What to do if your visa application has been refused

Should a refusal on a visa application be received, there may be an opportunity to review this decision at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).

Unfortunately, not all refused applications are eligible for review with the AAT. Therefore, it’s important to seek advice as to whether a refused application has the right to be reviewed. There are also very strict time limitations if eligible to apply. As a general rule, this is 21 days, but this is application dependent and the time limit could be even shorter.

If you have received a refusal, ensure to seek advice about next steps immediately.

In most cases, a visa is refused because the legal criteria for the visa hasn’t been met. Behind all visa subclasses, is a set of complex legislation and policy. Case officers follow this guidance and make decisions on visa applications based on their interpretation.

The AAT is an opportunity for the case to be considered again by a third party. It permits additional evidence, arguments and new information to be supplied, in order to demonstrate ongoing eligibility for the nomination of visa in question.

It’s important to note, that even though many are entitled to a review of their application, it depends on the legislation and the ability to meet this, which will determine whether there’s a feasible chance of success at the AAT.

Reach out to us today if you have recently had a nomination of visa refusal.