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What if the Department has refused your client’s application for a partner visa, and the Tribunal has in turn affirmed the refusal.

Suppose the evidence in support of the genuineness of the spousal relationship between your client and his sponsor is also pretty “thin”?

For example, what if your client and the sponsor had only known each other for 2 months before they married, had met with each other  on only six or seven separate occasions before the wedding, and the marriage took place shortly before the applicant’s student visa was due to expire?

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Does anyone out there doubt that the visa cancellation powers under the Migration Act can be exercised by the Department/Minister a way that is harsh and oppressive?

If you are not yet convinced that this is the case, there is another prime example from a case that was decided by the Full Court of the Federal Court in late December – Parker v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (2016) FCAFC 185 (20 December 2016).

Readers of this blog may recall the factual background of this case from our article about the decision made by the Federal Court in Parker v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (2016) FCA 938.

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Suppose your client has applied unsuccessfully for a visa.

Suppose further that your client has sought review of the Department’s decision before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, and then, before the client has been notified of the hearing, has obtained a Bridging Visa B and has gone overseas. 

And suppose that while the client is overseas, the Tribunal finally issues notice of a hearing.

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Would anyone (especially anyone like me who has suffered a computer “melt-down”) argue with the proposition that:  “The Internet is wonderful until it is not!”?

Likewise, we could say that the ability to apply for a visa through the Department’s on-line systems is a fantastic convenience both for applicants and the Department.

Until it is not!

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How would you like to do a little mental exercise to get yourself back into the swing of things now that we’re getting into mid-January, and the summertime joys of beach, sun and sky are giving way again to days at your desk and the joys of the migration legislation?

Is you’re a.c. working on this brutally hot day (in Sydney!)? Are you completely up to date on the amendments that came into force in November 2016? If so, ready, steady, go!!

Suppose you are dealing with an application for an Orphan Relative visa, Subclass 117.

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