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Visa cancellation kit

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If you have received a letter from the Department of Immigration telling you that your visa might be cancelled then this kit is for you.

This kit explains what to do if the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) is considering cancelling your visa, or has already cancelled your visa, because of a criminal record. It also provides practical assistance in circumstances where a visa is being considered for refusal.


WARNING: The law has changed since the Visa Cancellation kit was published, and there are currently other significant changes planned for the Government’s power to cancel permanent visas. For this reason we will not be able to update the kit until the proposed changes become law. If you want information about which parts of the existing kit you can use, call Legal Aid NSW on 9219 5790.

This publication is intended as a general guide to the law. It should not be relied on as legal advice and it is recommended that you talk to a lawyer about your particular situation.

Date of publication: September 2011. At the time of printing, the information shown is correct but may be subject to change.

For more information contact LawAccess NSW on 1300 888 529.

This kit is copyrighted.

Non-profit community groups have permission to reproduce parts of this kit as long as the original meaning is kept and proper acknowledgement is given. All other persons and organisations wanting to reproduce material from this fact sheet should get permission from Legal Aid NSW.


Many prisoners face the prospect of their visa being cancelled. This kit aims to assist prisoners who are in this situation and has been written on the basis of the work that has been done assisting hundreds of prisoners facing visa cancellation. In particular, contributions from Penny Adams and Philippa Martin, and especially Lyn Payne’s exceptional editorial leadership, helped to put this kit together.