Visa Refusal Appeals

Visa refused? We can appeal for you.

15732601_sA visa refusal decision can usually be appealed to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). The AAT will make a new decision on your visa application and can reverse the Immigration Department’s refusal decision.

Immigration lawyer Ross McDougall will personally do all of the work on your AAT appeal – your case will not be handled by a junior or an assistant.

To ensure that your appeal is carefully researched, prepared and presented at the Tribunal, he will:

  • give you the best representation – from an experienced Immigration Lawyer who is also a Registered Migration Agent.
  • prepare and lodge your application for review by the Tribunal – critical time limits apply for lodging review applications
  • lodge a Freedom of Information request on your behalf to obtain a copy of all information and documents the Department of Immigration has about your visa application
  • examine the history of your visa application and the Department’s reasons for refusal
  • gather detailed information from you about the facts of the situation
  • consider where the Department of Immigration may have incorrectly refused the application and the potential grounds for the AAT reversing that decision
  • research current and relevant immigration law, etc.
  • gather evidence, supporting statements, etc.
  • write a detailed legal submission arguing your case for the Tribunal Member to receive before the Tribunal hearing day
  • prepare you for your Tribunal hearing – what you should do and should not do at the hearing
  • attend the Tribunal hearing with you as your legal representative
  • ensure that all relevant issues are covered and that your situation has been understood by the Tribunal Member. We note any issues of law or fact that may require a further written submission to the Tribunal Member
  • prepare and forward to the Tribunal Member a further written submission on issues arising from the hearing – if appropriate.


Statistics show that AAT appeal cases have a much greater chance of success if they are professionally prepared and presented.

It is critical that your case is well prepared and presented at the AAT as the further appeal options (Federal Circuit Court and Federal Court) are much more expensive and have a lower chance of success.


See our fixed-price fee to represent you in an Administrative Appeals Tribunal appeal.