Three Frequently Asked Questions about Moving to Australia

There’s never been more appeal when it comes to moving to Australia. The promise of a better life in the sun, the beachside living, the adventurous weekends away and the marginally better pay – but here, we take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions about migration to Australia.

How long will it take for the Australian Immigration Department take to approve my visa application?

This is a difficult one to really gage as each person’s situation is unique and will also depend on what type of visa you are applying for. Using a migration agent can really help to make sure you don’t lose time by getting your visa application lodged correctly as if you make any mistakes you may have to redo the whole process and this could take a very long time and a lot of money. As we said – depending on what type of visa you are applying for the process could take anywhere from a day to a whole year or even longer, so make sure you have contingency plans in place.

What are typical reasons for a visa being refused?

It’s important to consider the requirements of the visa that you are applying for beforehand. Applicants may be refused because they don’t meet the health or age requirements. Another reason could be that you may have incorrectly answered something on the visa application or that you provided false information. As currently stated it’s advisable to use a professional such as a migration agent to assist you with your visa application as it could save money in the long run.

What is the points test?

Some visas may require you to score a certain amount of points – e.g. for a General Skilled Migration visa you will need at least 65 points. Or if you are being sponsored by an Australian relative or Australian State you may need to score at least 100 points to qualify to legally migrate to Australia. You can gain these points through things such as your age, your qualifications, your English ability etc. For example if you have proficient english tested through the IELTS – that is 10 points. If you are between the ages of 25-32 that’s 30 points.