Ray Turner is an accredited specialist in immigration law and has been a registered migration agent since 1992. He has been recently recognised by the Law Society of New South Wales for 20 years of service, advising and acting clients as one of Australia's top migration law practitioners. Ray has previously worked in the Commonwealth Departments of Primary Industry and Health and the Australian Customs Service. In each of these Departments, Ray represented the various Ministers and other statutory office holders in the Federal Courts and Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
We had the pleasure of sitting down with Ray recently to discuss key challenges and opportunities facing the industry today.
You can find the full Q&A below.
Ray, please tell us what your practice look like and the types of matters you are regularly involved in?
I am an accredited specialist in immigration law and my practice falls into 2 main areas. The first being Visa Applications and the second are Appeals in various courts including the AAT, Federal Circuit Court, Federal court, High Court.
What are some of the key trends and developments in Immigration Law?
One of the biggest trends is what I will be covering in my presentation: the expanding use of the power under the Migration Act 1958 s501 (Character Grounds).
You will be presenting the topic “Character Requirements and Visa Cancellation of Character Grounds” Why has this recently come under the spotlight?
It has come under the spotlight as the use of this power has been expanding rapidly under the current Minister.
In relation to the above, what is generally tripping practitioners up in this area (e.g. legislative sections, processes, time frames)?
Time frames have tripped practitioners up as they are non-extendable and enforced. There are however, different avenues for appeal dependant on who makes the decision.
Are there any Immigration law reforms, policy or legislation on the horizon that you think practitioners should keep on their radar?
This is an area of law that is always changing, particularly in 2017. Constant change means that a practitioner must spend an average of 1 day per week keeping up to date with the developments in Immigration law as you never know what is just around the corner.
You can hear more from Ray at the Migration Law: Character Requirements and Skilled Visas seminar, being held on Thursday 22 March at the UNSW CBD Campus, Sydney.