Most convincingly, in its annual report for the year ending 30 June 2013 the MRT reported that:
"...[A]pplicants were represented in 64% of cases decided. Most commonly, representation was by a registered migration agent. In cases where applicants were represented, the set-aside rate was higher than for unrepresented applicants." - Pg. 20 MRT/RRT Annual Report 2012/13
It is also important to note that there are time limitations applicable to your right to appeal to the MRT.
Sirus Migration can advise on your prospects of success before applying for review.
Contact Sirus Migration today on 1300 074 787 (1300 0 SIRUS) or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your options.
The Migration Review Tribunal (MRT) and Refugee Review Tribunal (RRT) conduct merit reviews of visa and visa-related decisions made by the Australian Department of Immigration. The MRT reviews a wide range of decisions in relation to visas other than protection visas (the Refugee Review Tribunal (RRT) reviews decisions regarding protection visas).
Merits review is an administrative reconsideration of a case. A merits review body makes decisions within the same legislative framework as the primary decision maker, and may exercise all the powers and discretions conferred on the primary decision maker.
The tribunals are usually constituted by a single member. The tribunals have the power to affirm the primary decision, vary the primary decision, set aside the primary decision and substitute a new decision, or remit (return) a matter to the department for reconsideration with specific directions.
In reviewing a decision to refuse or cancel a visa, the tribunals are required to conduct a merits review that is ‘independent, fair, just, economical, informal and quick’. We aim to make the correct decision in individual cases, and to influence decision-making through quality and consistency of our decisions.