Section 56 and Section 57 Letters

While assessing the application, Department of Home Affairs delegate may request additional relevant information from the applicant and/or the sponsor. 

S.56 letter

If important necessary information is missing on the application, you might receive an Invitation to give further information -s56 (also know as: Request for more information/RFI/s.56 letter).

S.56 letters may be sent out for the police checks, ID documents, important information about the circumstances, medical examinations, and so on. Once the information is provided, it must be considered by the Department.

S.57 letter

Invitation to comment on information – s57 (also known as: Natural Justice Letter/NJ letter/s.57 letter) is mostly sent out when the delegate has grounds to refuse the visa. For example, there are concerns that the requirements are not met, health or character test was failed, or adverse information on the application was received. Prior to a refusal decision is made, the Department of Home Affairs delegate provides the applicant  with an opportunity to comment. Once the information is provided, it must be considered by the Department.

Usually, there is a strict deadline given to provide the information in response to s.56 and s.57 letters. The deadline can vary: 7, 28, 35 days, sometimes longer.

It is important to complete the request on time and to respond properly. If the information is not provided on time, the delegate might decide the application without it. In some cases, it may be possible to request some additional time to prepare the response.

Request for more information and the Invitation to comment on information are important Department’s requests. The quality of the response is crucial to the outcome on the application. 

In Shire Migration, we are experienced with all levels of complexity in responding to the Department of Home Affairs’ requests. Contact us today to discuss how we can help with the request you have received.