QLD AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP Application

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  1. R Johnson

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    I moved from NZ to Australia 1986 and have permanent residency status.

    I want to apply for citizenship and will need to advise of two criminal offences

    1987 - charged and convicted of possession of a cannabis utensil, fined $150

    2013 – charged and pleaded guilty to possession of an illegal drug, no conviction was recorded and received 3 month $350 good behaviour bond

    I have never offended before, between or after these offences in Australia or any other country. My business of 20 years is located in Queensland, I own two properties and importantly have 30 staff to consider before applying.

    No matter what excuses I think should mitigate my offending I’m concerned my record will affect my application success and possibly my PS visa.

    Should I be seeking to engage council to process my application? or possibly try to have record expunged prior to applying?

    Any advice appreciated
     
  2. Tim W

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    I suggest that what you need first is the advice of a solicitor
    who is also a Registered Migration Agent.

    I say that because the interplay between your criminal history,
    the character test, the prospects (or not) of spent convictions,
    and your special migration status as a New Zealander,
    is a set of facts and circumstances that require formal, case specific legal advice,
    and that's not something that a layman (non-lawyer) RMA can do for you.

    In simple terms - lots of Kiwi crims get thrown out, but not all,
    and not always, and not automatically.

    Have a look at this page's LawTap service, and see how you go.
    If that's not convenient, then the Queensland Law Society can point you in the right direction.



    Oh, also...
    I'm guessing that you meant "counsel", which, outside of American TV, usually means "barrister".
    Feel free to just say "a lawyer".
     
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  3. R Johnson

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    Hi Tim, I'll have a look and seek some advice.

    Thank you for your help
     
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