Proposed changes to UBC requirement approved but held until 2017

Following public comment received in response to the Draft First Amendment of the Immigration Regulations, 2014, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) plans to issue a travel advisory early in 2017, making changes to controversial elements such as the unabridged birth certificate for under-18s.

At a stakeholder briefing highlighting the progress on implementation of measures recommended by the inter-ministerial committee, Richard Stoltz from Immigration Services at the DHA, said that although the Immigration Advisory Board had endorsed the proposed amendments, it was inappropriate to implement the advisory prior to the peak season of global travel. The delayed implementation will prevent last-minute interference of travellers over the peak period.

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