Immigration News Update: 18 Nov 2017
Changes for Family Visas
Partner Visa and Prospective Marriage Visa applications can no longer be accepted in person. Paper applications are accepted in compelling circumstances only.
Parent Visa can no longer by applied in person.
Changes for Temporary Visas
New visa conditions for temporary visas applied for and granted on or after 18 November 2017:
Visa condition 8303 will prohibit activities that endanger or threaten any individual, or activities disruptive to, or violence threatening harm to, the Australian community or a group within the Australian community.
Visa condition 8304 will require temporary visa holders to identify themselves by the same name in all dealings with Commonwealth, state or territory government agencies. If you change your name, you must inform all government agencies of this name change, including the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, as soon as possible.
Visa condition 8564 will require individuals not to engage in criminal conduct. Individuals who are subject to this condition, and who receive a criminal conviction during their stay in Australia, may have their visa cancelled.
Changes for all visas
Public Interest Criterion 4020 (PIC4020): you cannot apply for a visa if you have given any misleading information or fake documents 10 years within prior to the application. Permanent Humanitarian and Protection visa applications are not affected by this change. Although this condition can be waived in some circumstances, it should not be taken lightly at all. This change was disallowed on 5th December 2017.
Resident return visa (RRV) cannot be applied for by permanent visa holders who are being considered for cancellation.
Bridging Visa E (BVE) cannot be applied for if your last visa was cancelled due to a breach of conditions 8303 (threatening activities) or 8564 (criminal conduct), or because they were deemed a risk to the community. Immigration can still grant a BVE without application where appropriate.
NEW PAYMENT PATHWAYS IN IMMIACCOUNT
Paper applications can now be paid for via ImmiAccount. Credit Card and PayPal are available. For online payments, China Union Pay is also available.
Before you lodge a visa application, please consider these factors:
Are you 100% confident of the current Migration Law and how it applies to your unique circumstances? An online post from 5 months ago or your neighbour's story could have a big or small difference to your case which can be the difference between a visa grant, refusal and/or a ban.
Is your agent or friend who is helping you a Registered Migration Agent?
Are you ok with risking your Australian Migration chances for yourself and for your family?
Registered Migration Agents are regulated in Australia (www.mara.gov.au) and have to act to the best of your interest.
Contact our registered migration agent, Anna Molina (MARN 1461034), today
LINE ID: annabenjung