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Government tightens visa character test

Australian Immigration Minister David Coleman. February 20, 2019. Source: AAP Image/Dean Lewins

Tens of thousands of migrants could have their visas canceled under proposed laws to tighten the character test. The changes introduced to Parliament last month are expected to have a disproportionate effect on New Zealanders living in Australia, deepening a growing rift between the two countries over deportations.

Alarmed at the growing number of New Zealanders facing deportation from Australia, dual New Zealand-Australian citizen Erina Morunga decided to become a migration agent to take on some of their cases.

The Adelaide-based agent says she's been inundated with requests for help from Kiwis concerned they are going to be sent back for crimes they committed years ago even if they didn't go to jail.

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