What we can review

We can review certain decisions made under the Migration Act 1958:

  • to refuse or cancel different types of visas
  • to refuse to approve a nomination of an occupation, activity or position
  • to bar, refuse to approve or cancel the approval of a sponsor
  • relating to requiring a security.

The Migration Act and the Migration Regulations 1994 specify what decisions we can review, or you can check the List of reviewable decisions

The decision letter from the Department of Home Affairs will tell you if we can review the decision and if you are a person who can apply for a review.

This part of our website contains information about the review of all visa and visa-related decisions except for: 

  • decisions to refuse or cancel a protection (refugee) visa, and
  • character-related visa decisions.

What we cannot do

  • review every decision to refuse or cancel a visa
  • review a decision to cancel a visa made personally by the Minister for Home Affairs or Minister for Immigration
  • review a decision if you are not entitled to apply for a review.