Your options in dealing with a negative decision from the Australian immigration department

There are a number of reasons why your visa or citizenship may be refused or cancelled. It is essential that you read the decision and notification letter carefully so you are aware of the reasons for the decision and whether you have the right to appeal the decision.

What is equally important is that you act promptly and seek legal advice so you can make an informed decision on your next steps. Generally, you will have three options in dealing with a negative decision by the Department:

  1. Appeal the decision to the relevant Tribunal or Court

    The Tribunal or Court you appeal to depends on the type of decision you wish to challenge and/or the person who made the decision.

    There are strict timeframes which apply to pursuing any appeals process. These timeframes vary but are generally short. For this reason, you should act quickly.

    Our team regularly advocates for clients in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and Immigration Assessment Authority. We also have considerable experience in conducting reviews and appeals in the Federal Circuit Court, Federal Court and High Court of Australia.
     
  2. Apply for a new visa

    Having an appeal right does not always mean you should exercise this right. We can provide advice and assistance on helping you reach the migration outcome you seek.

    Before you apply for a new visa, it is important to first obtain advice on your prospects of success and whether there are any barriers in place that may prevent you from applying for this visa.
     
  3. Request the Minister intervene in your case on compassionate grounds (Ministerial Intervention)

    Generally, this avenue can only be pursued if you have received a negative decision and have exhausted all relevant appeal avenues. Such requests are lodged in writing to the office of the Minister for Home Affairs. There are policies which apply to their consideration of these requests.

    It can be difficult conveying in writing how you raise circumstances which are compelling or compassionate. Call us for expert advice and representation for these complex migration matters.
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Migration support for difficult circumstances

Finding out that your visa or citizenship has or may be cancelled or refused can be devastating to you and your family. Such decisions can prevent you from making further visa applications or being granted certain visas to travel to, enter, or stay in Australia. It can also result in your removal from Australia and exclusion from returning.

You may have the right of reply to such a decision before it is made, however strict time limits apply so you must act quickly. Our team can advise you of your options and represent you during the review process.

As migration lawyers with extensive criminal experience, we understand that it is essential to apply an evidence-based approach to your case and claims. Expert advice and representation can make all the difference in your case.

We act for clients in a range of visa and citizenship cancellation and refusal matters, including:

  • Adverse decisions under section 501 or on character grounds
  • Revocation of Australian citizenship due to historical offending
  • Cancellation of visas due to incorrect information (section 109) or concerns about their identity (section 116(1AA))
  • Cancellation of visas due to concerns the holder may pose a risk to the health or safety of the Australian community (section 116(1)(e))

Whatever the cause or issue, we’re here to assist you and to work towards a positive outcome.

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Our migration lawyers are here to support you

Australia offers numerous visas and pathways to citizenship in a range of categories, so the migration process can easily become overwhelming and intimidating. There are also a number of complex laws and policies in place which can be tricky to navigate. Let us support you in finding a migration solution to best suit your circumstances and needs.

We can provide advice and representation on a number of visa and citizenship matters, including:

  • Family and partner visas
  • Business and investor visas
  • Skilled work and employee-sponsored visas
  • Refugee and humanitarian visas
  • Visitor and short-term stay visas, including bridging visas
  • Resident return visas
  • Citizenship by conferral, descent and under special circumstances
  • Ministerial Intervention requests

We also provide advice and representation on migration-related problems, such as extending your stay, visa overstays, exclusion and travel ban issues and health and character criteria. If you have a complex migration case or need support with your visa application, call us to arrange the next available consultation.

Citizenship, Visa Cancellations and Refusals
 
Reviews, Appeals and Ministerial Intervention
 
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Migration lawyers to support you

Fisher Dore Lawyers provide assistance, advice and representation in all matters and aspects of Australian immigration law. This includes visa applications, migration act offences, citizenship and visa cancellations and refusals, ministerial interventions, and reviews and appeals in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Federal Circuit Court, Federal Court and High Court of Australia.

With over 35 years of experience in migration and administrative law, our team has completed a number of notable cases. We know that all migration matters are different; this is why it’s important to seek advice. We are well-versed in all aspects of immigration policy and offer a range of services to support your migration needs. If you have a complex migration issue and need advice from an immigration lawyer, call us to arrange the next available consultation. As migration lawyers with extensive criminal experience, we understand that it is essential to apply an evidence-based approach to your case and claims.

Expert advice and representation can make all the difference.

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