Australia is brimming with multiculturalism and welcomes plenty of overseas tourist visitors, international students and skilled migrant workers. Yet, it never ceases to amaze me how many non-Australians I meet all have visa-related questions. And while some people (successfully and unsuccessfully) try to navigate the complex pathways of visa strategies, for most people, they will opt to engage a lawyer and/or migration agent to assist them in their visa affairs.
\In my conversations with many international citizens, I find that people are often unaware or worst yet, mis-informed about their visa status, work rights or entitlements under their current visa. Not knowing or being ill-informed about these matters may have severe consequences leading to the individual falling victim to an inadvertent breach of their visa conditions resulting in being sent home and/or being ‘black listed’. I recently talked to a client that we were helping that had assumed that she had a “NFS – No further stay” imposed on her visa as a condition. However, in doing our due diligence and performing a quick and simple (did I mention free?) VEVO check, it was discovered that no such NFS condition existed which drastically changed her visa pathway from a complicated route to a fairly straight-forward and simple path.
Before going to see your lawyer or migration agent, it is crucial (especially if you do not current have a copy of your ‘IMMI Grant Letter’) that you provide them with a VEVO (Visa Entitlement Verification Online) Check. A simple check will reveal the visa the person is currently on, as well as any conditions that are attached to that visa. This will greatly assist your lawyer or agent in advising you properly and accurately as there exists a variety of factors that could change the nuance of your visa conditions. You can directly access the site here.
Here’s how to do it:
Visit this site: VEVO Online Check
Click on "Check your own visa details" on the right hand colum
Have any of the following documents ready :Passport, TRN, Visa Grant Number, IMMI password, etc.
Insert details carefully and click "I have read and agree to the terms and conditions"
Print, save to PDF, and bring along (or send via email) prior to your meeting. This will save you time and money and will ensure that you receive the best advice possible.