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What are the likely reasons that my Australian visa application may be refused?

My family and I intend to apply next year. As we prepare, we would like to know what common reasons for refusals are so we can avoid mistakes.

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    Quentin Kuo

    Australia Registered Migration Agent
    Answered on

    There are no real common reasons, as officers generally will try and resolve the abnormalities with the applicant. But, I can say that people often fail as the true intention of the visa is overlooked. These are matters lawyers and judges discuss heavily in Court. An ordinary person will find too burdensome to access case law and comments. Even with my experience, I would carefully examine and re-examine visited issues to ensure that the law and applications have not changed over time. Further, I can only say that I deal with a lot of troublesome cases because the applicant or the applicant''s lawyer has made mistakes. Unfortunately, the question is too broad. The best advice I can give you right now is, work with a lawyer or agent if you are worried and not confident. This will go a long way.

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    Lisa De Leon

    Australia Registered Migration Agent
    Answered on

    Reasons for refusal of a visa application in the SIV category include failure to convince the Department of Immigration that your funds were acquired through acceptable, legal business dealings; failure to pass the character test (if you have a significant criminal record); and failure to pass the health criteria.

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