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Visa Refusals and Cancellations

If you have been refused a visa by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), or had a visa cancelled, you may be entitled to apply for review of the adverse decision of the DIBP to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).

Case officers of the DIBP do not always make sound or rational decisions. Our lawyers have seen many decisions made by case officers that were deficient in some way, or lacking a sound course of reasoning.

In addition, many applications are refused not because the applicant does not potentially satisfy the legal criteria for the grant of the visa, but because their application is deficient in form some way, in that it did not adequately address the legal criteria for the visa in terms of the information or supporting documentation provided with the application.

Many people would be surprised to know that a significant percentage of adverse decisions of DIBP case officers are overturned at the AAT, particularly for certain categories of visa. This is particularly the case when the applicant obtains sound legal representation to act on their appeal to the AAT.

Please review the information on the appeals process on our webpage, then contact us to arrange an initial consultation so we can explain the process moving forward.