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Administrative Appeals Tribunal

Administrative Appeals Tribunal

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) offers review of decisions made by the Dept. of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) to refuse a visa application or to cancel a visa. You can lodge an appeal to AAT if you are eligible to apply for review, you can be either inside or outside Australia. When the DIBP advise you of your visa outcome they are required to supply you with a notification of decision and a decision record. DIBP will advise you in your notification of decision of your review rights to AAT. There is often a time limit imposed upon your review ability, you must lodge your appeal to AAT before the time limit is reached.

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal provides an independent merits review of decisions made in relation to visas to travel to, enter or stay in Australia. The AAT reviews decisions made in respect of general visas (e.g. visitor, student, partner, family, business, skilled visas).


The Migration Act 1958 and the Migration Regulations specify which decisions the Tribunal can review, who may seek review of a decision, how an application for review must be made, the time limits within which applications for review must be lodged, and whether an application fee is payable. The rules vary depending on the type of matter.

The Tribunals cannot accept an application for review lodged outside the relevant time limit or which has been lodged by a person who is not entitled to apply for review. Depending on the decision under review, the person applying for review must be the visa applicant, the former visa holder, the sponsor or a close relative.

The AAT application forms contain detailed information about lodging an application for review, who can apply for review, and the time limits. These are available from the AAT website

How BMS Global Visa Australia Can Assist Review Applicants

• BMS GLOBAL VISA AUSTRALIA has been providing AAT Appeal Service for the last 16 years.
• Immigration laws of Australia have Migration Act 1958, Migration Regulations 1994, MSI (Migration Series Instructions), Gazette Notices issued by Hon Minister time to time for changes in laws, Explanatory Notes and so on.
• A person who wishes to lodge AAT appeal must have sound knowledge to deal with AAT.
• AAT is fair, just, economical and independent review authority. However, due to very complex and frequently changing nature of Immigration Laws of Australia, tasks become very difficult to deal with AAT Appeals.
• During appeal review an error of law in decision making by DIBP is to be established and to be proved and not many would be successful in their review appeals though we at BMS GLOBAL VISA AUSTRALIA has dealt with several cases with AAT till date.
• Time limit to lodge appeal is very important so when you receive Visa Refusal or Visa Cancellation you must contact experienced agent as early as possible to lodge your appeal within time limit.
• While appeals remain pending with AAT, further submission and further documents would be submitted till date of hearing.
• We also prepare our clients for Hearing with AAT. It is very difficult and challenging task to deal with AAT.
• We will provide advice relating to the your prospects of succeeding in your appeal
• We assist in the completion and checking of the relevant application forms
• Submit or lodge your application to the AAT as soon as possible.
• Wherever possible, assist you to comply with any request made by the AAT
Please feel free to contact us at any time suitable to you and we will quote you the best possible price to carry out your work. Each case is unique and the work involved differs case to case, and accordingly we quote our price to our clients.