AAT Bulletin Issue # 16 – 23 Apr 2019

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

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


Al-Khalidi and Minister for Home Affairs (Citizenship) [2019] AATA 700 (12 April 2019); Senior Member C Puplick AM

Citizenship – citizenship by conferral – general residence requirement – spouse of Australian citizen – spousal discretion – whether applicant had close and continuing association with Australia during periods of absence from Australia in relevant period – decision under review affirmed

Jarusheh and Minister for Home Affairs (Citizenship) [2019] AATA 711 (12 April 2019); Senior Member C Puplick AM

CITIZENSHIP – citizenship test exemption – whether the applicant suffered from a permanent or enduring physical or mental incapacity – evidence of mental incapacity – tribunal not satisfied that there is evidence of mental incapacity – decision affirmed

JLKJ and Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (Citizenship) [2019] AATA 716 (17 April 2019); Mr C Edwardes, Member

CITIZENSHIP – Afghanistan refugee – application for citizenship refused – bogus driver’s licence – whether Tribunal satisfied of identity and good character – consideration of country information – good character test – decision under review – decision affirmed

Kuron and Minister for Home Affairs (Citizenship) [2019] AATA 1330 (17 April 2019); Ms A Burke AO, Member

CITIZENSHIP – refusal of approval for Australian citizenship by conferral – whether the applicant is not of good character – whether the application for citizenship made by the applicant should be approved – decision under review set aside

Mohammadi and Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (Citizenship) [2019] AATA 702 (12 April 2019); Dr P McDermott RFD, Deputy President

CITIZENSHIP – permanent resident – application for Australian citizenship – notice of approval to cancel approval for citizenship – cancelled on character grounds – whether the applicant was of good character – the making of false statements – decision under review affirmed


Harris and Minister for Home Affairs (Migration) [2019] ATTA 718 (17 April 2019); Mr C Edwardes, Member

MIGRATION – application for visitor short stay visa – battery conviction – whether decision –maker is to exercise discretion to refuse the grant of a visa – whether the applicant is of good character – future conduct s 501(6)(d)(i) – Direction 79 – decision set aside and remitted with direction

MXFR and Minister for Home Affairs (Migration) [2019] ATTA 705 (5 April 2019); Deputy President S A Forgie

MIGRATION – application for revocation of mandatory cancellation of visa – where applicant fails the character test – where substantial criminal record under Migration Act 1958 – risk of reoffending – other reason why cancellation decision should be revoked – decision set aside

QYFM and Minister for Home Affairs (Migration) [2019] ATTA 717 (16 April 2019); Senior Member T Tavoularis

MIGRATION – NON REVOCATION OF MANDATORY CANCELLATION OF VISA ON CHARACTER GROUNDS – Class BC Subclass 100 (Partner) visa – where Applicant does not pass the character test – more than 12 months’ imprisonment or more – whether there is any other reason to revoke the mandatory cancellation of the Applicant’s visa – considerations in Direction 79 – Decision under review affirmed

RWXF and Minister for Home Affairs (Migration) [2019] ATTA 1614 (18 April 2019); Senior Member M Griffin QC

MIGRATION – visa refusal – Bridging E (Class WE) visa – character test – where applicant has substantial criminal record – where applicant’s conduct in detention reflects adversely on character – whether risk of applicant engaging in criminal conduct in Australia – protection of the Australian community from criminal or other serious conduct – the best interests of minor children – expectations of the Australian community – other considerations – where international non-foulement obligations not relevant to proceedings – decision affirmed

Toki and Minister for Home Affairs (Migration) [2019] ATTA 742 (17 April 2019); Member S Burford

MIGRATION – decision of delegate of Minister not to revoke mandatory cancellation of visa – capacity of Tribunal to go behind conviction – character test – substantial criminal record – Applicant convicted of unlawful assault – bodily harm against women in a short time period after arriving in – Australia Direction no. 79 – weighing up of primary and other considerations – protection of the Australian community – nature and seriousness of criminal offending – risk to the Australian community – expectations of the Australian community – strength, nature and duration of ties to Australia – extent of impediments if returned to New Zealand – reviewable decision affirmed

Tuimalatu and Minister for Home Affairs (Migration) [2019] ATTA 719 (18 April 2019); Senior Member D. J. Morris, Senior Member C. J. Furnell

MIGRATION – mandatory cancellation of visa – consideration of Direction No. 79 – primary considerations – other considerations – any other matter – context of the offending and whether trend of increasing seriousness of violent offending – reviewable decision set aside and new decision substituted

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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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