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Visa options for Australia now on DIBP website with new finder facility

by Ray Clancy on March 3, 2017

in Immigration Documentation

An online programme on the Australian Department of Immigration’s website can help people looking to move to the country find the right visas for their needs.

Like many countries, the range of visas on offer, everything from a holiday stay to moving permanently for work, can be confusing.

On the website of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) the Visa Finder gives basic information about potential visa options.

‘The Visa Finder does not provide a complete summary of all the visas that may be available and it makes no recommendations regarding visas that might be appropriate,’ said a DIBP spokesman.

He stressed that it is a useful starting point for people needing a visa but it provides no guarantee or assurance that an applicant will be granted a visa, or indeed a particular visa.

For most visas, applicants need to satisfy eligibility criteria in addition to any information presented or used by the Visa Finder including, but not limited to, health conditions and character conditions.

The Visa Finder displays possible visa options for primary applicants only and should not be relied on to provide visa options for secondary applicants, such as immediate family members of the primary applicant.

‘The Visa Finder is not a substitute for exercising your own judgment, making your own enquiries and/or obtaining independent advice regarding your eligibility for any visa,’ the spokesman added.

But it does contain a lot of helpful information. For example the 457 visa, one of the most popular for overseas workers, can be confusing and the information explains that an applicant needs an approved sponsor and applies to a particular occupation, not any piece of work. Applicants need to be sponsored and have the required skills for the position.

If an applicant is not sponsored then there is the skilled independent visa which allows permanent residency in Australia and is points tested. It is for skills on the skilled occupation list which needs to be checked as it changes at least once a year.

There are multiple options for those visiting Australia for a short period for business or a holiday and the different options are given including the working holiday visa, the visitor visa and the evisitor.

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