Where do I start is one of the most common questions asked by many of those looking to start a new life down under.
The answer to this question is usually decide which Visa option you’ll utilise to get yourself here, however there are so many visa options available for wannabee Aussies that deciding which one is the most suitable is often one of the trickiest parts of the whole process.
The process may now be a slightly more straight forward one as the Australian Department of Immigration has introduced a new tool to help guide users through the tricky process of choosing the most appropriate visa path.
The “Visa Wizard” is designed to help you find the Australian visa most likely to meet your specific circumstances and having had a play around with the wizard this morning it appears to be a pretty useful and user friendly tool
To begin with the wizard asks 5 key questions:
1) Why do you want an Australian visa?
2) What is the country of nationality on your passport?
3) Where do you expect to be when you apply for a visa?
4) What is your date of birth?
5) How long do you intend to stay in Australia?
Additional questions will then be asked based on your responses to these first five with each question designed to further narrow down the number of Visa’s that would be appropriate to your circumstances.
It’s all pretty good stuff but use the wizard as a guide only.
It is a good ‘General’ guide,but does not take into account all the questions you would like answered! To ‘fine tune’ all your visa pathways your really must undertake a detailed assessment of your circumstances . The wizard is a helpful tool, but use it as a means of narrowing down options to particular visa groups. Do not rule out other visa groups because the questioning may not have fitted your personal circumstances! Treat it as a starting point upon which to build..
Valid points all round but it’s great to see that the DIAC are trying to make the process that little bit more straight forward. I commend them on taking this initiative. :)
Update. As of March 2017, The Australian Visa Wizzard has been removed. An alternative (and in my opinion slightly less use friendly) tool is available via the Visa Finder option here:
Link: Click Here to view the Visa Wizard (web page opens in new window).