How long will the review (AAT) process take?

The time it takes us to complete the review process depends on a range of factors, including the number of applications for review we receive, the number of members available to conduct reviews, the type of decision under review, the strategies we have in place for dealing with different caseloads, and the complexity of the review. Applications for reviews in the Migration and Refugee Division have more than doubled in recent years (see our Statistics). We have not been able to keep pace with the increase in our workload with the resources available to us. This has had an impact on the time it takes us to complete reviews.

The following table sets out the average times it took us to finalise reviews in a recent six month period. These statistics are a general guide only and we cannot guarantee that any individual review will be finalised within these timeframes.

Average times for finalising reviews

Case category
Average calendar days from lodgement to finalisation
Bridging 131
Family 738
Nomination/Sponsor approval 1025
Partner 865
Permanent business 940
Protection 804
Skill linked 468
Student cancellation 418
Student refusal 620
Temporary work 912
Visitor 536
Other 385
Total for migration case categories 765

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