Can Department’s delay impact merits review rights?

Federal Court: DHA refused nomination and 457 visa. Both sponsor and visa applicant (VA) applied to AAT, which remitted visa application to DHA. Due to DHA's delay, nomination expired & sponsor lost SBS status. Appellant found another employer, who lodged a nomination application, but DHA refused the visa as there was no approved nomination. VA was not entitled to merits review under the old version of s 338(2)(d)(i) because of DHA's further delay, with the result that, at the time of AAT application, no nomination was approved nor under review. Is there a remedy when VAs are blameless?

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