This instrument is the Migration (IMMI 17/053: Specification of Transit Passengers Having Prescribed Status – Special Purpose Visas) Instrument 2017
Key Words: transit
Date: 23/08/2017


  1. Instrument IMMI 17/053 is made under paragraph 2.40(1)(n) of the Migration Regulations 1994 (the Regulations).

  1. The Instrument repeals IMMI 15/057 (F2015L00790) under paragraph 2.40(1)(n) of the Regulations and in accordance with subsection 33(3) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901, which states that where an Act confers a power to make, grant, or issues any instrument of a  legislative or administrative character, the power shall be construed as including a power exercisable in the like manner and subject to the like conditions (if any) to repeal, rescind, revoke, amend or vary such an instrument.

  1. The Instrument operates for the Minister to specify under paragraph 2.40(1)(n) the classes of persons which a transit passenger must belong to in order to have a prescribed status for the purposes of being granted a special purpose visa.

  1. Non-citizens who hold a prescribed status include transit passengers who are citizens of specified foreign countries. This instrument has been updated to also include official passport holders from India as a specified class of persons.

  1. Transit passengers from the specified countries are taken to have been granted a Special Purpose Visa and are able to access “Transit Without Visa” arrangements.
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