close menu

Get your Aussie visa application right the first time

by Sam Hopwood | Oct 25, 2016
  • The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) processes thousands of visa applications each year, going through each one with a fine-toothed comb. While the application can seem daunting, it’s easy to ensure that you don’t make any mistakes that could lead to a refusal.
    How to get your Aussie visa application right the first time

    Apply for the right visa

    First things first, you need to figure out which visa you’re going to apply for. As there are so many different subclasses, this can be tricky.

    What you’ll have to consider is what you plan on doing during your time in Australia, as this will determine which visa is right for you. Will you be visiting friends or family, or do you want to make a more permanent move to further your career? These are just two of the many questions you’ll need to ask yourself.

    Applying for the wrong visa will cost you both time and money – and potentially damage your chances of a successful application later on.

    Don’t “forget” about your criminal record

    Omitting any criminal history from your visa application is one of the most serious mistakes you can make.

    The DIBP takes criminal records very seriously. It doesn’t matter if it was simply a court appearance or actual jail time, or even if it happened decades ago.

    Provide all the required supporting documents

    Everything you say on your visa application will likely need supporting evidence to accompany it.

    Whether it’s an official marriage certificate, a letter from your employer or proof of your qualification, it’s best to have all your paperwork on hand before you start your application.

    If you’re applying from a non-English speaking country, you will need English copies of your documents. Alternatively, you’ll need to have them translated by an approved translator.

    It’s not second (or third) time lucky

    Having a track record of failed visa applications can count against you when you next apply. The DIBP keeps detailed records of all applications and their outcomes, resulting in even more scrutiny on your application.

    The visa application process is complex and confusing. Even the smallest mistake could mean rejection of your application. Our team of experienced Registered Migration Agents is ready to help you through the process. Give us a call on +1800 039 300.

    We are a professional services company that specialises in cross-border financial and immigration advice and solutions.

    Our teams in the UK, South Africa and Australia can ensure that when you decide to move overseas, invest offshore or expand your business internationally, you’ll do so with the backing of experienced local experts.

    • visa application
      What’s the difference between a UK Marriage Visitor visa and a spouse visa?
      Nov 08, 2019  |  by John Dunn
    • Sydney skyline
      Invest in Australian property and earn permanent residency for you and your family
      Oct 18, 2019  |  by Sam Hopwood
    • Australia-look-see.png
      Everything you should do on your look-and-see visit to Australia
      Aug 12, 2019  |  by Sam Hopwood
    • Porto cityscape
      10 reasons to move to Porto, Portugal
      Jul 29, 2019  |  by John Dunn
    • Oxford-street
      Everything you ever wanted to know about applying for a UK Tier 2 (General) visa
      Jul 18, 2019  |  by John Dunn
    • Australia skyline
      Landed a temporary job Down Under? Get an Australian working holiday visa
      Jul 08, 2019  |  by Guest writer
    • sydney-australia
      Australian visa processing times: How long you’ll wait for approval
      Jun 27, 2019  |  by Sam Hopwood
    • British passport and citizenship approved
      British citizenship and indefinite leave to remain: Why you need to know the difference
      Jun 25, 2019  |  by John Dunn
    • seven-corners-image
      The importance of purchasing travel insurance with a Tier 4 UK student visa
      Jun 13, 2019  |  by Guest writer
    • kangaroos
      Two new Aussie visa routes for skilled migrants
      May 23, 2019  |  by Sam Hopwood

    South Africa

    Cape Town

    Regent Square
    Doncaster Road
    Kenilworth 7708 +27 (0) 21 657 2120


    25 Richefond Circle
    Umhlanga 4320 +27 (0) 31 536 8844

    United Kingdom


    One Croydon
    12-16 Addiscombe Road
    Croydon CR0 0XT +44 (0) 20 7759 7514



    9 Yarra Street
    South Yarra
    VIC 3141 +613 (0) 8651 4500

    Sable International is a trading name of 1st Contact Money Limited (company number 07070528), registered in England and Wales. We are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK (FCA no. 517570), the Financial Services Conduct Authority in South Africa (1st Contact Money [PTY] Ltd - FSP no. 41900) and hold an Australian Financial Services Licence issued by ASIC to deal in foreign exchange (1st Contact Group - AFS Licence number 335 126).

    We use cookies to provide the best website experience for you. Using this website means that you agree to this. How we use cookies.