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.
- Your application must have been refused.
- 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).
- The application must follow the Ministerial Guidelines on how and when to make an application.
- 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.