Monday, July 21, 2014

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.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Budget Aftermath 2014

As a result of the May 2014 Federal Budget it appears that a number of "other family" visas are about to cease to exist:

Applications can still validly be lodged. All valid applications will remain in the pipeline and be processed in due course. The cessation of new applications under the Other Family and Non-Contributory Parent visas will take place prior to the start of the 2014-15 programme year. The visa subclasses affected are:

Parent (subclass 103)
Aged Parent (subclass 804)
Aged Dependent Relative (114)
Remaining Relative (115)
Carer (116)
Remaining Relative (835)
Carer (836)
Aged Dependent Relative (838).

Specifics concerning the date the necessary regulatory changes will take effect have not yet been settled and we will get earliest advice to you and your industry colleagues once these details become clear. The announcement in the Budget papers concerns the cessation of new applications under the Other Family and Non-Contributory Parent visa categories and didn’t make reference to “capping at zero” or other measures, that would affect applications validly lodged prior to the cessation date.

If you want one of these, you'd better be quick!

Creative commons acknowledgment for the photograph.

The above information is taken from email notice dated 16 May 2014 provided by the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) as a service to its members.