Refugee Appeals Authority
The Refugee Appeals Authority is an independent body which must function without any bias.
Appeals, against asylum applications rejected as unfounded, must be submitted on the prescribed form within 10 working days of receipt of the letter of rejection from the Refugee Status Determination Officer and state the grounds for the appeal.
Failure to appeal will result in the decision of the Refugee Status Determination Officer being considered final. An asylum seeker who fails to lodge an appeal within 10 working days may lodge an application for condonation and provide documentary evidence in support of this application.
An asylum seeker who, having been called to appear at an appeal determination by the Refugee Appeals Authority, fails to appear at the appointed date and time, may have his or her appeal determined on the basis of documents already before the Refugee Appeals Authority at the discretion of the presiding member of the Refugee Appeals Authority.
Before making a decision, the Refugee Appeals Authority may request the asylum seeker to appear before it or to provide any such other information as it may deem necessary. After having determined an appeal, the Refugee Appeals Authority may, confirm, set aside or substitute any decision taken by a Refugee Status Determination Officer.
The Refugee Appeals Authority must refer a matter back to the Refugee Status Determination Officer to deal with such asylum seeker if new information, which is material to the application, is presented during the appeal.