Changes in regulation enhancing Community Safety and Visa Integrity
New regulations have been implemented by the Government, enhancing visa integrity and clearly communicating what is expected of non-citizens while staying in Australia.
Temporary Visa Changes
Individuals applying for, and are then granted a temporary visa on or after 18th November 2017, are now subject to new conditions while staying in Australia:
Visa condition 8303 – The following are prohibited: activities endangering or threatening any individuals, those disruptive or violence that threatens harm to the Australian community or a group within it.
Visa condition 8304 – Temporary visa holders must identify themselves using the same name in all communications with the following agencies: Commonwealth, state or government. Any change in name must be communicated to ALL government agencies as soon as possible. This includes the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).
Visa condition 8564 – Individuals must not be involved in any criminal activity. Those subject to this condition and who are convicted during their stay in Australia may have their visa cancelled.
Changes for all visas
Overall visa integrity is being improved, so regulations are being tightened for all visa applications.
New payment methods in ImmiAccount
From the 18th November 2017, there are new payment methods available in ImmiAccount. These changes enable clients to maintain confidentiality around their personal credit card details. Online payment options such as PayPal are also now available for paper-based applications.
Changes included are:
Receipts provided with the ‘PrePay Paper Service’ option is a proof of payment and must be submitted with the application.
This SHOULD NOT be used to pay for applications submitted online via ImmiAccount.
There has ben an update to help text within ImmiAccount screens. This will assist with the new help functions.