Chris Brown has been told he is unlikely to be given a visa to perform in Australia because of his record of domestic violence.
The 26-year-old singer is scheduled to go on tour in Australia in December, and tickets are due to go on sale on September 28.
Chris Brown now has 28 days to appeal.
In 2009, Chris Brown pleaded guilty to assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna. He has toured Australia twice since, but the government is under pressure to refuse him this time.
Australia’s immigration department has issued a “notice of intention to consider refusal”, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said.
Chris Brown has 28 days to present a case as to why he should be granted a visa, after which a final decision will be made.
Minister for Women Michaelia Cash, who was until recently assistant immigration minister, had urged Peter Dutton to take a stand on the issue.
“People need to understand, if you are going to commit domestic violence and you want to travel around the world, there are going to be countries that say to you, <<You cannot come in because you are not of the character that we expect in Australia>>,” Senator Michaelia Cash said.
The decision about chris Brown’s visa follows the government’s decision earlier this year to refuse a visa for world champion boxer Floyd Mayweather on similar grounds.
New Zealand has already ruled that Chris Brown is unsuitable for entry into the country.