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Old 06-23-2013, 11:11 PM
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Is the Australian immigration system as easy as people say?

The Australian government is very vocal about its opinion that the Australian immigration system is one of the most user friendly in the world. Is this your experience of the system?

How would you rate the system on a range of 0 - 10?


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Hahahahahahaahahahaha. That is the funniest thing I've read all day.

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Okay, now that I've got that out of my system:

If it were user-friendly, it would not require months of research to be able to understand the process. It would not be so easy to get one bit of inaccurate advice from DIAC themselves and completely lose your application fee. And there would be some way to track your application through the process so as to relieve some of the anxiety of waiting. And that's just for starters.

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Hi CollegeGirl

I am sorry to hear of your problems with the system but this is exactly what other members need to know. The Australian government continues to suggest that it has the most user friendly system in the world but from what you are saying, this is not necessarily the case all of the time.

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The only part of the whole process that is easy is the Visa Wizard.
The rest of the process is hard work.
My score for the system is 1 out of 10.
I would hate to have to work with a hard system if the Australian one is rated as user friendly.

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Does anyone think the move "online" will help or hinder future applications?


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Moving more of the workload online would most certianly help. Its 2013, relying on postal services and phonecalls is just bonkers!

I too would give the "system" a 1 out of 10 for usability. Collegegirl hit the nail on the head - months of research needs to be done to understand what you are doing, and it can even take just as long to get your application together. It took me almost a year from when we decided to start looking into it, then 4 months to get the application together. We have a complicated application so alot of our waiting time was relying on our friends and family to deliver their character references but now since we applied, we are looking at upwards of 6 months or more wait. Thats 2 years in total from making the decision to go for it to actually hearing back.

It's been highly publicised that the Australian Immigration Department suffered staff cut back which has lead to the processing time increase over the past couple of years, but it's literally impossible for some people to wait out the process. Especially when they cannot have contact with their busy case officer. No updates, no way of knowing whats hapenning. Refreshing your email everyday waiting for news, being seperated from your partner ect. Its probably one of the most brutal and frustrating things I have ever been through.

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I haven't tried to migrate to any other countries so in a way I'll never know whether it's relatively user-friendly or not.

It all depends on what you consider "user-friendly". It took us over a year of research to fully get an idea of what was expected of us, and without this forum surely our application would have been an absolute mess. I think a lot of things about the system are unnecessarily confusing and daunting (perhaps deliberately so, to scare off the less determined?) and some of the staples in evidence should be up for debate (is it fair to expect every de facto couple to be in a financial situation where they could afford to naturally create as much evidence as is expected?).

However compared to The Netherlands I'd say Australia's immigration system is more fair in some ways. For instance, in The Netherlands, if I wanted to bring my Australian man over, I would have to have a job with a contract (non-casual) and would have to have been working at this job for at least a year, with a certain minimum income to even be eligible. In that respect, Australia is more fair. It is less focused on the "financial burden" partners could be, and more open to each individual Australian having a right to be with their partner if it is a true relationship. The Dutch government I'd say wouldn't care how real your relationship was if you don't have a certain income and contract.

So I do know that in that much, the Australian government is fair, moreso than at least one other Western country. I'm not sure about the US, but don't they have a lottery system of some sorts? I'd say this is more fair than that, too, but please correct me if I'm wrong.

I'd think "user-friendliness" is a relative term. There is no such thing as perfect user friendliness or ease when it comes to migration. But relatively, I do think they have a thing or two to be proud of probably.

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I agree with Nelly, Without this Forum and 2 of my friends who have been through the same process (300 from Indonesia) i would have done SO many things wrong and had MUCH more stress...having said that, we went through a LOT of stress anyway. it took us 6 months to get our application ready and by the end of it, i couldnt even look at the application anymore, my brain was fried.

I think a major issue is:. When giving evidence of your ENTIRE relationship, it is not simple... when you first start a relationship or even something that in the beginning was just a 'fling' (but eventually turned int true love) WHO thinks to keep records of tickets and shared expenses etc?

2. EVERY Embassy in each different country runs a different way... fast, slow, thorough.... and caseworkers can be GREAT or TERRIBLE... and that isnt the applicants fault!

Also, Something i always found it hard to accept is that, i LOVE my fiance...all i want is to be with him, in my country, together, no more time apart... but our fate lies in a caseworkers hands.... WE know our relationship is genuine... but will they believe us? and for our Visa PMV... their is no bridging Visa... or no equivalent...

The Australian system is NOT easy... it is stressful, long, expensive, intrusive and exhausting....

at the end of the day.... if you can successfully bring your partner to Australia permanently, and stay together.. your love is blessed, you have passed the ultimate test, and you should appreciate just how lucky you are and enjoy every second together... and take some time out to think of those who have been through the same exhausting process and NOT been so fortunate.

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I just started reading up & I'm already stressed out =D


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