Frequently Asked Questions

Why Migrate to Australia?

If you are looking for fantastic quality of life, then Australia is the answer. In a world that is becoming more and more uncertain, Australia is a sea of tranquility – it has a laid back lifestyle and a ‘have a go’ attitude. Anything is possible.

Australian cities are consistently rated as the among the best in the world to live. Five Australian cities – Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth were ranked by the Economist Intelligence Unit as being in the top 10 best cities in the world to live.

In a 2003 survey by the United Nations, Australia ranked fourth among the best countries in the world to live, based on income, education and life expectancy.

Australia is very diverse, so whether you like cities or wide open spaces, you are likely to find what you are looking for.

Australia has a very competitive workforce, and the country is rich in mineral resources.

It has an enviable international reputation for its agriculture, wine making and technological research.

Australia has much to offer to intended migrants, such as:

  • Excellent weather
  • Friendly people
  • Balanced lifestyle
  • Fresh air and clear skies
  • Clean and safe
  • Great place to raise a family
  • Excellent schools and universities
  • Peaceful multicultural society
  • Political stability and freedom of speech
  • Outdoor lifestyle and sports
  • Lovely beaches
  • Wide open spaces
  • Technological and sporting achievements

The Department of Home Affairs can explain this in more detail.

Click on one of the links below to find out more about Australia.

Do I need a visa to enter Australia?

A visa is usually a special label in your passport giving you legal permission to:

  • Travel to Australia, or
  • Enter Australia, or
  • Stay in Australia for certain periods of time, or
  • Stay in Australia under certain conditions.

A visa is not a document.

Some Norfolk Island residents and New Zealand citizens may travel to Australia without a visa but, need a visa to stay in Australia.

Citizens of other countries must have a visa before traveling to Australia, unless you are only transiting through Australia for less than 72 hours on your way to another country.

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How do I apply for an Australian visa?

Australian immigration law is complex – the process and forms are confusing.

The law is also constantly changing. To be successful, you need to:

  • Get up to date advice about changes to immigration law.
  • Apply for a specific class of visa.
  • Use the correct application forms.
  • Complete the forms to best support your case.
  • Submit correct fees with your forms.

If you make a mistake, your application may be delayed. Some mistakes cause your application to fail.

The professional staff of ROCHE Legal can help you prepare the best case for your visa application to be lodged with the Australian government.

Email us now to get an honest opinion out the potential success of your application.

Why do I need ROCHE Legal?
ROCHE Legal is here for the long term and our performance and reputation is key to our success. You might consider using our services for the following reasons:
  1. ROCHE Legal are not just Registered Migration Agents, we are highly trained Lawyers – and as such, we know the law on migration beyond the level of a standard agent.
  2. Our customer service and response times are amongst the best in the industry.
  3. We will not take on your case unless we believe you have a good chance of success.
  4. We endeavor to present your case in the best possible way.

All the case details you share with us are kept strictly confidential under the Code of Conduct for Registered Migration Agents and solicitor-client privilege under the Australian Solicitors Conduct Rules.

How does ROCHE Legal charge for visa assistance?
The way ROCHE Legal charges for professional visa assistance is as follows:
  1. We provide you a fixed fee quote for the service.
  2. You pay a deposit of 50% of the overall fixed fee into our Trust Account. We are not allowed to touch this deposit unless we complete work for you.
  3. The work is usually broken down and charged in up to 4 stages. At the completion of each stage, the migration agent applies your funds held in our Trust Account to an invoice for the services we have completed.

For example, a fee agreement for a Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) would have the stages of work broken down as follows:

Total Professional Fees 100%
*Other Fee – Skill Assessing Body (if required) Additional – At Cost
**Government Fee (DOHA Visa Application Charge) Additional – At Cost
Fee Type Amount ($AUD)
Professional fees for services:
Stage 1 – Initial Eligibility Assessment 10%
Stage 2 – Skills Assessment Application* 20%
Stage 3 – Expression of Interest 20%
Stage 4 – Visa Application** 50%
GST Additional – If applying within Australia


The 50% initial deposit a client pays in advance would therefore cover Stages 1 – 3. At the completion of Stage 3, we would ask for the remaining 50% to lodge your final application.

If for any reason, we suspect that at Stage 1, 2, or 3 that your prospects of securing a visa are not likely, we will advise you. If, for example, we are holding 50% of the funds from you in our Trust Account and it becomes apparent that you will not be successful in your visa application at the end of Stage 1, you will be advised with a recommendation not to proceed, and a refund would be granted to you of 40% (10% of your 50% deposit would have paid for Stage 1).

How long does it take to get an Australian visa?

The time required to successfully get an Australian visa is dependent mainly on the quality of your application.

Well prepared, correctly completed applications are processed faster than those that:

  • Contain errors, confusing or contradictory responses.
  • Do not present the best case for the applicant.

Other issues that can cause delays are:

  • Health, Charecter or security issues.
  • Interview or supporting documentation requirements.
  • Incomplete or poor supporting documentation.
  • Government workload priorities.

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How do I know if my visa application will be successful?

Your circumstances are different to other visa applicants. The Australian Government treats every visa application on its individual merits.

This means you must put your best case in your application.

ROCHE Legal will help you prepare and submit the best application to suit your circumstances and advise you about the potential success of your case upfront. This saves you time and money.

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I want to work in Australia – can ROCHE Legal help me?

The government has many different classes of visas for people from overseas:

  • Visitor visas
  • Working and skilled visas
  • Studying and training visas
  • Family and spousal visas
  • Other visas

In most cases, you must get a visa that permits you to work in Australia before you arrive in Australia. For example, if you are in Australia on a Tourist or Visitor visa, you probably will not be permitted to work.

However, there is a 12 month Working Holiday visa that permits applicants from certain countries to work. Note that you can only work for one employer for a maximum of 3 months.

If you want a visa that permits you to work in Australia, email us now to get an honest opinion out the potential success of your application.

I want to join family members already living in Australia – can ROCHE Legal help me?

The Australian government allows eligible family members of Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or, eligible New Zealand citizens to become permanent residents of Australia. You must have one of the following relationships with a family member in Australia:

  • Spouse / Defacto Spouse
  • Interdependency relationship
  • Prospective Spouse (Fiancee’)
  • Parent
  • Child and Aged Dependent Relatives
  • Remaining Relatives
  • Orphan Relatives
  • Carers

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Can I apply for more than one visa at a time?
You may apply for more than one visa at the same. You must ensure that:
  • Each application complies with the requirements of that visa class.
  • Government charges for each visa application are paid.
  • Application for one visa class does not contradict your claims on another visa application.
Can I lodge an appeal if my application fails?

You can apply for a review of most decisions about visa applications but, you must apply within the time limits. Most visa refusal documents advise you about your rights of appeal and the time limits.

ROCHE Legal professional staff will help you prepare the best case for your visa application appeal to be lodged with the appropriate review body.

Click here to send ROCHE Legal a message explaining why you think you have a case to appeal against a visa refusal or cancellation.

What is the Australian Migration Program?

Australian government immigration policy is implemented through the Australian Migration Program. The program guidelines vary from time to time in alignment with government policy.

The key elements of the Australian Migration Program are:

  • Migration program for family, skilled and special eligibility visas.
  • Humanitarian Program for refugees and special humanitarian cases.

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What is the Australian Migration Regulatory Scheme?

The purpose of this scheme is to ensure every person entering Australia does so legally with an appropriate visa. The visa permits non-Australian Citizens to:

  • Travel to and enter Australia
  • Stay in Australia for certain periods of time under certain circumstances

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