Is there a time limit for applying? 

Yes. There are very strict time limits. The time limit to lodge an application for review of a protection (refugee) visa decision is:

  • 28 days if you are not in immigration detention
  • 7 working days if you are in immigration detention

You can check the Department of Home Affairs decision letter to find out what the time limit is.

How do we calculate the time period to lodge an application?

The first day of the time period for lodging an application for review of a protection (refugee) visa decision is the day the applicant was taken to have been notified of the decision. This means that, in general, the first day of the time period includes the day on which you  have received notice of the decision.

However, if you are in immigration detention and you are taken to have received notice of the decision on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday, the first day of the time period to lodge the application is the next working day.

What can I do if the time limit has expired?

The AAT has no power to extend the time limit to lodge an application for review.