Ministerial Intervention

Ministerial Intervention

Ministerial Intervention is an avenue open to any visa or citizenship applicant whose applications are refused.

It is a process whereby a visa applicant is personally asking the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs to personally intervene and to review the refusal and overturn/reverse the decision.

  1. Your application must have been refused.
  2. Your refusal must have first been reviewed by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (it is also open for applicants whose application was refused before an Australian court).
  3. The application must follow the Ministerial Guidelines on how and when to make an application.
  4. Compelling arguments and strong evidence are required.

VMSA encounters many applicants who believe their circumstances warrant review. VMSA advises in all circumstances that a Ministerial Intervention application should heavily focus on why it is in the best interests of Australia, and citizens/permanent residents, for the Minister to exercise his/her discretion to use their rights to overturn the refusal and subsequently make a decision in your favour.

Ministerial Intervention can be used for visa refusals, citizenship refusals, health waivers and in many other complex matters.