Migration Amendment (Regulation of Migration Agents) Bill 2019
Introduced with the Migration Agents Registration Application Charge Amendment (Rates of Charge) Bill 2019, the bill amends the Migration Act 1958 to: remove unrestricted legal practitioners from the regulatory scheme that governs migration agents; allow eligible restricted legal practitioners to be both registered migration agents and restricted legal practitioners for a period of up to two years; enable the time period in which a person can be considered an applicant for repeat registration as a migration agent to be specified in delegated legislation; remove the 12-month time limit within which a person must apply for registration following completion of a prescribed course; clarify that the powers under Part 3 of the Act are exercisable by the minister; enable the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA) to refuse an application to become a registered migration agent where an applicant has failed to provide information or answer questions in relation to their application; require registered migration agents to notify MARA if they have paid the non-commercial application charge for their current period of registration but give immigration assistance otherwise than on a non-commercial basis; and provide that the definitions of ‘immigration assistance’ and ‘makes immigration representations’ include assisting a person in relation to a request to the minister to exercise his or her power under the Act to revoke a character-related visa refusal or cancellation decision.
On 26 December 2019 the Victorian Immigration Solicitors Alliance: VISA made the following submission to the Committee Secretariat Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600.
It was an important submission that lead to a significant change to the law and an historic step towards the development of a better and fairer immigration system and protection of refugee & migrant rights.
If you would like to read the full submission made by VISA to the Australian Senate Committee please the Parliament of Australia Library:
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