The High Court found under s65 of the Migration Act 1958, the Minister has a duty, after considering a valid application for a visa, to grant the visa if satisfied that certain conditions are met and to refuse to grant the visa if not so satisfied. Section 65A imposes a duty on the Minister to make a decision on protection visa applications within 90 days.
I acknowledge the assistance of the MIA which provided the above text in Notice 2014.68 which was circulated to members this afternoon.