Ministerial intervention

Ministerial intervention describes the minister’s public interest powers in sections 351, 417 and 501J of the Migration Act 1958 and tells you about the types of cases that might be referred to the Minister and the types of cases that will not be referred to the Minister.

The Minister has powers under the Migration Act 1958 to replace a decision of a merits review tribunal on a person’s case with a decision that is more favourable to that person if the Minister thinks it is in the public interest to do so.

If your request is unsuccessful and you have no ongoing immigration matters, you are expected to leave Australia as soon as possible

An application to the Minister might be your last option. Our experienced immigration experts can advise you on whether it is a good idea to lodge a request to the Minister. We can assist you beyond that to allow people to stay in Australia.

The Australian immigration law is complex and it changes regularly. We therefore suggest you to contact us if you are considering applying for Ministerial intervention.


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