AAT Bulletin Issue # 2 – 14 Jan 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:


Ahamod and Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (Citizenship) [2019] AATA 7 (8 January 2019); Senior Member BJ Illingworth

CITIZENSHIP – application for citizenship by conferral – application for citizenship refused – whether Tribunal satisfied as to identity – inconsistency in evidence – credibility – threshold requirement not met – decision under review affirmed

Hammoud and Minister for Home Affairs (Citizenship) [2018] AATA 4752 (11 December 2018); Senior Member K Raif

CITIZENSHIP – application for Australian citizenship by conferral – permanent resident – refusal of citizenship – good character – criminal conviction – domestic violence – application of Citizenship Policy – decision affirmed

Kazemy and Minister for Home Affairs (Citizenship) [2018] AATA 4728 (14 November 2018); Mrs JC Kelly, Senior Member

CITIZENSHIP – refusal of citizenship – delegate not satisfied that Applicant was of good character as required by section 21(2)(h) of the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 (Cth) – Applicant convicted of “behave in offensive manner in a public place or school” – Applicant’s oral evidence inconsistent with contemporaneous police evidence – Tribunal affirms reviewable decision

Kola and Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (Citizenship) [2019] AATA 9 (9 January 2019); Mr A Maryniak QC, Member

CITIZENSHIP – failure of character test – property offences – drug offences – dishonesty offences – decision affirmed


VFQY and Minister for Home Affairs (Migration) [2019] AATA 11 (9 January 2019); Mr A Maryniak QC, Member

MIGRATION – mandatory cancellation of applicant’s visa under s 501(3A) – applicant concedes he does not pass the character test – substantial criminal record – applicant sentenced to more than 12 months imprisonment – whether discretion to revoke mandatory cancellation should be exercised – protection of the Australian community – risk of reoffending – expectations of the Australian community – significant and positive family ties to Australia – extent of impediments if removed to the United Kingdom – decision set aside and 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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