LAWS 3029 Immigration Law

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 200298

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Description This subject offers a comprehensive overview of immigration law, focusing on the Australian immigration system and visa processes. Students will explore general principles, visa applications, including family inclusion and health requirements, and public interest criteria. The subject also covers the legal aspects of losing a visa, immigration offences, and visa conditions. Additionally, students will learn about the review and cancellation of visas. This subject provides essential knowledge and skills for navigating the complexities of immigration law and policy, preparing them for relevant legal careers.

School Law

Discipline Law, Not Elsewhere Classified.

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Pre-requisite(s) LAWS 2008

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Analyse the structure and functioning of the Australian immigration system.
  2. Explain the processes, requirements, and procedures involved in applying for visas within the Australian immigration system, including conditions for family members.
  3. Examine the circumstances under which an Australian visa can be lost and the legal implications of immigration offences. 
  4. Evaluate the use of public interest criteria in visa applications and health requirements in Australian immigration policy. 
  5. Assess the procedures and legal frameworks for the review and cancellation of visas.

Subject Content

  • The Immigration System.
  • Introduction to Visas.
  • Losing a Visa.
  • Immigration Offences.
  • Public Interest Criteria.
  • Health.
  • Including Family Members.
  • Visa Conditions.
  • Review and Cancellation.


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Quiz 1 hour 20 N Individual
Essay 2,500 words 40 N Individual
Professional Task 2,000 words 40 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • No textbook required. Readings will be made available within the subject’s vUWS site.

Teaching Periods

Spring (2024)



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