How do you make your Australian visa application? Well, the first thing to do is to carefully consider what you want to do in Australia and how long you want to stay for. There are literally 100’s of different types of visas designed for people with all sorts of different needs, work, study and family backgrounds and means.
Once you have decided what you want you should then choose the visa which best suits you. You can either do this yourself or consult a skilled Migration Agent. Many Migration Agents offer a free consultation to assist you to be able to make the right choice. It is also very important to try to determine the likelihood of success and whether the time is right to apply for the visa now or in the future possibly once you have satisfied some criterion. Visa application fees can be substantial and they are non-refundable so you want to make sure that your application has the best chance of success.
Once you have made a decision on a visa and are confident that you can put in a strong application you can start to download and fill in the application form(s). There is usually visa application information available to assist you to work out what documents you need to add. Please be careful also as the requirements often differ depending on which Australian Embassy, Consulate or Mission you apply at.
Depending on the visa you apply for, some documents need to be originals, some need to be certified copies and some can simply be copies. Most Australian visa applications will have a number of components – they look at your character, including any prior criminal history, your medical history and any likely need of medical attention in Australia, and your ability to be able to support yourself financially. Many visas allow for an Australian citizen or permanent resident who is a family member, friend, work or other acquaintance to support your application in some way.
Finally, once your application is ready to be submitted, double check to see that you have everything required and find out what the approximate processing time is so you can plan ahead. Some visas take 3 days to process and some take more than one year! Often where the application is submitted has an effect on the processing time. For example, for Partner (Marriage) visas they are often processed more quickly if applied for in Australia than if applied for offshore (especially in high risk countries).