Section 57: A Guide To Natural Justice Letters [Update 2021]
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Have you received a Natural Justice Letter?
The people at immigration are not so bad. Usually, you will receive the letter under section 57 of the Migration Act when a case officer has formed a view that your visa application ought to be refused.
The department it’s been kind. the purpose of the section 57 letter also known as a natural justice letter is to give you an opportunity to recover from a likely refusal position.
It could be that the decision-maker has missed something fundamental all that something critical to the application is simply not appearing on the departmental file.
It could also be that are very basic requirements of criteria that need to be satisfied either at the time of application or the time of the decision, appears to the case officer not to be satisfied.
This letter is an opportunity for the case officer to be fair with you. Yes, they can be nice! What you need to do is to ensure that your application does have merits given the concern or multiple concerns raised by the departmental officer in their letter.
If your application does not have merit then you might be better off withdrawing your application.
Whether you should respond to the letter or whether you should simply withdraw the application it’s something that requires careful consideration.
One thing that I see you all the time is people providing far more information that is required in relation to the letter.
In providing the wrong information or too much information or information responses that are not properly worded, or which did not address the point being raised will certainly prejudice your already weak position.
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