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MIGRATION ACT 1958 - SECT 48A

No further applications for protection visa after refusal or cancellation

             (1)  Subject to section 48B, a non-citizen who, while in the migration zone, has made:

                     (a)  an application for a protection visa, where the grant of the visa has been refused (whether or not the application has been finally determined); or

                     (b)  applications for protection visas, where the grants of the visas have been refused (whether or not the applications have been finally determined);

may not make a further application for a protection visa, or have a further application for a protection visa made on his or her behalf, while the non-citizen is in the migration zone.

       (1AA)  Subject to section 48B, if:

                     (a)  an application for a protection visa is made on a non-citizen's behalf while the non-citizen is in the migration zone; and

                     (b)  the grant of the visa has been refused, whether or not:

                              (i)  the application has been finally determined; or

                             (ii)  the non-citizen knew about, or understood the nature of, the application due to any mental impairment; or

                            (iii)  the non-citizen knew about, or understood the nature of, the application due to the fact that the non-citizen was, at the time the application was made, a minor;

the non-citizen may not make a further application for a protection visa, or have a further application for a protection visa made on his or her behalf, while the non-citizen is in the migration zone.

          (1A)  For the purposes of this section, a non-citizen who:

                     (a)  has been removed from the migration zone under section 198; and

                     (b)  is again in the migration zone as a result of travel to Australia that is covered by paragraph 42(2A)(d) or (e);

is taken to have been continuously in the migration zone despite the removal referred to in paragraph (a).

Note:          Paragraphs 42(2A)(d) and (e) cover limited situations where people are returned to Australia despite their removal under section 198.

          (1B)  Subject to section 48B, a non-citizen in the migration zone who held a protection visa that was cancelled may not make a further application for a protection visa while in the migration zone.

          (1C)  Subsections (1) and (1B) apply in relation to a non-citizen regardless of any of the following:

                     (a)  the grounds on which an application would be made or the criteria which the non-citizen would claim to satisfy;

                     (b)  whether the grounds on which an application would be made or the criteria which the non-citizen would claim to satisfy existed earlier;

                     (c)  the grounds on which an earlier application was made or the criteria which the non-citizen earlier claimed to satisfy;

                     (d)  the grounds on which a cancelled protection visa was granted or the criteria the non-citizen satisfied for the grant of that visa.

          (1D)  In paragraphs (1)(a) and (b) and (1AA)(a) and (b), a reference to an application for a protection visa made by or on behalf of a non-citizen includes a reference to an application for a protection visa that is taken to have been made by the non-citizen by the operation of this Act or a regulation.

          (1E)  In subsection (1B), a reference to the cancellation of a protection visa includes a reference to the cancellation of a protection visa in relation to which an application for a protection visa is taken to have been made by the operation of this Act or a regulation.

             (2)  In this section:

"application for a protection visa " means:

                    (aa)  an application for a visa of a class provided for by section 35A (protection visas--classes of visas), including (without limitation) an application for a visa of a class formerly provided for by subsection 36(1) that was made before the commencement of this paragraph; or

Note:       Visas formerly provided for by subsection 36(1) are provided for by subsection 35A(5). Subsection 36(1) was repealed by the Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Act 2014 , which also inserted section 35A and this paragraph.

                  (aaa)  an application for a visa, a criterion for which is that the applicant is a non-citizen who is a refugee; or

                     (a)  an application for a visa, or entry permit (within the meaning of this Act as in force immediately before 1 September 1994), a criterion for which is that the applicant is a non-citizen who has been determined to be a refugee under the Refugees Convention as amended by the Refugees Protocol; or

                     (b)  an application for a decision that a non-citizen is a refugee under the Refugees Convention as amended by the Refugees Protocol; or

                     (c)  an application covered by paragraph (a) or (b) that is also covered by section 39 of the Migration Reform Act 1992 .



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