Before embarking upon any visa application process, there are a number of questions that you should ask yourself.
These can include:
- What are my visa objectives?
- For example, do I want to live in Australia permanently or just for a few months or years?
- What are my visa options?
- For example, I am a fully qualified carpenter from Ireland living in Australia and on my second working holiday maker visa. My girlfriend is Australian and we have been living together for over 12 months.
- Can I apply for a partner visa?
- Can I apply for a general skilled migration visa?
- Can I apply for an employer sponsored visa?
- Am I eligible to apply for more than one visa and if I am, which is my best option and why?
- Do I totally understand visa and migration process or are there a few things I don’t understand?
- Do I need to get professional advice regarding my visa options from a registered Australian migration agent so that I don’t waste time and money pursuing a visa option that I may not be eligible to apply for?
- If I’m thinking about applying for a skilled visa, do I need to a skills assessment? If yes, which skills assessing authority do I apply to; what do I have to do and how long will it take?
- The Department of Immigration website is indeed a treasure trove and if you take your time and read it carefully, you might be able to find the answers to most immigration-related questions.
- The Department’s website provides:
- General information about the different visa types;
- useful information that will enable you to work out whether you are eligible to apply for a certain type of visa or visas;
- Information on how the different visas work once granted. Some are temporary, some are permanent and some have some funny little rules that you need to be aware of!
- Information and guidelines which will enable you to assess whether you are eligible to apply for a particular visa (If you do not understand the eligibility information, you should consider seeking professional advice from an Australian registered migration agent)
- Information about the obligations and/or conditions attached to a particular type of visa and how these conditions may affect you if you are granted that type of visa;
- Information on how and where to apply for all visa applications (including the fees)
- Information on how and where to apply for immigration medicals
- Information on how and where to apply for Australian and international police clearance certificates.
But (there’s always but) – the Dapartment of Immigration’s website can be a little daunting when you first start navigating its many web pages. It’s a huge website which contains an enormous amount of information on visa options; how to apply for a visa: where to apply for a visa; and much more. Are you ready to dig through all of that information and try to determine which is relevant for your situation, or should you look for an assistance of professional who already possessed all of that knowledge (and a lot more) and is able to assist you with your visa application?
Well, you can bake your own bread, but if you never did it before I am not that convinced it will be good at the first time. Of course, you can master your skills and down the path you’ll become a great baker. With your visa application usually you don’t have a second chance, so think twice if you’d like to do it by yourself, ask Migration Agent for assistance, and here we are to assist.
Do you need help with your Visa Application?
Australian Immigration can be quite complex and takes time and research to assess your individual needs.
You will get the most benefit from booking a consultation for a full assessment of your situation to identify which visa pathways will be possible in your case.