It is indeed disheartening to receive a visa refusal or visa cancellation in either case of study or migration to Australia. If you have also received a Notice from the Department of Home Affairs DOHA of consideration to cancel your visa application, you don’t need to panic! There can be a solution ( AAT Appeals ) in most of the cases.
Australian Visa Refusal Reasons
While the following may not be the exhaustive list for Visa Refusal, here are some of them depending on your case:
- Application for a wrong type of visa
- Failure in proving the financial capacity
- Submission of incomplete or false information
- The sponsor of the applicant failed to meet the requirements
- Unawareness of the course applied for
- No relevancy of the applied course with the current qualifications or experience.
- Failure in providing concrete future plans
- Miscalculation in Points
- Bogus Documents
In the majority of cases, you may be eligible to approach Administrative Appeal Tribunal-AAT for review (AAT Appeals) of your application.
Who is AAT?
From 1st of July 2015, the working of Migration Review Tribunal (MRT) and Refugee Review Tribunal (RRT) were incorporated into the Migration Division of AAT that reviews the decisions made by the Federal Government.
Administrative Appeal Tribunal is the only body that has the authority to review the merits of a visa application.
What does AAT do?
The AAT reconsiders your case file entirely reviewing the facts provided, laws relating to the decision, and arrive at a new decision. AAT examines your application afresh reviewing the documents, evidence, forms, and all the information you have provided to the department.
There is a TIME LIMIT!
When you are applying for an appeal, you must lodge the application for review within the timeframe specified in the notification letter of decision. There may also be an additional application fee for the appeal application.
What is the time period for processing the appeal?
The processing time may again vary depending upon the case category. However, generally, the durations are long-ranging anywhere around 12 to 18 months.
It is only in special cases where you may request an assessment on a priority basis.
What can be the outcomes?
These are the possible outcomes after the AAT Appeals decision.
Affirm: Means AAT agrees with the department’s decision to refuse or cancel your visa. The decision made by the department is not changed. Hence, the refusal stands.
Vary: Means AAT disagrees with the decision of the department to refuse or cancel your visa and resends your application with new instructions and recommendations. Your application will be then forwarded to the Department of Immigration for further assessment.
Is there any other chance if my appeal failed at AAT?
If the outcome of the AAT review is ‘Affirm’, then you have 2 options further:
Application to Federal Court: This can be done in strictly limited cases where there is some Legal Error in the decision by AAT.
Application for Ministerial intervention: You can write a request to the minister for his personal discretion to grant you a visa by providing some potent reasons. The number of requests that are successful is less. But, in general, if the Minister intervenes then the decision is positive.
How can THINK HIGHER help?
As you must have understood by now that applying for a review is a very delicate and intimidating procedure. This is the last chance for you to get your facts assessed.
The team of registered MARA Agents at Think Higher Consultants has extensive knowledge on the subject-matter and the prowess to research applicable law, skillfully prepare the documents and case file. With the experience in handling multiple cases of myriad situations, we can highlight the likelihood of success, potential issues, or better alternatives as we have developed a propensity in the subject-matter.
We understand how crucial it is for you and hence, we perform extensive research and spend the time needed to make your appeal strong!
We advise you to immediately get in touch with our team so that we can promptly help you make an appeal against your Australian visa refusal or visa cancellation.