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Australian Visa Cancellation in the headlines – Apex Gang and NZ Citizens effected

Australian Visa Cancellation in the headlines – Apex Gang and NZ Citizens effected


It has been reported that four of the Melbourne’s Apex gang members will be deported after Australian authorities cancelled their visas. Victorian Police have been targeting the Apex gang which is a major factor in Victoria’s youth crime, cancelling the visas for the members who are engage in criminal activity.



The Australian Federal Government will no longer be lowering the cost of applying for a working holiday visa. This means that backpackers will still have to pay a $440 application fee, instead of the promised reduced fee of $390. Farm and tourism operators are very disappointed, saying that this will result in lower numbers of backpackers visiting and working in Australia.The Australian Government is hoping that the higher fee will lead to more unemployed young Australians gaining employment in the fruit picking industry.




Australia’s immigration policies have become notorious for detaining and deporting NZ citizens. Immigration policies do not just create the potential for abuse but that human rights abuses have almost become inevitable feature of the process. It was claimed that the policy that was already controversial and inhumane has been made even tougher on children and families as well as those who have been detained.



Comments by Chris Johnston – Principal Lawyer and Registered Migration Agent at Work Visa Lawyers
We have been following the increase in character cancellations for several years.                                                

The power under s501 have made visa cancellation mandatory in a number of circumstances, including:

  • Where there is a prison sentence of more than 1 year OR
  • Where there are sentence offence against children


This information is accurate on 20 January 2017

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