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John Bell has been involved in the immigration industry since 2000 and has practiced in Australia as an Australian Registered Migration Agent since 2003. John also worked in the UK as a UK immigration adviser between 2000 and 2002.

Partner visas: Part 2

Partner visas: Part 2

As stated in my previous article on partner visas, there is a lot of information to consider before you lodge your application. In that article, we covered some of the basics. In this article, we move on to a few of the details. Married applicants It is important to note that if you are married, [...]

Partner visas: Part 1

Partner visas: Part 1

The focus of my last article was the Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300) that may be appropriate for you if you are at least 18 years of age, in a relationship with an Australian citizen or permanent resident and you intend to come to Australia to marry your partner. However, there may be other partner [...]

Streamlined Student Visa Processing and Its Benefits

Streamlined Student Visa Processing and Its Benefits

Students enrolled in courses where the main course of study is at bachelor, masters or doctoral level with universities and their eligible business partners who offer streamlined student visa processing (SVP) arrangements have the benefit of being assessed as though they are a lower immigration risk irrespective of their country of origin. The universities participating [...]

National Visas milestone: 1 millionth client registered on February 2014

National Visas milestone: 1 millionth client registered on February 2014

National Visas, a premier Australian visa and immigration company, has now reached one million registered clients! Important milestones National Visas was started in 2004 by John Bell, who remains today one of National Visas’ Senior Migration Agents. The year 2004 also marked the year of its official listing with the Office of the Migration Agents [...]

Australian Institute of Technical Training presentation

This is the slideshow of a presentation delivered by John Bell to students at the Australian Institute of Technical Training on 11 February 2014. Please note that the information contained in the slides is general in nature and should not be taken as individual visa advice. Click here to view the slideshow presentation

Parent Visas – Understand your visa options to reunite your family in Australia

Parent Visas – Understand your visa options to reunite your family in Australia

Migrating to Australia is an exciting prospect for many young people. Perhaps you studied in Australia and decided you wanted to stay. You may have developed your skills overseas and then moved to Australia for the job opportunities and lifestyle. Maybe you married an Australian and left your own family to start a new life. [...]

Know what to do when things go wrong

Know what to do when things go wrong

In this article, I use some “real life” examples of cases we have managed to give you an idea of the sorts of things that can happen which may affect you either before you lodge (during preparation) or after you have lodged your application. By the end of this article, you will hopefully see that [...]

The Department of Immigration is not always right!

The Department of Immigration is not always right!

This article is to highlight to you the many ways the Department of Immigration staff gets things wrong, and how it may negatively affect you. Many people blindly believe everything the Department tells them because the person works for the Department of Immigration. Don’t! We see every day the mistakes they make and the terrible [...]

Prospective Marriage visa – important points to take into account when considering applying for this visa

Prospective Marriage visa – important points to take into account when considering applying for this visa

In my last article, I provided an overview of the visa subclasses available as part of the Family category of visas. The intention of this article and the next few articles will be to look at each of those particular subclasses in a little more detail to provide some guidance when considering which subclass to [...]

Australian Student Visas and studying in Australia

Australian Student Visas and studying in Australia

Studying in Australia and Student Visas Australia offers a diverse range of study options for international students with more than 1,200 institutions and over 22,000 courses to choose from. One can study at all levels of education, from primary and secondary school to vocational training (VET), or from English language courses to higher education inclusive [...]

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