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Issue 1  April  2014  



Modern Migration  Australia  





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Welcome to  our  first  edition  of   MMA  News    

A message  from  the  Director,  Filippo  Pellegrino     st

Welcome to  the  1  Edition  of  M odern  Migration  Australia’s   newsletter.  We’ve  started  the  newsletter  because  we  want  to   share  with  you  important  and  topical  information  about  current   migration  issues  and  the  work  we  do  at  Modern  Migration   Australia.     Talking  of  the  work,  its  fair  to  say  our  job  centers  on  helping  you   achieve  your  migration  goals.  We  do  this  because  everyone  at   Modern  M igration  Australia  has  there  own  migration  story  and   this  is  our  motivation  for  being  professionals  in  this  industry.  My   own  personal  migration  story  begins  with  my  parents  who  were   pre  and  post  war  migrants  from  Southern  Europe.  In  later  life,  my   first  ever  visa  application  was  a  Partner  visa  for  my  wife  who  is   from  North  Asia  (and  yes,  we  do  specialise  in  Spouse/Partner   Visas  as  well  as  Family  and  Child  visas  ...  J).       We  also  work  for  skilled  migrants  seeking  Permanent  and   Temporary  visas,  Small  and  Medium  enterprises  seeking  short   and  long  term  skilled  worker  solutions  and  students  seeking  study   and  post  study  options.  As  you  can  see,  the  pathway  to  Australia   is  quite  diversified.  And,  Pathway  Planning  is  very  much  what  we  


do from  the  very  first  day  we  meet   you.       st Now,  this  1  edition  takes  a  close  look  at  the  Department  of  Immigration’s   new  Form  80  Personal  particulars  for  assessment  including  character   assessment  (or  as  we  affectionately  refer  to  it  –  the  history  of  your  life  and   your  family!).  This  is  a  key  form  that  the  Department  uses  to  gather   information  about  an  applicant  and  assess  them  in  a  range  of  ways.  We   explore  some  of  the  possible  scenarios,  which  we  feel  are  of  concern  and   the  additional  stress  and  burden  these  places  on  applicants.  There  are  other   concerns  especially  with  genuine  errors  and  omissions  and  how  these  may   be  interpreted  against  the  wide  reaching  Public  Interest  Criteria  4020.     In  following  additions,  we’ll  look  at  various  other  topics  and  processes  and   how  to  look  at  visa  options  for  creating  pathways  for  your  future.   st Welcome  and  thanks  for  reading  our  1  Edition     Filippo  Pellegrino  BA(Hons),  Dip.Ed  MBA  GCMLaw   Managing  Director  and  Senior  Migration  Agent    

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Introducing Shota  Hitomi   Modern   Migration   Australia   staff   member,   Shota   Hitomi,   is   currently   studying   a   Graduate   Certificate   in   Migration   Law   at   Murdoch   University,   after   completing   a   Bachelor   of   Laws   and   a   Bachelor   of   Asian   Studies.   Shota   also   holds   a   Graduate   Certificate   in   Chinese   Law   and   has   a   strong   interest   in   Australian-­‐Asian  relations.    

Shota has   worked   at   various   law   firms   whilst   studying   his   law   degree   and   has   experience   in   commercial   and   family   law.       Having   come   from   a   migrant   family   and   wanting   to   combine   his   expertise   in   law   and   Asian   studies,   Shota   has   decided   to   pursue   a   career   in   migration   upon  completing  his  studies.      

Shota is   from   a   Japanese   background,   and   having   studied   at   a   Japanese   university   for   twelve   months,   he   is   fluent   in  

Shota hopes   to   practice   as   a   registered   migration   agent   when   he   graduates   in   June   2014.

Japanese. Shota   is   also   undertaking   casual   studies   in   Mandarin.    

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Feature Article  

The New  Form  80:   More  Information,  Less  Sense      

    Australia,  many  of  our  clients  have  had  difficulty   meeting  the  rigorous  requirement  of  providing  an   he  changes  to  the  personal  particulars  for   excessive  amount  of  detail,  covering  their  entire  life.   assessment  form,  otherwise  known  as  Form  80,  is   It  is  near  impossible  for  some  clients  to  recall  where   causing  a  stir  in  the  migration  industry.       they  lived  as  an  infant  or  child,  and  in  many  cases     records  do  not  exist.  For  European   Form  80  requires  applicants  to   clients  especially,  it  is  difficult  to   “many,   m any   m ember   disclose  ‘privacy  information,’   evidence  where  they  have  travelled  over   complaints”   which  includes:  previous   the  last  thirty  years,  as  they  have  lived  in   employment  history,  places  of   a  ‘borderless’  environment’.       MIA   r epresentative     domicile,  previous  education  and   The  unreasonable  changes  have  sparked   travel  history.  Under  the  changes,   high-­‐level  discussion  between  the  DIBP   clients  are  obligated  to  provide  the   and  Migration  Industry  bodies.  The  Migration   Department  of  Immigration  and  Border  Protection   Institute  of  Australia  (MIA),  through  its  National   (DIPB)  with  their  entire  employment  and  education   President,  has  engaged  with  the  DIBP  in  rigorous   history.  In  addition  to  this,  clients  must  also  provide   discussion.  Following  these  discussions,  the  MIA  also   thirty  years  of  addresses  and  travel  history.    Given,   claimed  “it  may  not  have  been  DIBP’s  choice  that  the   these  onerous  requirements,  which  clients  often  fail   changes  were  made  [to  form  80].”  It  remains  to  be   to  satisfy,  it  is  with  little  wonder  that  the   confirmed  who  or  which  body  is  then  responsible  for   amendments  have  been  met  with  criticism.     the  changes.  What  the  MIA  did  confirm  is;  they  have   Without  doubt,  the  new  Form  80  has  created  an   received  “many,  many  Member  complaints”-­‐   unnecessary  burden  on  clients.  At  Modern  Migration   including  ours.    



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In early  April,  the  DIBP  finally  responded  to  the   MIA’s  enquiries.  In  a  fairly   ambiguous  statement,  the  DIBP   claimed  the  changes  were  to   establish  client  identity  and   character,  in  an  effort  to   combat  identity  fraud  and   transnational  crime.  The  DIBP   also  stated  the  previous  Form   80  failed  to  articulate  the   address  history  requirement  and   incomplete  information  led  to  delays  in  processing.   This  response  by  the  DIBP  reveals  a  complete  lack  of   understanding  of  the  difficulty  Form  80  imposes  on   clients,  and  its  excessive  requirements.    

At Modern  Migration  Australia  we  have  been   assisting  clients,  who,  for  a   range  of  reasons,  cannot  recall   or  access  their  life  history,  to   provide  alternative   declarations  in  support  of  their   personal  information.  The  use   of  declarations  is  becoming   industry  practice  and  begs  the   question,  what  purpose  do  the   rigorous  Form  80  requirements   actually  serve?  Particularly  because  the  legislated   character  test  can  still  be  satisfied,  even  when  all  of   the  information  required  by  Form  80  is  not  provided.     The  rationale  behind  the  Form  80  amendments  is   not  entirely  clear,  but  what  is  clear  is  the  discontent   it  has  generated.  The  Government,  and  in  turn,  the   DIBP  are  creating  hurdles  for  clients,  however  they   can  generally  be  circumvented  through  declarations.     The  industry  waits,  with  bated  breath,  to  see  if  the   Government  responds  to  the  criticism  of  the  arduous   and  wholly  unnecessary  amendments.    In  the  mean   time  we  will  continue  to  assist  clients  with  their   options.    

In addition  to  the  industry  backlash,  Form  80  is  being   questioned  at  other  levels.  The  Migration  Review   Tribunal  has  demonstrated  a  level  of  disregard   towards  the  Form  80  requirements.  In  one  particular   case,  an  application  for  a  Subclass  309  visa  failed   because  of  a  lack  of  sufficient  detail  given  by  the   applicant,  in  an  earlier,  less  onerous  version  of  Form   80.  However,  the  Tribunal  found  a  failure  to  comply   with  Form  80  does  not  necessarily  result  in  a  failure   by  the  applicant  to  satisfy  the  character  test   prescribed  by  the  Migration  Act  1958.  Thereby,    a   decision  to  reject  a  visa  on  the  grounds  that  Form  80   has  not  been  complied  with  is  seemingly  redundant   if  the  character  test  has  already  been  satisfied.              

If you,  or  someone  you  know,  if  having  difficulty  with   Form  80  or  visa  applications  in  general,  please  call  us   on  +61  65557718.      

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