10 Surefire Ways to Get Your Visa Application Refused

Australian Visa refused

10 Surefire Ways to Get Your Visa Application Refused

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Got your Australian Visa refused? Each year, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) received millions of Visa applications of various sub-classes. Needless to say, from those millions, only a fragment will be granted.

Australia Visa Applications Present and Future

According to DIBP, there were 189,770 Visas granted in 2015-2016, which breaks down as follows:
• Skill Visas – 128,550 places;
• Family Visas – 57,400 places;
• Special Eligibility stream – 308 places; and
• Child Visas – 3512 places.

Those numbers look like a lot. However, they’re nothing compared to the numbers of rejected/denied applications. Many of those Visa applications were rejected on a fraudulent basis or plain ineligibility, but even many more were rejected due to minor errors, honest mistakes or some forms of miss-communication and misunderstanding that are completely avoidable.

The data of how many applications are granted in 2016-2017 aren’t available yet. However, some reports say that there are around 8.78 million(!), give or take, of Australia Visa applications during that time.

In other words, the competition to be granted an Australian Visa, ladies and gentlemen, is fierce. It will only become fiercer in years to come when it hit the projected number of 13 million in 2026.

10 Ways to Get Your Australian Visa Application Refused

With that in mind, here’s the list of 10 surefire ways NOT to be included in the small numbers of successful Visa applications for you. In other words, if you want to experience an epic Australian Visa refusal, just do any (if not all) of the following.

Or, alternatively you can read this article so that you know what to avoid when applying for an Australian Visa.

Go on, read and thank us later.

1. Unsubstantial evidence

Can be in the form of, but not limited to, providing:

  • Weak statement or evidence – The statement and evidence you provide aren’t that convincing in nature.
  • Unverified statement/ documents – When either of your statement or document FAILS independent verification: Mate, you’re SO DOOMED

When it comes to applying for Australian Visa, evidence is key. No matter what Visa subclass you are applying, you need to back all the declarations and claims that you’ve made with solid evidence. We’re talking about proof of financial support/wealth (bank statement etc), work experiences, educations, family relation or relationship status here.

Everything needs to be verifiable through independent measures. Paperwork needs to be certified when it’s necessary by the highest authority possible. As for your relationship status, let’s just pray that you have enough of couples photos of you and your significant other to back it up plus a matching joint statement etc.

The same thing goes for work experience and education. Pay slips, recommendation letters, the whole shebangs.

Fail to do so will not help your application at all.

2. Being inconsistent

Can be in the form of, but not limited to, providing:

  • Asynchronized documents (between one to another)

Whether this is due to your memory played trick on you or you try to hide something (see below). The thing is, it’s easy to spot inconsistency, even a minor one, in your Visa application documents. Every effort to clarify inconsistent things will take time. And where do you think those extra time will end up? Yes. They’ll pile on top of your Visa processing time and this is not even the bad news. It could cost you your chance to be granted a Visa.

3. Inaccurate/Inaccuracy

Can be in the form of, but not limited to:

  • Ignoring the mandatory documents…
  • (and thinking they can be substituted by any other documents you want) *optional*
  • Conflict between a statement and its complimentary documents

Inaccuracy can lead to conflicting information. That, in turn will only prolong the assessment process. Therefore, it’s important to always check your Visa application documents, not only for their completeness, but also for accuracy therein.

4. Being Dishonest

Can be in the form of, but not limited to:

  • Forging your financial statement
  • Giving false CV
  • Lying about your relationship status

Everyone has a past. We totally get it. However, hiding something that could hamper the chance of a successful Visa application should be the last thing you do as an applicant. As far as being dishonest goes, there’s a saying that not saying things has a bigger chance to get your Visa refused compared to if you state them as they were.

5. Disorganized

Can be in the form of, but not limited to

  • Neglecting current Visa conditions
  • Neglecting previous Visa application
  • Fail to send necessary documents when needed.

Applying for Visa can be a messy business document-wise. You need to awaken the inner clerk in you to keep everything in order; to keep track of everything; or simply to keep yourself sane in a semblance of total calmness during the process.

6. Conflicting social media profile

Thanks to Web 2.0 and the way we interact with it and how we deeply engrossed in it, your social media profiles like Facebook and Twitter are now considered a valid point of assessment. At one point, a case officer can even use it as a basis for Visa refusal.

Be very careful of what you share on social media.

7. Disregarding deadline and timing

Can be in the form of, but not limited to:

  • Neglecting previous Visa expiry date.

Visa application is not, I repeat, is not something you can pull off by doing a last minute effort or an all-nighter. There’s a lot of planning and preparation and time frame to follow in each application. Also, it’s always a good idea to be patience (when it comes to waiting for decision) and ready to rush (when it comes to fulfilling requirements). Don’t get those two mixed up.

Bonus pointer: repeatedly asking about when your Visa will be decided isn’t going to speed up the process. Like, at all.

8. Omitting details

Can be in the form of, but not limited to:

  • Providing irrelevant documents
  • Ignoring the mandatory documents and thinking it can be replaceable by any other documents you want (like aforementioned above)
  • Skipping important info deliberately or non-deliberately.

Details are there for a reason. They serve to paint as complete a picture of who you are, what you do and for what reason you have to migrate to Australia. All required documents and statements, therefore, are there to serve that purpose.

9. Applying for the wrong Visa

Yes. Go ahead and laugh. This may sound silly, yet this mistake accounts for more Visa refusals than it’s supposed to be. And you could make the same mistake. Applicants need to know exactly before hand about what kind of Visa that he/she’s going to apply; which one is the most suited for his/her situation and; which has the highest chance of success.

10. Lacking information but still go for it

Can be in the form of, but not limited to:

  • Not fully updated nor understood the valid requirement & regulation

It may sound like a self-serving advice, but it is not. (Well, maybe a little bit…). The fastest route to get the information you need is usually only one phone call away to a registered migration agent (especially, yours truly). Yes, of course you can do your own research and yes, you can ask your friends, relatives, acquaintances, neighbours or even the DIBP itself (good luck with this) for a few pointers before you’re applying for a Visa. However.

This is a big however.

No one can give you an advice quite like a registered migration agent can.

Not only because it’s illegal for someone to give you migration advice when he or she is neither a registered agent nor a migration lawyer, but also because this is what we do.

Imagine the pool of information and experience of someone who works day-in and day-out to help people migrate to Australia for years. Then imagine, the benefit and advantage that you can get by leveraging those info and experience into your Visa application.

Bonus points:

11. Non-cooperative

With experience, comes wisdom. Many applicants learn the hard way that deliberate non-compliant to the requirements won’t do any good to their Visa application. Under various circumstances, many also extend this non-cooperative behavior toward migration agent’s advice, eluding the latter from giving the best effort in a timely manner. Why one would harm his/her own plan and future that way just beat us. By the time that wisdom came, it’s already too late. Oh, well, lesson learned anyway.

12. Lack of funds

This one will surely raise a red flag. When you plan to live in a new place, let alone in another country, it’s expected of you that you’ll be responsible for your own well-being. That you have enough resource to support yourself financially especially in the transition period between arriving and settling in the new place. Inadequate funds will surely shows that despite your eligibility, you’re not suited to migrate to Australia (or anywhere else).

13. Fail to pass character requirement

Like in everywhere else, a country expect and demand the best from the would be visitor, both temporary and permanent. Australia is no different. There are some conditions that

14. Negative skill assessment

Skilled migrants need to have their occupational skill assessed before they can move further with their Visa application. Some aren’t lucky because their assessment turned out negative, not that they suck (for lack of better word) what they do, but simply because assessment isn’t a piece of pie they think it would be.


If, at this point you’re either nodding in agreement or doubling back on your plan to migrate to Australia, you know who you are.

As you can see, there are so many turns along the way that can make your plan to move to Australia obsolete. Not to mention factors from the Immigration Department’s side… They can make a little change in this, a change in that, that can make your eligibility go up in smoke literally overnight.

Considering all the above, I guess it’s suffice to say as a final word–without trying to sound like selling–that when it comes to your plan to migrate to Australia:

When in doubt, always contact us a registered migration agent.

And by always, we mean now.

Disclaimer: The Department of Immigration and Border Protection doesn’t require Visa applicants to use the service of migration agent. Nevertheless, the service of migration agent has the benefits and is well-known for saving you from great distress, severe head ache and anxious attack regarding your Visa application. A good registered migration agent will stop at nothing to see your Visa granted and your dream of migrating to Australia fulfilled.

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