Both Permanent or Temporary visas may be cancelled by the Department of Home Affairs if you do not pass the “Character Test” but the good news is these can be appealed to the Administrative Appeals Trubunal (AAT) (successfully in most cases).

You will not pass the character test if you:

  1. have a “substantial criminal record” which is defined as you;
    • were sentenced to a period of imprisonment of 12 months or more or
    • have an association with an individual, group or organisation which is suspected of being involved in criminal conduct; or
    • are not of good character having regard to your past and present criminal or general conduct; or
    • are at significant risk of engaging in future, unacceptable conduct.

When an appeal is made to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), it must be done within a strict timeframe.

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