Immigration is an ever changing space. Over the past week the following changes have been announced:
Public disclosure of sanctions
The Department of Home Affairs (Immigration) may publish information, including personal information, about an approved sponsor or former sponsor who has failed to meet the applicable sponsorship obligations. This can be done without observing the rules of natural justice and no civil liability can arise from the publication of such information.
Collection of Tax File Numbers
Immigration will soon start collecting the tax file numbers for the purpose of verifying the TFN. The TFN may be requested from:
- the applicant, visa holder or former visa holder
- approved sponsor of the applicant, visa holder or former visa holder
- a former approved sponsor of the applicant, visa holder or former visa holder
- the nominator of an applicant or visa holder where the approved nomination has not ceased
- the nominator of a visa holder or former visa holder where the approved nomination has ceased under the regulations.
Working Holiday Visa age increase
From 1 November 2018, Canadians up to the age of 35 will be able to apply for a Working Holiday Visa. The age has also been increased to 35 for Australians applying for a Working Holiday Visa for Canada.
This publication does not deal with every important topic or change in law and is not intended to be relied upon as a substitute for legal or other advice that may be relevant to the reader's specific circumstances. If you have found this publication of interest and would like to know more or wish to obtain legal advice relevant to your circumstances please contact one of the named individuals listed.