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Michael Arch

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What types of circumstances will be considered “compelling reasons” for not applying the criteria of Schedule 3, and thereby enabling an applicant for a Partner visa to remain onshore while the application is being processed?

This question is of more than passing interest, as of course it is not at all uncommon for a person who no longer holds a substantive visa to apply for a Partner visa more than 28 days after the prior substantive visa ceased.  In fact, it is a common occurrence that Partner visa applications will be made by applicants many years after their visas have expired, isn’t it?

So a case that was recently decided by the Federal Circuit Court, Prempree v Minister for Immigration & Anor (2017) FCCA (17 February 2017) provides some useful guidance to the question, and identifies some circumstances that may not amount to “compelling reasons” for the grant of a “waiver” of Schedule 3 criteria.

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How many bites of the apple can you get?

Or, in terms of migration law, how many opportunities can you get to lodge a student visa application on-shore in Australia if you have allowed your previous student visa to expire?

And what if there are compassionate circumstances that prevented you from applying for a new student visa before the one you already hold has ceased? If you can show compassionate circumstances, can you get more bites at the apple?

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Today’s article is essential  reading for anyone who acts, either as a migration agent or a lawyer, for a person who has had her/his visa cancelled on character grounds.

As we have seen, the Minister has been very actively exercising the “personal” powers vested in him under the Migration Act to cancel visas on character grounds, or to refuse to revoke the cancellation of visas on character grounds.

And as we have also seen, it is extremely difficult to challenge a cancellation decision made on character grounds in Federal Court.  There is no “merits review” of cancellation decisions made personally by the Minister – merits review is only available when a cancellation decision is made by a delegate of the Minister, and is only available in the AAT.

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How long can you sit on your rights?

No, for all the “wise persons” who are reading this, the answer to that question is not: “It depends on how comfortable the chair is”!

There is actually a serious, consequential issue here, one that is important to consider for anyone who has not been successful in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal or who is advising someone who has lost her/his case in the Tribunal and is considering whether to take the case to the Federal Circuit Court for judicial review.

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Yeah-nah, Nah-yeah!

What?

Is it possible for 2 objects to occupy the same space at the same time?

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