The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) reviews decisions that are made by Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). They conduct merit reviews and have the power to approve, change or set aside the decision made by DIBP. Their decisions are made taking into account factors of each case.
If an applicant wishes for a review of their visa application, then it needs to be lodged with the AAT within a particular time fame. In cases, an individual’s visa has been canceled or refused, the time frame is specified within the letter which is usually around 21 days from the date of a decision to refuse a visa application, and 7 days from the date of a decision to cancel the individual’s visa. It is essential for the applicant to be physically present in Australia when the application for review is made. These timeframes need to be adhered to as not doing so could lead to the AAT declaring the application outside their jurisdiction.