A visa can now be cancelled or refused for certain non-citizens by broadening the power to refuse to grant or to cancel a visa on character grounds, providing for lower thresholds for cancelling temporary visas; strengthening ministerial decision making powers in relation to general visa cancellation provisions; and introducing a mandatory visa cancellation for certain non-citizens who do not pass the character test.
The number of cancellations in 2014 - 2015 was 580, up from an average of 126 a year since 2010. The number of refusals in the last year was 136, compared to an average of 85 each year for the previous four years. Crimes such as armed robbery, violence and drug offences were cited alongside fraud, theft and child sex offences.
Character refusal or cancellation decisions will, as a consequence, lead to any undecided visa applications or visas held also being refused or cancelled.
If you have a criminal record, it does not mean you will never be granted a visa to enter or remain in Australia. It is important that you consult with a Registered Migration Agent who specialises in Australian visa applications.
Additional documentation can be prepared to accompany your visa application. A Registered Migration Agent will carry out a thorough review of your circumstances prior to submitting your application.