Visa cancellations on character grounds
Why is my visa being cancelled?
The Minister and the Department for Home Affairs have the power to refuse or cancel a visa on the basis that you do not pass the character test. In some cases, even if you do not pass the character test, the decision maker can decide to not to cancel your visa.
Depending on exactly why you do not pass the character test, your visa must be cancelled in some situations. You will be given 28 days to ask that the mandatory cancellation be revoked.
Legal Aid WA gives limited advice in this area. If we are unable to help we can refer you to another organisation that be able to help you.
Visa Cancellation Kit (Refugee and Immigration Legal Service & Immigration Advice and Rights Centre)
A kit in simple English that includes information on time limits, how to respond to a notice of intention to cancel, what supporting evidence you will need to provide, and what to do if your visa is already cancelled.
The Humanitarian Group (now part of Circle Green Community Legal)
People from refugee and culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds may be able to get assistance with visa cancellation on character grounds. Contact (08) 6148 3600.
- Australian Human Rights Commission - Visa cancellation on character grounds
You need to get legal advice if the cancellation or possible cancellation of your visa is for a reason other than failing to meet the character test.
Department of Home Affairs -The Character Requirement
Sets out the requirements for the character test, the discretionary powers of the Minister or the Department to cancel a visa, and appeals with information on time limits.
Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT)
Information about applying for a review in a migration matter including which decisions can be reviewed and the specific procedures for applicants, including time limits for making an application to the AAT.
National Character Consideration Centre on 1300 722 061 or email firstname.lastname@example.org It is the section of the Department of Home Affairs which deals with cancellation of visas on character grounds. If you need to use an interpreter over the phone contact Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 131 450.
Reviewed: 18 April 2018