Australia’s special relationships: NZ character woes; employer sponsored concessions for the UK?

Australia’s special relationships: NZ character woes; employer sponsored concessions for the UK?

New Zealand and the United Kingdom have a close bond with Australia. Over the weekend the media reported dissatisfaction from NZ over its citizens being deported. Meanwhile the UK, in negotiating a Free Trade Agreement, are requesting concessions that might see amendments to the Subclass 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage visa or perhaps even a different visa subclass altogether.

This article clarifies why New Zealanders are over-represented in visa cancellations due to character concerns. It turns out that having a special visa might not be so special after all.

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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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On the horizon: TPP-11 countries to be exempt from 457/482 LMT; character test to be toughened

On the horizon: TPP-11 countries to be exempt from 457/482 LMT; character test to be toughened

Upcoming change to labour market testing (LMT) exemptions for Subclass 457 – Temporary Work (Skilled) and Subclass 482 – Temporary Skill Shortage visas are due to come into effect on 30 December 2018. This will add signatory nations of the TPP-11 who have also ratified the agreement to the list of countries exempt under international trade obligations.

Also, the character test is set to toughen (pending the passage of legislation). The new provisions will add a category of designated offences to the definition of what is a substantial criminal record. If passed, visa refusals and cancellations based on character will most likely increase.

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