(I am not a lawyer. This is not legal advice. It is a discussion of a linguistic issue arising from one Australian government department procedure.)
A government department which changes name every few years is responsible for granting or refusing Australian migrant and refugee visas. Unsuccessful applicants in specified visa classes can apply to an independent body called the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for a review of the department’s decision, but they must do so within 28 days of receiving notification of their unsuccessful application.
The department’s letter to unsuccessful applicants is not helpful. Notably, it doesn’t state the date by which unsuccessful applicants must apply; they are expected to figure it out for themselves (though many are represented by an agent or lawyer). Some unsuccessful applicants lose their chance for a review by applying too late.Continue reading