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Appeals and Cancellation


Merits Review


If your application for a visa is refused, it may be possible for you to make an appeal to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) (previously Migration Review Tribunal (MRT) and Refugee Review Tribunal (RRT)). The AAT reviews decisions made by officers of the Department of Home Affairs to refuse visas. The AAT also review decisions relating to approval and cancellation of sponsorship and nomination. We will guide you through the process, accompany you to the hearing and follow up with submissions if necessary.


Ministerial Intervention


If the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) affirms the decision that your visa application should be refused, it may be possible to apply directly to the Minister of Home Affairs to intervene in your case. If the Minister decides to intervene, he/she has the ability to grant the visa as they see fit.




The Department of Home Affairs has the power to cancel a visa in a number of circumstances. This includes a breach of visa conditions, providing false or misleading information or character issues. If you are in Australia at the time of your visa cancellation, there may be an option to have this decision revoked.


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Heenan & Browne Visa and Migration Services has dedicated and experienced Registered Migration Agents who can assist you with your appeal application. Please contact our office to discuss your options.

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