Step 1: Create an AAT Action Plan
Our team of Registered Migration Agents will assess your refusal/cancellation letter and determine the reasons behind your visa/nomination/sponsorship being declined.
Following a case conference to identify the cause of refusal, we will provide you with an AAT Action Plan that will guide you towards achieving your desired migration goals in Australia.
STEP 2: Lodge your AAT Application
Upon completion of your AAT Action Plan, our Agents will provide assistance in lodging your appeal prior to the deadline. Following submission, AAT will issue an acknowledgment letter to our organisation as confirmation of receipt.
Step 3: Prepare your AAT Case Submission
Once the AAT case has been lodged, our agents will proceed to prepare a legal submission that addresses the grounds of the Department's refusal.
In our submission, our agents will provide a detailed overview of the case, including the reasons for refusal, the facts of the case, and the specific Migration Regulations that the Department deemed unsatisfactory. We will also examine the relevant policy and case law pertaining to your case, and present compelling arguments as to why the initial decision was incorrect.
In addition to the above, we will also submit any new information or evidence that is available for the AAT's consideration.
Step 4: Prepare the AAT Hearing
After receiving your application by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), it will be assigned to an AAT member for review. They will examine all submissions and documents provided and then schedule a hearing.
Upon receiving a hearing date from the AAT, we will arrange a case conference to discuss the matter and help you prepare for the hearing.
STEP 2: Attend the Hearing
The AAT hearing allows you to present information and arguments about the Department's decision under review.
The hearing is relatively informal and will usually be conducted by one Tribunal Member. The Member will explain what will happen during the hearing.
- You may be asked to take an oath or affirm that you will tell the truth at the hearing.
- Any witnesses will be asked to give evidence.
- You and the AAT member will also have an opportunity to summarise all the main arguments in the review briefly.
The length of the hearing varies from case to case. Many hearings are finished in under 3 hours but can be longer.
Step 6: Wait for AAT Outcome
Once the hearing is completed, the member will either:
- Request for further documents to support your case
- Make a decision at the end of the hearing or in writing within two months of the hearing.
The AAT can make the following decisions:
- Affirm the decision: the decision is not changed
- Vary the decision: the decision is changed
- Set aside the decision and substitute a new decision: the decision is replaced with a new decision
- Set aside and remit the decision: the matter is sent back to the decision-maker to make a new decision