If your visa application has been refused or if your visa has been cancelled you may be able to appeal this decision to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).

Act quickly, as you only have a limited time to make an appeal - usually only 21 days. Call us to make an appointment on (08) 8210 9800 or contact us now. 


Migration Solutions has a very dedicated team of people who provide reviews & appeal services:

We specialise in areas such as:

  • Appeals
  • Visa cancellations
  • Reviewing decisions for jurisdictional error
  • Assisting with an application for Ministerial Intervention

There are a number of options available to a visa applicant if their application is refused: 

  • Lodge an application to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT)
  • If the application is unsuccessful at the AAT, that decision can be challenged at the Federal Court
  • Or go directly to the Minister of Immigration requesting Ministerial Intervention

Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT)

The AAT conducts independent merits review of administrative decisions made under Commonwealth laws.

Decisions are made by a tribunal Member who will review the Department of Immigration's decision and the facts of your situation.

The Administrative Appeals tribunal (AAT) reviews a decision “on the merits”. This means that we take a fresh look at the facts, law and policy relating to the decision and arrive at our own decision. The AAT must make the legally correct decision or, where there can be more than one correct decision, the preferable decision.

Helpful Links

Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Migration Review Tribunal - Refugee Review Tribunal
Federal Court of Australia
Federal Circuit Court of Australia
Hight Court of Australia

Ministerial Intervention

Once you have lodged a request for Ministerial intervention, the Minister of Immigration will determine whether or not they believe the visa should be granted to the visa applicant regardless of whether they meet the visa requirements or not.

The request usually needs to be an extremely compelling case for the Minister to intervene.

How long do I have to make an appeal?

Generally you have 21 days to appeal the decision at the AAT. Find out more

Key people for Reviews & Appeals

Mark_2Mark Glazbrook

CEO / Principal Migration Agent
Registered Migration Agent Number: 0100185

Mark Glazbrook is the Managing Director of Migration Solutions and has been involved in the migration profession for over 17 years.

Call Mark on 8210 9800 or email him

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Vanessa De Pretis

Senior Migration Agent
Registered Migration Agent Number: 1388116

Vanessa is a registered migration agent and project coordinator at Migration Solutions. She specialises in family visas and migration appeal process.

Call Vanessa on 8210 9800 or email her

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Nam Hoang

Practice Manager / Executive Migration Agent
Registered Migration Agent Number: 0641294

Nam is the business operations manager and a senior migration consultant at Migration Solutions, responsible for the day-to-day business operations of work undertaken.

Call Nam on 8210 9800 or email him

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