Now, your social media posts can get your visa cancelled

It is time to be cautious of what you post online and how you interact with the social media community, both at individual/personal level and publically.

According to the New Migration Regulations that took effect on 18 November, the existing condition 8303 has been amended to expand its scope to most temporary visas. Under the amendment, the Immigration Minister will have the authority to cancel visas if there is evidence of the applicant’s involvement or initiation of harassment, stalking, intimidation, hate speech, bullying and/or threatening online, targeting any individual or a group(s). This means that now your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media accounts will be officially monitored and its content considered as evidence if any accusation/allegation is made against you.  Any substantial evidence can result in visa cancellation on the spot, with a likely ban on future travel into Australia.

This condition now applies to most temporary visas, including Graduate Visa (subclass 485), student visas and tourist visas.
During July 2016 and April 2017, over 47,000 visas have been cancelled due to a variety of reasons, including breach of visa conditions.

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