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Reviews and Appeals

If your visa application has been refused or if your visa has been cancelled you may be able to appeal this decision to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).

Appeals usually need to be made within 21 days, so act quickly, as you only have a limited time to make an appeal. 


AVA has a dedicated team of people who provide reviews & appeal services:

We specialise in areas such as:

  • Appeals

  • Visa cancellations

  • Reviewing decisions for jurisdictional error

  • Assisting with an application for Ministerial Intervention

There are a number of options available to a visa applicant if their application is refused: 

  • Lodge an application to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT)

  • If the application is unsuccessful at the AAT, that decision can be challenged at the Federal Court

Or go directly to the Minister of Immigration requesting Ministerial Intervention

- Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT)
- Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT)

The AAT conducts independent merits review of administrative decisions made under Commonwealth laws.


Decisions are made by a tribunal Member who will review the Department of Immigration's decision and the facts of your situation.


The Administrative Appeals tribunal (AAT) reviews a decision “on the merits”. This means that we take a fresh look at the facts, law and policy relating to the decision and arrive at our own decision. The AAT must make the legally correct decision or, where there can be more than one correct decision, the preferable decision.

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- Helpful Links
- Ministerial Intervention
+ Ministerial Intervention

Once a request has been lodged for Ministerial intervention, the Minister of Immigration will determine whether or not they believe the visa should be granted to the visa applicant regardless of whether they meet the visa requirements or not.

The request typically needs to be an extremely compelling case for the Minister to intervene.

+ Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT)
+ Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT)
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