Visa Assessment Service

How to Get Your Own Personal and Professional Visa Assessment.

visa stampIf I had a penny for every time somebody asked me if they would qualify for a visa to live in Australia, I would have £17.58 by now.

But seriously, it is the most commonly asked question here on this website and it is not just very difficult to answer, but almost impossible.


If you really want to know the answer to that one, read my page called “Would I Qualify”, but if you would rather know how you can find out if YOU might qualify, read on.

The only people who can truly tell you if you qualify are those that work for the Department of Immigration & Border Control (DIBP) after receiving your completed application. But there are professionals who are skilled in assessing your chances of success in getting a visa for Australia and can also, if you require, assist you throughout the entire process.

MARA Registered Migration Agents.

If you don’t know what one of these is, check out my page about Choosing a MARA Registered Migration Agent.

Simon Earles MARA AgentI am thrilled to announce that I have secured the services of Simon Earles, founder and principal of Signet Consulting & Migration here in Brisbane. Simon is a very experienced MARA registered migration agent, having held his licence since 2002; his MARA registration number is 0214055.

Simon is a member of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA). He was also the Vice-President of their Queensland and Northern Territory branch for four years between 2011 and 2015, a position he held for two consecutive terms.

The MIA is the professional association for Australian migration service providers and with Simon being such a high-profile member, he is clearly very proactive in much of what they do. This is reflected in his overall knowledge within the industry.

Simon has also trained and has practised as a lawyer, but currently practises exclusively as a MARA registered migration agent.

Simon is, therefore, an authority figure amongst MARA agents who has vast experience and has helped many many people realise their dream of moving to Australia. I am very proud and privileged to have him working with me here.

I have chosen to work with Simon going forward primarily for his excellent communication skills as well as his obvious and impressive knowledge on migration, his valuable contacts within the industry and his dedication to providing top quality assistance for those looking to move to Australia.

If you wish to read more about Simon Earles, I have further details towards the end of this page, but what can he do to help you?

The Visa Assessment Service:

I have been offering my Visa Assessment Service from this page since February 2012 and I believe this service offers the best way to find out what your chances are of moving to Australia. Other migration agencies may offer a ‘free consultation’ or a ‘free points assessment’ but neither of these can comprehensively answer the question “Would I qualify?”

In order to fully assess your chances of lodging a successful visa, a MARA registered migration agent would need to consider ALL of your relevant information in respect of your age, education, skills, background, family, command of the English language, medical history, your character and more.

It is for that reason that we offer the Visa Assessment Service; you provide my agent with ALL of that information, he provides you with an accurate written assessment.

How it works:

After purchasing your Visa Assessment you will be automatically redirected to a page where you can download the form you require. As an additional backup you will also be sent an email which includes a link to that same page.

From there you will be able to download a six page interactive PDF, called a Client Information Questionnaire (CIQ) which you can complete at your own leisure.

After returning your completed form as instructed, my MARA registered migration agent will provide you with:

  • A full written and signed Visa Assessment report within 5 – 7 working days* of receipt of all information (CIQ and any follow-up information requested) detailing precisely which options you might have;
  • The selection of ANZSCO occupation(s) that should be applicable to you based on the information you provide along with their availability on the various skills lists;
  • The points you currently have and any additional points you may have the potential to achieve;
  • Details of the options that may be available to you and the suggested recommended option best suited to you or…
  • If there are no options for you, an explanation why along with suggestions on what you can do to improve your chances in the future;
  • A breakdown of professional fees and governmental charges applicable for your recommended visa option for those in a position to proceed further.
  • An opportunity to follow up on the information provided to clarify any issues raised by the assessment;
  • A credit of your Visa Assessment Service fee added back to your account should you decide to use my MARA agent to represent you in full for your application.
  • Business visas: If your best option appears to be the business visa, this will be suggested in your report. To actually see if you qualify for a business visa though does require an in-depth look at your business achievements and latest accounts. Should you decide to pursue this option, additional fees will apply for this service.

*Please note: if your CIQ is returned whilst my agent is on holiday, or during extended holiday periods such as Easter and Christmas, or during a very busy period, there may be a delay to the usual 5 – 7 working days return. My agent will acknowledge receipt of your email though and at the same time confirm how long he anticipates it will take to return your completed assessment report.

This assessment covers all types of visa categories including independent, sponsored, temporary or permanent as well as family, partner and business visas. Please be aware then, that if one or more of the above covered points are not relevant to your application, they will not be covered in your Visa Assessment.

For example, if your visa option is not points based, or reliant on ANZSCO occupations, then clearly these will not be covered, but instead you will be informed of the requirements for, say, a de facto relationship application or perhaps a successful business visa lodgement or whatever is applicable to your circumstances.

Both Simon and I feel this is the most cost-effective and efficient way for you to find out exactly what your real options are with regards to moving to Australia.

The cost

The alternative is to try one of those ‘free services’ I mentioned earlier, but don’t be surprised if the free part goes very well and you are invited to have your profile reviewed in more detail. It is at that point that you will be expected to pay; one of the services I trialled requested $599 to take it further.

There is also a comment somewhere on this website from a reader who researched the UK market for MARA registered migration agents and narrowed it down to the two he thought were best; both gave ‘free assessments’ but to take it further one charged £95 for a ‘full appraisal’ and the other £250 plus VAT to ‘produce a report’.

If you know the exchange rate of AUD to GBP you will know what good value this Visa Assessment is.

This service provides a very thorough and accurate answer to the question “Would I qualify?”

My Visa Assessment Service, which Simon also sells directly from his website for $150, is available to readers of this website at a substantial discount.

The cost for your assessment here is just…..$100 AUD.

Please click on the “Buy Now” button below…


…to get started immediately.


Pay with PayPal or by credit card.

All payments are in Australia dollars (AUD) and processed securely through PayPal, but you do not need to have a PayPal account in order to purchase your assessment. To pay by credit card just look for the “Pay with a credit or debit card” link on the PayPal login page.

Pay with credit cardIf you pay using your PayPal account, you will be automatically redirected to the download page for the form you require. Do not navigate away from PayPal or close your browser.

If you pay by credit card this does not trigger the redirect, but this isn’t overly important as an e-mail will automatically be sent to all purchasers with download details whether you pay through your PayPal account or by credit card. This email should arrive in your inbox within five minutes of the transaction, if you can’t see it please check your spam or junk folders.

About your download and purchase:

  • Please contact me if you are unable to download the documentation or if, for some reason, you are not redirected to the download page AND you do not receive your automated email in your inbox or any of your spam or junk folders. I will then send you the documentation direct.
  • Please also note that this PDF document is a dynamic PDF and does not work with iPad.
  • The $100 AUD fee will be credited to your account should you decide to use my MARA agent to lodge your application.


I truly believe you will not get better value than this anywhere. Here’s a bit more about Simon Earles…

More about Simon Earles:

Simon Earles is founder and principal of Signet Consulting & Migration, a migration agency based in Brisbane. Simon is an experienced MARA registered migration agent, MARA no 0214055 and has been registered since 2002.

He was the Vice-President of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) (Qld and NT Branch) for four years between 2011 and 2015, a position he held for two consecutive terms. . The MIA is the migration advice industry’s peak body. He has trained and has practised as a lawyer, but is currently practises exclusively as a registered migration agent. He is married with two daughters and lives in Brisbane, Queensland.

Prior to that he lived and worked in Hong Kong with his family for almost 14 years in the capacity of a commercial lawyer working for the British Hong Kong Government and after the handover in 1997, with the Hong Kong SAR government. He has dual Australian/ British citizenship.

As a registered migration agent he is obliged to keep up-to-date with industry developments and legislative amendments for the benefit of his clients. He is also required to obtain a required number of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points every year to renew his migration agent’s registration.

As a further protection to his clients, as a registered migration agent Simon is bound by the MARA Code of Conduct. (The Code).The Code sets out best practice when assisting and providing migration advice to clients and it places a clear responsibility on MARA registered agents to act in the best interests of their clients.

Simon Earles: Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B)
  • Graduate Diploma in Professional Management
  • Migration Agents Registration Number (MARN) 0214055
  • Registered since September 2003
  • Commissioner for Declarations

Book Your Visa Assessment Now…

Normally $150, but just $100 to BobinOz readers, credited to your account if you then go on to lodge your visa through Simon…


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  • Jeanette Hankert February 18, 2017, 3:00 am | Link

    Hi. I (my husband and I) have payed the 100 USD and has started filling out the questionnaire. We would like to move to Australia and work there – so we aplayed for a skilled-visa. One of the questions is: Is this application to be sponsored by a relative or family member?
    I have an uncle and aunt in Australia. Can they be me and my family´s sponsor, and will it then be easier to get a visa? Or does the question mean something else?
    Thanks. Jeanette.

    • BobinOz February 19, 2017, 8:20 pm | Link

      My MARA agent tells me you have already returned your questionnaire and you have mentioned the possibility of sponsorship as additional information in your covering email.

      That is exactly what I would have advised you to do, so all is good. I hope your assessment goes well, many thanks, Bob

  • Diego a posada tobon February 17, 2017, 2:57 am | Link

    Hello, I want to move to Australia next year around May 2018. Should I start the assesment process now or wait? Thank-you

    • Mark February 17, 2017, 10:36 am | Link

      As soon as you can you will be lucky to have it done by May 2018

      • BobinOz February 17, 2017, 9:20 pm | Link

        Yes, agree, it can easily take a year or more to get it all sorted. The sooner you get this started, the better.

  • Dennis February 14, 2017, 11:41 pm | Link

    Hi Bob,Would it be possible to visit you in person in AU for relevant case for discussion?

    • BobinOz February 15, 2017, 8:27 pm | Link

      Hi Dennis

      Well, it’s not me that can help you, it’s my MARA agent, so there’s really not much point in visiting me. We also find that the most time efficient way of assessing a person’s options is to follow the format laid out on this page.

      If you were to go through this visa assessment as described above, then that would give my agent all the information he needs to know about you to make an assessment. If for some reason after that, both he and yourself feel it is necessary to have a meeting in person, I’m sure that can be arranged, but it is always best to go through this process first.

      Hope that helps, Bob

  • Alex Youdan February 4, 2017, 5:10 am | Link

    Hi all.
    Could someone, who has filled out the visa assessment form, tell me how important it is is to inform MARA agent of previous visas. I lived in Australia for a year almost 20 years ago on a working visa (typical 18 year old activity!!) but there’s no way I can backtrack and find out visa number. Also have visited on holiday as a family. Do those visas need to be included????
    Thanks to anyone who responds.

    • Zara February 5, 2017, 3:49 am | Link

      I just need this

    • BobinOz February 5, 2017, 8:52 pm | Link

      Hi Alex

      No, you do not need to give precise details on these visits to Australia, just mention it in your covering email when you return the questionnaire. At this stage my MARA agent is simply gathering information, none of this forms part of an official application, so if my agent needs any further information from you, he will ask for it specifically.

      Just fill in the form as best you can, put any supplementary information in your accompanying email and all will be good.

      Good luck with your assessment, Bob

      • Alex Youdan February 8, 2017, 5:10 am | Link

        Many thanks Bob!

  • Taskeen Zara February 4, 2017, 1:05 am | Link

    I wanna migrare to Australia help me please or contact me

  • Adeel sarfraz January 31, 2017, 10:03 pm | Link

    Im a registered nurse

  • Daniyalhabib January 31, 2017, 7:29 pm | Link

    I have done doble mba in marketing last mba from london 2015 now i am in pakistan i want to apply australia skilled visa my age id 30

  • Thomas January 31, 2017, 4:52 am | Link

    I just came home from visiting Sydney Australia. I have been researching about moving there, your website has been a great help. I believe I would be approved for the Skilled Visa, my question for you is with the purchase assessment and results, would that include possibly helping find work? With being unsure of the differences in qualifications for jobs/skilled services between USA and Australia I would need help in that department/finding a possible company who would want to take me on as an employee.

    Thanks for your help! Looking forward to hearing from you and working with your services!


    • BobinOz January 31, 2017, 7:22 pm | Link

      Hi Thomas

      Hope you had a great time in Sydney. As for these assessments, they do not actually include any assistance in finding work, I’m afraid that is all down to you. Finding a job is not part of a MARA migration agents brief really, and any agent who suggests they will help you with this is probably just trying to win your business.

      There are people that can help though, mainly recruitment agencies and you will also find some help on my page called Current Available Job Sponsorships.

      What a MARA migration agent can do though is help you with the skills assessment if you need it and help you identify the best skill code applicable to your experience.

      Hope that helps and good luck, Bob

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