Have you recently had a visa, sponsorship or nomination refused or cancelled? Are you wondering what to do next? The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) is able to consider a wide range of visa-related decisions, including refusals and cancellations. Decisions are based on the particulars (merits) of each case.
Your application for review MUST be lodged with the AAT within the required time frame. The letter that you receive from the Department regarding the decision to refuse or cancel your visa will refer to the exact time frame within which you must lodge your review application, should you take this step. In most cases the relevant time frame for application is 21 days from the date of a decision to refuse a visa application, and 7 days from the date of a decision to cancel your visa.
The AAT can decide to:
You MAY qualify for a bridging visa, upon lodgement of your review application, that will allow you to remain lawfully in Australia while your review application is under consideration at the AAT. The type of bridging visa that you qualify for (if any), along with the conditions of that visa, including work rights, will depend upon your circumstances at the time that you lodged the visa application that is under review (if the review relates to a refusal decision).
Please note that it may take several months for the AAT to complete its assessment of your application and make a decision, depending upon the amount of material that it must consider, and the complexity of your case.
We have a dedicated team of AAT case specialists and we have successfully assisted many clients with their cases before the AAT to have decisions changed (set aside) in favour of our clients.
As a first step, we will critically review your case and its merits, explaining to you the reasons for Department’s decision and the any opportunities that may exist for AAT review. We can then prepare and lodge your review application with the AAT for consideration within the required timeframe.
Beyond lodging a review application, we can prepare, and lodge, detailed written submissions with the AAT on your behalf to support and argue your case according to its merits, and AAT and legal precedents already set.
We can also help you to prepare for your hearing, attend the hearing with you and assist you with presenting your submissions to the AAT. This includes helping you to answer any questions that the AAT may have regarding the grounds for your application.
We take AAT review matters seriously and we are on your side. Contact us today for a confidential appointment to discuss your case.