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Certain bridging visa decisions--request to call witnesses

             (1)  This section applies to the review of a decision covered by subsection 338(4) if:

                     (a)  the applicant, in a request in the approved form that accompanied the application, requested the Tribunal to:

                              (i)  give the applicant the opportunity to appear before it; or

                             (ii)  obtain oral evidence from a specified person or persons; and

                     (b)  the applicant has been invited to appear before the Tribunal in relation to the decision under review.

             (2)  If this section applies, the Tribunal:

                     (a)  must have regard to the applicant's request; but

                     (b)  is not required to obtain evidence (oral or otherwise) from a person named in the applicant's request.

             (3)  To avoid doubt, nothing in this Division requires the Tribunal to adjourn the review or to delay making a decision so that:

                     (a)  the applicant may give evidence (oral or otherwise); or

                     (b)  the Tribunal may obtain evidence (oral or otherwise) from any other person.

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