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Australian Visa Refusal - APPLY FOR REVIEW

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 Department of Home Affairs of consideration to cancel your visa application, You need not panic! There can be a solution in most of the cases.

Australian Visa Refusal Reasons

While 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
  • 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 majority cases, you may be eligible to approach Administrative Appeal Tribunal-AAT for review 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 Migration Division of AAT that reviews the decisions made by the Federal Government.

Administrative Appeal Tribunal is the only body that has 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, evidences, 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 fees for the appeal application.


What is the time period for processing of 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 for an assessment on priority basis.


What can be the outcomes?

These are the possible outcomes.

  • 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 recommendation. 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 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 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 Destination Education and Visa Services help?

As you must have understood by now that applying for a review is very delicate and intimidating procedure. This is the last chance for you to get your facts assessed.

The team of registered MARA Agents at Destination Education and Visa Services has extensive knowledge on the subject-matter and the prowess to research applicable law, skillfully prepare the documents and case file. With experience of 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.

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FAQs for Australian Visa Refusal

The reasons for visa refusal can vary depending on the type of visa you’ve applied for. Common reasons include incomplete documentation, failure to meet health or character requirements, or insufficient evidence of genuine intent to visit or stay in Australia.

You can check the status of your visa application through the Department of Home Affairs’ online portal. If your visa has been refused, you will receive a refusal letter outlining the reasons for the decision.

Yes, you can appeal a visa refusal decision. The process and grounds for appeal will depend on the type of visa you applied for and the reasons for refusal. It’s advisable to consult an immigration lawyer for this process.

To appeal a visa refusal, you’ll need to lodge an application for review with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) within the specified time frame mentioned in your refusal letter. Legal representation is highly recommended.

The visa refusal rate varies depending on the visa subclass and the applicant’s country of origin. However, it’s important to note that each application is assessed on its own merits.

Yes, you can reapply for a visa after a refusal. However, it’s crucial to address the reasons for the initial refusal in your new application.

If your visa application is denied, you will receive a refusal letter outlining the reasons for the decision. Depending on the visa subclass, you may have the option to appeal the decision or reapply.

No, the visa application charge is generally non-refundable, even if your application is refused.

Yes, visas can be refused on medical grounds if the applicant fails to meet the health requirements set by the Australian government.

Student visas can be rejected for various reasons, including insufficient evidence of genuine intent to study, failure to meet financial requirements, or discrepancies in the provided documentation.

While having diabetes doesn’t automatically lead to visa refusal, it could be a factor if it’s assessed that the condition would result in significant healthcare costs or prejudice the access of Australian citizens to healthcare services.

If your tourist visa is refused, you can either appeal the decision through the AAT or address the reasons for the refusal and reapply. It’s advisable to consult an immigration expert in such cases.

Yes, you can apply for a tourist visa after a refusal. However, make sure to address the reasons for the initial refusal in your new application.

The time frame for reapplying after a visa refusal depends on the visa subclass and the reasons for the initial refusal. It’s best to consult an immigration expert for tailored advice.

While visa refusals from one country are not directly reported to other countries, a refusal could affect your credibility and may be considered if you apply for a visa to another country, like Canada.

Factors like criminal history, health conditions, false documentation, and failure to meet visa requirements can result in a visa refusal.

You can lodge an appeal with the AAT within the time frame specified in your refusal letter. Legal representation is often recommended for the appeal process.

If your visa is rejected, you’ll receive a refusal letter outlining the reasons. You may have the option to appeal the decision or reapply after addressing the issues mentioned in the refusal letter.

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