The application process for an Australian Visa follows complex guidelines that can be confusing for most people, especially for first-time travellers.
It’s common for applicants to face hurdles during the process, so it helps to know which problems may arise when you are applying for a visa. It's better to be prepared with the right information so that there are fewer hassles later on.
Here are the top 10 most frequently asked questions by applicants:
- How do I know if I qualify for the visa that I want?
The first step is to take our visa eligibility assessment to see if you meet the necessary requirements for the visa you wish to apply for. The results will provide a general indication of whether you are able to proceed with that visa type.
- What are the visa requirements/supporting documents I need to submit?
The papers needed may vary for each visa classification, and some requirements are unique to a particular subclass.
You may be required to pass certain standardised tests and interviews, or have a particular number of years of service in an industry or residency in a specific place.
Each visa listed on the Migration Expert website outlines the necessary requirements and entitlements required.
- How long does the visa application process take?
However, sometimes the relevant Government bodies may take longer to reach a final decision.
You can view a complete list of the processing times and application costs on the FAQ section of our site.
- Do I need to use a Migration Consultant?
Migration Consultants are also able to provide information about alternative visa options, if your circumstances are a bit more complicated.
It is best to use trained migration professionals if your knowledge about Australian immigration is limited, if you don't have the time required to gather all the paperwork, or if you are unsure about particular aspects of your application.
It's better to get the right assistance beforehand so that your application is correct rather than having your application denied because of small, preventable errors.
- How much money do I need?
- Do I need a sponsor?
This depends on the visa subclass you’re applying for. As mentioned earlier, each visa listed on the Migration Expert website outlines the basic requirements and entitlements for each visa. If a sponsor is required, it will be mentioned in the basic requirements area.
If you are truly unsure, or if you have exceptional circumstances, it is best to speak with a migration consultant to confirm if a sponsor is required.
- Who can I take with me to Australia?
For visa subclasses that don’t allow this, your companion may need to go through another application separately.
- What can I do if my visa application is denied?
Otherwise, you can ask a migration consultant about your other visa options.
- How long can I stay in Australia?
Different rules apply for different visas, so it is best to familiarise yourself with the rules stipulated for your visa.
- I have an illness. Will that be an issue?
If you have a health condition, you should check with your migration consultant about how this might affect your application and what are the necessary steps you should take.
Visiting or moving to another country can be scary. As each country has its own system, it's very easy to make mistakes. It's always recommended that you research the country and the visa first, and ask experienced professionals about all the questions you have before starting the application process.
By getting all the information and proper assistance first, it will help save you from additional stress in the long term!
If you are interested in applying for a visa to Australia, contact Migration Expert for information and advice on which visa is best suited to you.
You can also take our free online Visa Assessment to see if you are eligible to apply for a visa to Australia.