Successful revocation of ADVO for immigration purposes

ADVO revocation sought to allow permanent residence and migration

On July 2020, Elliot* had an apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) served on him. The ADVO was for a period of two years. It ordered that Eliot would not:

  • stalk, harass or intimidate the protected person;
  • or purposefully damage or destroy the protected person’s property;
  • or approach or be in the company of the protected person within 12 hours of drinking alcohol or taking illicit drugs.

Eliot complied with the orders.

Immigration consequences of an ADVO

Eliot sought revocation of the ADVO in March 2022 on the grounds that it may impact his and the protected person’s ability to obtain permanent residency in Australia. It also might stop efforts to obtain a visa to travel and gain employment in China. If there was no ADVO revocation, the potential consequence would be that Eliot and the protected person may need to move to a foreign country which neither of them previously resided in.

Obtained consent for ADVO revocation from the Officer in Charge


O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors negotiated with police and obtained consent for revocation from the Officer in Charge. Ultimately, the application for revocation of the ADVO was successful and on March 2022 the ADVO was withdrawn in its entirety.

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If somebody seeks an ADVO (Apprehended Domestic Violence Order) or an APVO (Apprehended Personal Violence Order) against you, do the following. Seek legal advice from one of our experienced AVO lawyers in Sydney. Contact us on (02) 9261 4281


O’Brien Criminal & Civil Solicitors
p: 02 9261 4281
a: Level 4, 219-223 Castlereagh St,
Sydney NSW 2000

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