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Top 8 Reasons for Rejection of Australia PR Application

Posted on August 13, 2019
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Australia is a popular choice for people who want to move permanently to another country. If you have applied for Permanent Residence or PR visa to Australia and it has been rejected, do not despair. Instead find out the reasons for rejection. This will help you retrace the steps in the visa application process, discover where you went wrong so that you can rectify them and avoid the same mistakes when you reapply for your PR.

Based on our experience in helping clients in the Australian PR visa process, here are eight common reasons why PR visa applications can be rejected.

Top-8 Reasons for Rejection of Australia PR

1. Application for the wrong visa type

The Australian PR visa has three subclasses

  • Skilled Independent Visa Subclass 189
  • Skilled Nominated Visa Subclass 190
  • Skilled Regional (provisional) Subclass 489

The first two visas are permanent visas. The third one is a temporary visa which is valid for four years. You can later convert it to a PR visa. The application process for all the subclasses are the same. However, the qualifying criteria differs.

Visa subclass

Qualifying criteria

Skilled independent Visa Subclass 189 Your occupation must be in the Skill Shortage list
Skilled Nominated Visa Subclass 190 You need a nomination from an Australian state or territory government region   and your occupation must be in the Skill shortage list of that state
Skilled regional (provisional) Subclass 489 In addition to the criteria for Subclass 190, you must be sponsored by a relative living in the region

Your PR application can be rejected if you apply for a visa category but do not satisfy the criteria for that visa. So, consider the criteria for each subclass and choose the category that you are most likely to qualify.

2.Violation of conditions of your previous visa

You may be disqualified for the PR Visa if your previous records show that you overstayed on a temporary visa or failed to adhere to the conditions of a previous visa.

The authorities could reject your visa application if they feel that you might misuse the privileges of a PR visa as you did with other Australian visas.

3. Incomplete or inconsistent information in your visa application

Your visa application can be rejected if you submit false information or if the authorities find that you have not provided complete information.  To avoid this, check your application before submitting it.  Ensure that you give all the required details and information. submit all the proofs and documents to support the information in your application. It will be closely scrutinized for any discrepancies. For instance, if your application for partner visa does not have the supporting documents to prove your relationship, then your visa can be rejected.

You must provide consistent information in your application. The immigration department will cross-check the information you provide and check your previous visa applications for any inconsistency. Any discrepancies can be a ground for rejection.

4. Failure to meet health requirements for the visa

Your application can be rejected if you require treatment for any health conditions that the Australian authorities feel will be a financial burden on their medical system. PR visa applications are rejected if the applicant suffers from medical conditions such as HIV, cancer, heart conditions or mental health issues.

5. Failure to meet the character requirements

Australia is wary of allowing immigrants who have a criminal record. Applications are scrutinized on an individual basis and the visa application can be rejected if applicants have :

  • A criminal record
  • History of harassing others
  • Association with a criminal organization

6. Lack of enough funds

Before entering the country on a PR visa, Australian authorities wish to ensure that applicants have enough funds to support their stay in the country. So, you will have to provide proof of your financial status with supporting financial statements.  Applicants for visa 190 are sometimes unsure if a province will ask them for financial documents.  In the process they fail to provide enough proof which may lead to their rejection of their application.

7. Inability to score the required level in English language proficiency test

If you don’t score the required levels in your English language proficiency test your PR visa can be rejected. Australia is strict in terms of language proficiency and you should have the required score levels to qualify for a visa.

8. Failure to clear the visa verification process

There are chances of your visa application being rejected at the last stages if you are unable to clear the verification of your medical or character requirements or other important information in your application.

The Australian immigration authorities are careful in their verification process. They insist on thoroughly checking the documents you submit. If it is discovered that you have submitted false information, you can be debarred from entering the country for a certain number of years.

Before submitting your documents thoroughly check for any discrepancies or better still get it verified by a professional consultant so that the authorities can find no fault.

What can you do when your application is rejected?

If your application is rejected, you can find out the reasons from the department of immigration. You must make an appeal to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal but in the prescribed time. They will review the decision and give you reasons for the rejection.

A review will also give you an opportunity to give an explanation to the points raised in the review document and provide any missing information or documents.

You must take care to follow the deadline for a review otherwise you will lose the opportunity to get a visa. Take care to submit your appeal on time and submit a thorough review application and you will still get an opportunity to secure your PR visa.

Take the help of an immigration expert to apply for an Australian PR visa. They will provide you the required guidance and help so that you can make a foolproof application which is unlikely to be rejected so that you get your visa.

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