Coming to Australia

Uploaded by ImmiTV on 15.09.2010

This short video contains information to help explain some of the important things you
need to know about applying for and being granted an Australian visa.
The department's website has lots of information about all the different Australian
visas, their application requirements and obligations for visa holders.
It's a good idea to find out as much as you can about a visa before you apply for it.
Some visas are free but most require you to pay a fee with your application.
This is not usually refunded, even if your application is unsuccessful.
Information, including costs, is on our website.
Whether you apply online or use a paper application, the information you provide must be
correct, as complete as possible and include all supporting documents from the start.
If it doesn't, your application could be delayed or refused, costing you time and money
as well as disappointment.
For most people and most temporary entry visas, the application process is relatively
If you do not feel confident in lodging a visa application or if your circumstances are
complex, you may want a migration agent or a lawyer who is registered as a migration
agent to help you.
In Australia, anyone who provides migration advice for a fee or reward must be registered
with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority.
The authority's website has more information and a list of registered agents.
Remember: it's your application and your information, even if someone else is helping
There are many different kinds of Australian visas.
There are visas that let you visit family, holiday, study, work, visit for business
purposes or conferences or live in Australia permanently.
In simple terms, if you are granted a visa you are able to legally enter and remain in
Australia until a stated date or expiry date, as long as you follow the conditions of
that visa.
For example, you may not be allowed to work or can only work a limited number of hours, a
visa may only allow you to leave and re-enter Australia a certain number of times or it
may only allow you to enter Australia once.
It is very important that you understand what a visa will allow you to do or not to do.
Simply having a visa to enter Australia does not automatically mean you can work or
Make sure you apply for the visa that matches what you want to do while you are in
We do conduct checks and there can be very serious consequences if you are found to have
deliberately breached a visa condition.
This includes having your visa cancelled.
If you are not sure which visa to apply for, the Visa Wizard on our website could help.
If you are granted a visa, it will be your responsibility to know your visa's conditions
and expiry date.
This information is clearly provided in visa grant letters or notifications.
We are also increasingly storing information about granted visas electronically.
This means you may not receive a label or sticker in your passport, even after you enter
Instead, there is a free online service: Visa Entitlement Verification Online, or VEVO.
VEVO will let you, and, with your permission, Australian employers or other
organizations, verify your work or study entitlements and your residence or immigration
status while you are in Australia.
Our website has more information on how to access and use the service.
You will need to depart Australia by your visa's expiry date, unless you make other
arrangements with us beforehand.
If something happens which affects your immigration status while you are in Australia,
please visit your nearest immigration office or phone us as soon as you can.
For example, if you need to stay longer than your visa allows, or you realise your visa
has expired, you want to apply for a different visa or you have questions or concerns
about your sponsor or your rights, then it's best to speak with us and seek advice.
Whatever your circumstances, there are immigration officers in each state and territory
who can help answer your questions and explain your immigration options.
We hope this video has been helpful.
If you still have questions, you can contact the department via email, phone or by
visiting one of our offices or overseas posts.
Click on the 'contact us' tab on the homepage.
Good luck with your application.