AAT Bulletin Issue # 18 – 6 May 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:


Sedhom and Minister for Home Affairs (Citizenship) [2019] AATA 784 (2 May 2019); Senior Member K Raif

CITIZENSHIP – refusal of approval for Australian citizenship by conferral – whether the application for citizenship made by the applicant should be approved – general and special residence requirements – defence service requirement – decision under review affirmed


Basnet (Migration) [2019] AATA 729 (8 April 2019); JC Watts, Member

MIGRATION – Skilled (Provisional) (Class VC) visa – Subclass 485 – visa application not accompanied by evidence that applicant applied for Australian Federal Police check in the 12 months before making application – decision under review affirmed

F & C Vogels (Migration) [2019] AATA 725 (10 April 2019); K Synon, Member

MIGRATION – nomination – genuine position – Agricultural Technician – ANZSCO Code 311111 – Regional Australia – classification of role – Young Cattle Supervisor position aligns with Agricultural Technician – role classified correctly – decision under review set aside

Kalan and Minister for Home Affairs (Migration) [2019] AATA 787 (2 May 2019); Senior Member DJ Morris

MIGRATION – application for prospective marriage visa – application refused under s 501(1) of Migration Act – sponsor of Applicant seeks review of refusal decision – consideration of character test and powers of discretion in Act – can Tribunal go behind conviction when applicant convicted in absentia – ministerial Direction – primary considerations – other considerations – serious nature of conviction – reviewable decision affirmed

Liaquat (Migration) [2019] AATA 731 (9 April 2019); JC Watts, Member

MIGRATION – Skilled (Provisional) (Class VC) visa – Subclass 485 – IELTS test – applicant did not meet required English language proficiency – applicant did not hold passport of type specified – decision under review affirmed

LZTW and Minister for Home Affairs (Migration) [2019] AATA 779 (30 April 2019); Deputy President Boyle

MIGRATION – Migration Act 1958 (Cth) – s 501(3A) – mandatory visa cancellation –

s 501CA(4) – substantial criminal record – Direction 79 – protection of the Australian community – nature and seriousness of the conduct – the risk to the Australian community – bests interests of minor children – expectations of the Australian community – strength, nature and duration of ties – extent of impediments if removed to New Zealand – decision under review affirmed

Maharjan (Migration) [2019] AATA 737 (5 April 2019); K Malyon, Member

MIGRATION – Temporary Business Entry (Class UC) visa – Subclass 457 – standard business sponsor stream – applicant not subject of approved nomination – Federal Circuit Court remittal – nomination ceased – cook – Migration Amendment Reforms – issue with representatives – unique and exceptional circumstances – case referred to minister – decision under review affirmed

Ozzy Fortune Group Pty Ltd (Migration) [2019] AATA 735 (10 April 2019); R Skaros, Member

MIGRATION – nomination – Temporary Residence Transition stream – Program or Project Administrator – 511112 – financial capacity of applicant to employ nominee full-time for two years – evidence of financial capacity provided – decision under review set aside

QQYJ and Minister for Home Affairs (Migration) [2019] AATA 770 (2 April 2019); Mr T Eteuati, Member

MIGRATION – refusal of application for Bridging visa under section 501(1) – Applicant failed to pass the character test under section 501(6)(d)(i) – whether the discretion to refuse to grant the Bridging visa should be exercised – application of Direction No. 79 – decision under review set aside and remitted for reconsideration

XMBQ and Minister for Home Affairs (Migration) [2019] AATA 785 (9 April 2019); The Hon. Matthew Groom, Senior Member

MIGRATION – mandatory cancellation under s 501(3A) of the Migration Act – applicant convicted of sexually based offences involving a child – applicant has a substantial criminal record – applicant fails character test – whether another reason why the mandatory cancellation should be revoked – Direction 79 – nature and seriousness of the offending – risk of reoffending linked to risk of relapse into alcohol dependency – concerns about protection of the Australian community – expectations of the Australian community – international non-refoulement obligations – applicant liable to be repatriated to Somalia – applicant faces significant impediments if removed – acquired brain injury – mental health conditions – overall balance weighs in favour of revocation – decision 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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