Why is my visa application taking so long to process?

Why is my visa application taking so long to process?

The processing times that are listed are only indicative of when the government expects to have an answer for you, but aren’t guaranteed. Sometimes it’s earlier than the expected time frame, sometimes it’s later. 
 
There are a number of reasons why your application could be taking so long to get a result.
 
1. The Government requires more information from you
Sometimes, the Government might request further information before they can reach a decision. If that is the case, they will contact you (or your migration agent if you have one) and outline what they need from you and when they need it by. If you fail to provide the requested documentation, then that can result in some delays.
 
 
2. There was an error on your application that requires further investigation
We understand that mistakes can happen, especially if you are making your application by yourself. It’s easy to misread the forms or provide the incorrect documentation by accident.
 
This is why it is so important to always make sure that your applications are 100% correct and complete before sending it off. Small errors can result in your application getting further scrutinised by the Government and result in your application being delayed – or worse, denied.
 
If you’re really unsure, it’s best to engage with a migration agent, as they will make sure that your application is complete before sending it off to the Government. It might just save you some pain in the long run.
 
 
3. Your circumstances are unusual and need more time for assessment
Everybody’s case is different – and all applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis. So while one person might have their application results within a few months, it might not be the same for you. Everyone’s applications get processed at different times, so don’t panic if you don’t get your results as quickly. 
 
 
 
These are only a few reasons why your application might be taking a while to process. If you’re really worried though, it’s best to consult with a migration agent, as they are the only ones who can legally provide advice on migration matters.
 
 
 
 

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