5 Things to Consider When Applying for an Australian Visa
- Check your eligibility
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!
- Be prepared to wait
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 Immigration and Border Protection’s website here: https://www.border.gov.au/about/access-accountability/service-standards/global-visa-citizenship-processing-times (Joel can you create hyperlink to the DIBP website on the word “here”, instead of inserting the whole web address?)
- Seek assistance from a Registered Migration Agent or Lawyer, if needed
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.
- Be aware of sponsorship obligations
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.
- Be aware of the Character Requirement
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”.