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Category: Migration

Revision to Migration Act could have massive impact on visa refusals

The Coalition is being warned that a renewed push to tighten the character test for visa holders could see a fivefold increase in the number of people facing deportation, with residents from New Zealand and humanitarian refugees disproportionately affected. The Morrison government has reintroduced a bill to change the Migration Act to provide grounds for visa cancellation or refusal …

Australia could still be considered the land of dreams, for some

This is a feel-good story about a boy who didn’t give up, and boy do we need to hear these stories sometimes. Saab Hasan was thrown in to the Australian way of life at an early age after fleeing the unrest in Cyprus, but was given a chance by one or two kindly Aussies and …

Migrant workers are ‘prisoners’ some say

The issue of mal-treatment of migrant workers in Australia seems to be gripping headlines at the moment. Every day there is a story about students being housed in terrible conditions or not being paid for the work they do. But it’s not just those on tourist or working-student visas that are being mis-fairly treated, those …

Malaysians are ‘playing’ the system to obtain visas

An article in The Australian yesterday has raised a very interesting issue regarding Malaysians fraudulently applying for protection visas. This ‘financial loop-hole’ needs to be addressed. Malaysians seeking higher wages and better living conditions are ­applying for Australian protection visas in unprecedented numbers because the application process is cheap and there are few penalties involved …

1st July is here – what changes can we expect to immigration?

We have reached that time of the year where things can be shaken up in the world of immigration. 1st July always holds some changes and this year is no exception. The major changes, in short, are outlined below. We at TranQuill Legal know just how confusing all these changes can be and how they …

Life on the boat

The stories told by migrants about their attempts to get to Australia are often harrowing but always awe-inspiring. This story of some Vietnamese migrants is no different. It is fascinating to hear first hand what they went through to get here. Listen to a recent interview on the ABC for just the briefest of insights: …

How far will people go to stay in Australia?

Would you risk your health to ensure a ‘better life’ for your family? Sometimes people go to extraordinary lengths to keep their families in Australia, as we can see from this story. After seven years in Sydney, a Chinese teacher was told he failed Australia’s visa health requirement despite his hepatitis B medication costing just …

Singletons to benefit in the visa points system update

The points system for Australian visas is due to change in November of this year, with single men and women set to benefit. According to the new rule, applicants who do not have a spouse or de facto partner will get 10 extra points. In the new legislation (read more here), it suggests “points are …

Indian population increases 30% in just 2 years

After England and China, India ranks third on the list of residents born overseas according to the latest figures by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The Indian population in Australia has exponentially grown in the last two years according to the latest figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The ABS’s preliminary estimates suggest there …

‘Crying out for workers’ – Five regional areas to receive new migrants

This could be a bit of a bone of contention. Is it fair to say someone can’t live in a particular place or town? Should we be able to choose where our migrant workers move to? It is felt that the Metropolitan areas of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane cannot take anymore people settling in certain …