Immigration Assessment Authority (IAA)
There is a special category for certain protection visas, which is known as the “fast track” category. If the Department decides to refuse an application in this category, the correct Tribunal to appeal to is the IAA. Once again, it is important to understand that an appeal is only likely to succeed if our Agency can identify where an error has been made in the decision, or where suitable information can be presented to make our client’s case stronger.
In a limited number of cases - and usually only after all appeals have failed - clients may be able to request intervention in their case, by the Minister responsible for the Immigration Department. These appeals are complicated and do not have any guarantee of success because the conditions of appeal are very strict. In order to be successful, it is necessary to convince the Minister that granting the application is in the public interest and will be of benefit to Australia – something which is hard to do. For that reason, the Agency prefers to focus on achieving a positive outcome through the appeals process, and this has led to our specialisation in those appeals.