The new Migration Amendment (Biosecurity Contraventions and Importation of Objectionable Goods) Regulations 2019 commences on 17 April 2019
The new Migration Amendment (Biosecurity Contraventions and Importation of Objectionable Goods) Regulations 2019 will commence on 17 April 2019 and its explanatory statement includes the following passages:
The Migration Amendment (Biosecurity Contraventions and Importation of Objectionable Goods) Regulations 2019 (the Regulations) amend the Migration Regulations 1994 (the Migration Regulations) to:
- insert a new cancellation ground allowing cancellation of visitor visas where:
- the holder is in Australia and has not been immigration cleared; and
- the Minister reasonably believes that the visa holder has contravened subsection 126(2), 128(2), 532(1) or 533(1) of the Biosecurity Act 2015 (the Biosecurity Act);
- insert a new cancellation ground allowing cancellation of temporary visas where:
- the Minister reasonably believes that the visa holder has imported goods to which regulation 4A of the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956applies; and
- the visa holder has not been granted a permission under subregulation 4A(2) of those Regulations to import the goods; and
- amend public interest criterion 4013 so that applicants for affected visas, who have had a previous visa cancelled under one of the new grounds in the last 3 years, cannot satisfy the criterion unless there are compelling reasons to justify the grant of the visa.
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