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.
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.
Latest Visa News Updates
The Australian Government changes the qualification criteria for visas on a regular basis, you can catch up with these changes from the regular updates provided by my MARA migration agent.
Visit Latest Visa News for the updates.
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.
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
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.
Expression of Interest
One rather fine way of moving to Australia is to find a job sponsorship. On 1st July 2012 the then Department of Immigration & Border Control (now the Department of Home Affairs) 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.
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.
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, even longer.
Check out my page about the Working Holiday Visa.
The International English Language Testing System – IELTS
To qualify for some of these visas you may need extra points, and you can sometimes do that by improving your English language score. There are other English language test though, you can find out about them and IELTS on the following page.
Visit How to Pass IELTS.
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.
Would I Qualify?
This is the most common question I am asked on this website, “Would I qualify?” It’s a question that I, personally, cannot answer. Only MARA registered migration agents have the skills and knowledge to answer this kind of question, and under Australian law, they are the only ones allowed to answer it.
That’s all that I explain on the following page, so it’s really NOT WORTH READING and it’s definitely not worth asking me the question in the comments as hundreds of people have already.
Visit Would I Qualify? if you want, but see a MARA migration agent if you really want an answer.
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 as explained for “Would I qualify?” above, but to find out more if you need to…
Visit my Questions About Visas page.