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Inside track: Immigration

06 July 2020

#Immigration Law

Inside track: Immigration

In the media

When posting on Linkedin might cost you a visa: Documents reveal how officials monitor social media
Documents from Home Affairs reveal how social media posts are routinely used by immigration officials to challenge an applicant's identity and claim for protection (29 June 2020).  More...

In practice and courts and publishing

ACS 262112: ICT security specialist
Applicants applying under the ICT Security specialist ANZSCO occupation code will be assessed based on separate criteria to the other occupations in this Unit Group. ACS will now accept qualifications accredited under SEOUL Accord starting from 1 July 2020.  More... 

COVID 19 Update – Individuals transiting through Australia no longer need to apply for a travel exemption
It has been confirmed that individuals who are transiting through Australia do not need to apply for a travel exemption in order to board their ongoing flight. An exemption to this rule applies if you are planning to leave the airport. All nationals not listed must apply for a Transit Visa subclass 771 which is granted for up to 72 hours. For further information on the latest COVID19 updates, visit Department of Home Affairs (02 July 2020).  More...


PMJG and Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs (Migration) [2020] AATA 1968
MIGRATION – cancellation of visa on character grounds under s 501(3A) – where applicant involved in reckless wounding – whether to exercise discretion under Direction No. 79 – where applicant suffers from depression, anxiety and panic attacks as a result of childhood trauma – where protection of the Australian community reflected in sentencing – where applicant has low risk of recidivism – where behaviour in detention has been good – where applicant has desire to contact with daughters – where international non-refoulement obligations owed – where strength, nature and duration of ties exist – where impediments if removed exist – decision set aside and substituted Migration Act 1958 (Cth) ss 197C, 501, 501(3A).

Lakoh and Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs (Citizenship) [2020] AATA 1921
CITIZENSHIP – eligibility – where application for Australian citizenship refused – driving offences – whether applicant is of good character – considerations to be taken into account when assessing good character – whether applicant has demonstrated the “enduring moral qualities” associated with “good character” over a sufficient period of time – applicant found to be of good character – decision under review set aside and remitted to the Respondent for determination
Australian Citizenship Act 2007 (Cth) – s 21(2).

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