Can I withdraw the application?

Yes, you can withdraw an application for review at any time before a decision is made.

You must withdraw in writing. You can use the Withdrawal of application for review form and send it to us.

Find more information about withdrawing an application.

What happens after the review is withdrawn?

An application is not regarded as withdrawn until we decide that we have no jurisdiction to review the application as a result of the withdrawal. Once we decide we have no jurisdiction, the review will be brought to an end.

The original decision under review remains unchanged.

We also notify the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) that you have withdrawn the application. If you are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident your immigration status in Australia may change.

If you have any questions about your immigration status you should contact the Department immediately.

What if my review is combined with another application?

If the review is combined with another application, the remaining application will remain valid until it has also been withdrawn.  

Even if the remaining application involves members of the same family, a review can only be withdrawn on behalf of other family members by someone with the authority to do so.

Can I receive a refund of my application fee if I withdraw the review?

We can only refund the application fee if the review is withdrawn in very limited circumstances:

  • death of a review applicant, visa applicant, or a member of the visa applicant’s family unit
  • a visa applicant has been granted a visa of the same class, other than on a reconsideration of the points score
  • a visa applicant has applied for another parent visa and wants a decision on that visa.

When can we dismiss an application?

If you do not attend your hearing we may dismiss the application.