When do I need a Visa for Australia?
Every person who is not an Australian citizen requires a visa to be in Australia. There are over 150 different classes and sub-classes of visa, all for different purposes, ranging from short entry tourist visas to permanent residency visas, and everything in between. If you are in Australia but do not hold a visa, you may be an “unlawful non-citizen” , and that can lead to serious consequences.
How long does it take to process a Visa application?
That varies according to the type of visa. Some can be processed in a day or less – such as electronic travel authority tourist visas for passport holders from low risk countries – at the other extreme is the Parent Visa, which can take up to 20 years for a result! Most permanent visas, however, take between 3 months and 2 years to process. The processing times can also vary depending on the demand for that type of visa, and how many visas have been lodged with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection – there is an upper limit on the number of visas which can be granted each year.
How do I become an Australian Citizen?
Apart from being born in Australia to an Australian parent; there ae several ways to become a citizen. The most common pathway requires you to hold a Permanent residency visa and to have resided in Australia for at least four years. While Citizenship can be a straightforward exercise, for some people it is not so straightforward. Further, due to recent world events, Australia has tightened up its character requirements for people to become Citizens – and even a relatively minor criminal record could prevent you from obtaining an Australian passport.
How can Emergico help?
One of the biggest issues for a would-be visa holder is understanding the best visa in your particular situation. At Emergico, our team of expert Registered Migration Agents will advise you properly, and guide you to the best possible solution, taking into account your aspirations.
Lodging a visa correctly can save untold time and money, and that’s where Emergico can really help. Given that visa applications are complex legal processes, professional help can be worth its weight in gold. We take great care in making sure that our clients applications are lodged correctly and provide the correct type of evidence.
Timeliness is everything – migration law gives little room for discretion when statutory time limits apply. We take responsibility for making sure a client’s timeframes are met, thus maximising the chances of a successful outcome.