AAT Bulletin Issue # 1 – 7 Jan 2019

The latest AAT Bulletin contains references to several citizenship & migration review decisions

The latest AAT Bulletin contains references to the following migration review decisions:


Hanna and Minister for Home Affairs (Citizenship) [2019] AATA 1 (3 January 2019); Senior Member L Kirk

EXTENSION OF TIME – citizenship – application for conferral of Australian citizenship – refusal of citizenship application on the grounds the Applicant did not satisfy s 21(3)(d) of the Australian Citizenship Act – permanent or enduring physical or mental incapacity – principles to be applied – whether the applicant rested on her rights – extension of time granted


Nguyen and Minister for Home Affairs (Migration) [2018] AATA 4637 (17 December 2018); Deputy President SA Forgie

MIGRATION – mandatory cancellation of visa due to substantial criminal record – no other reason why decision should be revoked – decision affirmed

Nguyen and Minister for Home Affairs [2018] AATA 4659 (19 December 2018); Senior Member DJ Morris

MIGRATION – refusal of residence return visa – consideration of character test – drug offences – other offences – risk of applicant engaging in criminal conduct in Australia – misleading information in passport application – assessment of risk – applicant fails character test – consideration of ministerial direction – primary considerations – other considerations – any other relevant matter – decision set aside and remitted

Nguyen and Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (Migration) [2018] AATA 4664 (20 December 2018); Senior Member R Cameron

MIGRATION – mandatory cancellation of applicant’s visa under s 501(3A) – whether discretion under s 501CA(4) to revoke mandatory cancellation should be exercised – single offence – trafficking in a large commercial quantity of heroin – no prior criminal convictions – imprisonment term of more than 12 months – substantial criminal record – protection of the Australian community – best interests of minor children – expectations of the Australian community – strength, nature and duration of ties to Australia – extent of impediments if returned to Vietnam – decision affirmed

RZMW and Minister for Home Affairs (Migration) [2018] AATA 4620 (11 December 2018); Senior Member T Tavoularis

MIGRATION – non-revocation of mandatory cancellation of protection visa – expedited matter – where visa was cancelled under s 501(3A) – applicant does not pass character test – 12 month imprisonment – whether discretion in s 501CA to revoke mandatory cancellation should be exercised – considerations in Direction No 65 – consideration in Direction No 75 – applicant committed violent offences – applicant committed offences against personal and property rights of others – applicant committed offences indicating refusal to submit to lawful authority – decision under review affirmed

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Sergio Zanotti Stagliorio is a Registered Migration Agent (MARN 1461003). He is the owner of Target Migration in Sydney. He can be reached at sergio@targetmigration.com.au

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