What we can review

We can review certain decisions to refuse or cancel a protection (refugee) visa made under the Migration Act 1958.

The Migration Act specifies what decisions we can review, or you can check the List of reviewable decisions.

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

See other parts of our website for information about the review of:

  • character-related decisions about protection visas made under or relying on sections 5H(2), 36(1C), 36(2C), 501 or 501CA of the Migration Act, or
  • other visa and visa-related decisions.

What we cannot do

  • review a decision to cancel a visa made personally by the Minister for Home Affairs or Minister for Immigration
  • review a decision to refuse a protection visa that can be reviewed by the Immigration Assessment Authority.