Health criterion relaxed: threshold increased to $49,000, maximum period capped at 10 years

Health criterion relaxed: threshold increased to $49,000, maximum period capped at 10 years

In a recent shift in policy, the threshold determining what is deemed a significant cost for those who do not meet the health criterion for an Australian visa has been raised from $40,000 to $49,000 and the period for which the cost is determined has been capped at 10 years instead of the estimate remaining life expectancy of the individual.

Learn what the health requirement is for an Australian visa, why this change is important, how it is determined what medical exam is required and the major difference between the two health criteria: PIC 4005 and 4007.

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New character direction has domestic violence perpetrators in sight…and maybe a few more

New character direction has domestic violence perpetrators in sight…and maybe a few more

A new direction made by the Minister of Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs for assessing a non-citizen who does not satisfy the character test in certain circumstances came into force at the end of last month. The minister heralded this as being aimed at domestic violence perpetrators committing violence against women and children. The terminology, however, may be interpreted a little differently.

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Character cancellations: What the media didn’t report; NZ government weighs in on new bill

Character cancellations: What the media didn’t report; NZ government weighs in on new bill

A number of recent articles reported on visa cancellations based on failing the character test. What wasn’t reported was that the number was lower than previous years. This has not stopped the Minister for Home Affairs wanting to strengthen the character test further despite the Government of New Zealand not approving.

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Partner visas: Fraud and PIC 4020 refusals, and a mysterious points tool

Partner visas: Fraud and PIC 4020 refusals, and a mysterious points tool

A very interesting requested made to the Department of Home Affairs asked whether there was a points system in assessing partner visa applications, potentially alluding to a certain risk tiering tool.

Information on refusals of Subclass 300 – Prospective Marriage visas, the offshore Subclass 309/100 – Partner visa and the onshore Subclass 820/801 – Partner visa were fraud was recorded, or where the applicant fails to meet public interest criterion 4020 are analysed.

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