7 Must-Ask Questions for Australian Visa Holders

March 25, 2024

Navigating the world of Australian visas can be a complex and dynamic journey. Whether you’re a student, a skilled worker, a tourist, or a family member of an Australian resident, understanding the nuances of your visa status is crucial to ensure a smooth and successful stay Down Under. In this article, we’ll explore 7 must-ask questions for Australian Visa Holders that every visa holder should ask.

From visa expiry and compliance to applying for citizenship, we’ll provide you with valuable insights to help you make the most of  your Australian visa. So, let’s dive in and uncover the answers to the 7 Must-Ask Questions for Australian Visa Holders that will enhance your Australian visa experience.

1. When does my current visa expire?

Most temporary Australian visa holders can answer this question from memory. If you don’t know the answer, find out.

The visa stay period you have been granted may be different from the period you asked for. This is particularly the case for short-stay visas like visitor visas and short-stay work visas.

Migration Agents are contacted regularly by visa holders who have made errors with their visa dates. Don’t make assumptions about the date your visa expires – check it.

Read all the details of your visa grant notification and particularly take note of the date that your visa ends.

Overstaying your visa limits your options for onshore visa applications and can impact future offshore visa applications. Overstaying can seriously affect your plans, costing you unnecessary time and money.

2. Am I complying with my current visa conditions?

Just as it’s your responsibility to know the date your visa ends, it is your responsibility to comply with the conditions of your visa.

The Australian government takes visa compliance very seriously. It’s worth knowing and understanding the conditions that are attached to your visa.

Visa conditions outline particular details of what the Australian government requires of you as an Australian visa holder. Visa conditions can relate to work, study, insurance, travel, and options for future visas.

Check the conditions on your visa grant notification letter, and contact Port Migration if you need clarification regarding what a condition means.

3. Does Home Affairs have my current passport details?

Keeping the Australian government informed about changes in your passport details is a critical responsibility for all visa holders.

Your passport serves as your primary identification document. Accurate information is essential for immigration authorities to maintain the validity of your visa.

Failing to update your passport details can lead to complications and potential visa issues, such as difficulties with re-entry or renewal.

By promptly notifying the Australian government of any changes in your passport information, you ensure a smooth and trouble-free continuation of your stay in this vibrant country, allowing you to fully enjoy your Australian experience without unnecessary disruptions.

If you need a hand to update your passport details, get in touch.

4. Have I included my Australian-born children on my current visa?

When you hold an Australian visa and have children who are born in Australia, it’s essential to understand the implications and responsibilities associated with their status.

Australian-born children need to be included on your visa to reside in Australia. It is important to notify Home Affairs as soon as possible after the birth of your child as delays can cause problems.

This is particularly important if you have plans to travel overseas. Your child will not have a visa to re-enter Australia unless they have been included on your visa.

5. Am I eligible for Permanent Residency?

If you hold a temporary visa and hope to stay in Australia long-term or possibly even forever, it is worth finding out if you are eligible to apply for a Permanent Residency Visa.

Knowing your options enables you to make informed decisions regarding the future for yourself and your family.

6. Am I eligible for Citizenship?

For Permanent Residency visa holders who have the goal of becoming Australian citizens, it is worth checking if you or your children are eligible for citizenship.

Conferral of Australian Citizenship via General Eligibility requires twelve months of Permanent Residency and Four Years of General Residency within Australia. You can read more about the requirements in our Citizenship Blog Post.

There are a range of other circumstances in which people can become eligible for Australian Citizenship. Specific laws apply for children who are born in Australia and remain ordinarily resident throughout the first ten years of their life. There are also specific circumstances relating to New Zealand Citizens.

7. Have I sought expert advice about my situation?

As an Australian visa holder, you are unique. Your skills, background, and experiences are uniquely yours. Your situation is not the same as the situation of any other Australian visa holder that you know.

When you talk to friends or read about other people’s experiences online, it’s worth keeping in mind that other people are not you.

They have different skills, qualifications, and experiences, and Australia’s constantly changing migration requirements have probably changed since they were granted a visa.

The Australian Government takes visa advice seriously, requiring people in Australia who offer Australian visa advice to be registered with the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA).

Former Australian Border Force Acting Assistant Commissioner, David Nockels, recommends, “in order to avoid being a victim of migration fraud, people seeking migration advice should ensure they use only registered migration agents.”


In this article, we’ve explored seven essential questions that every Australian visa holder should ask. From understanding visa types and conditions to ensuring a smooth transition to citizenship.

By seeking answers to these questions and staying informed about the ever-evolving visa regulations, you can make the most of your time in Australia.

Whether you’re here for work, study, family, or leisure, a well-informed approach ensures that your Australian experience is as enriching and fulfilling as possible.

So, as you embark on your Australian adventure, remember that knowledge is your most valuable asset in ensuring a successful and enjoyable stay Down Under.

Why choose Port Migration Migration Agents?

  1. Expertise: Our Migration Agents possess in-depth knowledge of the latest immigration policies and regulations. They are registered with the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARN 1575613) therefore they can provide personalized guidance tailored to your unique circumstances and situation.
  2. Streamlined Process: We understand the intricacies of the application process. Our agents will help you gather the necessary documents, fill out forms accurately, and submit your application promptly.
  3. Peace of Mind: Navigating the path to citizenship can be complex. With our Migration Agents by your side, you can have confidence that your application is in capable hands.
  4. Support: From answering your questions to addressing concerns, our agents provide comprehensive support, making the entire process more manageable and less stressful.

About Port Migration

Port Migration is a full-service Australian Migration Agency based in Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. We help individuals, business owners, and HR managers to consistently achieve successful visa outcomes. We are registered with MARA so you know you can rely on our advice (MARN 1575613).

At Port Migration we are here to give you friendly, efficient service. We make complex and constantly changing Australian visa application requirements simple and stress-free for clients.

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of visas are available for Australia?

Australia offers various visa types, including tourist visas, student visas, partner visas, skilled visas, working holiday visas, and more, each designed for specific purposes and eligibility criteria.

How do I apply for an Australian visa?

You can apply for an Australian visa online through the Department of Home Affairs website or through a MARA Registered Migration Agent or lawyer. The application process may vary depending on the type of visa you are applying for.


What is the difference between a permanent visa and a temporary visa?

Permanent visas allow you to live and work in Australia indefinitely, while temporary visas have specific time limits and conditions attached to them, such as working holiday visas or temporary skilled visas.

What are the health and character requirements for Australian visas?

Most Australian visas require applicants to meet health and character requirements. This involves undergoing health examinations and providing police certificates from each country you have lived in for 12 months or more over the past 10 years.

Can I work in Australia on a tourist visa?

Generally, tourist visas do not allow you to work in Australia. However, some tourist visas may allow business visitor activity.

How long does it take to process an Australian visa application?

Processing times vary depending on the type of visa and individual circumstances. It can range from a few days to several months or even longer for more complex visas.

Can I include my family members on my Australian visa application?

Some visa types allow you to include family members in your application, such as partner visas or TSS visas. Each visa type has specific requirements for including family members.

Can I apply for Australian citizenship directly?

Generally, you need to hold a permanent visa for a certain period before you can apply for Australian citizenship. The eligibility criteria for citizenship include residency requirements, language proficiency, and knowledge of Australian society. Learn more about Citizenship requirements here

What happens if my visa application is refused?

If your visa application is refused, you may be able to appeal the decision or reapply for a different visa type. It's essential to understand the reasons for refusal and seek advice from a migration agent if needed.

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Joanna Hill

Registered Migration Agent

Joanna Hill is a Registered Migration Agent with over 8 years experience assisting individuals, business owners and HR managers to apply for all Australian Visas. Joanna’s areas of expertise include Work Visas, Partner Visas, Visitor Visas and Australian Citizenship. She makes the complex and constantly changing process of applying for Australian visas simple and stress free for client sand achieves a 100% success rate for partner visa applications. Joanna is a Member of the Migration Institute of Australia and is registered with the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARN 1575613). In addition to her work in Migration, Joanna has over 15 years experience as a teacher, Leading Teacher and Learning Specialist in Primary and Secondary schools. She has a research Masters in Education and has presented research and workshops at conferences in Australia and internationally

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