Significance of a Section 501 Warning Letter
July 28, 2017

Section 501 Migration Act 1958: The Character Requirement In recent times, the focus of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection has become much more stringent and forensic, as the focus has turned towards ensuring the safety of our borders. As such, every person who wishes to enter Australia must be of good character, to

Understanding Refugee Law in Australia
July 14, 2017

One of the leading world issues currently is the global refugee crisis. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there are approximately 65.3 million forcibly displaced people worldwide, with nearly 34,000 people forcibly displaced every day; a result of persecution or conflict.[1] A refugee has been defined as “someone who has been

Australian Citizenship 2017: There are Lessons to be learnt from History
July 13, 2017

Australian citizenship was only introduced in 1949, with the introduction of the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948 (Cth) (herein known as the ‘Nationality and Citizenship Act’) on Australia Day 1949. Prior to this, Australian residents were deemed ‘British subjects’. Indeed the sense of nationalism to Australia’s British heritage was so strong that there was a

What should I do if my visa is about to expire?
July 6, 2017

If your visa is about to expire, you have to explore your options. The first question to ask is whether you have the right to remain in Australia.   Departing Australia[1] If you are not an Australian citizen, you must hold a valid visa for the duration of your stay and depart no later than