All About Visas for Australian Migration

Australia: No visa = No entry.

Yes, unless you are an Australian citizen, to come to Australia you will need a visa. Visas can be easy to get, or hard to get, depending who you are and which visa you are going for.

And there are more than 130 different visas to choose from.

It’s a very complicated area and, without doubt, the vast majority of questions I’m asked on this website are about visas. As a result, I’ve got quite a few pages about visas and I thought I’d list them here.

visaVisa Assessments

If you really don’t want to have to read a single word about visas, but you just want to know which would be the best visa option for you, assuming you qualify, and you don’t mind paying a small fee, this is for you.

Visit my Visa Assessment Service page.

Getting a Visa

If you want to do a bit of research into getting a visa for yourself, this page will show you how to do that and you will also be able to watch a video that shows you how you can explore your options.

Visit my Getting a Visa page.

Points Calculator

Some of Australia’s visas available under the General Skilled Migration (GSM) program are points-based, you need to have enough points to apply. How many points would you get?

Visit my Points Calculator page

Would I Qualify?

This is the most common question I am asked on this website, “Would I qualify?” It’s not an easy question to answer, to find out why I can’t answer it…

Visit my Would I Qualify? page.

Student Visas

Student visas are big business here in Australia, thousands upon thousands of foreign students come here every year to study. Sometimes it can lead to a more permanent residency status. Want to know more?

Visit my Student Visas page.

Questions About Visas

Even when you know which kind of visa you want and how to get it, all sorts of complicated questions crop up along the way. These are usually questions I can’t answer either, to find out more…

Visit my Questions About Visas page.

Expression of Interest

One rather fine way of moving to Australia is to find a job sponsorship. On 1st July 2012 the Department of Immigration & Border Control (DIBP) came out with the new system to help with this; Expression of Interest and Skills Select. Their introduction though has seemed to only lead to more confusion. So I’ve written a page about that as well.

Visit my Expression of Interest page.

Working Holiday Visa (WHV)

If you are young enough, currently that’s aged 18 to 30, and you are from a qualifying country, you could come here and try out Australia for a year. Under some circumstances, two years.

Check out my page about the Working Holiday Visa.

Choosing a MARA Agent?

I am often asked about choosing a MARA agent and if I can recommend a one; the answer is yes, I can.

Visit my Choosing a MARA Registered Migration Agent page.

Need help getting a visa?

Navigating your way through the paperwork and the processes involved in getting a visa for Australia is not easy, that’s why many people choose to use a MARA registered migration agent. On every one of the above-mentioned pages you will find links to my Visa Assessment Service and if at any time you do become overwhelmed, I highly recommend this service to you.

It is not free, but it is worth every cent of the small fee you will be asked to pay. You will need to provide a great deal of information about yourself and your family; in return my MARA agent will spend something like a couple of hours working out your options before presenting them to you in a written report.

If, for any reason, anybody is unhappy with the service and nobody has been yet, I will personally refund your money, I guarantee it.

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  • S Smith January 6, 2017, 10:08 pm | Link

    Hi, im travelling to Australia at the end of the year with my 3 children. I, myself have a New Zealand passport but my children have British. I wanted to know if i would have any problems entering Australia on one way tickets as we are planning on stay for a few months with the thought of possibly staying. I know if we decide to stay i can apply for a New Zealand citizen family relationship visa but that wont happen until we are already there. So as i said will there be any problems with board control on this matter?
    Any advice would be appreciated…thanks

    • BobinOz January 7, 2017, 12:30 am | Link

      Well, the short answer is that I just don’t know. What I do know though is that border control, or customs as I would call it, do have the authority to refuse you entry if they want to, so technically they could turn your children back if they didn’t like the one-way ticket thing.

      So I think you really do need to get an accurate answer from somebody who does know, so I would suggest you do talk to a MARA registered migration agent about your plans to see how best to proceed with this.

      On a separate matter, you may be interested in this article as someone coming from NZ…

      Good luck, Bob

  • Ali December 3, 2016, 6:00 pm | Link

    I want to know is it true the MCSE Certification has 5 points for immigration. My degrees are not related to my job and ACS assess me as (The following employment after October 2008 is considered to equate to work at an appropriately skilled level and relevant to 263111 (Computer Network and Systems Engineer) of the ANZSCO Code).

  • Nita November 28, 2016, 1:18 pm | Link

    Hi i am just wondering if EOI will still be active when you leave australia?

    I have submitted EOI on last march, but my current visa is expiring soon, is it possible to wait a result in my home country?



  • Emma November 10, 2016, 3:05 pm | Link

    My partner and I recently applied for a visitor visa for Australia. Mine was granted but we are still waiting on Andrea’s visitor visa. He has been in Australia on a working holiday visa 1 and 2, and a student visa. So in total he has been in Australia for about 36 months. I phoned immigration and they said about compelling and compassionate circumstances to stay. Would this apply to him? Do you believe there is any chance he will receive it? I’m pretty worried right now. I appreciate any advice given.
    Kind Regards


    • BobinOz November 10, 2016, 7:09 pm | Link

      It’s impossible for me to predict any decisions made by immigration, I’m afraid all you can do is wait for them to get back to you. Good luck, Bob

  • Nello October 10, 2016, 4:18 am | Link

    Hi guys, I’m after a small bit of advice. I’m applying for my 189 visa (carpenter from U.K.) and have had my EOI accepted and now I’m just waiting to lodge my official application ( $5600!!!) Do I need a medical and crb check before I submit this finally or will they look at my application and then ask for it if they require it further on? Any help would be great

    • BobinOz October 10, 2016, 6:06 pm | Link

      You should wait until your case officer asks you to provide your medical and police check. This usually happens later in the process after they have looked at your application.

  • murphy August 17, 2016, 1:33 am | Link

    Guide me about getting working permit visa to Australia pls,i am from Nigeria and I love to move to the country so hw would I go abt it.what did I need to,thanks.

  • Ruchita August 12, 2016, 11:48 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,
    You are absolutely right on the visa bit. I guess every person wanting to migrate, visa becomes the first question.
    I have a query… hopefully you could help. Though I have been working for last 6yrs. In the last 6 months, I have been freelancing as Qualitative research specialist. Could you help me understanding what are the things that I will require in order to qualify for visa.

    Many thanks in advance! Look forward to hear from you.


  • Soonita Ramphal July 30, 2016, 2:50 pm | Link

    Dear Bob,
    I’m a registered nurse in Mauritius with over 12 years experience working in public hospital.
    I would like to settle in Australia with my family which consist of my husband and twin of 13 months.I’m fluent in English with IELTS band score 6.5. What are my possibilities to get a PR?

  • mudassir altaf July 4, 2016, 3:35 am | Link

    Hi Bob,
    I having a two years experience in aircraft cabin i am looking a sponsor visa or work permit cabin cleaning or cleaning related job.i want to know how can i get.

  • Hema June 14, 2016, 2:33 am | Link

    Need a visa for my parent. I got a work permit. They say parents were considered to be dependent

  • Julie Clark June 11, 2016, 3:57 am | Link

    Does anyone know if a UK citizen still has to get private medical insurance in order to apply for a sponsored 457 visa if they are already in Australia and have Medicare cover?

    • BobinOz June 12, 2016, 9:02 pm | Link

      I don’t know the answer for sure, but I’m almost certain that you will need insurance on that kind of visa. I would check with someone who can give you a definitive answer, because you would not want to get landed with an unexpected bill if the worst were to happen.

      You should check with either a MARA registered migration agent, your case officer or a reputable health cover insurance company.

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