Australia may have begun as a convict colony, however the Australia Federal Government is now in the process of mass deportation of non-Australian citizens criminals convicted of serious crimes. Section 501 of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) (“the Act”) grants the DIBP the powers to undertake the cancellation of visas (permanent or otherwise) where the visa holder has been convicted of serious criminal offences.
In a freedom of information log on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s website for the 2014-2015 financial year, it shows that the DIBP has cancelled 580 visas on character grounds, including the following:
|Top 5 offences by numbers||Number of offences in the 2014-2015 year|
|Other Violent Offence||106|
|Other Non-Violent Offence||89|
|Drug Related Offences||60|
Contrary to what most people may think, the country with the most cancellations happens to be our closest neighbour, New Zealand, whilst we are now also sending criminals back to the motherland of the United Kingdom:
|Country||Number of cancelled visas in the 2014-2015 year|
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