One of the first questions that a visa applicant asks him/herself before applying for a visa is “will I get a visa refund?”
The question is close ended, yet the answer is not as simple as yes or no. A visa refund would always depend on a number of factors.
An applicant whose visa application has been refused cannot request for a visa refund, same as an applicant who, in the middle of the process, changes his/her mind about the visa application.
Am I eligible to apply for a visa refund?
However, before a person applies for a visa refund the question of eligibility must first be answered. In most cases, the appropriate person to request for a refund is the payer or an authorised representative can also request on behalf of the payer.
Can I get a visa refund?
A visa refund is possible in some specific and limited circumstances only. Here are some of those factors:
- The applicant died before a decision could be made
- The fee or charge paid was greater than the prescribed fee or charge
- Fee or charge was accidentally paid or charged twice
- Fee or charge paid but no fee or charge was due
- The fee was paid but no application was lodged, or the application was deemed invalid
- Incorrect fee paid
- Departmental error
These factors may seem straightforward, but you have to consider the fact that the Department of Home Affairs sets the fees and are the decision-makers on whether your visa application is eligible for a refund.
Have you had a visa recently refused and believe you are eligible for a refund? Get in touch with us so we can assess your circumstances and advise you accordingly.
Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services, and Multicultural Affairs, Hon Alan Tudge, has announced the new Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) that will help Australia in its recovery from the COVID pandemic.
The 17 occupations cover three industries, health care, construction, and information technology, which will help the country strengthen its health and economic response.
Visa holders who have an occupation listed on the PMSOL and are sponsored by an Australian business may request an exemption from Australia’s travel restriction. In addition, visa applicants with occupations listed on the PMSOL will also receive priority processing.
All travelers are mandated to undergo 14 days of quarantine upon arrival to Australia and it will be at their own expense.
This list is temporary only, and its purpose is to assist Australia in its economic recovery. Therefore, the PMSOL is subject to change without notice.
The 17 occupations (ANZSCO code) are:
- Chief Executive or Managing Director (111111)
- Construction Project Manager (133111)
- Mechanical Engineer (233512)
- General Practitioner (253111)
- Resident Medical Officer (253112)
- Psychiatrist (253411)
- Medical Practitioner nec (253999)
- Midwife (254111)
- Registered Nurse (Aged Care) (254412)
- Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) (254415)
- Registered Nurse (Medical) (254418)
- Registered Nurse (Mental Health) (254422)
- Registered Nurse (Perioperative) (254423)
- Registered Nurses nec (254499)
- Developer Programmer (261312)
- Software Engineer (261313)
- Maintenance Planner (312911)
Is your occupation listed in the PMSOL? Don’t wait, contact us to see how we can help.