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Important Visa Criteria To Be Met by Australian Student Visa Applicants

Important Visa Criteria To Be Met by Australian Student Visa Applicants

The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has within its Australian Student Visa Program an integrity measure to ensure that the Student Visa Program is used as is intended. That is to provide a quality education to international students and not to be used by such students as a way of attempting to [...]

Online applications for Working Holiday Visas

Online applications for Working Holiday Visas

There are two different types of working holiday visas to Australia. They are: The Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417) The Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 462) The one which is appropriate for you depends on the country of your passport. This article explains the information for the Working Holiday (Subclass 417) Visa. What is the [...]

Work and Holiday Visa application procedures for specific countries

Work and Holiday Visa application procedures for specific countries

There are two different types of working holiday visas to Australia. They are: The Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417) The Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 462) The one which is appropriate for you depends on the country of your passport. This article explains the information for the Work and Holiday (Subclass 462) Visa, including information [...]

National Visas ‘Agent Assistance Service’

National Visas ‘Agent Assistance Service’

National Visas is committed to ensuring the delivery of high quality, professional Australian visa and migration advice. With this in mind our firm provides affordable and accessible assistance to other migration agents who may need help with a particular situation. This allows your clients to benefit from our combined years of industry experience and knowledge. [...]

Closure of some parent visas to Australia

Closure of some parent visas to Australia

IMPORTANT UPDATE – NON-CONTRIBUTORY PARENT VISAS TO END In my recent articles about Parent Visas, I discussed non-contributory (low-fee) and contributory parent (high-fee) visa options. The Australian Federal Government, in the release of its budget last week, announced that it will end non-contributory parent visas before the end of this financial year. Whilst no specific [...]

Applying for a visa onshore while unlawful or as a bridging visa holder

Applying for a visa onshore while unlawful or as a bridging visa holder

You’ve looked at all the requirements for a visa and ticked off each one as being met. Satisfied of your eligibility, you’ve lodged the visa application, confident of a positive outcome. You open your email months later and find correspondence from the Department of Immigration. They have asked you for a “Statement regarding additional criteria [...]

Bridging Visas Explained

Bridging Visas Explained

In my time as a migration agent, and in my former life as an employee in the Department of Immigration, I have noted that one of the most commonly misunderstood visas are in fact bridging visas (BVs). There seems to be a commonly held view that you can ask for a bridging visa when you [...]

Common errors to avoid when lodging an Australian visa application

Common errors to avoid when lodging an Australian visa application

With over 10 years experience in the Australian migration industry, I have been approached by many people who have initially tried, without success, to lodge a visa application without using a Registered Migration Agent. In this article, I will address some of the most common errors people make when applying for a visa and highlight [...]

What is a Skills Assessment?

What is a Skills Assessment?

This month I will write about one of the first major hurdles applicants face when starting their visa process: obtaining a positive skills assessment. Whether you wish to apply for a skilled permanent visa, a skilled temporary graduate visa or (some) employer sponsored visas, you will most definitely require a positive skills assessment for your [...]

New Zealand Family Relationship Visa – Key Eligibility Information

New Zealand Family Relationship Visa – Key Eligibility Information

In my last few articles, I have covered the key requirements for the Prospective Marriage visa and the Partner visa for married and de facto applicants. The focus of this article is another visa in the Family category: the New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship Visa, the subclass 461. The New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship visa [...]

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