Visa cancellations: The Prime Minister’s timely warning for permanent visa holders

Visa cancellations: The Prime Minister’s timely warning for permanent visa holders

Last week’s media attention turned to the cancellation of a permanent protection visa holder who was convicted of committing a crime against a three-year-old child. While character cancellations receive the most press attention, there are plenty of other ways a person’s temporary or permanent visa can be cancelled.

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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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