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Immigration Terms

Australian Migration Agent's Commitments

Frequently Asked Questions

You will find answers here to the most commonly asked questions about Australian migration and citizenship. Important terms and phrases are also explained here.

Click on a question or scroll down the page to view general answer:

  1. When do I need a visa for Australia?
  2. How do I become an Australian citizen?
  3. How do I apply for a visa to Australia?
  4. How long does it take to process an application?
  5. How can Beyderwellen & Company help?
  6. What are my chances of success?
  7. What will a visa application cost?
  8. What are Beyderwellen & Company's fees?
  9. What happens when my Australian permanent visa is granted?
  10. What will my Australian visa permit me to do?
  11. Will I receive evidence of my visa if my application is successful?
  12. Will my visa cease when I leave Australia?
  13. Am I required to provide information and documents to the Department when I arrive in Australia or leave Australia?
  14. What happens to my visa if my passport is lost or stolen?
  15. How do I know if I am a "lawful non-citizen"?
  16. What happens if my Australian visa expires?
  17. Do I need to advise the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) if I change my address?
  18. What do I do if my circumstances change?
  19. Can I remain in Australia permanently on a bridging visa?
  20. Can I apply for permission to work while in Australia?
  21. Can I have a Working Holiday in Australia?
  22. If I need a visa, can it be granted to me without applying for it?
  23. Can I apply for more than one visa at a time?
  24. Can I hold more than one visa at a time?
  25. I want to work in Australia. Can you help me?
  26. Can I appeal the decision to refuse to grant a visa or to cancel a visa?
  27. What is the Australian Migration Program?
  28. How does the migration regulatory scheme work?
applying for Australian visa

Q3: How do I apply for a visa to Australia?

If you are one of the vast majority of non-citizens who do not come within one of the groups of people listed in question 22 below, you will need to apply for a visa.

Generally, an application is not valid unless it is for a visa of a specified class, any fees prescribed for the application have been paid, and it is made on the approved form.

Some people are exempt from completing an approved form because they are deemed by the Migration Regulations to be an applicant for a visa. They include:

  • A child born between the time an application is made and the time it is decided. The birth of the child is a change of circumstance, which must be notified on an approved form.
  • In limited circumstances, non-citizens in Australia who make an invalid application for a substantive visa are taken to have applied for a Bridging D visa.
  • Non-citizens who were in Australia on 1 September 1994 and had unresolved applications for an entry permit on that date are taken to be applicants for a transitional visa.

The Migration Regulations also provide for an Australian person or business who is approved by the Department of Immigration or a State or Territory Government to nominate a non-citizen outside Australia who wishes to come to Australia for short-term business purposes. The nominated person may be granted a Temporary Business Entry visa.

You should be aware that if you are in Australia and do not hold a substantive visa and a decision is made to refuse to grant you a visa, then restrictions do apply to your future right to make further applications for the grant of a visa. You will only be entitled to apply for a prescribed class of visa.

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