Common Mistakes

Australian or New Zealand Visa Applications – Most Common Mistakes:

  1. Your Visa application does not have a Cover Letter or a Submission: A Cover Letter or a Submission summarises and persuasively presents your case to the Immigration Department (Department of Home Affairs (DHA)). Your Visa Application Forms and the Documents you submit as evidence do not tell a story but a good Cover Letter or a Submission Letter does.
  2. Check List of ALL documentation and evidence not submitted: This list usually makes it easy for the Immigration Officer who would be reviewing your case / file.
  3. Lack of Project Planning: Applying for a Visa involves extensive planning and utilising an opportunistic time, without which, you are likely to miss out on a good opportunity and raise the likelihood of a refusal.
  4. “Perfect Timing” is the key: The Points Test allocated the highest score to a person who has the perfect combination of age, experience, educational and professional qualifications, English Language Test Scores, and having an open mind-sent to settle in regional Australia and a few other factors.
  5. Patience is a virtue: Not submitting ALL evidence (documentation) is a sure-fire recipe for a refusal.
  6. Taking short-cuts or trying to beat the system: There are many instances where people try taking a shorter route, e.g. a Visitor’s Visa or a short-duration course for a Student’s Visa, thinking they would be able to ‘beat’ the Skills Visa queue eventually, but have failed miserably.
  7. With-holding information or telling a ‘white’ lie: There are too many instances of Visa Refusals and Cancellations just because you “inadvertently” missed out on providing a small piece of information in one of the hundreds of forms.
  8. Not using the correct Visa Sub Class: This will surely make you lose your Visa Application Charge.
  9. Employer references: Some applicants do not understand the importance of inserting employer references in their Visa Application or Submission. You just jeopardise your Visa Approval by not providing or providing incorrect information.
  10. Assuming that the Immigration Department will provide you with all the advice and assistance that you need to apply for a visa;
  11. It is not the job of Immigration Department to check and assist visa applicants’ in their visa application.
  12. Interview blunders:
    1. Not prepared for interviews;
    2. Nervousness and poor body language;
    3. Speaking too much or speaking and blurting out unwanted information which eventually leads to more questioning;
    4. Arguing with the Visa officer or providing inconsistent information;
    5. Poor communication or lack of good English speaking skills: You can always ask for an interpreter if your English skills are poor.

A clever person will:

  1. Use the services of a Registered Migration Agent who are especially skilled in spotting the so-called “minor errors”, have excellent knowledge of Australia and New Zealand Visa and Migration Laws, and keep themselves updated on the ever changing legislation.
  2. Filing a Visa application is just not filling up a few forms and attaching your certified copies of all the certificates; it is a painstakingly laborious process of preparing and building your profile and your case in front of an Immigration Officer, hence, leave it to the experts – a Registered Migration Agent.
  3. Utilise the services of a Registered Migration Agent to lodge an Expression of Interest much earlier before the age deadline; this leaves sufficient time for the system to extend an invitation to apply for the Visa. Note that there are very strict criteria that apply to, when a visa application was made, and another set of criteria that apply at the time of decision making.

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