Section 57 Natural Justice (Procedural Fairness)

Section 57 Natural Justice

Under Section 57 of the Migration Act 1958, the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) is obligated to give you a chance to express your views and provide information. This is known as the principle of ‘Natural Justice’ or ‘procedural fairness’, which ensures a fair and unbiased process. It is the stage where the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) requests additional information and comments from you before reaching a decision on your visa application.

Received a ‘Notice of Natural Justice’

This situation can arise if the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) finds or has valid reasons to believe that you have given false or deceptive information, or if you appear to not meet certain visa criteria based on the information provided.

Deciding whether to respond to the ‘Natural Justice’ letter or withdraw the application requires thoughtful deliberation. It is crucial to avoid over providing unnecessary or incorrect information in response to the letter. Inadequately worded or off-topic information responses can further harm your already precarious situation.

Time Limits

Typically, you will have a period of 28 days to promptly address any inquiries or submit additional information or documents. It is crucial to respond promptly to the matter at hand, as failure to do so will result in the denial of your visa application.

Natural Justice
Here’s how we assist:

Our experienced team have effectively aided clients in addressing ‘Natural Justice’ letters and obtaining their visa approvals.

  • We will thoroughly examine the ‘Natural Justice’ letter request and offer tailored guidance regarding your subsequent actions.
  • If the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) allegations are unfounded, we will assist in written submissions accompanied by compelling evidence to refute their assessment.
  • In certain instances, we may recommend withdrawing the visa application to avoid potential consequences such as a Section 48 bar or exclusion period.

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