If you have applied for your first Temporary Protection Visa (TPV) or Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV) under the Fast-Track Assessment process and have not yet been interviewed about your application, please be aware that the Department of Home Affairs will likely invite you to participate in an interview by 30 June 2021. The TPV or SHEV interview is critical, and it will provide you with an opportunity to explain your protection case to an officer of the Department and provide additional evidence in support of your application. You must attend this interview because it could be your only opportunity to explain your protection claims to a Department official. The interview can be conducted in person, via telephone or a video link.
What to do next?
It is essential that you keep the Department updated about your contact details so that you can receive the interview invitation letter. If you have not done so already, obtain legal assistance as soon as possible. The TPV or SHEV interview forms a major part of the assessment process based on which a departmental officer can potentially determine whether you can be granted a protection visa or not. Gather all crucial information and evidence related to your protection claims. It is always advised to inform the Department of Home Affairs about any changes in your circumstances as soon as possible. If you wish to take a support person with you (other than your migration lawyer or agent) you will need to make a request to the Department at least 72 hours before the interview.
What happens if my visa is refused?
In the event the Department refuses your TPV or SHEV application, your case will usually be referred to the Immigration Assessment Authority (IAA). The IAA will review the Department’s decision and reassess your case on the papers. The IAA will only consider new information and grant an interview in limited and exceptional circumstances. Once your immigration case has been referred to the IAA, you will have 21 days to provide written submissions and information for their consideration, after which a decision may be made at any time. This is likely to be the final opportunity to have your protection claims assessed by the Australian government.
If you require legal assistance for your Departmental (TPV or SHEV) interview or present your case to the IAA; our experienced immigration lawyers can provide you with expert legal advice and ensure your case is presented in the strongest manner possible. We can be contacted by telephone on (03) 8630 2828, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or via the enquiry form found on our website www.amitylawyers.com.au.