Can 186 visa application be linked to new nomination?

Federal Circuit Court: can an existing subclass 186 visa application be "linked" to a new nomination?

Is notification of a decision a decision?

Federal Court: a previous FCA judgement had held that a notice under s 66 of the Migration Act 1958 of a decision to refuse to grant a visa did not itself constitute a "decision" that enlivened the jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit Court (FCCA). Does the same principle apply to visa cancellation revocation notices issued pursuant to s 501CA(3)?

Reasonable suspicion that Minister has reasonable suspicion?

Federal Court: the Minister may seize a document if he/she "reasonably suspects" that it is forfeited under s 45A(2) of Citizenship Act, which provides that a "bogus document" given to the Minister is forfeited. A bogus document is defined as a document that the Minister "reasonably suspects" satisfies some criteria. Does that mean that "all that is required for seizure is a reasonable suspicion that the Minister has a reasonable suspicion that the document is a bogus document"?

Genuine position & ANZSCO; consequences of nomination refusal

Federal Court: when considering whether a position is genuine as part of a nomination application under r 2.72, is Minister obliged to consider the tasks of ANZSCO unit group? If not, is Minister at least allowed to consider those tasks? If Tribunal refuses to grant visa on the basis of its refusal to approve nomination and the nominator wins on judicial review so that nomination is remitted back to the Tribunal, should the Court dismiss the visa applicant's judicial review application as the visa applicant still did not have an approved nomination?

Is the Attorney-General judicially reviewable?

Federal Court: the A-G declined to recommend to the Governor-General that the Applicant be pardoned and to refer her case to the Queensland Court of Appeal. Were those decisions by the A-G judicially reviewable? Why this decision matters to our clients: under s 501(10) of the Migration Act 1958, a conviction is to be disregarded for the purposes of the character test if the person has been pardoned or the conviction has been quashed.

How long should matters be considered for before decision?

Federal Court (Full Court): Q1 to the FCAFC: did Minister personally spend about an hour or only 11 minutes considering whether to cancel a visa? Q2: should the Court could draw a Jones v Dunkel inference that the Minister spent only 11 minutes? Q3: if the Court finds that Minister spent only 11 minutes, was that sufficient for the Minister to give proper, genuine and realistic consideration to the materials provided by the Department?

AAT application: size of email matters

Federal Court (Full Court): was an email that exceeded the maximum size accepted by the addressee nevertheless "capable of being retrieved by the addressee at an electronic address designated by the addressee"?

Can a dependant “substantially rely” on 2 persons?

Federal Court (Full Court): the AAT interpreted r 1.05A of the Migration Regulations 1994 (Cth) to provide that a non-citizen could only be "substantially reliant" on a single person in order to be "dependant" on that person. The Appellant argued to the Court that she could be "substantially reliant" both on the primary applicant and on a non-applicant.

Is a person eligible for citizenship a “national”?

Federal Court (Full Court): a non-citizen was born, and was usually resident, in India. Although eligible for Sri Lankan citizenship, he was stateless. The IAA assessed his protection visa application on the basis that he was a Sri Lankan "national". The Minister argued to the Court that a person is a "national" of a country if they are a citizen or eligible for citizenship of that country.

Department required to consider all information?

Federal Court (Full Court): In considering a visa application, the Minister may get any information that he/she considers relevant. If the Minister gets such information, he/she must have regard to that information in deciding whether to grant a visa (s 56). The question to the 5 judges was whether, after getting about 800 pages of materials submitted by a non-citizen, the Minister was required to have regard to all of the relevant information.

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