As such it is critical that you notify us of the DoHA’s decision as soon as possible, to allow us sufficient time to prepare and lodge your review application within the required time frame.
PLEASE NOTE: The AAT will not accept late applications under any circumstances. This means that if you do not lodge your application within the relevant time frame, the AAT will not be able to review the decision to refuse or cancel your visa, and you will have no other recourse to request a review of this decision.
Once your application has been lodged, the AAT will confirm the lodgement date in writing, and your application will enter the queue of applications awaiting review. The time that it takes the AAT to review an application (and to schedule a hearing, if required) is dependent upon the type of application, as well as AAT processing priorities. In some cases, it may take more than 12 months for the AAT to review an application and schedule a hearing. However other applications may be assessed quite quickly. Please contact us if you would like further information regarding likely timeframes for the review of your application.
Whilst your application is awaiting review, we will ask you to provide information and documents in support of the grounds for your application i.e. any evidence that supports your reasons for applying for a review of the department’s decision. We will then prepare written submissions in support of your application, and lodge these with the AAT for consideration.
AAT Review & Hearing Attendance
When your case is due to be considered by the AAT, you will be given the opportunity to provide further information and documents in support of the grounds for your application.
The AAT will review all relevant written information and documents that you have provided, along with any relevant information provided by the DoHA. It will then either make a decision based on these written materials or schedule a date for a hearing.
If a hearing is scheduled: You will be given the opportunity to present information regarding your case in person and answer any questions that the AAT may have regarding your review application. We will represent you at the hearing, make oral submissions in support of your application and help you to answer the AAT’s questions. The AAT will then make its decision following the hearing. This may take several weeks, depending upon the material that the AAT must consider, and the complexity of your case.