Are you thinking of applying for an Australian visa? Here are 5 things to consider:
Are you applying for the right visa subclass or stream? Did you know that there are 5 different streams within the Visitor Visa? Not to mention Electronic Travel Authorities and eVisitor visas!
Visa processing times can vary, and may take longer than you expect – make sure you apply for your visa well before your proposed travel date. Check out estimated visa processing times on the Department of Home Affairs website here.
Seek assistance if you are unsure of the eligibility requirements for the visa you want to apply for. Visa application charges are costly and you will not be refunded if your visa application is unsuccessful.
If applying for an employer-sponsored visa, does your employer understand its obligations as a sponsor? This can have a lasting impact on sponsors and visa holders.
If you are an employer, ensure you are aware of your obligations. Consequences for breach of these obligations can be severe.
Do you have any criminal convictions? Even if the conviction took place 20 years ago, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection may ask you for details and may refuse your visa if you fail the “character test”.