1.1 On 9 August 2006, the Senate referred the provisions of the Migration Amendment (Visa Integrity) Bill 2006 to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 11 September 2006.
1.2 The Migration Amendment (Visa Integrity) Bill 2006 proposes to amend the Migration Act 1958 to:
• provide certainty in relation to the immigration clearance and immigration status of non-citizen children born in Australia;
• harmonise certain offence provisions with the Criminal Code;
• amend section 269 to ensure that a security may be imposed for compliance with visa conditions before grant; and
• clarify certain provisions in relation to Bridging Visas to:
- ensure that a person who leaves and re-enters Australia on a Bridging Visa B cannot avoid the provisions of section 48; and
- ensure that a Bridging Visa which ceases when an event occurs will cease the moment the event occurs rather than at the end of that day.
1.3 The Bill revives some of the provisions of the Migration Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2002 (see Schedules 1, 2, 5 and 6 of that Bill), on which the committee has previously reported.