In this successful case, the client had served 3 short prison sentences for violating an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) related to an on-again, off-again relationship with a former girlfriend, including an incident involving accidental injury with a knife. The Client had been issued a previous cancellation notice and formal warning by the immigration department, but after the third prison sentence received a second Notice of Intention to Consider Cancellation his PR visa, which he had held for 23 years. The visa holder arrived in Australia 23 years ago at the age of 4 with his family and had no contacts or family in his home country.
Faced with the immediate threat of being removed from Australia and prohibited from returning to Australia for the rest of his life, the visa holder selected Northam & Associates to prepare his defence. We researched the immigration laws and regulations that applied to his situation and prepared a 150-page submission detailing the reasons why the visa holder should not have his visa cancelled, including statements from family, friends, former employers, plus extensive court documents, case law and legal precedents that applied to his situation.
“This case was one of the most important cases we’ve worked on because if we couldn’t win the case, the client was facing immigration detention, removal from Australia, and a lifetime ban on travel to Australia where all of his family lives and where he’s lived since age 4. Character based cancellations are serious issues, and we knew we had to use every possible way to show that despite some bad judgement related to a troubled long-term relationship, our Client was a person who had turned his life around and deserved to remain in Australia with his family. “ — Mark Northam
Outcome: The case was successful and the client was allowed to remain in Australia.