1. False Information
Immigration case officers have seen thousands of applications in their time and so will also be able to see false information from a mile away, you could even be charged with visa fraud which would expel you from Australia possibly forever.
Examples of forging false information:
- Forging financial statements
- Lying about age
- Forging any exams or skill assessments
- Lying about your work history
- Lying about family and relationships
2. Insufficient Information/Evidence
You may not even realise that you aren’t providing enough information but believe me…it’s better to do more than less.
If you also do not back that information up with hard evidence than that information is absolutely useless, immigration case officers will not just ‘take your word for it’, they want to see the payslips from that workplace you claimed to be at, they want to see proof of every detail you claim.
Examples of insufficient information/evidence:
- Forgetting to tell the case officer about a partner/de facto
- Not providing a resume
- Not attaching evidence of payslips or bank statements (if requested)
3. Failed to meet Health Requirements
It’s mandatory for any visa to meet the minimum health requirement. Applicants are expected to take a medical examination that will show if they have any diseases or problems, failing a health test will not immediately fail your application but it might make it harder. Contact us below if you need help.
4. Failed to meet the Character Requirements
Character requirements are mandatory as well for all visa applicants and are used to make sure that Australia is not taking in migrants that have a record of criminal history or dangerous behaviour.
5. Failed to meet the English Requirements
The majority of applicants (especially for permanent residency) are required to pass a required level of English taken by an approved provider (IELTS, PTE or other), If you hold a passport from an English speaking country you will generally be exempted from this exam, but if you are required to prove that you speak English at the required level, you will have to get the required score.
6. Not following time schedules or deadlines
Preparing a visa application is not like doing an essay the night before… it often takes weeks to gather all the necessary information needed and sometimes even longer!
And if you are currently in Australia you also need to take into account any visas you are currently on and the time frames you have left for that visa, you may need to apply for a bridging visa while waiting to hear back from the application outcome.
7. Not enough funds
Often a criteria for getting your visa approved is to prove that you have enough funds to support yourself (and family if accompanying you) while in Australia.
Often visas will require a certain amount to show that you are ‘financially stable’ which is a valid point as the Government doesn’t want to be supporting everyone who can’t support themselves, so proving to the case officer you have sufficient funds is absolutely crucial to your visas success.
8. Not passing skill assessment
For most general skilled migration visas, you will have to prove that your skills are equal to the Australian standard by getting a skills assessment done. If the assessing authority that is required to assess your skills gives you a fail then your visa for skilled migration is in dangerous waters.
Contact us below if you need help with submitting your skills assessment.
Nearly everything discussed above can be put down to disorganization so to avoid that make sure you:
- Make checklists and follow them! (Download our 189 visa checklist)
- Gather documents as early as possible
- Provide detailed information
- Check and recheck dates on your form and on the documents your sending
- Co-operate fully with the case officers requests/questions
This sounds like information that you hear all the time but that’s because it’s absolutely essential to you visa application.
TIP! – Look for organization lists
Google is absolutely full with ways to organise yourself and can provide checklists and hacks to getting yourself there, I recommend looking at
10. Not getting Migration Agent assistance
This is more of a recommendation than a visa essential, migration agents are there to offer their services and provide a stress free application taking care of all the process while keeping you continually updated, it’s a migrations agent’s job to know the visa inside and out to ensure you get the full benefit out of your application.
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