Getting a Visa.
How do I get a visa? Which visa is best for me? And how do I calculate my points total? These are some of the questions I am asked on a regular basis. I have rolled all three of these questions into one and, fortunately, they are reasonably easy to answer.
Well, let’s go through them. Firstly, how do you get a visa? There is only one place you will get your visa from, and that’s the Australian Government, via the Department of Immigration & Border Control (DIBP), so you need to apply to them.
Of course, you can go through a MARA registered migration agent. If that is something that appeals to you, visit my…
…page for details of how you can get your own personal help from a MARA registered migration agent. But ultimately, all agents will forward your application on, so your visa can still only be granted by DIBP.
So which visa is best for you and how can you calculate your points? DIBP can answer that for you too, simply by visiting their website and using their Visa Wizard. But before you go “off to see the Wizard”, you might want to take a look at a video I’ve made to show you how the Visa Wizard works.
After watching this video you will know how to 1) find out which visa is best for you, 2) find out if you have enough points for that visa (which you can also check on my Points Calculator page) and 3) find out how much the Australian Government will charge you for that visa.
DIBP (formerly known as DIAC) have now removed their ‘Visa Wizard’ video and replaced it with a new tool called ‘The Visa Finder”. I think it’s great and it has a ton of information to help you, here is my new video to explain how it works…
DIBP have also changed their website address completely, so please ignore the instructions in the above video and instead go to…
More useful links:
I have a whole series of posts that explain the entire process that we went through to get our visas for Australia. The first instalment is called Moving to Australia – An Idea and the series ends with Moving to Australia – Part Fifteen in which you will find us sitting in our new home in Australia, waiting for the furniture to show up.
You can see a full list of all the topics covered in this series over at How to Move to Australia.