New ‘Coming to Australia’ video gives visa applicants vital info

by Ray Clancy on December 15, 2014

in Australia Immigration

The Australian government has posted a new video online aimed at helping people who are thinking of moving to the country in 2015 to ensure they know what to do when applying for a visa.

It also has information for those needing a visa for a holiday, business or to study, according to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

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The ‘Coming to Australia’ video can be found on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website

The ‘Coming to Australia’ video can be found on the DIBP website and has information about applying for the right type of visa, application requirements and the importance of complying with visa conditions.

Applicants can create an ImmiAccount and save time by applying for their visa online. If they are not sure which visa to apply for, the Find a Visa tool on the website can help.

People can also check their visa details at any time online using a free service known as VEVO or Visa Entitlement Verification Online.

‘You need to know your visa expiry date and follow the conditions of your visa. If something happens which affects your immigration status while you are in Australia, you need to speak with an immigration officer as soon as you can,’ said a DIBP spokesman.

‘This might be if you need to stay longer than your visa allows you or you want to apply for a different visa. If you realise your visa has expired, you need to contact the Department immediately,’ he added.

In addition to all of this, it is sometimes necessary or helpful to seek immigration advice from a Registered Migration Agent. People are being urged to make sure an agent they use is registered.

Registered agents can provide you with a fast and timely response to questions and can also smooth the pathway and reduce the confusion and stress associated with applying for a visa.

Obviously, there is no requirement to use a migration agent, however when it really matters, and you don’t want to risk getting it wrong on a technicality, it might be worth considering.

A list of registered agents can be found on the MARA website and applicants are urged to check their credentials as there are a number of bogus and rogue agents working in Australia.

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