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A working visa may be cancelled if you failed to comply with visa conditions, failed to meet character requirements (note that mandatory cancellation applies where you are sentenced to imprisonment for longer than a year or convicted of sexually based crime involving a child), or provided false or misleading information on visa application. Additionally, if a visa holder no longer meets the eligibility criteria or experiences significant changes in personal circumstances that affect their visa conditions, this could also warrant visa cancellation.
According to section 134 of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth), Minister may cancel a business visa if the Minister is satisfied that the visa holder:
Some working visas such as subclass 482, 494 or 186 require visa sponsorship. The Department of Home Affairs may cancel your visa if you are involved in paying for the sponsorship. Before cancelling a visa, the Minister or a delegate will consider whether you initiated or were complicit in the paying for sponsorship and your intent in coming forward. The Department still gives you an opportunity to put forward why they should not cancel your visa. Evidence they may consider including the strength of your ties in Australia, and your contribution to the Australian community.
Cancellation of a Business/Working visa in Australia is a serious matter with profound consequences:
Navigating the complexities of visa cancellations can be daunting. This section provides an overview of the process, all the way through to the filing of submissions and the determination of your application. We emphasise the importance of representation throughout the process to ensure your interests are protected. Our experienced team offers dedicated support, ensuring that every client is well-informed and prepared for every stage of their visa journey. Our process includes the following steps:
If your Australian business or work visa is cancelled, it's crucial to first understand the reasons behind the cancellation decision. Obtain all available information from the authorities regarding the cause, as this will help you make informed decisions about your next steps. Seeking guidance from a registered migration agent or an immigration lawyer is highly advisable. They can provide expert advice, explain your rights, and help you understand whether you have grounds to appeal the cancellation.
It's important to know that you might have the right to appeal their decision through the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) for merits review or seek judicial review through the court system. These avenues can provide a means to challenge the visa cancellation and have your case reconsidered. If an appeal is an option, ensure you do so within the strict time limits and provide any necessary supporting documentation or evidence to bolster your case.
To avoid business/working visa cancellation, you should:
It is highly advantageous to seek legal advice from an immigration lawyer when facing business/working visa cancellation as they are experts in this area. Australian Migration Lawyers, boasting a team of seasoned and highly trained legal professionals.
We offer professional migration advice and support, no matter where you are based. Those located in Australia have the choice of meeting with us at one of our offices or online, and for those offshore, we are available to you online.
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If you suspect a potential violation of your visa conditions, it's essential to act promptly. Reach out to a registered migration agent or an immigration lawyer to discuss your concerns and seek guidance on how to rectify the situation. Being proactive in addressing any issues or discrepancies can help prevent the cancellation of your visa.
A visa cancellation can have implications on your eligibility for future visas to come to Australia. Immigration authorities may view a prior visa cancellation negatively when considering new visa applications. It is important to understand the specific reasons for the visa cancellation decisions and address any underlying issues to improve your prospects for obtaining subsequent visas.