AAT Bulletin Issue # 12 – 25 Mar 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:


Atiya and Minister for Home Affairs (Citizenship) [2019] AATA 415 (18 March 2019); Senior Member C Puplick AM

CITIZENSHIP – citizenship test exemption – whether the applicant suffered from a permanent or enduring physical or mental incapacity – decision set aside


BOLLAM (Migration) [2019] AATA 466 (11 February 2019); H Kroger, Member

MIGRATION – cancellation – Student (Temporary) (Class TU) visa – Subclass 573 Higher Education Sector – enrolment in a registered Higher Education course – applicant ceased studying – applicant’s family’s temporary financial hardship – medical condition affecting ability to communicate – applicant sought course deferment – decision under review set aside

Pushparaj (Migration) [2019] AATA 387 (14 February 2019); K Raif, Senior Member

MIGRATION – cancellation – Skilled (Provisional) (Class VF) visas – Subclass 476 (Skilled –Recognised Graduate) – providing fraudulent documents and incorrect answers with visa application– provisional certificates issued by the applicant’s university – Australian university approved support for business plans – conducting scientific research of benefit to a regional area – decision under review set aside

Kocak (Migration) [2019] AATA 481 (4 March 2019); M Brophy, Member

MIGRATION – Visitor (Class FA) visa – subclass 600 (Visitor) – Tourist stream – exceptional circumstances for further visa grant – staying in Australia consecutively for more than 12 months – husband’s medical condition – inability to travel – decision under review remitted

CHENG (Migration) [2019] AATA 447 (5 March 2019); J Cripps Watts, Member

MIGRATION – Skilled (Provisional) (Class VC) visa – Subclass 485 (Temporary Graduate) – Post- Study Work stream – undertaken two academic years (or 92 weeks) study in Australia – completed Master of Professional Accounting (Extension), CRICOS code 055635K – 104 weeks’ duration –delegate assessed incorrect course of shorter duration – subjects completed in unfinished Master of International Business course credited to final course – Australian study requirement 6 months preceding date of visa application satisfied – Decision under review remitted

Chow (Migration) [2019] AATA 497 (7 March 2019); S Lee, Member

MIGRATION – Business skills (Residence)(Class DF) visa – Subclass 892 – multiple applicants –issue of which applicant seeks to satisfy the primary criteria – department decision – primary applicant not in Australia for the requisite time during the two years immediately prior to the visa application – primary applicant outside Australia at time of review application – secondary applicant appeared at review – not the family member of a person holding Subclass 892 visa – decision under review affirmed

DKDR and Minister for Home Affairs (Migration) [2019] AATA 412 (7 March 2019); Mr T Eteuati, Member

MIGRATION – cancellation of applicant’s visa under s 501(2) – applicant failed to pass the character test – whether to exercise the discretion to cancel the applicant’s visa – application of Direction No. 79 – decision set aside

Ali and Minister for Home Affairs (Migration) [2019] AATA 417 (13 March 2019); Senior Member T Tavoularis

MIGRATION – non-revocation of mandatory cancellation of Class BS Subclass 201 Partner (Residence) visa – expedited matter – where visa was cancelled under s 501(3A) – applicant does not pass character test – whether discretion in s 501CA to revoke mandatory cancellation should be exercised – considerations in Direction No 79 – decision under review affirmed

HPZB and Minister for Home Affairs (Migration) [2019] AATA 439 (13 March 2019); Senior Member R Pintos-Lopez

MIGRATION – temporary protection visa refusal – failure to pass the character test – whether discretion to refuse visa should be exercised – protection and expectations of the Australian community – risk of reoffending – international 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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