Tougher visa character guidelines
A SET of tougher character guidelines released by the federal Government will target visa holders who have committed a serious crime.
Immigration Minister Chris Bowen says the new ministerial direction on character decision making will include violent or sexual crimes.
Non-citizens who commit such crimes should generally expect to be denied the privilege of coming to or remaining in Australia, says Mr Bowen.
“It identifies the considerations I believe to be important in deciding whether to exercise the discretion to refuse or cancel a person’s visa on character grounds,” Mr Bowen says in a statement issued yesterday (Sunday, August 5).
“The government is committed to protecting the Australian community from risk of serious harm.”
The new guidelines will come into effect in September and will apply to all character decisions made by the department and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal on or after that date.