Important information to prepare for July 1 2017
With all of the upcoming changes to Australian Immigration legislation and policy, it is important to be prepared. The next wave of changes will occur on the 1st of July, 2017, and will include changes to the partner visa requirements, temporary visas for parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents, general skilled migration visas, as well as employer nominated permanent residency visas.
As such, there are a few steps you can take to ensure that you are fully prepared for what is to come.
- Know the kind of visa you have or are applying for
Regardless of whether you are applying for a new visa, permanent residency, citizenship or merely checking up on your existing visa, it is essential that you know which type of visa you are eligible for so that you can understand the requirements being put in place for that category of application.
- Know the requirements of your particular visa
This includes the costs and fees involved in your visa application, the sponsorship requirements, the expiry date, the current and the new or additional requirements.
With everything changing so drastically in the coming months, you don’t want to be refused a visa application because you did not understand or know exactly what kind of information your visa application required.
- Time of Application Criteria
Understand what your visa requires not merely prior to application, but at the “time of application”. This often includes requirements such as age, English language skills or visitation history.
- If in doubt, contact a Professional
Merely understanding your kind of application may not be sufficient. The immigration policy and legislative landscape is complex and with all of the coming changes it is becoming essential now, more than ever, to seek the help of an immigration lawyer. From first consultations to administrative appeals, having the assistance of an immigration lawyer will greatly increase your understanding of the application process as well as ensuring that you have the greatest chance of success in your chosen migration pathway.