Immigrants from Sudan are among the Top 5 nationalities with Australian Visa cancellations based on grounds of character. Their Visas are now increasingly being revoked. This is through ministerial discretion as revealed by the latest statistics.
The Department of Home Affairs has revealed the figures for last fiscal year for Australian Visa cancellations. It reveals the use of Ministerial discretion 56 times for cancellation of a visa on grounds of character. 8 Visas were cancelled in the third quarter of 2018. Sudanese immigrants were among the Top 5 nationalities with Australian Visa cancellations by a Minister. There were around 5 cancellations last year for them, as quoted by the Daily Mail Co UK.
Meanwhile, no nationals of Sudan had cancellations of visas through ministerial discretion in the last 2 fiscal years. This was for 2015-16 and 2016-17.
The nationals of New Zealand and the UK top the list for Australian Visa cancellations. They form the majority of the figures with minimum 30 after July 2017. Nationals of Tonga and Lebanon are next in the list for having visa cancellations under ministerial discretion.
Ministerial cancellations are different from the mandatory visa cancellations. The latter involves a grave crime record.
David Coleman the Immigration Minister of Australia released a press statement this week. It elaborates that there is no tolerance for those who risk Australians. Under the Migration Act of Australia, a visa may be cancelled by a Minister. This is if the Minister convincingly suspects that the individual does not qualify the test for character.
Tensions have increased in Melbourne over the past year. This is following several incidents of violence involving African gangs.
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