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Proving to Department of Immigration I'm Now of Good Character

Discussion in 'Immigration Law Forum' started by davidneedshelp, 26 March 2015.

  1. davidneedshelp

    davidneedshelp Active Member

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    I have a criminal history last offence in 2005. The letter I received from Department of Immigration states:

    "these offences and conviction demonstrate a pattern of behavior which shows a disregard for the law and indicates that you may not uphold and obey the law if Australian citizenship is conferred on you"

    So how can I prove to them I'm now of good character?
     
  2. Ivy

    Ivy Well-Known Member

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    Hi David, I suggest that you speak to a Migration Agent about this.
     
  3. davidneedshelp

    davidneedshelp Active Member

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    i am on a pension and cannot afford the $1500 - $2500 price tag of a migration agent. Have you got any advice for me or do you know anyone in Adelaide i can speak to to get free or cheap advice from thankyou
     
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    davidneedshelp Active Member

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    im a permanent resident came here in 1972 at the age of 4 lived here 43 years
     
  5. Ivy

    Ivy Well-Known Member

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    Hi David,

    If you haven't already, I suggest that you seek out your local Community Legal Centre or Legal Aid and see if they can assist you.
     
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    hlly Well-Known Member

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    What kind of offence is this?
     
  7. davidneedshelp

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    the offences where fairly minor breaching bail and restraint order , unlawful on premises, larceny etc all were just fines except breaching bail and restraint for that i got a 1 month sentence suspended for 12 months good behavior bond and i haven't re offended since that conviction nearly 10 years ago
     
  8. Melinda Jackson

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    Hi David,

    Character matters are quite complicated and usually people seek legal advice. You would need detailed submissions, statements and supporting letters and documents to avoid refusal of your citizenship.

    Free immigration law advice is unfortunately almost non existent for matters like this. It is restricted to people who have arrived in the mast 5 years on a refugee it family visa. You can try legal aid but they normally advise you to seek specialist advice.

    In terms of the cost, as I mentioned character matters are complicated and good law firms will charge $5000-$10000 for these cases. As it is your citizenship (and not visa cancellation or another time-sensitive matter), you may consider withdrawing your application until you can afford proper advice.

    Hope this helps.

    Melinda
     
  9. davidneedshelp

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    If they reject my application I'll just stay a permanent residents thanks everyone for the advice
     

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