Australian or New Zealand Visa Applications – Most Common Mistakes:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- “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.
- Patience is a virtue: Not submitting ALL evidence (documentation) is a sure-fire recipe for a refusal.
- 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.
- 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.
- Not using the correct Visa Sub Class: This will surely make you lose your Visa Application Charge.
- 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.
- Assuming that the Immigration Department will provide you with all the advice and assistance that you need to apply for a visa;
- It is not the job of Immigration Department to check and assist visa applicants’ in their visa application.
- Interview blunders:
- Not prepared for interviews;
- Nervousness and poor body language;
- Speaking too much or speaking and blurting out unwanted information which eventually leads to more questioning;
- Arguing with the Visa officer or providing inconsistent information;
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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