AAT Bulletin Issue # 20 – 20 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:


Gorbunkova and Minister for Home Affairs (Citizenship) [2019] AATA 853 (13 May 2019); C Edwardes, Member and S Barton, Member

CITIZENSHIP – refusal of application for Australian citizenship by conferral – general residence requirement – application of Ministerial discretion – whether close and continuing association with Australia – whether migrated to and established home in Australia – Australian citizen children – extended family in Australia – long term relationship with Australian citizen spouse – decision affirmed


Leau and Minister for Home Affairs (Migration) [2019] AATA 843 (13 May 2019); The Hon. Dennis Cowdroy OAM QC, Deputy President

MIGRATION – mandatory visa cancellation – failure to pass character test – TY Subclass 444 Special Category (Temporary) Visa – New Zealand citizen – extensive criminal record – repeated violent offending – common assault – domestic violence – aggravated break and enter – drive without licence – fail to appear in accordance with bail undertaking – destroy or damage property – stalk/intimidate – primary considerations – protection of Australian community from criminal or other serious conduct – nature and seriousness of conduct – best interests of minor children – expectations of Australian community – risk to the Australian community – other considerations – strength, nature and duration of ties to Australia – extent of impediments if removed – decision affirmed

Lee and Minister for Home Affairs (Migration) [2019] AATA 871 (15 May 2019); Senior Member K Raif

MIGRATION – Class BS Subclass 801 Partner visa – mandatory visa cancellation – non-revocation – failure to pass the character test – Ministerial Direction No. 79 – substantial criminal record – trafficking, possession and importation of a commercial quantity of prohibited drugs – use of prohibited drugs and alcohol – supply of prohibited drugs – gambling – drink driving offences – primary considerations – protection of the Australian community – expectations of the Australian community – best interests of minor children – strength nature and duration of ties – hardship in the event of removal – Singapore – decision affirmed

Maksoud and Minister for Home Affairs (Migration) [2019] AATA 825 (10 May 2019); The Hon. D Cowdroy OAM QC, Deputy President

MIGRATION – refusal of visa under s 501(1) – whether the applicant passes the character test – past and present general conduct – disregard for the laws of Australia – whether to exercise discretion to refuse visa – Ministerial Direction No. 79 – protection of the Australian Community – expectation of the Australian Community – non-refoulment obligations – decision affirmed

MQGT and Minister for Home Affairs (Migration) [2019] AATA 874 (14 May 2019); Senior Member T Tavoularis

MIGRATION – Non-revocation of mandatory cancellation of visa on character grounds – Class XB, Subclass 202 Global Special Humanitarian visa – where Applicant did not pass the character test – sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment or more – whether there is any other reason to revoke the mandatory cancellation of the Applicant’s visa – application of Primary and Other Considerations in Direction No 79 – whether there is a claim which may give rise to international non-refoulement obligations – consideration of Direction No 75 – decision under review affirmed

TBNM and Minister for Home Affairs (Migration) [2019] AATA 850 (7 May 2019); Senior Member DJ Morris

MIGRATION – mandatory cancellation of a visa – consideration of discretion exercisable under s 501 of Migration Act – Ministerial Direction No. 79 – primary considerations – sexual offending against minor – other considerations – decision not to revoke the mandatory cancellation of the visa affirmed

TVVT and Minister for Home Affairs (Migration) [2019] AATA 824 (6 May 2019); Mr A. Maryniak QC, Member

MIGRATION – application for revocation of mandatory cancellation of visa – where applicant fails the character test – where substantial criminal record under Migration Act 1958 – consideration of Ministerial Direction – other reason why mandatory cancellation decision should be revoked – decision set aside and substituted for decision revoking mandatory cancellation of visa

WRFG and Minister for Home Affairs (Migration) [2019] AATA 916 (12 April 2019); Deputy President P Britten-Jones

MIGRATION – mandatory cancellation of applicant’s visa – applicant has substantial criminal record – serious offending against women – whether discretion to revoke mandatory cancellation should be exercised – primary considerations – other considerations – non-refoulement obligations – 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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