A dozen ways to get your Australian visa refused
Nope, this article does not tell you how not to acquire an Australian passport. The title may imply like it does, but it doesn’t.
On the contrary, it delves into the various pitfalls that can lead to the refusal of your visa application with the end in view of circumventing them and thus avoiding the dreaded fate of your application — namely refusal.
But before anything else, have you experienced applying for a visa? If you have, you know how tedious the process can be, what with all the supporting documents that you need to prepare, the requirements that you must comply with, the processes that you need to follow, and the deadline to observe. Nobody will say it’s easy.
If it’s your first time to do it, we tell you also that it’s not easy. There are just too many things to attend to, not to mention the amount of time that you have to put into it. Not only that — the sad stories about visa application rejections outnumber the tales of success.
Should you get discouraged and just abandon your dream of making it big in Australia? Far from it. In fact, you should give it a try because life in Australia is worth the hassle.
We would not even care to write this article if it’s a complete waste of time. Through this, we hope to lessen the burden of everyone like you who aspires to get the much-desired Australian visa.
Besides, there’s an easy way out of the situation, which we are going to reveal to you towards the end of this piece.
Common reasons an Australian visa application is refused
So you will be forewarned and forearmed when the time comes for you to apply for an Australian visa, here are the frequent ways to get your visa refused that you ought to avoid.
Giving flimsy statements and weak evidence
When you apply for an Australian visa, you are effectively asking the government of Australia for permission to set foot on its soil. For that reason, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) exerts its best effort to know what sort of person you are. It sees to it that the statements and claims you made in your application are truthful and convincing. Furthermore, they should be backed up with correct documents.
Additionally, your assertions should be certifiable such as your declarations about your education, your financial standing, work experiences, employment record, civil status, etc.
In any application, more so when it involves visas, the evidence is king.
Submission of fraudulent information or documents
There really are individuals who simply disregard morality and ethics just to be able to get what they want. This includes providing falsified information or documents. Common examples of these include fake bank statements, fabricated school records, incorrect civil status and the like.
But in this day and age, it is rather easy to spot a counterfeit from the genuine, most especially if it involves the processes of the DHA.
It goes without saying submission of fraudulent information and documents constitutes a major factor why an application for a visa gets rejected.
The act is tantamount to dishonesty, and everybody knows dishonesty is always a serious offense.
Removing certain information
Related to the foregoing is the deliberate attempt to hide information that you think might hamper your chances of obtaining a visa. Doing so will even do more harm than good to your cause.
Again it constitutes dishonesty and the operatives of the DHA have a way of finding who you really are despite your best efforts to hide certain vital information from the authorities.
Having incomplete requirements and still proceed to lodge the application
Knowing that you lack certain requirements, documents or evidence and you still decide to lodge the application is a wrong move. You cannot just whisper a prayer and hope that the case officer assigned to your application would be kind and considerate enough to turn a blind eye to your omissions.
It’s a lost cause even before you begin.
Providing inconsistent information
As might be expected, the information that you submit to the immigration department must be constant from one source to the other. This is because the DHA officers in charge of your application will go to great lengths to verify the information you submit to them. They may, for instance, interview your family members and other people who have information about you. They may conduct background checks from individuals who can shed light on the kind of person you are. What these people know should corroborate the bits of information that are in the hands of the authorities.
Additionally, you need to be careful about the information you share on your social media accounts, especially Facebook and Instagram. They can be used as a source of information about you.
Failure to pass the interview
Interview with the applicant (sometimes with the sponsor) is no longer the norm these days at the DHA. There are occasions, however, when the case officer handling your application may need to talk to you face-to-face to verify certain items in the documents you submitted.
The key here is for you to be able to answer correctly pertinent questions about yourself and the information you supplied in the application.
Inability on your part to hurdle this interview may play a part in the officer’s decision to refuse your application.
It goes without saying that a visa application involves piles of forms, documents, and other related requirements. It will greatly help if you submit not only correct, complete and neat application but well organized as well.
Choosing the wrong visa
At first glance, you may find it amusing that something as basic as applying for the wrong visa can happen. But if you know the various subclasses of Australian visa, you will understand that, yes, it can actually happen. Sometimes the differences in requirements, rules, and provisions from one subclass to other are so minute and so close to each other that it would take a trained eye to spot them.
Therefore, it takes thorough research and extra care in choosing which subclass best suits your personal situation.
Problem with the sponsor
Your sponsor may have some issues of his or her own, and some of them can have bearing on your application. We recommend that you sort these things out with him or her before you get into the process.
Failure to keep track of the deadlines and comply with additional requirements
You cannot yet rest on your laurels upon the lodgement of your application. More work is forthcoming the moment the screening process begins involving follow-ups and provision of more documents and other pertinent information. The case officer may from time to time require you to produce certain documents and you cannot do that at any time you want. The immigration department sets deadlines for these requirements to get to their tables.
Therefore, you need to be mindful of these deadlines, or else it may have an adverse effect on your application.
Problem with funds
Unless you have a sponsor who pledges support for your stay in the country, you need to have sufficient funds to sustain you and your activities here, whether you come here as a tourist, student, investor, entrepreneur or what have you.
Lack of funds is one major reason visa applications are denied.
Failure to meet other basic requirements such as English proficiency, skills assessment, character test and health check
Character test and health fitness are required in all visa applications while English proficiency and skills assessment need to be met depending on the subclass you are applying for.
You have to pass any of these requirements where they are compulsory.
There may be other ways to get your visa refused but these are the common ones.
Choose the easier way: Hire the services of Nowak Migration
You may be overwhelmed by the sheer number of do’s and don’ts in getting your Australian visa, not to mention the stack of documents and proofs that you need to produce to support your claims.
But you don’t have to go through the hassles yourself. There’s an easy way out of the situation. Avail of the services of a competent and dependable migration consultancy company and you’ll free yourself from the worries and stress that come with the application process.
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Like we often say, our decision to move our office is spurred by our commitment to raise the bar of our service to our growing list of clients like you.
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