(1) The Minister is to consider a valid application for a visa.
(2) The requirement to consider an application for a visa continues until:
(a) the application is withdrawn; or
(b) the Minister grants or refuses to grant the visa; or
(c) the further consideration is prevented by section 39 (limiting number of visas) or 84 (suspension of consideration).
(3) To avoid doubt, the Minister is not to consider an application that is not a valid application.
(4) To avoid doubt, a decision by the Minister that an application is not valid and cannot be considered is not a decision to refuse to grant the visa.