4 Things To Do if Your Australian Visa Application is Rejected
So you want to visit or migrate to Australia. You’ve scoured the websites to look for the right visa, you’ve gathered the vast amounts of documentation, passed all the tests, jumped through all the numerous hoops, and yet your Australian Visa Application still gets rejected.
Common Reasons of Visa Application Refusal
The case officer who is in charge to assess your visa application will breakdown the reason for your application being refused. However, more often than not the reason(s) is hard to comprehend which will leave you with a big question mark in your head. “Why?!” you may ask. Here are some of the most common reasons why your visa application is rejected.
1. Not meeting the general requirements
This mostly happens if you submit your application by yourself. Applicants tend to not pay attention to the general requirements such as age, English, not having enough financial proof to fund their visit or stay, not having health insurance, etc.
2. Providing false information
All visa applicants are required to prove their identities and information to support their application by providing the Department with the original or certified copy of their documents. Your application will be refused if you tried to provide bogus documents which will lead to false or misleading information.
3. Lacking of ties to home country
Your visa application will be refused if you fail to prove that you have enough ties with your home country or the genuineness of your stay or visit. The case officer is not convinced that you will, by the end of your visa validity, return to your home country. Your application is not genuine or convincing if you can’t prove that you only wish to stay in Australia temporarily.
4. Missing the deadline for providing requested additional information
To support your application, the Department will request some more information from you. They will give you a specific amount of time to complete the request. Should you fail to meet this deadline, they will continue to process your application without having those information available in their disposal which will lead to a high chance of refusal.
Other reasons include:
- The application raises one or more complex legal or factual issues which are decided against the applicant;
- Insufficient evidence is presented to the Department of Immigration;
- The case wasn’t properly explained to the Department of immigration;
- The claims of the applicant were not believed;
- Did not meet the health requirements;
- Have past criminal convictions;
- Not all the required documents were provided;
- Providing false information or documents;
- Insufficient proof of funds to support yourself in Australia;
- Applied for the wrong course;
- Course is not inline with your previous studies;
- Miscalculation in points;
- Failure in providing concrete future plans;
- Sponsor of application failed to meet the requirements;
- A combination of all of these factors.
Example of client’s refusal letter
4 Must-do tips when you face visa refusal
Now, we know some common reasons behind a visa refusal case. What should you do if you face these situations?
It is critical to make the right decision moving forward.
Take a look at the 4 top must-do tips from our registered migration expert, Mrs. Indah Melindasari after you get the crushing news that your visa application has been rejected:
1. Understand why your visa application is rejected or refused
You would have been told that your Australian visa application is rejected by receiving a refusal letter from immigration.
In that letter, it gives you the reasons why it was refused.
There may be one reason, or maybe a number of reasons.
Make sure you understand what the letter is saying, so that if you choose to reapply, you can get it right.
2. Gather the information that was insufficient in your first visa application
If you want to reapply for an Australian visa again, you must ensure that you focus on the reasons they gave for rejecting your original application and convince them that they made the wrong decision.
What is often the case, is that immigration doesn’t believe that you have enough incentive to go back home once your Australian visa has expired.
In this case, you will need to gather more evidence that you have reasons to return home e.g. close family bonds, house rental/ ownership, pets, job, friendship group, your favourite bicycle!
Literally anything you can think of. There is no silly answer here.
You need to convince them that you will return home.
Or you will see that your Australian visa application is rejected, again.
Example of refusal letter based on lack of ties in home country
3. Re-ensure you are actually eligible for this visa before you reapply or make an appeal
Are you sure you’ve chosen the right visa? Have you checked all of the requirements for the visa?
Many people apply for a visa not realizing the choices and options they have.
Immigration will never grant you a particular visa if they think your needs and Australia’s needs will be met by another one.
Make sure you understand the options available for your circumstances.
4. Get a certified Australia immigration agent before reapplying or to appeal
Because your Australian visa application is rejected, this increases the likelihood of your next application being rejected should you decide to reapply. In addition, if you were to use your appeal merit, the process is much more complicated and time-consuming.
It is really important to hire a visa agency like ONE derland Consulting Perth, who knows what they are doing.
We can let you know the areas your case needs strengthening, and point out things that you hadn’t even thought of.
Even if you don’t hire an agency at all, it is really worth just having an initial consultation.
During the first meeting with our registered Immigration agent, Indah Melindasari, she will let you know the visa option/s that are best for you, and to help you understand the challenges of your particular case for you to go away and work on the application yourself.
If you do decide to hire us, all the heavy lifting will be done for you.
All you would need to do is send us all information we ask for, and we do the rest.
We review all the paperwork, we create and submit your application (which after a rejection is a substantial amount), we do all follow ups with immigration, and we help to keep you reassured while waiting for the visa to be granted!
Appeal for Rejected Visa Application
Generally, you will be given a restricted amount of time to make an appeal for your rejected visa application through the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
An appeal cost starts from $952 up to $1,826, depending on the type of refusal. It may also take up to a year until your appeal is processed. Once your case is open, make sure you have all the supporting documents for your appeal.
Don’t let your Australian Visa Application Be Rejected!
We are based in Perth, even if you don’t live in Perth such as Melbourne or Sydney or Brisbane or Adelaide, we can still assist with your Visa Refusal process.
If you choose to go with a different agency to us, please make sure they are registered with the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA).
They assign every registered agent with a registration number, called a MARN.
When talking with an agent, you should always ask for the MARN before going any further, and especially before handing over any money.
If an agent is not registered with MARA, they might take your money and do the visa application for you; however, it is quite likely they will just take your money and disappear.
To check that your agent has given you a genuine number, you can check the name or number against the register on the MARA website.
If you engage ONE derland Consulting to prepare your Visa application, we will assist you from the beginning to the end and make the process as easy as it should be and perform the following:
- Assess your eligibility for the best visa option. Before applying for a visa, we will provide you a consultation to choose the best visa option based on your circumstances. You may come to the discussion with your own visa preference, but if you are unsure about it, we will give you alternative options;
- Once you are eligible for an Australian visa, we will provide you with written agreements and quotes to process your application. This will cover our obligations and duty as a migration agent;
- Our agreement is transparent with no hidden fees. All the aspect of works are covered in the agreement;
- Our scope of work includes bridging visa applications if it’s required by the applicant;
- We will provide you with a dedicated Case Manager as your one point of contact. The Case Manager will assist you with your Australian visa application and keep you informed with the progress of your application;
- A tailored document checklist will be provided. We will provide you a tailored document checklist to ease you in preparing documents. The document checklist covers all of your personal circumstances and reasons for applying for an Australian visa;
- We will prepare all the supporting documents including a specified draft of submission, letter, and affidavit based on your personal circumstances to support your Australian visa application;
- Your application will be prepared by our Registered Migration Agent who will go through your documents in more detail, anything missing will be identified and rectified;
- All of our Australian visa applications are “Decision Ready”, what that means to you is faster processing time and very little risk of getting rejected or refused;
- All of our team are dedicated to serve our clients, we should be able to get back to you within 24 hours or less for any enquiries you may have.
We understand that applying for a visa to Australia is certainly very complex.It is even harder during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Our visa specialists at ONEderland Consulting will help you assess your visa options. We have a 98% success rate and one of the most highly recommended migration agents in Australia. Read our 4.9* score customer reviews.
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