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Immigration and Protection Tribunal

The Immigration and Protection Tribunal is an independent body established under the Immigration Act 2009 (the Act) to hear appeals and applications regarding:

  • residence class visas
  • deportation (including appeals on the facts and humanitarian grounds)
  • claims to be recognised as a refugee or as a protected person.

The Tribunal is administered by the Ministry of Justice. It is chaired by a District Court Judge, appointed by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Attorney-General, and 17 members appointed by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Minister of Justice.

Appeals updates

If you have a Refugee or Deportation Resident appeal, your case manager will be in contact with you when your appeal has been set down for the hearing date.


The Tribunal is currently taking an average of 10 months to determine a Residence appeal.


These appeals are generally being determined within 2-4 months of receipt. Any supporting documents or submissions to the Tribunal promptly.


It is important for you to keep the Tribunal informed of any changes to your situation or to tell us anything you want the Tribunal to take into consideration.

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