Frequently Asked Questions
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Frequently Asked Questions
You can propose your immediate family member under ‘split family’ provisions in the Humanitarian Programme if:
In most cases, you are personally responsible for paying all the costs for your examination.
However, we will pay your fees if you are an accepted Refugee or Special Humanitarian Program applicant.
If you are applying for a Protection visa, you might be able to have the cost of your health examination paid under the Asylum Seeker Assistance Scheme. Contact your nearest Australian Red Cross office for advice.
The Department of Home Affairs, or the Minister for Home Affairs will decide whether you meet the character requirement and if you do not whether your visa should be refused or cancelled.
In some cases the decision made by the department is reviewable by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
It is your responsibility to show that you are of good character.
If you want to live in Australia, the Australian government believes it is in everyone’s best interest that you become part of the Australian society as soon as possible.
The Australian Values Statement encourages you to learn as much as you can about your new country, its heritage, language, customs, values and way of life.
Your visa application could be refused for a number of reasons, such as:
The character requirement is used to protect the safety and welfare of the Australian community
Yes. If you apply for a visa to enter or to stay in Australia, you will have to meet the character requirement.
You might also need to meet the character requirement if you are:
Any application proposed by a protection visa holder or a Resolution of Status visa holder will require the decision-maker to consider four factors in determining whether there are compelling reasons for giving special consideration to granting a visa:
Applicants should supply as much information as possible, for consideration of the above four factors so that an informed assessment of the applicants individual circumstances can be determined. Only applications found to be compelling will be further considered for grant of a visa.
Where an immediate family member is proposed by an offshore Humanitarian visa holder (subclasses 200, 202, 203 or 204), the decision-maker will continue to assess against the compelling reasons factors but need only consider the extent of their connection with Australia.
You will not pass the character test if:
In assessing whether or not you meet the character requirement the following might be taken into consideration:
Your best chance to qualify for a visa is that you appoint a consulting firm for appropriate guidance.
You can ask migration expert to help you with your application. They can also help you with other immigration advice.
If you get someone to help you, you must complete the following form:
In Australia, a person who helps you with your application must be a registered migration agent, unless they are an exempt person. It is a criminal offence for an unregistered person, or someone who is not exempt, to give immigration assistance and advice.
You can withdraw the application by advising us in writing at any time before we make a decision about your application. This can be done by letter, email or completing Form 1446 – Withdrawal of a visa application. Your letter of withdrawal should include your full name, date of birth, date of application, and file reference number/transaction record number (if known).
Everyone included in the application who is 18 years of age or older must sign the form or letter of withdrawal.
If you applied online you can attach Form 1446 to your application. Information on attaching documents to an online application is available.
Note: Removing the application from your ImmiAccount does not withdraw the application.
It depends on the work you want to do and the visa you apply for.
If you have skills or qualifications that Australia needs, you can be sponsored by an employer or invited to apply for a visa by the Australian Government.
You might be able to work in Australia if you are a business person who wants to:
You can also apply for a visa if you want to participate in a specific professional, cultural or social activity in Australia.
The costs of your medical condition will depend on what it is and how long you plan to stay in Australia.
If you apply for a temporary visa, the costs of your medical condition will be based on the time you will be staying in Australia.
If you apply for a permanent visa, the costs for your medical condition will be estimated over five years (or over three years if you are 75 years of age or older).
Exception: If you have a permanent or ongoing medical condition and the course of the disease is reasonably predictable, the costs will be assessed over the time of your remaining life expectancy. This means that if you have a serious health condition you might meet the health requirement for a temporary visa, but you might not meet the health requirement if you then apply for a permanent visa.
Your individual, non-medical circumstances (such as private health insurance or personal wealth) will not be used to work out the cost to the Australian community.
Department of Home Affairs, Australia Government will tell you.
If the visa is granted, they will let you know:
If the visa is not granted, they will send you a letter or email advising:
If you are applying for your visa online, you will need to select the ‘yes’ button to show that you, and any family member who is part of your visa application, agree to the values statement and will obey the laws of Australia.
If you select the ‘no’ button, you have not signed the values statement and your visa application might be delayed or refused.
You can add eligible family members to your visa application if:
If Department of Home Affairs, Government of Australia have not yet made a decision, you can add a family member by using:
Note: It is important that you check the relevant information and requirements for the visa you are applying for.
If you need to tell us that you have supplied us with incorrect information, you can use Form 1023 Notification of incorrect answer(s)
If you have already lodged your visa application, and a decision has not been made yet, you can use Form 1022 – Notification of Changes in Circumstances to update your information.
Examples of things you need to tell us include:
Yes. You must sign a values statement each and every time you apply for a visa.
If you receive an invitation, you will have 60 days to lodge your online visa application. If you have not lodged an online visa application within this time you will have to wait to receive another invitation. If you receive two invitations to apply for a visa for the same EOI and you do not lodge a visa application, your expression of interest will be removed from SkillSelect. If you still want to apply for a visa, you will need to submit a new Expression of Interest.
You can be in or outside Australia when you lodge your visa application.
An immediate family member is your:
If you are advised to have a DNA test and you decide not to, Visa officers will use other information to make a decision about your visa or citizenship application.
Your visa application might be delayed or refused if you do not sign the values statement.
If your visa is refused or cancelled, you might be able to have the decision reviewed by a merits review tribunal, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).
Not all decisions are reviewable by the AAT. For example, if the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection personally decides to refuse or cancel your visa under section 501 of the Migration Act 1958, you cannot apply to have a decision reviewed by the AAT.
If you are interested to immigrate, fill out our online assessment form.