Why use an agent or professional assistance for your application ?

Why use an Agent?

People will not represent themselves in a court of law without an appointed advocate and lawyer who knows the law intimately and can best put their case to the judge and jury utilising their skills, experience and knowledge to the advantage of the client. The same applies in migration cases.

Reputable registered migration agents are professional persons.

We know the law, the complexities and criteria applicable to presenting an immigration application and we know how to best compile, prepare and present your case to the department of immigration.

In migration applications, you potentially have one chance at success, fail and you could possibly close the doors. As specialists, we ensure that you firstly apply for the right visa, and secondly we prepare your case in a manner that will guarantee the best possible opportunity for a visa grant.

We ensure that the correct information is stated on the vast number of application forms, that you present the correct supporting evidence, and we then submit a substantial submission (up to 120 pages) with your application where we address every single aspect of the applicable law, regulations and procedures manual the immigration officers use in relation to your case and the supporting evidence you supplied.

There is normally a great deal of communication and queries after a visa application is lodged with the department – mostly due to changes in circumstances, regulations or due to the long period that application processing takes. We take care of all of these questions and represent you until you obtain your visa.

It is always in our best interest to ensure that your application succeeds !

Are the fees charged by agents excessive ?

Firstly, we charge on average 30 to 50% less than most other migration firms, secondly, you pay for professional services like you would for your advocate, lawyer, architect or doctor, and lastly what price can you put on your future?

If you made a decision to migrate, you should be feel confident, secure and assured that your case has the best possible chances of success, as this will obviously have great influence on the rest of your life.

Many do-it-yourself applications fail. We utilise our extensive skills and expertise and we spend a great deal of time and effort on each application we handle to ensure that your money invested in your future is invested to your benefit and advantage.

The cost of a Visa applications is significant, and application fees paid to DIBP are not refundable. If your visa is refused, you loose your fees.

Every application we process is done individually by highly qualified persons – we spend on average over 60 hours on a TR application, and up to 120 hours on a PR application until conclusion of the application.

Your visa is your passport to your future, without it the doors are closed to your new life in Australia.

Australia spouse visa interview

We have already explained the different Australia spouse / partner visa options, shown in the links below.

But how about the Australia spouse visa interview?

If you lodged your Australia partner visa in person, then you may have been interviewed at the time of lodging. but what if you lodged your de facto, prospective /  fiance or other visa type and have not been interviewed yet? will you be interviewed for the Australian spouse visa?

The case officers usually decide based on the nature of the application. This is a basic idea but anything can happen.

If the applicant and sponsor are both young (or at least both similar ages), and are clearly from similar backgrounds, have not been married before, have not applied for (or sponsored for) an Australian visa before, and have spent plenty of time together, in a normal and reasonable way before marrying (or applying), then there may not be a telephone interview.

If the applicant and sponsor (for EXAMPLE) are:

  • from different backgrounds of cultures
  • do not speak the same language
  • have been married before
  • are not similar ages
  • have applied for or sponsored for an Australian spouse visa before
  • have provided insufficient basic evidence
  • have provided inconsistent or confusing information
  • have made mistakes in their visa application

then they MAY be more likely to have a telephone interview with the case officer.

Australia visa

The case officer may want to know things such as:

– If your ages are very different, is the applicant genuine? Does (for EXAMPLE) a 21 year old Asian girl want to marry a 59 year old Australian man just to get an Australian spouse visa, or is it a genuine spousal relationship?

– If the applicant has previously applied for an Australian spouse visa, why did that fail? Why is this relationship genuine?

– If the applicant and sponsor do not speak the same language, how can they communicate?

 

The more specific questions of an interview for an Australian spouse visa may be questions such as:

– when and how did you meet each other?

– when did the ‘relationship’ start?

– have you met each other’s familt and friends? Who and when?

– when and where did you live together? What did you do when together?

– how do you communicate when apart?

– what plans do you have for your lives together in Australia?

 

Some case officers may even ask much more specific questions, such as:

– what side of the bed do you sleep on?

– what does he/she have for breakfast?

– where did he/she go to school?

– who is his/her best friend?

– what does he/she do at work?

and this kind of thing.

These are all and only basic examples of what may or may not be asked.

And even genuine married couples who have been together for years may have some discrepancies, because some things are seen differently by each person. So it may be worth just checking to make sure that you both think the same thing about basic issues!

 

WHAT TO DO NEXT:

Go to the GET ASSESSED buttons at the top or bottom of these pages and start your own personal visa assessment with a real person, now.

 

Health and medical requirements for Australian visas

There are no set rules, only guidelines and history when it comes to the assessment of health conditions and medical exam requirements for an Australian visa.

MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS

Applicants for most types of visas for Australia are required to meet health requirements, amongst other prescribed criteria, before a visa can be granted. All applicants for permanent migration visas, and long stay temporary / provisional visas are required to undergo a full medical examination and chest x-ray with a “panel doctor” (see below) before a visa can be granted. Some applicants for temporary stay visas may also be required to undergo one or both examinations, or provide a “fitness to travel” letter from a doctor before a visa can be granted.

Please note that no one can guarantee that your application will meet the medical criteria, and that no assessment of medical conditions can be done prior to an actual visa application being lodged.

You can consider case law, and purely guess if any medical condition is likely to lead to a refusal on medical grounds – but, in many cases, an accurate assessment of serious medical matters can not be made unless it clearly falls within the serious conditions listed below with significant associated medical costs

All children / dependents included in your application aged 11 + must undertake full medicals and X-ray examination. NOTE also that ALL children under age 18, whether they are applying or included in the applicant or not, MUST do a medical and pass a medical – this INCLUDES children from a previous marriage not included in your application.

All the persons included in your application as well as all of your dependents (even if they are not included in your application) MUST undertake a medical exam, and must “pass” the medical. If one fails, all fail – and the visa will be refused.

 

Which medical conditions are cause for concern ?

Some brief notes on health assessments. All people who come to Australia are assessed as to their healthiness. For people applying for permanent visas this is a critical part of their overall assessment. If they fail their health checks they will most likely not obtain a visa to Australia.

People who have medical problems that may harm the health of the Australian public would find it difficult to meet the health criteria as would those who cause Prejudice of Access (transplantation, dialysis, blood products, radiotherapy, high level nursing home care, etc). However most health problems relate not to contagious diseases but the cost of caring for those problems.

If the cost of the health care is ‘significant’ then a refusal of a visa application normally follows.

As a general guide an assessment is made of the likely health costs over 3-5 years. If these costs are greater than $20,000 they are considered ‘significant’. In calculating these costs factors taken into account include use of Health and Community services, Costs of Support Services (carer payments, disability support pensions, residential care, respite care and home help, disability equipment, supported education, palliative care).

Some medical conditions of importance (which may lead to a refusal on medical grounds)

HIV – costs of specialist care, antiviral medication and hospital/hospice care, loss of work capacity

Chronic Active Hepatitis (B or C) – costs of specialist care, interferon and antiviral medication, liver failure. Loss of function, work capacity.

Heart Disorders – eg ischaemic heart disease, coronary artery disease, valvular disease, heart failure, arrhythmias. Costs of specialist care, bypass surgery, valve replacement, implantable defibrillator, heart transplantation. Loss of function, work capacity, independence.

Blood Disorder – eg haemophilia, thalassemia major, leukaemia. Costs of specialists care, blood products, bone marrow transplantation, palliative care (if required).

Endocrine Disorders – diabetes. Costs of specialist care, potential for kidney failure and need for dialysis, other complications, loss of function & work capacity.

Growth hormone deficiency. High costs of growth hormone therapy.

Deafness – costs of cochlear implant (depending on age), speech therapy, deaf service teacher & interpreters, loss of work capcity.

Blindness – costs of income support, Braille equipment, guide dog, loss of work capacity.

Nerve and Brain disorders – cerebrovascular disease, stroke, multiple sclerosis, dementia, paralyses. Costs of treatment, rehabilitation, residential care, loss of independence.

Orthopaedic and connective tissue disorders (eg arthritis). Cost of joint replacements, loss of work capacity, loss of independence, residential care.

Psychiatric Disorders – eg schizophrenia, major depression, drug and alcohol dependence. Costs of specialist care, hospital inpatient costs, residential care, rehabilitation, and detoxification programs.

Chest Disorders (excluding TB) – eg chronic obstructive disease, cystic fibrosis, respiratory failure. Costs of specialist care, recurrent hospital admissions, specialized medications, lung transplantation, home oxygen. TB will lead to a refusal on medical grounds immediately.

Cancers – cost of treatment (initial and for any recurrence) and surveillance. If in remission, can be cleared ?

There is a health waiver available for a number of visa classes where the costs can be more than significant, mostly this occurs in close family cases like Partners, fiancés etc. In such situations the costs can be up to around $200,000 and still meet the health criteria, although all are treated on a case by case basis.

There are no easy decisions but instead case history can be referred to for the sake of perspective.

For your Australia visa assessment, just go to ‘register’ and ‘Get Assessed’ at the top or bottom of the pages.

Emigrating to Australia – calmly

Emigrate to Australia – consider the issues, what is involved, the practical points and logistics of the move, where you will live and how you will enjoy life to the full with rich opportunities in a spacious, friendly, optimistic and fair society, within a truly beautiful country with great weather.

Do not stress or be overly nervous – if possible!
All ASA Consultants staff have migrated to Australia from other countries, be it 5, 10 or 25 years ago.

This means that we are fully aware that it is normal to consider many issues related to getting to somewhere new.

Yet please consider this – you are not the first person to migrate to Australia. When you finally get your Australian visa, emigrate, get on a plane and land, you will probably not even be the first person emigrating to Australia *that day*.(true fact!)

The conclusion? You will not be a pioneer, exploring new lands and creating new systems for managing immigrants.

The entire system of the country of Australia is set up to accept, intake, help and settle new migrants.

You will need a job, right? Well guess what – there are MANY recruitment agencies ready to help migrants find new work. You wouldn’t have thought that this DIDN’T exist, right? Otherwise you’d have quite a good ‘gap in the market’ to offer 200,000 migrants per year job recruitment services.

But no, this is already well taken care of. So while that ‘gap’ is closed, the good news for you, the newly arrived migrant, is that there are many recruitment companies wanting to find you work. And there is work, because the government gave you a visa.

Yes, the government generally only gives people Australian Permanent Resident visas to people that are desperately NEEDED.

So logically, there are jobs waiting – in there tens of thousands, if you read any Australian newspaper.

The banking system, rental accomodation, healthcare systems, ALL types of personal administration – all there, ready to help you and your family settle down successfully in Australia. That logical fact should relax you, so that you can concentrate on planning to enjoy life and live it to the full in Aussie.