If I am on an employer-sponsored visa, can I change my employer?
Yes. The new employer has to be an approved sponsor and they need to submit a new nomination application.
How can I check for which visa subclass I am eligible?
You can check your eligibility either by visiting the Department of Home Affairs assessment page which give you some guidelines or you can fill out our Assessment form and we can assess and we will get back to you ASAP.
How long can I apply for a Visitor visa?
You can apply for an Australian Visitor visa for either three, six or twelve months. The Australian visa may allow you to enter and stay in Australia for a single trip or allow multiple entries during this period.
I am on a student visa, how many hours I am eligible to work.
As a student, you are eligible to work for up to 20 hours per fortnight during the semester. You can check more details about your visa condition on your Visa Application approval letter.
During your holidays, you are eligible to work full time
What is the minimum wage in Australia?
The minimum wage in Australia is $18.93 per hour. The minimum wage was increased by 3.5 %, from 1 July 2018.
Can somebody else write for me the statement explaining why I am a Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) for my Student Visa Application?
The Department expects the student to write their own GTE statement explaining why they are applying for this visa and confirming their sole intention to study in Australia. If they find it difficult to write it in English, they can write the GTE statement in their own language and translate it to English.
As this is one of the most important documents for a student Visa Application, you can ask for help from a Migration Agent in writing the GTE statement for your student Visa Application.
How do I check if my occupation is on the list and for which visa I am eligible?
Does the employer need to pay me while I am on my Training Visa?
The employer can sponsor you under paid or unpaid options. It depends upon the agreement you have with an employer before lodging the Nomination Application. If it has paid training, the Nominee is supposed to pay you at least as per the Minimum Standard wage and they must provide you with a full-time training opportunity.
While on a Training Visa, do I need to inform the Department if my trainer is no longer working for my sponsor company?
Employers are required to inform the Department of any changes to the proposed Training Plan. If the Trainer is no longer working for the sponsor company, it is important for the employer to provide details of the new Trainer to the Department. It is the duty of an employer to keep the Training Plan lodged with the Department up to date.
As an employee, you are required to inform the Department of any changes to your contact details within 14 days.
For my training visa, do I need to be trained and sponsored by a Registered Training Organisation(RTO)?
No, any Australian Registered organisation can apply to become a sponsor under the Training Visa program. The Trainer needs to be working with the employer.
For Example: If the sponsor is nominating you for the position of Cook, a qualified Chef can be the trainer who will monitor and supervise you during the workplace- based training.
What is Bridging Visa?
Bridging visa are temporary visa, allowing the applicants to stay temporarily in Australia, while their current substantive visa application is expired and other substantive visa application is being processed.
What work rights, will I have on my Bridging Visa?
Bridging visa will have the same review rights of the current visa subclass.
For example, you are on a student visa and lodged your Partner visa; the BVA issued will have the work rights of student visa.
If my Bridging visa has full work rights, can I start working, even though my current visa is valid and has no work rights?
No. The bridging visa will be in effect only if your current visa expires.
For example, you are on a visitor visa with no work rights. You apply for a sc482 visa and your BVA issued has no work rights. You cannot work until your current visitor visa expires and BVA comes into effect
I am on a student visa and my visa expiring in one month, I have applied for a Partner visa, and BVA has been issued. Can I travel during for one week overseas, if so will my bridging visa gets affected?
Yes, you can travel, as far your current student visa has no condition restricting you on the travel. The BVA issued will not effect, as the BVA was not in effect. If you travel after your student visa expiry, you will not be able to come back as BVA does not let you travel overseas. BVB is the only bridging visa, which lets you stay and travel overseas while your substantive visa is being processed.
The department refused my current sc482 visa application. I have applied for an AAT review. Will the bridging visa lets me stay in Australia lawfully.
Yes, the Bridging visa lets you stay in Australia while your application is reviewed by the AAT. But you cannot apply for certain visa subclass as Bridging visa is a non- substantive visa and for lodging most of the application while in Australia, you need to hold a substantive visa.
If I have sponsored previously for a partner visa, is it possible for me to sponsor new applicant?
The regulation does not allow the sponsor-to-sponsor new applicants when there is already another spouse, de facto partner sponsored in the past 5 years,
For example: Imagine applicant A and B lodged their partner visa application with applicant A as an eligible sponsor. The application was lodged on 15 Jan 2014 and her visa was granted on 22 Dec 2015. However, the relationship broke down in 04/05/2015. Applicant A met another person and lodged a new partner visa application on 13 Nov 2018 and now it is Feb 2019 and the case officer has been allocated to make the decision on the Partner visa application. The applicant will not be barred as the five years is counted from the date of the first lodgement to the date of approval of the current sponsorship.
I have currently BVA, need to travel overseas, how to apply for BVB?
You can apply for bridging visa either through your IMMI account or through paper application.
Does the Bridging visa have an expiry date?
If your application is granted, your Bridging visa will end and your new visa will become
active. Usually, Bridging visa does not have any expiry date. But we would suggest you to check your Bridging visa grant notice for the validity and the conditions imposed.