Australian Visa and Immigration Advice

Australian Visa and Immigration Advice

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Australian Visa and Immigration Advice in 2024

Contact our Migration Consultants anytime for fast advice and assistance with your Temporary or Permanent residence application! We assist with document preparation, assistance with the Migration Skills Assessment application, State Nomination application, Expression of Interest, Medical referrals and Character certificates. 

Visa Eligibility Assessment

Email us or fill in a website Contact Form to get a FREE Visa eligibility Assessment today! Note that we may require additional information from you, such as a CV/Resume or LinkedIn profile.

Australian Temporary Visa Assistance

Our Migration Agents can assist with complete Visa applications for the Visas listed below. Note that the popular Australian  Temporary visas, which we assist and advise are: TSS Skills Shortage Visa, Subclass 482, Global Talent Employer Sponsored Visa (GTES), Student Visa, Subclass 500, Visitor and Business visa, Subclass 600 and other visa categories. Click on the links for more information about the Visa eligibility criteria, Visa application process, our Visa support service and Processing times. 

Permanent Residence for Australia Assistance

Our Migration Agents and Australian qualified Immigration Lawyers can assist and advise with complete Visa applications for the Permanent visas listed below. Note that the popular Australian Permanent Residence visas, which we assist and advise are: Skilled Migration, Subclass 189 and 190 Visas, Employer Nomination Scheme, Subclass 186 Visa, Global Talent Independent Program (Global Talent Visa, Subclass 858 Visa and Family Migration to Australia - Partner, Prospective Marriage, Parent. Click on the links for more information about the Visa eligibility criteria, Visa application process, our Visa support service and Processing times.

Hong Kong and BNO Passport Holders

Applicants who hold a Hong Kong or BNO Passport may be eligible for faster and priority processing times for certain temporary and permanent residence applications, such as the 485 Graduate visa and the Subclass 191 Skilled Regional Visa. See our web page for more information regarding Hong Kong and BNO Passport Applicants

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Who can I talk to about Australian visas? 

You can arrrange a time to talk on the Telephone to our Australian qualified Lawyers or Registered Migration Agents, and email them or complete our website Contact Form. We will get back to you within 24 hours.

How do I contact the Australian visa office? 

Contact us by email or phone call. Our Australian Visa Office is based in Milton, Brisbane, Queensland, but we can also assist clients anywhere in Australia.

How do I contact the Department of Home Affairs for a visa? 

Actually, our Consultants would contact the Department of Home Affairs, on your behalf, as your Migration Consultant, and we would submit your application and supporting documents. For Australian Visa applications, you would just need to complete a Formm 956 and sign it, in order to authorise the Migration Agent to act as your Representative and handle your case and receive notifications from the Government Visa Office.

How do I follow up on my Australian visa application? 

Each Australian Visa has an estimated processing time, such as 9 - 12 months. However, the processing times get adjusted regularly, and can be faster or slower depending on the Government backlog and whether your application is completre and has no missing documents. 

What is the fast track Tourist visa Australia? 

Essentially, there is an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) for eligible Citizens of selected countries. This is faster than the Subclass 600 Visitor visa, but it is only for a 3 months visit.

What do you need to enter Australia? 

To enter Australia as a long term Visitor, Work visa or Permanent residence, you would need to make a number of Declarations. Declare that you understand a list of Australia's Values, Declare that you are in good Health and declare that you are of good Character. Also, you would need to declare that you have not previously overstayed a previous Australian visa and not had a visa refused or cancelled.

Where do I go to get biometrics for Australian visa? 

In Hong Kong, VFS Global deals with the Biometrics for Australian visas, instead of the local Australian Consulate. VFS Global are the contracted Service Delivery Partner for the Australian Department of Home Affairs and provides assistance with online visa form lodgement, visa fee payment and biometric collection services in Hong Kong.

How do I submit my Biometrics?

Your Migration Agent can assist you with obtaining Biometrics, and the process involves: Booking an Appointment at a VFS Centre, Pay your Service fees, Attend your scheduled appointment and track the progress of your application.

Can an agent help you get visa? 

Yes, of course, we can assist initially with a Visa assessment to ensure that you are definitely eligible and meet all the visa criteria, prepartion of your documents, completing all application forms correctly and therefore, saving time and avoiding a visa refusal. 

How much does it cost to get a visa to Australia? 

Visa Application fees vary according to the visa type. Generally, short term temporary Visitor visas are a low fee or $300 - $600 AUD, however, applications for permanent residence are a much higher fee of around $8,000 AUD plus for Family migration and Skilled visas. Also, there are additional fees for Secondary Applicants over 18 years and Secondary applicants under 18 years.

How can I get an Australian visa without a sponsor? 

To work in Australia, you would need a Job sponsor for short term work or long term employment. However, there are exceptions, where you hold certain visas, including: Working Holiday visa, Work and Holiday visa and the Temporary Graduate visa.

How to get Australian Immigration advice? 

The best way to check your Visa eligibility is to just email us your CV/Resume for a FREE Visa eligibility Assessment. Also, let us know your Date of birth, English language ability and if you are including a Partner in your visa application. We can check your Points score for skilled migration.

Do I need an immigration agent for Australia? 

Its is not mandatory to have an Immigration Agent, however, the Agent can take care of the complete application process and save you time, hassles, researching the rules, checking forums and possibly making mistakes or omitted documents or information. 

What is a migration agent in Australia? 

A Migration Agent is registered with the Office of the Migration Agent Registration Authority, and they are obligated to adhere to a Code of Ethics and Conduct. The Migration Agent is authorised to provide Australian immigration advice and they should have up-to-date knowledge of all the current laws, rules, policy and fees.

Is it hard for UK citizens to move to Australia? 

UK Citizens have an advantage, in that they are native English speakers, so they can score highly in the IELTS English test, and possibly obtain 20 points for IELTS 8.0 in all elements of the Test, in the Points test for Skilled migration. 

What is the oldest age you can move to Australia? 

For Skilled migration, the eligible Age range is 18-44 years, but the older you are, when you apply, the less points yopu would accumulate. Note that the Work visa does not usually have an Age limit, and the Global talent Visa (GTI) is open up to aged 55 years, unless you are older and have an exceptional and unique skilled talent.

How much does it cost to immigrate to Australia? 

The Australian immigration costs include: Migration Skills Assessment fee, Character certificates, Health examination, English test, Migration Agency fees, Biometrics application and the Government application fee.

Visa Categories for Australia

See our web pages below for more information about popular Australian Visa and Immigration applications: