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Measures to protect children from high risk situations

The contents of this article are correct as at 22 September 2009

There are now strengthened policies aimed at protecting minors from high risk situations, such as when the sponsor has convictions for offences of a sexual or violent nature.
When an applicant under the age of 18 is included in an application for one of the visas listed below, the Australian sponsor will be required to provide an Australian National Police Check.

  • Child Class AH & BT;
  • Partner Class UF, BC, UK & BS; and
  • Prospective Marriage Class TO.

The requirement applies to relevant applications lodged on or after, or received but not finally determined by, Wednesday 16 September 2009.

The above compliments the following measures already in place to protect children who are sponsored for a visa:

  • Public interest criteria that allow for the refusal of a visa when there is compelling reason to believe that the grant of the visa would not be in the best interests of the child; and
  • Child and partner visa sponsors have been required to disclose any convictions or outstanding charges for offences against children and acknowledge that the Department may inform the visa applicant and any person who can lawfully determine where the migrating minor child is to live about those charges or convictions.

If you would like to discuss how the above measures may affect your application, please click Visa Lawyers Australia to contact us.