We represent applicants for lodging appeals in Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). If an application is refused by the delegate of minister (case officer) of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, an application for decision review can be lodged to AAT within specific time-frame.
The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) conduct merit reviews of visa and visa-related decisions made by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
Merits review is an administrative reconsideration of a case. A merits review body makes decisions within the same legislative framework as the primary decision maker, and may exercise all the powers and discretion conferred on the primary decision maker.
The tribunal is usually constituted by a single member. The tribunal has the power to affirm the primary decision, vary the primary decision, set aside the primary decision and substitute a new decision, or remit (return) a matter to the department for reconsideration with specific directions.
In reviewing a decision to refuse or cancel a visa, the tribunal is required to conduct a merits review that is ‘independent, fair, just, economical, informal and quick’. We aim to make the correct decision in individual cases, and to influence decision-making through quality and consistency of our decisions.
If your visa is refused or cancelled by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, feel free to email us the decision record for advice.