FAQs

Question: How soon can I get a visa?
Answer: All depends on which visa you are applying for as different visa types have different processing times. Each application is unique and a time estimate can only be determined once a Consultant has done a personal assessment. Also have a look at the average processing times on the Department website.


Question: What is my immigration status?

Answer: The term ‘immigration status’ is generally used to refer to the lawfulness or unlawfulness of a person and whether they hold a visa. There are three broad types of immigration status for persons in Australia. People may be:

  • Australian Citizens ( regardless how the citizenship was acquired);
  • Lawful non-citizens- this group includes Australian permanent residents and holders of temporary visas ( Including bridging visas) which are valid and in effect; and
  • Unlawful non- citizens- this group is comprised of people who are not Australian citizens and do not hold a valid visa that is in effect. Unlawful non-citizens are liable to detained and removed.

If in doubt about your immigration status contacts us immediately.


Question: Can I withdraw my application?

Answer: An applicant for a visa may withdraw their application by giving written notice to the DIBP. In practice a letter is required from each applicant included in the application who is over the age of 16 years of age.

Withdrawn application is taken to have been finalised and cannot be reopened. In most cases application fees paid is not refundable.

If you want to discuss the situation whether to withdraw the application contact us.


Question: What is a visa condition?

Answer: Your visa may be subject to a number of visa conditions that you must comply with.  Different visa conditions apply to you and members of your family unit.
Breaching a visa condition may result in the cancellation of your visa.

It is important to know what conditions apply to your visa. If unsure about conditions on your visa contact Australian Migration Agency.


Question: What are health requirements?

Answer: Australia enjoys some of the best health standards in the world. To maintain these standards, most visa applicants are required to meet certain minimum health standards in order to be granted a visa.

What an applicant will need to do to meet the health requirement will depend on their personal circumstances and the visa that they have applied, or intend to apply for.

All permanent, provisional and certain temporary visa applicants are required to complete health examinations as part of the visa application process to determine if they meet the health requirement.

If unsure about the requirements contact AMA.


Question: What are character requirements?

Answer: Everyone who wants to enter or stay in Australia must satisfy the character requirement. This includes all non-citizens, sponsors of visa applicants and non-migrating family members seeking to enter or stay in Australia.

Entering or remaining in Australia is a privilege, and it is expected that non-citizens are, and have been, law-abiding. Visa holders must also continue to satisfy the character requirement.

Irrespective of which visa you apply for, you must advise the DIBP if you have any criminal convictions inside or outside of Australia, and you may be asked to provide police certificates as part of your assessment against the character test. If you do not inform DIBP of your criminal history, your visa application may be refused or your visa cancelled.

Decisions to cancel or refuse visas on the basis of the character are made after full consideration of all the circumstances of a case.