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AR LAW SERVICES: Important win at the AAT. Child Visa Refusal Case

Recently I was retained to appear at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) to represent a young woman who had had her visa refused.

If you or anyone you know has a matter before the AAT you may wish to read this:

It was a very interesting case: a child visa refusal appeal. Given the child was in her twenties – well over 18 years of age – and it is commonly assumed that childhood ends at 18 years – however that is not the law.

So the case turned on an interesting point of law – what is a child?

I spend a great deal of time explaining that at heart the concept of what is a child and when childhood ends is inextricably bound to the concept of emancipation. That is childhood is a state of mind and turned on its individual facts as they present.

After much argument on points of evidentiary law and ancient precedent – and a truck load of documents – the member agreed with my submission: that is, being a child is not really an age but rather a state of mind. And that state of mind is to be “discovered” based on the individual circumstances that will be adjudged on a case by case basis.

So if you or anyone you know has had a visa refused or cancelled talk to us!  Remember TRUST ONLY a Master Migration Lawyer and make an appointment with AR LAW Services: Master Migration Lawyer.

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