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Novak Djokovic’s visa saga divides opinion

CNN spoke to former Australian Deputy Immigration Minister Abul Rizvi for the following advice on Djokovic’s options now that Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke has canceled his visa .

The Minister exercised his powers under Section 133 (C) of the Migration Act, which grants him the power to cancel visas on the grounds set out in Section 116 of the Migration Act.

Djokovic and his legal team will now receive a “Cancellation Decision Notice” which will contain relevant information regarding the reasons for canceling his visa.

Upon receipt of this notice, Djokovic should be detained in accordance with Section 189 of the Australian Migration Act, which states that “if an officer knows or reasonably suspects that a person in the migration area (other than an excised offshore location) is a no -lawful national, the officer must detain the person.

If that happens, in order to be released from detention, Djokovic’s lawyers will need to seek an interim order for the 34-year-old to get a transition visa through the courts, with work rights so he can play football. the Australian Open.

For a period of 28 days, Djokovic’s legal team can now also make other representations to the minister himself to revoke the annulment.

Djokovic’s legal team can pursue both action plans jointly, they are not mutually exclusive. As his team has already made representations to the minister in this matter, it is unlikely that they will embark on this path again.

The top priority now for Djokovic’s legal team will be to seek an interim court order to release the 34-year-old from detention (if and when that happens), so he can play in the Open. ‘Australia.

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