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Review of Visa Decisions

If you are not satisfied with a visa decision you receive, you may be able to ask for the decision to be reviewed.

Not all decisions are 'reviewable decisions', but the department's decision-maker will advise you in writing if the decision is reviewable, and what steps you can take if you want to ask for a review.

  • Most visa decisions with a right of review are reviewable by the Migration Review Tribunal (MRT).

  • Decisions about deportation and citizenship are reviewable by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).

  • Decisions on onshore protection visa applications are reviewable by the Refugee Review Tribunal (RRT).

Business-related sponsorships and nominations for temporary business entry visas, and employer nominations for permanent entry, are reviewable by the MRT.

Visitor visa applicants intending to visit Australian citizen/resident relatives may have a review right – again a decision-maker will advise of what review rights are available.

Cancellation of subclass 200 (refugee) visas, where the holder is in Australia at the time of cancellation, may also be reviewable by the MRT.

Offshore humanitarian applicants do not have a review right, but applicants for onshore protection visas (using form 866) do have a right of review by the RRT.

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Application forms

If you are dissatisfied with a decision on your application for a visa, you can ask to see the documents the department holds on your application. You can do this under the Freedom of Information Act 1982.
See: Form 424a Request for access to documents or information (301KB PDF file)

Information and application forms

Applications for review cannot be made at offices of this department.

Please contact the relevant tribunal for information and forms.

  • MRT toll-free number – 1300 361 969
  • RRT toll-free number – 1800 814 593
  • AAT toll-free number – 1300 366 700.

Last reviewed Thursday 28 August 2014