Visa Cancellation or Refusal Review at the Refugee Review Tribunal (RRT) (now AAT)

Complete case preparation and presentation for a second chance at your Australian protection or refugee visa

Has your Refugee or Protection visa application been refused? Has your visa been cancelled? You may have another opportunity to present your case and get your visa.

The Refugee Review Tribunal (AAT) is an independent review body that reviews refugee (protection) visas decisions made by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), especially protection visa refusal decisions. If you have had a protection visa application refused and wish to have that decision reviewed (appealed), the AAT offers an opportunity to have that negative decision reviewed and, potentially, reversed. All AAT proceedings for refugee cases are confidential.

Note: If your visa that was refused is not a protection or refugee visa, please visit our Migration Review Tribunal page.

The AAT represents a “last chance” opportunity for protection visa applicants to have an independent review of their case based on the merits of the case. Further review after the AAT may be available from the courts, however the courts cannot review the merits of the case; they can only determine if a mistake was made in the process of refusal or cancellation. And unlike the courts, at the AAT you can introduce new evidence to support your protection visa application – the AAT review is essentially a completely new review of your case, and offers an excellent opportunity to remedy any problems in your original application.

The most common reasons why visas are refused or cancelled

The Australian visa application process is very complex, and the rules and requirements for visas change often. Most visa problems are based on the applicant’s lack of knowledge about the Australian visa system, or a mistaken belief that the Australian visa system is flexible – it is not. In fact, most visa application refusals can be traced back to on one or more of the following common problems:

  • incomplete or inaccurate applications
  • lack of proper supporting documentation
  • poorly prepared applications and documents which do not meet the legislative requirements for the visa being requested
  • poor quality supporting materials that cause DIBP to believe the visa applicant’s request is not sincere or genuine
  • poor advice from unregistered or inexperienced advisors


The AAT: A New Opportunity To Present Your Case
The AAT offers visa applicants a chance to address whatever problems caused the original protection visa refusal, but applicants only get one chance for a AAT review, so it’s important to make sure that an AAT review is done correctly, with the best possible written submission and supporting materials.

Our AAT review service offers a comprehensive package of benefits designed to present your case in the best possible way to the AAT including:

  • A thorough review of your case and the reason(s) for the refusal
  • Review of your existing supporting documents and suggestions for improvement where necessary
  • Assistance with preparation of witness statements and other supporting documents
  • Review of previous AAT and Federal Court cases that may support your visa application
  • Creation of a thorough written submission for your RRT review along with all forms required by the MRT
  • Lodgment with the AAT and handling all communications from the RRT regarding your case


Your visa status in Australia can also be affected by an RRT review – if you are currently on a bridging A visa, your visa can be extended if your lodge for an AAT review within the required time limit after notification of your initial visa refusal.

There are strict time limits imposed by the AAT which cannot be extended. Contact Northam & Associates immediately if you wish to pursue an AAT review and we can advise you of your options, your time limits, and how we can create and lodge your case documents with the AAT for the best possible chance at success.

Schedule a Professional Consultation Today

To learn about your rights at the AAT and for a review of your case, schedule your private consultation with a Registered Migration Agent today by Skype, phone, or at our offices in Sydney.