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Appeals & Reviews

In the complex world of Australian immigration, visa cancellations and adverse findings on visa applications can be a distressing experience for individuals and their families. Fortunately, Australia’s legal framework offers various avenues for appeal and review, ensuring that decisions are fair and just.

Options available to challenge visa cancellations or unfavourable visa application outcomes

Applicants have a number of options to appeal an unfavourable visa application outcome. It is highly recommended that you seek appropriate representation from an experienced immigration professional in this situation.

Navigating the appeal and review process can be complex and challenging due to the technical nature of immigration law. The outcomes depend on the specific circumstances of each case and the quality of legal representation. It’s important to be prepared, organized, and well-informed when pursuing these avenues.

Avenues for Appeal and Review in Visa Cancellations and Adverse Visa Application Decisions

Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) Review

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) plays a pivotal role in the Australian immigration system by providing an independent avenue for review. Depending on the type of decision, the AAT can conduct either a merits review or a review for error of law. Here’s a breakdown:

Merits Review:  Applicants may apply for a merits review with the AAT. The AAT reviews the decision afresh, considering all the facts and evidence. It can affirm, vary, or set aside the original decision.

Error of Law Review: For decisions that involve an error of law, such as a misinterpretation of the law or procedural irregularities, the AAT can conduct a review specifically focused on correcting legal mistakes.

Ministerial Intervention

The Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services, and Multicultural Affairs has the discretionary power to intervene in cases where it is deemed in the public interest. This intervention can lead to a visa being granted or reinstated, even if the applicant has been subject to adverse decisions.

Judicial Review

If all other avenues are exhausted, individuals may seek a judicial review in the Federal Circuit Court or Federal Court. Judicial review is not concerned with the merits of the case but instead focuses on whether the decision-making process was lawful. This avenue examines whether the decision-maker acted within their jurisdiction and followed due process.

Resubmission of Visa Applications

In some cases, visa applicants may have the option to resubmit their visa application after addressing the issues that led to the initial refusal. This can be a practical way to rectify errors or provide additional evidence in support of their application.

Important Considerations in the Appeals and Review Process

  • Time Limits: Strict time limits apply to various avenues for appeal and review. It’s crucial to act promptly and within the specified timeframes to preserve your rights.
  • Evidence and Documentation: Providing strong evidence and well-prepared documentation is vital for a successful appeal or review. Seek guidance from experienced immigration professionals to present your case effectively.
  • Legal Representation: Engaging a registered migration agent or legal expert who specializes in immigration matters can significantly enhance your chances of success. They understand the complexities of immigration law and can navigate the process on your behalf.

In Summary

Visa cancellations and adverse visa application decisions can be distressing, but individuals should be aware that they have options to challenge these decisions. The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) review, Ministerial Intervention, Judicial Review, and resubmission of visa applications are avenues available to address adverse outcomes. Timeliness, strong evidence, and professional guidance are key factors in achieving success in these processes.


If you find yourself in such a situation, consulting with an experienced registered migration agent or immigration lawyer is highly recommended to navigate the complexities of the appeals and reviews effectively.

Why Choose Absolute Immigration

With over 20 years of experience, our dedicated team can offer expert immigration advice and peace of mind with our people-focused approach.

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Our people-first approach filters through our team culture and directly to our valued clients, who are the ultimate purpose of our organisation.  We are all about helping people and helping businesses with their challenges.

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With our experienced team of Migration Agents and support structure, we pool our strengths and personal immigration experience to provide the best possible outcome for our clients. 

20+ Years Experience 

Absolute Immigration has been helping people live and work in Australia for more than 20 years.  We have expanded, and continue to grow, all based on our reputation for delivering exceptional solutions and service delivery.

Need Help with Appeals & Reviews

If you’re facing challenges with appeals and reviews, our experienced team is here to support you. Contact us for guidance on the best approach to address your specific situation. We can assist you in preparing and navigating the appeals and reviews process, ensuring that your concerns are effectively communicated and addressed.

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