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Christopher Levingston

Christopher Levingston

Accredited Specialist Immigration Lawyer
Convenor of Migration Alliance Inc

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Dear Colleagues,

My spies are telling me that the SAF payments are going into consolidated revenue and are not being held aside to skill Australians.

Quite apart from the "no refund" "policy" this programme is clearly out of control.

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Welcome to our Brave new World..

The Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2016 was passed yesterday and is awaiting Royal Assent.

That ACT when assented to, paves the way for regulations to require, amongst other things, a prior approval of a Sponsor BEFORE a valid application is lodged.

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The recent decision in the case of Brown V Minister for Home Affairs being  an appeal from a decision at the FCC is of interest to the profession.

The relevant citation for the Appeal decision is Brown V Minister for Home Affairs [2018] FCA 1643.

The hyperlink to the reported decision is here: ( http://www.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdoc/au/cases/cth/FCA/2018/1643.html?context=1;query=Brown%20V%20Minister%20for%20Home%20Affairs%20;mask_path= )

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If you have run up against a brick wall or are fire fighting a problem at first instance or staring down a refusal or have a matter at the AAT, don't forget that as a member of MA you can ask me for FREE assistance.

Depending on the circumstances and any issues of timing I am happy to help you with settling submissions, preparing replies to queries and preparing outlines of submissions to the AAT.

If you need this help all you have to do is send me an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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There is an article in the SMH today about the family of Nancy Bird, the pioneer aviatrix, her brother and his children.

Border Force asserts they are not citizens!

https://www.smh.com.au/national/bloody-devastated-family-members-of-aviation-pioneer-have-citizenship-challenged-20181101-p50dgl.html

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