Having your visa cancelled or refused is a stressful ordeal. However, it is important, at this point, to strategise (or get a lawyer to strategise for you) your next steps to avoid potential incarceration at immigration detention centre and facing potential deportation. So, what should you do after your visa is cancelled or refused?

Find a reliable lawyer

Finding a reliable and competent migration lawyer will ensure that you avoid unnecessary wastage of time. Also, most cancellations and refusals are followed with strict time lines to engage your next steps – so it is essential to quickly find a professional to assist you.

Know your goal(s)

You need to know your long-term migration goals and plans. Not everyone wants to salvage his visa: some just want additional time to resolve outstanding matters before leaving; some want to save their visas; sometime are willing to leave Australia so long as they are able to return in future. Knowing your long-term goal will assist us in better helping you with your visa problems.

To appeal or to leave

If you intention is to remain in Australia, you will need to appeal the cancellation or refusal decision. If you are intending to leave, it is essential to obtain a legal status through bridging visas before you depart – the caveat, however, is that cancellation/refusal may carry with it long-term migration consequences – where this is applicable, it is important to speak to us so we are able to advise you the best ways to minimise the negative consequences of the said cancellation or refusal.

Obtaining a legal status

Regardless of your situation, it is crucial to regularise your migration status through the procurement of a legal status via the appropriate bridging visa. The Australian migration system allows you to obtain legal status even after the cancellation or refusal of your visa.

If you have visa related enquiries, please contact us using the information below to book a consultation with out migration lawyers.