Frequently Asked Questions:

Why should I use a law firm as opposed to submitting an application for an Australian visa for immigration to Australia myself?
Why should I choose an Australian Immigration Agent in Australia in preference to an agent based in my country of residence?
Does it increase my chances of a successful Australian visa application if I have close relative/s living in Australia?
How long does it take to get a visa?
Can I keep my existing citizenship after I have re-settled in another country?
How much money do I need to be able to emigrate?
How much are your fees for handling my Australian visa application?



Q. Why should I use a law firm as opposed to submitting an application for an Australian visa for immigration to Australia myself?
– As there are currently many different Australian visa sub classes, we will ensure that your application is submitted under the right category for Australian immigration, which will offer you the best opportunity of a successful outcome, once your eligibility has been assessed for immigration to Australia.
It is wise to remember that the Department of Immigration and Border protection application fees for Australian immigration, which can often amount to several thousand Australian dollars, are non refundable if your application for immigration to Australia is unsuccessful.

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Q. Why should I choose an Australian Immigration Agent in Australia in preference to an agent based in my country of residence?
– All practicing agents in Australia have to be registered with the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA)
Registration can only be gained if the Agent has demonstrated a thorough knowledge of Australian Immigration Law and Australian visa regulations, and continues to participate in the professional development program of seminars and meetings, and is of good character. The Agent also has to abide by the strict code of conduct set down by the Migration Registration Authority (MARA).
You can also be assured that a registered migration agent will automatically receive all the latest information and changes to the Australian Immigration law and Australian visa regulations as advised by the Department of Immigration.
While today’s communication technology remoteness does not present any problem for you, Immigration Advisory Services has assisted clients from all over the world with Australian visa applications and immigration to Australia, including applications made from USA, UK, Ireland, India, Asia, Japan, Europe.

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Q. Does it increase my chances of a successful Australian visa application if I have close relative/s living in Australia?
-If you are applying for a skilled Australian visa, you are required to pass the ‘Points Test’, therefore a close relative living in Australia who is prepared to sponsor you for Australian immigration, can bring you extra points.

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Q. How long does it take to get a visa?
The application process varies considerably from one visa class to another – from a few weeks upwards and in some cases it can be well over three years. You need to consider both the time scales to prepare and process your application, and the time available once you have been approved to actually re-locate.

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Q. Can I keep my existing citizenship after I have re-settled in another country?
Yes, becoming a permanent resident of another country does not usually require you to surrender your existing passport. These issues are normally dealt with in the government legislation and in particular the Citizenship Act 1948. We would suggest you discuss your individual circumstances with one of our professional attorneys.

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Q. How much money do I need to be able to emigrate?
There are no hard and fast rules here. There are mandatory fees with almost every visa class and some visa categories require that you have net assets assessed over a certain level. Many people who are successful in applying for permanent residence have very small amounts of capital. Your financial situation is only one of the elements you need to consider when you speak to one of our experts.

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Q. How much are your fees for handling my Australian visa application?
– It is not possible to generalize due to the wide variation in circumstances and the large number of Australian visa types available, resulting in differing amounts of work involved. However, if you go to our free assessment page and complete the questionnaire the assessment we will provide you will include estimates of all costs involved with immigration to Australia including our fees, Government fees, and skills assessment fees (where applicable).

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