How to Get Your Own Personal and Professional Visa Assessment
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.
I 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 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
To get this process started immediately, please click on the ‘Buy Now’ button below…
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.
If 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…