Australian Visa FAQs


The Australian immigration and visa application process can be complicated to understand. At Point Migration Agency we have extensive experience in helping and guiding individuals, families, partners, businesses, students and investors successfully through this process. During this time we’ve come across a range of common questions which we’ve answered below. If you have any further questions or want more clarification, please contact us directly.

Professional Migration Lawyers, such as Point Migration Agency, can offer professional advice on immigration matters, and assist with the preparation and lodgement of your visa, to ensure a higher rate of success. Migration Lawyers are also able to appeal on your behalf if your application was initially unsuccessful.

Our Migration Lawyers are able to help you:

  • Fully understand Australia’s migration laws and processes
  • Provide up to date knowledge on migration legislation in Australia, which is often changing
  • Discuss and explain to you which visa options may be right for your own personal circumstances, and recommend the best course of action
  • Provide honest advice on if you Visa application is most likely to be successful, and suggest other options
  • Assist you with any queries or complications which may arise from your application
  • Advise you full Visa application costs and fees, as well as approximate processing times
  • Guide you through all of the documentation and processes required for your application, including Skills Assessments, English Language Tests and course enrolment
  • Prepare and submit your visa application and supporting documents to meet the requirements from the Department of Home Affairs (DHA)
  • Lodge your application for State or Territory Sponsorship if required
  • Monitor and keep you updated on your Visa status, as well as communicating with the
  • Department of Home Affairs (DHA) on your behalf
  • If your visa has been declined or cancelled, guide you through this process and recommend a further course of action. As well as submitting appeals and representing you at an AAT hearing if required.

Professional Migration Lawyers, such as Point Migration Agency, can offer professional advice on immigration matters, and assist with the preparation and lodgement of your visa, to ensure a higher rate of success. Migration Lawyers are also able to appeal on your behalf if your application was initially unsuccessful.

We are also able to offer advice in Italian.

Due to the pandemic Point Migration Agency currently offers consultation via phone call or zoom, to book an appointment please click here.

We also understand that people looking to immigrate to Australia may not yet even be based in the country, or for those who are that work or life commitments may make it hard to physically attend appointment, so we also offer phone consultations if needed. These will need to be booked in as per normal appointments, so please contact us via the information given above.

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Our initial consultations currently cost $260.

Currently we’re offering consultations via phone call only. To book please click here.

No, you will do not need to bring anything with you to your initial consultation, however you will need a range of supporting documentation when making a visa application.

The final amounts for each Visa vary depending on which one you are applying for, as well as personal factors such as if you are including and dependants on the fee, or if it is not your first Visa application.

Fees which may be included in your application include (if required) are:

  • Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Visa application fees (information on these can be found here)
  • Skills Assessment application fees
  • IELTS tests
  • Medical examinations
  • Police clearance checks
  • Document translation and certification charges
  • School enrolment fees
  • Health Insurance fees
  • Our own professional service fees

Once you have had an initial consultation with us we will be able to help you determine the most appropriate course of action and Visa for your personal circumstances, and from there be able to provide you with a quote which will include all potential fees you will need to pay.

The documents you need to provide for an Australian Visa application will depend on the Visa you are applying for, though will generally include supporting evidence such as:

  • IELTS test
  • Health Check
  • Character requirements, including Police clearance checks
  • Supporting skills assessment and qualifications
  • Past and current employment information, including reference letters and payslips
  • Financial information

We will help in providing an Australian Visa document checklist.

A Bridging Visa allows the holder to remain in Australia while waiting for their Visa application to be processed, or to grant lawful status while the holder makes arrangements to depart Australia.

Becoming an Australian Citizen means you are making an ongoing commitment to Australia, and is the start of your formal membership in the Australian community.

All Australian permanent residents are encouraged by the Australian government to apply for Australian citizenship when they become eligible.

To be eligible to apply, and how to apply, will vary depending on your personal circumstances. Please contact us to find out more.

 The Department of Home Affairs generally processes Australian citizenship applications within 80 days, however there are factors which may delay the outcome such as:

  • If all supporting documents have been provided at the time of lodgement
  • Your response time to requests for additional information
  • The amount of time needed to verify the information provided

It may be possible to hold citizenship of two or more countries, however this is depending on the law of each individual country.

This is known as dual, or multiple, citizenship. This process happens automatically once citizenship is granted, if allowed in the country.

If you are a New Zealand citizen your eligibility for Australian citizenship depends on if you arrived in Australia before or after 26th February, 2001.
Most New Zealand citizens are automatically grands a Special Category Visa (SCV), a temporary visa which allows the holder to work and remain in the country, upon arrival in Australia.

Those who arrived in Australia before 26th Feb, 2001, and hold an SCV you may be eligible to apply for Australian citizenship.

For more information on this process to see if you are eligible to apply, we recommend booking a consult with our Registered Immigration Agents to help guide you through this process.

Australian Permanent Residence Visas

Australian Permanent Residence status is granted to non-Australian citizens who successfully apply for an Australian Permanent Visa.

A permanent resident can live, work and study without restriction in Australia.

However, you do not hold an Australian passport, this is only granted to Australian citizens.

Australian Temporary Residence Visas

Holding a Temporary Residence Visa allows the holder to live and work within Australia, for a limited time.

The majority of Temporary Residence Visas require sponsorship from either an Australian business or an Australian State or Territory Government, which will then need approval from the Department of Home Affairs (DHA).

Note, not all Temporary visas allow the visa holder to work in Australia.

Yes, your visa application may be cancelled, refused or denied.

If this happens, you may be able to appeal the decision and ask for a review by a merits review tribunal, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).

Our registered migration lawyers have extensive experience in dealing with these issues, and can first help you discuss your options as well as assisting to represent you at the hearing.

There are a number of reasons why a visa application may be refused, however the main reason for applicants who apply themselves is due to applications being submitted with incomplete information. This is why we recommend using a professional service, such as Point Migration Agency, to help reduce the risk of your application being refused.

Other reasons Australian visa applications may be refused include:

  • Missing proof of financial information
  • Providing false and incorrect information
  • Nominating the wrong occupation from the Skilled Occupations List (SOL)
  • Incorrect use of visas – eg using a tourist visa to visit relatives or partners
    Not meeting health requirements
  • Not providing proof that you are competent in the English language

If you wish to seek professional advice regarding a visa refusal please contact us.

If your visa is cancelled, you may be able to appeal the decision and ask for a review by a merits review tribunal, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). However, not all decisions are reviewable by the AAT.

Our registered migration lawyers have extensive experience in dealing with these issues, and can first help you discuss your options as well as assisting to represent you at the hearing. Please contact us today for assistance.

No. The fees involved with visa applications must be paid regardless of whether your application is successful or not. If you application is refused or denied, then you will not receive a refund on these fees.

This is also why we recommend seeking the advice and assisted of a Registered Immigration Consultant, such as Point Migration Agency, to help reduce the risk of having your visa refused and losing time, money and you chance at a successful visa application.

No, your employer cannot cancel your visa, only the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has the ability to cancel visas. However, they may end your employment which could affect your visa.

If your sponsoring employer terminates your employee agreement you have 90 days to either:

  • Find another employer to sponsor you
  • Apply for a different visa
  • Leave Australian within the 90 days or before your visa expires (whichever comes first)

If this happens and you wish to discuss your options, we recommend booking a consultation with our Registered Migration Agent experts to help your find the best solution possible.

For a successful Visa application, applicants must be of good character and meet certain character requirements.

This includes providing evidence such as police clearance certificates from your country of origin, as well as Australia, as well as any other supporting evidence which may be required.

Yes, as part of the process applicants will need to complete a health examination for an Australian visa.

Australia is fortunate to have some of the highest standards of health care in the world. For Australia to be able to maintain these standards most visa applicants are therefore required to meet certain minimum health standards to be eligible for a visa.

The levels of what are required depends on individual circumstances and the visa you are applying for.

Health checks and clearances are usually valid for 12 months, unless you are asked to a health undertaking it is only valid for 6 months.

Generally the age limit for the majority of Australian visas is 45 years old. Some business visas however allow for applicants up to 55 years old. 

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an English language proficiency test and is required for individuals who wish to study, work and migrate abroad.

The IELTS is the most popular English language test in the world, recognised by over 9,000 organisations across 135 countries, with around two million tests taken annually.

The test assesses all English skills, including speaking, listening, reading and writing and is designed to prove you level of ability in using English at work, studying and in everyday life.

The test was developed by an international team of experts who undergo extensive research to ensure the test is both fair and unbiased for all candidates, regardless of any demographic factors.

The majority of Australian Skilled Visas require applicants to reach a minimum number of points of the Skilled Points Test.

Skilled Visas are one of the most complex to apply for, so we highly recommend if you are looking at this option to contact us for an initial consult so we can help to determine if you are eligible before proceeding with any application.

An Expression of Interest (EOI) is a way of showing that you are interested in applying for an Australian Skilled Visa.

It is an online form in SkillSelect which assesses a series of questions about your skills and experience, depending on the skilled visa subclass that you are intending to apply for, and then calculates your ability to meet the points test.

If you are also considering a Sponsored Skilled Visa, it is also available for Employers and State/Territory Government agencies.

A Labour agreement is a formal arrangement which is negotiated between the Australian Government and an employer, of an Australian organisation, which allows the employer to recruit an agreed number of skilled worker from outside of Australia.

The labour agreement needs to:

  • Outline and identify the relevant skills shortage in the business and specify why these vacancies cannot be filled by Australian workers
  • Specify the number of skilled workers needed, from outside of Australia
  • The skill level, age and English language requirements needed for the relevant nominated occupations

Which visa is right for you?

Contact us at the Point Migration Agency team office or submit a query online

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