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Nov 15th 2016, 2:40 am
Replies: 4
Views: 12,354
Posted By George Lombard

Member of Family Unit changes on 19 November...

For those who may have missed it, after Friday night (Canberra time) it won't be possible in most cases to add a dependant parent or older relative to a new application. See Member of the Family...
Sep 6th 2016, 12:00 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 1,398
Posted By George Lombard

Re: Mental Health - Partner Visa rights

Hi Red,

The lease isn't much of an issue - migration law allows for partner visa applicants to be living apart on a temporary basis - and I think you should be making contact with one of the...
May 26th 2016, 7:03 am
Replies: 25
Views: 5,476
Posted By George Lombard

Re: Distinguished Talent Visa (subclass 124) Help!!!

Some of us still remember Nottingham 2015 sadly TB. But I think that these days everyone agrees it was Shane Warne, not Joe the cameraman.

Cheers,

George Lombard
May 26th 2016, 12:03 am
Replies: 25
Views: 5,476
Posted By George Lombard

Re: Distinguished Talent Visa (subclass 124) Help!!!

Hi Peaceboy,

There are precedents in the MRT and AAT databases for distinguished talent decisions being overturned at Tribunal level, see for example 1417319 [2015] MRTA 825 (1 May 2015)...
May 18th 2016, 10:15 am
Replies: 6
Views: 3,371
Posted By George Lombard

Re: SOL/CSOL 1st July 2016

Hi Jilliebee,

No the two lists - SOL and CSOL - need to be read together. All those nursing occupations are on the SOL.

Cheers,

George Lombard
May 16th 2016, 11:19 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 3,371
Posted By George Lombard

Re: SOL/CSOL 1st July 2016

Hi Polly,

These are the changes:

Additions


Orthotists and Prosthetists [251912]
Audiologists [252711]
Jan 5th 2015, 4:10 pm
Replies: 29
Views: 4,547
Posted By George Lombard

Re: E651 processing times

Hi Belief,

Just saw your posts. Either there's a serious aspect of your previous stay - for example you may have left Australia after your previous visa expired so had become an "illegal" - or...
Sep 26th 2014, 3:18 am
Replies: 12
Views: 1,453
Posted By George Lombard

Re: Aged Parents, Carers, Remaining Relatives and non-Contributory Parents - some hop

... and it's important that people focus on the processing times for these visas:

Non-Contributory Parent visa – approximately 30 years
Carer visa – approximately 4.5 years
Remaining...
Sep 25th 2014, 3:47 am
Replies: 12
Views: 1,453
Posted By George Lombard

Re: Aged Parents, Carers, Remaining Relatives and non-Contributory Parents - some hop

Senator Hanson-Young's disallowance motion against the Migration Amendment (Repeal of Certain Visa Classes) Regulation 2014, as contained in Select Legislative Instrument 2014 No. 65 [F2014L00622],...
Sep 25th 2014, 1:53 am
Replies: 3
Views: 654
Posted By George Lombard

Re: Urgent Assistance for Subclass 475 to 887

... and, when that expires, the conditions of the bridging visa A which you hold. Unfortunately the anticipated processing time for the subclass 887 visa is six months but this is a little...
Sep 25th 2014, 1:06 am
Replies: 12
Views: 1,453
Posted By George Lombard

Re: Aged Parents, Carers, Remaining Relatives and non-Contributory Parents - some hop

Disallowance motion now scheduled for 11.50am today. If the matter has been predetermined then it will go through as a formal motion without a vote - most likely it will involve a vote, in which case...
Sep 24th 2014, 5:53 am
Replies: 46
Views: 4,259
Posted By George Lombard

Re: Whoa, 4-year residency requirement for spouse can be time spent abroad?

Hi Jeremy,

The Citizenship Instructions suggest that it's easier to get the benefit of the discretion if you have at least 12 months in Australia. Interestingly, some Tribunal members here are...
Sep 24th 2014, 4:45 am
Replies: 12
Views: 1,453
Posted By George Lombard

Re: Aged Parents, Carers, Remaining Relatives and non-Contributory Parents - some hop

Hi Steve,

The mechanism of the Senate means that the matter needed to be initiated within the 15 sitting days, I understand that it was. Today is the actual disallowance motion, taking place some...
Sep 23rd 2014, 10:28 pm
Replies: 46
Views: 4,259
Posted By George Lombard

Re: Whoa, 4-year residency requirement for spouse can be time spent abroad?

Hi Polly,

No they've been ridiculous on the s.22(9) discretion for some time. But yes, this is why we need kremlinologists...

Cheers,

George Lombard
Sep 23rd 2014, 9:37 pm
Replies: 46
Views: 4,259
Posted By George Lombard

Re: Whoa, 4-year residency requirement for spouse can be time spent abroad?

Good luck with it. The AAT decisions on s.22(9) seem to run roughly 50/50 - there are hundreds of them at Administrative Appeals Tribunal of Australia (http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/AATA/)...
Sep 23rd 2014, 7:48 am
Replies: 12
Views: 1,453
Posted By George Lombard

Aged Parents, Carers, Remaining Relatives and non-Contributory Parents - some hope.

Tomorrow the Australian Senate will vote on the disallowance motion concerning the abolition of the above four visa categories on 2 June.

If the disallowance motion is successful, the Department...
Sep 23rd 2014, 6:09 am
Replies: 46
Views: 4,259
Posted By George Lombard

Re: Whoa, 4-year residency requirement for spouse can be time spent abroad?

Hi Astera,

This is an area where the Department does not seem to apply the discretion all that liberally.

There are quite a few AAT decisions and they go both ways, for example these are from...
Sep 22nd 2014, 4:47 am
Replies: 7
Views: 803
Posted By George Lombard

Re: Scaremongering for 8 yrs PR /Citizenship with convictions

I don't want to contribute to the scaremongering as such, but I'll just say that recently the Department seems to have raised the character standards in a couple of apparently isolated cases. ...
Jun 10th 2014, 7:26 am
Replies: 0
Views: 566
Posted By George Lombard

Skilled Occupation List Amendments - Good News for Chefs, Tilers and Bricklayers

The government has announced that three occupations are being added to the Skilled Occupation List, Chefs, Tilers and Bricklayers, and none are being removed.

This announcement means that these...
May 30th 2014, 7:22 am
Replies: 42
Views: 5,286
Posted By George Lombard

Re: End of Parent and Aged Parent visas?

Laights I just need to clarify what I said - offshore "Other Family" applications can still be lodged by fax. All parent visas applications need to be lodged according to the relevant legislative...
May 30th 2014, 6:35 am
Replies: 42
Views: 5,286
Posted By George Lombard

Re: End of Parent and Aged Parent visas?

A fax on a Sunday if outside business hours can be accepted but be prepared for a battle with the Department. Better to get in while their office is open if you can.

cheers,

George Lombard
May 30th 2014, 6:33 am
Replies: 42
Views: 5,286
Posted By George Lombard

Re: End of Parent and Aged Parent visas?

Not Perth if they're offshore afaik.

Cheers,

George Lombard
May 30th 2014, 6:13 am
Replies: 42
Views: 5,286
Posted By George Lombard

Re: End of Parent and Aged Parent visas?

Nick the decision is based on an administrative action which has just been taken through Regulations. As delegated legislation it takes effect immediately unless the Senate disallows it in a motion...
Forum: Australia
May 30th 2014, 4:02 am
Replies: 1
Views: 585
Posted By George Lombard

Re: Urgent - End of Other Family and non-contributory parent visas today

Further to earlier message, confirmation of this change can be found at http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/F2014L00622/Explanatory%20Statement/Text .

Cheers,

George Lombard
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