July 1st is Fast Approaching. Everything You Need to Prepare.

Several changes to Australian immigration policy will come into effect on the 1st of July 2017. Some of these are new legislative requirements, whereas others were announced earlier. The date for these changes to be enforced is fast approaching. If you are planning to submit a visa application, it is crucial that you are aware of the impending changes so that you can make the necessary preparations and not get caught unaware when submitting your visa application. 

Requirements regarding time of application

Age, skills requirement and English ability are some of the requirements that come under the ‘time of application’ criteria for Australian visas. Every visa subclass has its own time of application requirements. You must make sure that you meet all requirements that are applicable for your visa subclass. Failure to meet the necessary requirements may result in refusal of your visa, leading to other limitations down the line.

Keep track of the expiry date of your visa

June and December are peak visa application months. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection receives the highest number of visa applications during these months. This means getting appointments for taking the English language exam or even completing the necessary health checks will take longer than usual during these months, which could delay the entire process by a few weeks or even a few months. If your visa expires during that time, you would face further problems.

It is highly advisable to keep track of your visa expiry date so you can submit your application well in advance of your visa’s expiry date. Don’t wait for the last minute.

Newly introduced criteria or additional requirements

Before 1st July, you absolutely must find out if there are any new or additional requirements that you have to meet for a successful visa application. Unfortunately, many people completely ignore this step only to find out too late that their information is outdated. For example, if you are not aware about the removal of some exemptions or concessions, and you submit your application based on old information, you may find that your application does not meet the requirements post 1st July. Similarly, you may meet the current criteria regarding the English test result, but it may fall short of the revised requirements.

Fees and Charges

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection raises their fees almost every year. If you had budgeted according to the old rates, you may find that your budget is not enough to pay for the new higher visa application fees. This is especially important when applying for a visa for a parent or partner as these have higher application fees.  You can find the latest fee structure on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s website.

Getting professional help is advisable

Many people do not consider getting professional help for their visa application because they think they are paying just to fill up a form. Nothing could be further from the truth. When you go through an Australian Registered Migration Agent, you can rest assured that you will get good solid advice about current immigration policies and legislation. You will also get customised advice as to how to proceed given your personal circumstances. Considering the many changes to Australian immigration policies, getting professional assistance can be invaluable. 

Submitting an Australian visa application can be a daunting experience, made so much harder with the constantly changing immigration law. Getting professional help is key to staying informed and submitting a successful visa application. 

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