General Migration Questions

1. How long does it take to process a visa?

Visa application processing time varies based on type of visa your client is applying
for. Each application is different depending on your client’s location and

2. Which visa should my client apply for and how much is the fees?

Contact us to know which visa is suitable in your client’s situation. We excel in
providing assistance in partner visas, skilled migration, visitor visas, training visas
and family visas. Different applications have different Visa Fee.

3. How long does it take to get permanent residence visa to immigrate to Australia?

Permanent residence visa application processing time varies based on type of visa
your client is applying for. Each application is different depending on your client’s
location and circumstances. Book a Consultation with us to get time estimate on your

4. Can my client include children on his visa application?

Yes, usually dependent children can be included on your client’s visa application.
However, married or independent children do not qualify.

5. Is it possible that my client could bring pets to Australia?

Yes, your client can bring pets. However, it requires extended periods of quarantine
and is very expensive.

6. Can my client apply for a visa on ground of merit in field of sports or arts?

Yes, if your client has Distinguished Talent and an outstanding record of achievement
in arts or sports your client may consider application under this Subclass. He must be
nominated by an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, an eligible New
Zealand citizen or an Australian organisation of national reputation in the occupation,
profession, or activity in which he has an outstanding talent. His nominator should
complete an application form and include a brief resume of their own standing in the

7. What qualifications does my client need to apply for a visa?

Qualifications vary based on type of visa your client is applying for.

8. What are English requirements to apply for a visa?

English language requirement varies depending on type of visa your client is applying

9. Is health assessment mandatory?

Health assessment is standard procedure and must be cleared while applying for a

10. Can my client seek help from immigration authorities or Embassy to prepare his application?

No, Australian Government no longer provides this type of service. They mainly
enforce immigration law, make decisions on migrant applications and issue visas.
Usually, only Australian Registered Migration Agents like ourselves can provide this
kind of service.

11. Can I seek your migration services if I am already a Migration Agent?

Yes, McKkr’s provides advice on various migration issues. We can assist you with
your client matters such as extending their current visa, applying for a different visa,
becoming a Permanent Resident of Australia, becoming an Australian Citizen etc. We
also assist you in situations where your client’s visa has been refused, cancelled or
their sponsorship application has been subject to refusal.

12. Can I work in Australia?

Depending on type of visa and attached visa conditions, you may be able to work in
Australia. It is important to know that some visas restrict the number of hours you can
work per week and some do not permit you to work in Australia. To know more about
working in Australia, Discuss your Case with us.

13. Is it possible that my client can become an Australian Citizen?

Yes, Australian Government allows granting of citizenship to migrants based on a
number of factors. The Australian Citizenship Act 1948 provides information
regarding acquisition of Australian citizenship.

14. Can my client come to Australia while his migration application is being processed?

Yes, visitor visa allows your client to come to Australia provided they intent to stay
for a short visit or a holiday. However, these visas are not intended to provide
residence in Australia if your client is awaiting outcome of a migration application.

15. If my client is in Australia can he be granted my migrant visa?

No, for grant of migrant visa your client must be outside Australia. He must depart
and subsequently return to Australia so that visa is granted and evidenced in passport.
However, it is not necessary to return to the country where the application was filed.

16. Are original documents required with my client’s application?

For temporary migration, original documents are usually not required. However, for
permanent migration applications original documentation may be required.

17. Does my client have to submit my passport along with application?

Usually, your client DOES NOT have to submit passport to make a valid application.
However, for temporary migration applications (except Retirement visa applications)
they should provide passport with at least 2 unused pages.

18. Can my client travel to Australia at any time after grant of visa?

Your client must travel to Australia before the initial entry date stated on his visa
grant letter. This date is calculated based on the validity of health and character
clearances which are usually valid for 12 months only. If your client does not enter
Australia by the initial entry date, they are in breach of visa grant condition which
may lead to cancellation of their visa.

19. What will happen if my client is unable to travel to Australia before the initial entry date on his visa?

In order to activate the visa for its full term (usually 5 years) your client must travel to
Australia before the expiry of the initial entry date. However, it is not required that he
settles permanently in Australia before the expiry of the initial entry date, provided he
has made at least one trip to Australia before the initial entry date. There are
exceptions to this general rule and if you would like to know more, Discuss Your
Case with us.

20. What is a bridging visa?

Bridging visas allow your clients to stay in Australia while they are awaiting
processing of a visa application or to provide lawful status while they make
arrangements to depart Australia.