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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.

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    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.

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