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SZACG v Minister for Immigration [2003] FMCA 218 (28 May 2003)

MIGRATION - Review of decision of RRT - where applicant does not raise any jurisdictional error but relies on error of fact - where court identifies possible jurisdictional error - whether Tribunal did not consider the applicant as a member of a particular social group - whether wrong findings of fact can constitute jurisdictional error.

NAPU v Minister for Immigration [2002] FMCA 268 (4 November 2002)

MIGRATION - Review of Refugee Review Tribunal decision affirming a delegate's refusal to grant a protection visa - no reviewable error found.

Wickramasinghe v Minister for Immigration & Multicultural & Indigenous Affa

1 These are two related appeals from orders made by Branson J on 16 July 2002. Her Honour dismissed applications for judicial review of decisions of the Migration Review Tribunal ("the Tribunal") affirming decisions by the delegate of the respondent Minister to refuse Family (Residence) (Class AO) visas to the applicants, their respective spouses and children: Wickramasinghe v Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs [2002] FCA 916 and Wickramasinghe v Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs [2002] FCA 917. Ms Diluka Wijayakoon ("the nominator") had nominated each applicant for a Family (Residence) (Class AO) visa on the basis that each was a "special need relative". Ms Dinithie Wickramasinghe is the older sister of the nominator, while Mr Dilanka Wickramasinghe is her twin brother.

2 The applicants each contended before the Tribunal that their sister's psychological and emotional needs constituted each of them her "special need relative". The relevant elements of the definition of "special need relative" were contained in Migration Regulation 1.03 which provided that a "special need relative" is one who is "willing and able to give substantial and continuing assistance" to a relative (who is a citizen or resident) who "has a permanent or long-term need for assistance because of death, disability, prolonged illness or other serious circumstances affecting the citizen or resident personally".

3 In each proceeding before the Tribunal a report was tendered from a psychologist, Mr Eddy Kleynhans, one dated 14 October 1997 and the other dated (apparently erroneously) 22 February 1997. Mr Kleynhans' reports described the nominator as highly vulnerable to stress, which in turn has had a detrimental effect on her mental health and her marriage. The reports noted that the nominator and her applicant sister have shared a close bond from an early age, though the nominator felt abandoned when her sister moved to Australia in 1994. Mr Kleynhans also described the nominator as emotionally dependent upon her applicant brother, stating that her leaving him behind in Sri Lanka in 1996 had caused her "considerable anxiety and psychological pain" (see the Tribunal's reasons in Mr Wickramasinghe's application at [11]). While Mr Kleynhans' reports indicated that he had suggested that the nominator should seek help from other health professionals in 1997 or 1998, it does not appear that she did so. The Tribunal found itself unable to accept Mr Kleynhans' attribution to the nominator in those reports of serious or extreme results in depression and anxiety tests, regarding those as indicators only which were not supported by other professional evidence and were contradicted by the evidence of the nominator's having undertaken TAFE study.

MZWEA v Minister for Immigration [2004] FMCA 810 (19 November 2004)

MIGRATION - Refugee Review Tribunal - privative clause decision - protection visa.

Haroon v Minister for Immigration [2003] FMCA 150 (23 April 2003)

MIGRATION - Migration Review Tribunal - review of decision affirming a delegate's refusal of a business skills residence visa - whether MRT decision unreasonable - assessment of visa application against prescribed criteria - application dismissed.

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