Frequently Asked Questions

Visa application processing times vary depending on the type of visa, for example visitor visas can take as little as a few days, whereas some parent visas can be in excess of 20 years. To check the latest processing times for each subclass it’s best to visit the Department of Home Affairs.

It depends on the type of visa, for example a partner visa requires the applicant and sponsor to provide documents to prove they are in a genuine relationship, whereas a skilled visa requires the applicant to provide documents that prove they have the education and work experience required for the nominated occupation. All visa applications require the applicant to provide a scanned copy of their passport and birth certificate and/or national identity card. All permanent visa applications require the applicant (and sponsor where applicable) to provide police clearances for any country they have lived in for 12 months or more within the past 10 years.

Whilst it is possible to lodge a visa application without a Migration Agent, given the complexity of most visa applications a Registered Migration Agent is highly recommended. Registered Migration Agents must be registered with the Migration Agent’s Registration Authority (MARA). It is illegal to operate in Australia as a Migration Agent without being registered with MARA.

The Department of Home Affairs website has a visa finder tool and is a good place to start. A Registered Migration Agent can review circumstances and advise which visa is the most appropriate. We recommend booking a free consultation so we can review your circumstances and advise you of your options.

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