Receiving a visa refusal or cancellation from the Department of Immigration can come as a shock. But it does not necessarily mean the end of your dream of coming to Australia. There may be a way to appeal the decision so it is important to get legal advice. Direct Migration Experts can help you with the appeal process. There are so many cases where we achieve success. We can also assist compiling the information you need and help you lodge your appeal.
You have the right to appeal most visa refusals. But if you lodged your visa from outside Australia without an Australian sponsor you may not be able to appeal.
Every situation is different, so make sure you carefully read your refusal letter. It will tell you:
If the letter does not give you this information, call one of our experts and we will fo through it with you.
The usual organisation you need to lodge your appeal with is the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). You need to move quickly as there are strict time limits when applying for a review.
Where the Minister for Immigration refuses your visa on character grounds, you will need to lodge your appeal to the Federal Court.
There are special rules and strict time limits that apply when making an appeal.
Where you apply for an accelerated review of a refusal decision under section 501 and 501CA of the Migration Act 1958, the appeal application must be lodged within nine (9) days of receiving the refusal decision when you are:
The AAT cannot extend this time limit.
When you want a review of a visa refusal for a character test decision, you must lodge the application within 28 days of receiving the decision. If the 28 days lapses, you can apply to the AAT for an extension of time by:
Once the AAT receives your request for a time extension, it is sent to the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) and they have 14 days to make a decision.
When the DOHA refuses a time extension, the AAT reviews your application at a hearing. If the DOHA agrees, the AAT will make a decision without holding an AAT hearing.
Application fees for an AAT review are $3000 paid at the time of making your application.
There is no exhaustive list of what reasons the AAT will accept to review but we are specialists in AAT reviews with many successful outcomes.
The following are just a few of the types of decisions the AAT may review.
When a visa application is refused.
Two examples of having a visa application refused are:
Cancellation of a visa when you are in Australia.
An example is if you have your visa cancelled under s501 for not meeting the character test because of a substantial criminal record.
This may apply if you have been sentenced to imprisonment for 12 months or more, or for short periods of time that cumulatively add up to two years or more.
Refusal to revoke the cancellation of a visa when you are in Australia.
This can occur when you do not supply enough evidence of mitigating circumstances when your visa is cancelled because of a criminal record.
Visa refusal for submitting false or misleading information.
If you have a visa refused because of false or misleading information, for yourself or any family members, you may be prevented from being granted a visa for three years. This is also called a non-grant period.
If this is the case, you need to know if a waiver may apply for either:
Notice of intention to cancellation.
Where a Notice of Intention to Cancel an Australian visa has been issued by the Department of Home Affairs, the following are some reasons you may receive one:
Contact Direct Migration Experts when you have a visa refusal or cancellation. We are specialists in this area and can determine your eligibility to appeal the decision.
We know how important your visa is to you, so call our friendly team today on 1300 015 592 to set up a consultation.
One of our experts will provide you with the information you need and help you every step of the way through the process.