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Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT)

Student Visa Refusals (Genuine Stay)-The AAT needs to decide whether you genuinely intend to stay temporarily in Australia. The AAT must be satisfied there is a genuine intention to stay temporarily in Australia. The AAT will look at your circumstances in your home country, your potential circumstances in Australia, the value of the course to your future, your immigration history and any other relevant matters.


There are many reasons why you may have received a visa cancellation. This may include breach of visa conditions, character cancellations or providing false or misleading information on your previous visa application.

You will be given a limited time period to respond and explain why you think your visa should not be cancelled. If this happens, you will need to act fast and get in contact with a visa cancellation specialist as soon as possible. If your visa had already been cancelled, you may still be able to appeal the Department’s decision at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). This also requires you to appeal within a certain time period after your visa is cancelled. Limited time applies so you must act fast to increase your chance of success.

Once your visa is cancelled, you immediately become an unlawful non-citizen and can be detained pending removal from Australia. It is imperative that you seek legal advice so that you can regularise your immigration status. There are options available to appeal after a visa cancellation.


(A) Lodging a complaint to the Department.
(B) Get the Tribunal to review the decision again.
(C) Apply the judicial courts.
(D) Ask the Minister for Immigration.
(E) Request the Ombudsman to the Department.


You must be aware of the strict time limit available for an appeal. If you do not act within the time limits, you will lose your right to review.

Our team of experienced Immigration Lawyers are highly trained and experienced in assisting clients with visa cancellation issues.

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