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Old 04-11-2013, 10:51 PM Editor
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Do you have any tips to speed up immigration applications?

As the number of people looking to move to Australia continues to rise, perhaps those who have already moved to the country and gone through the immigration system might have some tips to speed up the process for new entrants?

Sometimes we can make simple mistakes with paperwork, with questions and with relatively simple tasks which can delay authorisation of visas, etc. Do you have any tips for those looking to apply for their immigration paperwork?

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1) Be prepared! Start researching the process and getting documents together as soon as you know you'll be migrating. It takes way longer than you think!

2) If you're applying for a partner visa, make sure you start documenting your relationship together as well if you haven't been. Get pictures taken with your partner, especially when you're out and about in social situations together. Keep ticket stubs to events you go to together, keep cards people send to you addressed to you both, keep receipts for gifts you buy each other, keep utility bills that have both your names on them sent to the same address, keep statements from a joint bank account (get one if you don't have one), etc. Keep them all somewhere you can find them easily when you're ready to apply.

3) Get your police check done before you apply. They're valid for a year, and can take some time for your law enforcement agency to provide to you. (In the US, assume 8 weeks to get your police check back from the FBI).*

4) If you live in a country where this is possible, consider doing your medical exam in advance.* This is known as front-loading. Searching the forum here will provide quite a bit of information on how to do this.

5) When you're actually ready to apply, double and then triple-check your application for accuracy and ensure there are no errors. Make sure you've been open and honest and provided absolutely all information. Don't try to trick Immi or think they won't find something out - they will!

* - Both police checks and medicals are generally valid for a year. Don't do them TOO far in advance, especially if you're from a country DIAC considers high risk where processing times may exceed 12 months. If you do them too early you may end up having to do them again.

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