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Visa Cancellations – A ‘Character’ Comprehensive: From conduct to cancellation

Visa Cancellations – A ‘Character’ Comprehensive: From conduct to cancellation

Date & TimeTuesday 30 April 2019 12.30–2.30pm
Format Workshop
Price

Member

$110.00

Non-Member

$150.00

CPD Units 2
  • Substantive Law
Venue LIV, Level 13, 140 William Street, Melbourne View Map

Community Legal Centre member price: $82.50

This lunchtime session provides a comprehensive toolkit for understanding and advising clients born overseas who are facing visa cancellation or have criminal charges or other character concerns. It covers best practice from the moment a charge is laid, through the primary stage of a cancellation including personal decisions by the Minister for Home Affairs, through merits review in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and up to the federal courts.

It is designed to assist all lawyers with clients born overseas, from the most experienced migration lawyers to criminal lawyers, to ensure the best outcomes for their clients.

Lunch will be provided.

Program Overview

Further Details

  • Full Description

    Since changes to the law in 2014, visa cancellations on the basis of character have increased by over 1400%. In the face of unprecedented demand and considerable legal complexity, lawyers must be properly equipped to navigate what is often a traumatic and life-changing experience for their clients.

    Cancellations impact lives in immeasurable ways, from family separation and indefinite detention to refoulement in breach of Australia’s international obligations. Timeframes and procedural requirements and strict, and failure to comply may leave cancellees without remedy.

    This session provides a comprehensive toolkit for understanding visa cancellations, and assisting people facing visa cancellation. It covers best practice from the moment of a charge is laid or character becomes a concern, through the primary stage of a cancellation including personal decisions by the Minister for Home Affairs, through the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and up to judicial review in the federal courts.

    It is designed to assist all lawyers with non-citizen clients, from the most experienced migration lawyers to criminal lawyers, to ensure the best outcomes for their clients.

    Given the approach of deregulation, meaning that all lawyers will be permitted to provide migration advice, this is an essential and unmissable topic for all those practicing with clients with histories of offending or association who are not Australian citizens. A lack of knowledge on the part of a lawyer may have grave consequences. The area is a rewarding one where clients are in considerable need, and apt representation can make an enormous difference.

  • Presenters

    Sanmati Verma, Senior Lawyer and Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law, Clothier Anderson Immigration Lawyers

    Hannah Dickinson, Senior Lawyer and Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law, Victoria Legal Aid

    Guy Gilbert S.C., Barrister, Victorian Bar

  • Learning Outcomes

    By attending this session, you will:

    • Through an improved grasp of sections 116 and 501 of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth), more confidently run cancellation matters and support affected clients in the criminal, family, and immigration spaces in an environment of unprecedented change and uncertainty, and
    • Apply best practice to better advise and represent your clients through each step, right from a charge through to the primary stage of a cancellation, with the assistance of comprehensive materials provided.