Navigating documentation is never easy or fun, and trying to apply for a visa is no exception. If you are eligible for a visa now it does not mean you will qualify forever, so act now and come see Australia! Here are the top 6 mistakes made on Australian visa applications and how to avoid them.
1. Not Getting Professional Advice
Australia has a large amount of visa options, and there will only be some that you qualify for, with even fewer will meet your needs. Navigating the options and paperwork can be a drawn out and complicated process that can be very difficult to figure out on your own, especially if English is not your first language. Finding a migration agent in Melbourne doesn’t need to be complicated, just be sure that they have the necessary qualifications and a strong track record of successful visa applications for their clients.
2. Missing Deadlines
The process of applying for a visa can last a very long time, so you need to be very patient.
A huge mistake that many people make is forgetting or missing deadlines. You need a solid plan for how and when you will need to complete and submit documentation. Missing a deadline can unfortunately lead to your visa application lapsing or being rejected, so stay on top of your application and you will have one less problem to worry about.
3. Apply for the Visa You Need
Many people think if they apply for a visa with less stringent conditions, it will be easier to transfer to or get the visa they really want. More often than not this strategy is unsuccessful, and it’s much better to simply apply for the visa you are hoping for the first time around. Otherwise, you will end up waiting much longer than may have been possible.
4. Forgetting/ Leaving out Details
If you leave holes in your visa application the Department of Immigration and Border Patrol will find out in their routine inquiries into your claims. There are not often second chances and it won’t matter what the reason is that there are gaps, the application will just be rejected. Every claim you make needs to have adequate documented proof (eg. marriage licenses, qualifications, etc.). These documents must be in English, or translated by an approved translator.
5. Not Getting it Right the First Time
Before you submit anything, ensure all the details are included and correct. Ensuring everything is as it should be and double checking dates and spelling can make or break your application. Any mistakes can delay the process of approval and, as mentioned above, any missing details or incorrect claims will lead to the application being rejected. When a claim is rejected you must wait for a period of time before you can apply again, and any subsequent applications will be more stringently observed than the first one.
6. Not Appealing the Decision
Rejections are often not necessarily the final decision, and the letter will often come with details for how you can appeal the decision that has been made. You should carefully decide how you will proceed and stick to any dates and deadlines closely. You may be able to get the decision overturned if you follow procedures, especially with adequate help and representation.
As long as you are stringent and accurate, you shouldn’t have any problems in receiving the visa you want. The key is to be patient and access the correct advice and help. A visa application can be a huge decision so you should take it seriously. Good luck with your application, we hope everything goes well for you!