AAT Bulletin Issue # 4 – 29 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:


Omara and Minister for Home Affairs (Citizenship) [2019] AATA 42 (23 January 2019); Senior Member C Puplick AM

CITIZENSHIP – application for citizenship – where applicant subject of good behaviour bond – Minister prohibited from approving citizenship application – inappropriate to adjourn matter until expiry of bond – no reasonable prospect of success – application dismissed

Dang and Minister for Home Affairs (Citizenship) [2019] AATA 32 (17 January 2019); Senior Member K Raif

CITIZENSHIP – eligibility – application for Australian citizenship by conferral – permanent resident – refusal of citizenship – unlawful non-citizen for a period of almost twelve years – whether the applicant is of good character – application unable to satisfy good character requirement – decision under review is affirmed


MNLR and Minister for Home Affairs (Migration) [2019] AATA 61 (25 January 2019); Senior Member T Tavoularis

MIGRATION – non-revocation of mandatory cancellation of Global Special Humanitarian visa (class XB sub-class 202) – 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 serious sexual offence – decision under review affirmed

NSBB and Minister for Home Affairs (Migration) [2019] AATA 59 (23 January 2019); Ms K Parker, Member

MIGRATION – applicant moved to Australia at the age of 21 and adopted false identity – obtained Australian passport on four occasions using false identity – remained in Australia unlawfully – married Fijian citizen using false identity – Fijian wife moved to Australia using applicant’s false identity, took up residence and became Australian citizen – applicant and wife raised two children in Australia now aged 17 and 26 – use of false identity discovered by authorities 28 years after applicant’s arrival in Australia – applicant convicted of four federal offences – applicant received a suspended four-month imprisonment term for each offence – whether there is a risk that the applicant will engage in criminal conduct in Australia – no history of other criminal offending – consideration of mitigating circumstances – protection of the Australian community – whether Australian community would expect refusal of visa application– best interests of applicant’s daughter who is a minor – impact on family members – applicant’s wife has health issues – applicant employed and paid taxes during majority of life in Australia and has not caused personal harm to others – decision set aside

Sam and Minister for Home Affairs (Migration) [2019] AATA 35 (18 January 2019); Deputy President J W Constance

MIGRATION – mandatory cancellation of visa – failure to pass character test – substantial criminal record – drug trafficking – whether the discretion to revoke the cancellation should be exercised – Direction No. 65 – primary considerations – protection of the Australian community from criminal or other serious conduct – nature and seriousness of conduct – risk to the Australian community – best interests of minor children – expectations of the Australian community – other considerations – strength, nature and duration of ties to Australia – impediments if removed from Australia – decision set aside

WSML and Minister for Home Affairs (Migration) [2019] AATA 41 (22 January 2019); Dr M Evans, Senior Member

MIGRATION – cancellation of visa – Applicant concedes he does not pass the character test – substantial criminal record – domestic violence – driving and traffic offences – Applicant living offence free in community for approximately three years and five months – Direction no. 65 – primary and other considerations – protection of the Australian community – best interests of minor children – expectations of the Australian community – nature and seriousness of criminal offending – risk of engaging in future criminal conduct – strength, nature and duration of ties to Australia – Applicant of Australian Aboriginal descent – Applicant also of Maori descent – extent of impediments if returned to New Zealand – effect of permanent cancellation of the Applicant’s visa – decision under review set aside and a new decision made in substitution for the decision so set aside

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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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