Publish Date: Sep 30, 2013
In the course of our immigration law practice we acted for an Afghan Hazara from Jaghori whose family worked for the government and for NGOs. As a result they were targeted by the Taliban.
Publish Date: Sep 27, 2013
Our client, a supporter of reformist presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, took part in the protests that followed the victory of Mahmoud Ahmedinejad in the stolen Iranian presidential election of July 2009. He was brutally beaten by the paramilitary Basij, and arrested and detained by Iranian intelligence (the Ettelaat). Fearing further persecution for his anti-government views, he was forced to flee Iran.
Publish Date: Sep 26, 2013
Our client was a single woman, with no family or connections to protect her in her home country of Samoa. She feared that she would receive no support from the government or from society; as a result, she faced risks of poverty, homelessness and violence if forced to return to Samoa.
Publish Date: Sep 25, 2013
Our client was arrested by Sri Lankan authorities in late 2009; he was (falsely) accused of involvement with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (the LTTE, or ‘Tamil Tigers’). Our client was tortured, escaping only through by bribery. Even after his release, our client continued to be targeted; he was kidnapped, blindfolded and detained by the paramilitary Karuna Group, who continued to accuse him of supporting the LTTE. Fearing death, our client escaped from captivity, fleeing Sri Lanka shortly afterwards.
Publish Date: Sep 24, 2013
In the course of our immigration law practice we acted for a Hazara teacher from Afghanistan who claimed refugee status in Australia because he faced persecution from the Taliban.
Publish Date: Sep 23, 2013
In the course of our immigration law practice, we acted for a number of Pakistani Christians who claimed refugee status in Australia because he faced persecution for being a Christian.
Publish Date: Sep 20, 2013
Our client was a soldier in the Georgian Army, and a veteran of the 2008 South Ossetia War. He protested against the mistreatment of refugees fleeing the conflict by his fellow soldiers. As a result of his protests, he was arrested and tortured by military police. He was forced to flee Georgia, fearing for his life.
Publish Date: Sep 19, 2013
In the course of our immigration law practice, we act for a number of applicants from China who claim refugee status in Australia because they FEAR persecution due to their protestant religious beliefs.
Publish Date: Sep 18, 2013
The health criterion is just one of the requirements that need to be met to be granted a visa for Australia. The health criterion varies from visa to visa. A waiver of the health criterion is available for some, but not all, visa categories.
Publish Date: Sep 17, 2013
Our client was a convert in Iran who was viewed by the Iranian authorities as a Ba’hai and against the government. He had been summoned by the Iranian authorities to appear in court on charges of trying to convert others to the Ba’hai faith. He had taken others to Ba’hai places of worship and took part in photographs near Ba’hai temples.
Publish Date: Sep 16, 2013
The ability of visa applicants to demonstrate that they have a high level of English-language proficiency, including people who want to apply for subclass 457 visas, will continue to be the focus of Australia’s migration program.
Publish Date: Sep 16, 2013
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship recently amended the law around spouse visas and other family visa categories to give the Minister for Immigration the power to refuse the application if:
Publish Date: Sep 09, 2013
Generally speaking a person will be entitled to a protection visa if they have a well-founded fear of serious / significant harm in their home country. However in cases where the person has “a right to enter and reside in” another country, they may be disqualified from qualifying for a protection visa. This exception is set out in section 36(3) of the Migration Act.
Publish Date: Sep 06, 2013
The Government recently changed the law around spouse visas. The effect of the changes is that that in order for an application to be validly lodged it must be sent to a prescribed address by post of courier. The Department of Immigration will not accept applications for spouse visas at the counter.
Publish Date: Sep 04, 2013
When a person becomes a citizen, they are able to enjoy all the rights, privileges and protections that are conferred to all Australians. Many people are fortunate to be born in Australia, therefore automatically gaining citizenship in most instances. While for others who aren’t as lucky, they’re required to fulfil various obligations in order to be eligible to gain Australian citizenship. Individuals who are permanent resident, are a partner or spouse of a citizen, refugee or migrant are just some of the category of people who may be eligible to become fully fledged Aussies.
Publish Date: Sep 03, 2013
Recent changes to the criteria businesses and subclass 457 visa applicants must satisfy has made it a lot harder for people to qualify for subclass 457 visas, especially in trade and lower skilled occupations.