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AATs Migration & Refugee: On Hand Migration Applications Increased by 34%

January 2020, 06
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AAT’s Migration & Refugee: On Hand Migration Applications Increased by 34%

In their 2018-19 yearly report, the numbers show that the continued pressure on the Administrative Appeals Tribunal’s (AAT’s) Division of Migration and Refugee  with a 34% increase from the prior year in on hand applications, it means applications are lodged and awaiting for a decision. There was a sum of 59,718 on hand applications as of 30 Jun 2019 despite of the entire number of applications that are lodged down 5%.

The AAT performs an essential function in administrative law as it is the authority of merits review for decisions made by multiple various government departments, along with matters relating to taxation, child support, freedom of information, social security, veterans’ entitlements and the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Several have their own divisions and also with a General Division.

Statistics of On Hand Migration Applications Handled by AAT

Without a dilemma, the biggest division of the AAT is the Division of Migration & Refugee, whose members evaluate review applications for rejected Australian visas and additional applications below the Migration Act 1958 (Cth), such as rejected applications for nomination & sponsorship, and visa cancellations reviews. In the total 60,595 review applications assigned to the AAT in the last fiscal year, 59.69% of these were for rejected Australian visas. Within the Division of Migration & Refugee but as a different office is the Immigration Evaluation Authority (IAA), which manages fast-track review decisions of rejected protection visa applications of illegal maritime arrivals who arrived to Australia within a specific period, among other criteria. Associated but not incorporated in this division are review applications for Australian passports and Australian citizenship.

The Division of Migration & Refugee statistics are further divided into migration (non-refugee) and  refugee applications. Migration applications estimated for 71% of lodgements, with visa rejections forming 76% of the caseload, nomination & sponsorship rejections for 19% and visa cancellations reviews accounted for 5%.

While the number of concluded migration cases rose by 34% from the past year, principally due to more members being selected, the non hand migration cases number increased 30%. Refugee cases didn't manage much better with an raise of 43% of on hand applications.

In the type of applications submitted, skilled & work visas,  temporary & permanent business visas, including related sponsor & nomination applications considered for about half of all applications for migration lodged, with student visa rejections and cancellations making up about a quarter, and partner visa rejections following with 13%.

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