Visa cancellations on character grounds hits new record: guess which country tops the list?

Last year a record 580 people had their visas cancelled on character grounds, according to figures released by the department of immigration. The number of visa cancellations have been steadily rising because Immigration Minister Peter Dutton now has greater powers to cancel visas and has been using them to deport more non-citizens.

Nationality                     Number
New Zealand                    339
United Kingdom                  64
Sudan                                16
Vietnam                             14
Fiji                                     10
Lebanon                              8
South Africa                        6
Iraq                                     6
Serra Leone                         5
Philippines                           5
Afghanistan                         5
Countries <5 cases           102
TOTAL                                      580

While there are various elements in the Minister’s section 501 broad cancellation powers, most decisions seem to be based on whether there is a cumulative term of imprisonment of 12 months. Therefore, all previous prison terms for different offenses are added together to determine if the visa should be cancelled.

Various cases have emerged in the media over the last year of non-citizens, who have families here and lived here most of the lives, being deported for a range of offenses including driving without a license and road rage. Under the new laws, the minister no longer looks at family ties or length of residency when making the cancellation decision.

The biggest complaints about the ministers’ new powers have come from New Zealanders. And for good reason too. According to the Migration Council “one in ten immigration detainees were New Zealanders, around 1,500 people currently, with an expected increase to 5,000.”

Of the 580 visas cancelled in the last financial year, 339 or almost 60 per cent were for New Zealand citizens. Visa cancellations of nationals of the United Kingdom was the next highest at 64.

If you have a visa cancelled or have been issued with of Notice Of Intention to Consider Cancellation (NOICC) please contact Mr Youssef Haddad on 0403 676 452.


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Youssef Haddad 22 posts

Youssef Haddad is a Director and a Principal Registered Migration Agent with ILM Australia. He is also a founding member.

Youssef is one of our leading Australian Migration Consultants and specializes in complex migration cases. Youssef has a strong understanding of the Migration Act and the Migration Regulations which allows him to effectively resolve complex migration matters.

Some of the matters that Youssef specializes in include Character Cancellations, Bogus Documents, Health Waivers, Onshore un-lawful Criteria, visa refusals.

Youssef handles all of our Administrative Appeals Tribunal (Migration and Refugee Divisions) Cases and is also responsible for representing our clients for Ministerial Intervention. Youssef has a high success rate when representing his clients which is a reflection of his sound understanding of Australian Migration legislation and devotion to the Migration Advice Profession.

Youssef also has a strong working knowledge of the Federal Circuit Court Appeals process and has partnered with specialists in this field to assist his clients in judicial review of their visa decisions.

Youssef also handles all of our Refugee and Humanitarian Visas and all other Family and Partner Migration Streams.When dealing with Youssef, you can expect to receive realistic and honest migration advice. You will have a clear understanding of your rights and responsibilities available to you under Australian Migration Law.

Youssef is originally from Lebanon and also speaks fluent Arabic.

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