Character Issues for Visa Applicants or Visa Holders
It is often the case that people are unaware of how their past or present conduct may impact on applications for an Australian visa or maintaining their visa after approval. On the applicant’s permanent record, there may be a charge or a recorded warning. No matter how serious the conduct was, it is not the case that all visa applications are automatically refused or cancelled based on this conduct. In these situations, it is essential for visa applicants or visa holders that have come into conflict with the law to consult an immigration lawyer to understand their options and how to best proceed.
Applicants should be aware that the Minister is open to entertain extra considerations that should be part of the decision-making process as to whether or not a visa should be granted or not cancelled. These considerations include, for example, the extent to which the applicant has a connection with the Australian community and the impact that would be caused by the applicant’s not entering or being removed from the country. Depending on how serious the conduct was, it is essential that submissions to the Minister addressing these additional considerations are closely tailored to the circumstances of the case and correlate with what the Migration Regulations require.
If you are or know someone in a similar situation, we would highly recommend that you contact our offices for an assessment and to gain an understanding of how best we may proceed.
For further information regarding character tests, as well as any general immigration queries, please feel free to contact Immigration Solutions Lawyers at (02) 9264 6432.
Originally posted on August 8, 2013 @ 7:14 am