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Other Visas & Services

Additional visa options

Whether you are waiting for a decision on a substantive visa application or appeal, or you are looking to rekindle your connection with Australia and regain your residency status, here is a brief overview of your options.

Bridging Visas

Bridging Visas in Australia serve as a crucial temporary solution to maintain legal status while waiting for a decision on a substantive visa application or appeal. They are designed to bridge the gap between the expiration of a current visa and the finalization of a new visa application. At The NoBull Group, we offer expertise in navigating bridging visas, ensuring our clients remain in compliance with Australian immigration regulations during their visa journey.

 

Who are Bridging Visas for?

Bridging Visas are available for various situations, including but not limited to:

  • Expiring Visa Holders: For individuals, whose current visa is about to expire while they await a decision on a new substantive visa application.

  • Appealing Visa Refusals: For applicants who have lodged an appeal against a visa refusal or cancellation decision and require legal status during the appeal process.

  • Protection Visa Applicants: For individuals who have applied for a Protection Visa and need legal status while their application is being processed.

 

When Do You Get Bridging Visas?

Bridging Visas are typically granted automatically in certain circumstances when you apply for a new visa while your current visa is still valid. For example:

  • If you apply for a new visa before your current visa expires, you may be granted a Bridging Visa A (BVA).

  • If you have lodged an appeal or judicial review against a visa refusal or cancellation, you may be granted a Bridging Visa E (BVE).

 

If you hold a BVA and you have the need to travel overseas you will have to apply for a Bridging Visa B (BVB). 

 

Basic Requirements for Bridging Visas

The specific requirements for Bridging Visas vary depending on the type of Bridging Visa you are applying for, but some common factors include:

  • You must have lodged a valid application for a new substantive visa or appeal in Australia.

  • Your eligibility for a Bridging Visa is generally linked to your eligibility for the substantive visa you have applied for.

  • Some individuals may be excluded from certain Bridging Visa types based on their immigration history.

 

Secure your legal status and maintain peace of mind during your visa application or appeal process with our expert assistance in Bridging Visas. Ensure you remain compliant with Australian immigration regulations while crossing the bridge to your desired visa outcome.

 

Contact us today to safeguard your immigration journey and explore the possibilities that lie ahead.

Residence Return Visas

These visas offer a chance for former Australian permanent residents and citizens to rekindle their connection with Australia and regain their residency status. If you have lived in Australia previously and wish to return to this beautiful country to live, work, and embrace its vibrant culture once more, the Residence Return Visa can be your pathway to a new chapter in Australia. 

At The NoBull Group, we specialize in assisting individuals to re-establish their ties with Australia.

 

Who are Residence Return Visas for?

Residence Return Visas cater to two distinct groups of people:

  • Former Australian Permanent Residents: If you were a former Australian permanent resident and your visa has expired, a Residence Return Visa allows you to regain your permanent residency status.

  • Former Australian Citizens: If you were an Australian citizen but have renounced or lost your citizenship, the Residence Return Visa offers an opportunity to live in Australia as a permanent resident again.

 

Basic Requirements

  • To be eligible for the Return Residence Visa, you must have held Australian permanent residency or citizenship in the past.

  • Depending on your specific circumstances, you may need to demonstrate a minimum period of lawful residence in Australia as a permanent resident or citizen.

  • Applicants must have a clean immigration history and comply with Australian immigration laws and regulations.

  • All applicants must meet the health and character requirements as specified by the Australian authorities.

  • You will need to demonstrate substantial ties to Australia, such as family members residing in the country or evidence of ongoing connection.

 

At The NoBull Group, we understand the significance of returning to Australia and the emotions involved in the visa application process.

 

Our dedicated team of migration experts provides personalised guidance, ensuring all requirements are met, and the application process is stress-free. We will assist you with accurate documentation, timelines, and expert advice, enabling you to embark on your journey back to Australia with confidence, contact us to start the process. 

Skills Assessments

In Australia, skilled assessment authority bodies play a crucial role in assessing the skills and qualifications of visa applicants for skilled migration purposes. These assessments are often required to determine whether the applicants' skills meet the relevant standards and requirements for their nominated occupation. Here is brief information about some of the key skilled assessment authority bodies in Australia.

Engineers Australia (EA):

  • EA assesses the qualifications and work experience of engineers seeking to migrate to Australia under skilled migration visas.

  • They assess various engineering occupations to ensure that applicants meet the necessary standards of competency.

Australian Computer Society (ACS):

  • ACS is responsible for assessing the skills and qualifications of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) professionals.

  • They evaluate the applicants' ICT qualifications and work experience to determine their suitability for skilled migration.

VETASSESS:

  • VETASSESS is a widely recognized authority that assesses qualifications and work experience across various skilled occupations.

  • They provide assessments for tradespeople, skilled workers, and professionals in different industries.

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC):

  • ANMAC assesses the qualifications and experience of nurses and midwives applying for skilled migration to Australia.

  • They ensure that applicants meet the required standards of competency and skill.

Australian Institute of Management (AIM):

  • AIM assesses the qualifications and experience of management professionals and administrators seeking skilled migration to Australia.

  • They evaluate applicants' skills in management roles to determine their eligibility for migration.

Trades Recognition Australia (TRA):

  • TRA assesses the qualifications and experience of skilled trade workers applying for skilled migration to Australia.

  • They conduct assessments for various trade occupations to verify applicants' trade skills.

 

It is important to note that the specific assessment criteria and requirements vary depending on the skilled occupation and the assessing authority. Each assessment authority has its own guidelines and processes, and applicants must ensure that they meet the relevant criteria for their occupation.

 

When applying for a skilled migration visa, it is crucial to have a positive skills assessment from the appropriate authority to demonstrate that your skills and qualifications align with Australian standards. 

Appeals

In Australia, visa refusals or cancellations can be disheartening and may have significant impacts on the lives of affected individuals and their families. However, the Australian legal system recognizes the importance of justice and fairness, offering a pathway for applicants to appeal such decisions. If your visa application has been refused or your existing visa has been cancelled, you have the option to appeal the decision through the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) or the Minister for Home Affairs, depending on the type of visa and the grounds for refusal or cancellation.

The grounds for appeal will depend on the specific circumstances of your case. Common grounds for appeal may include errors in the visa application process, incorrect assessment of evidence, or the application of incorrect visa regulations.

 

Appealing to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT):

  • The AAT has the authority to review certain visa-related decisions, including visa refusals, cancellations, or decisions to bar a person from applying for a visa.

  • You generally have a limited time limit within which to lodge an appeal with the AAT after receiving the refusal or cancellation notice. The exact time limit will be specified in the notice.

  • There is usually an application fee for lodging an appeal with the AAT. In some cases, fee waivers may be available for eligible individuals.

  • It is essential to prepare a strong and comprehensive case to support your appeal. This may involve gathering additional evidence, legal arguments, and submissions to present before the AAT.

  • In most cases, the AAT will conduct a hearing where you, or your representative, will have the opportunity to present your case and respond to any questions.

  • After considering all the evidence and arguments, the AAT will:

    • Affirm the decision: the decision is not changed. 

    • Vary the decision: the decision is changed. 

    • Set aside the decision and substitute a new decision: the decision is replaced with a new decision.

 

Appealing visa refusals or cancellations can be complex and require a thorough understanding of immigration laws and regulations. It is highly recommended to seek professional advice and representation to navigate the appeal process effectively.

Remember, if you are considering appealing a visa refusal or cancellation, time is of the essence, so act promptly, contact us today for seeking expert guidance to improve your chances of a successful appeal.

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