Character requirements to move to Australia

Certain past convictions may make you ineligible for a visa or trigger additional requirements

Do you have any prior convictions?

Applicants for an Australian visa should be of 'good character' and not pose a security risk to the country. In most cases a character test must be passed by everyone 17 years or over included in the application.

How are character checks done?

In most cases, you will be asked to provide a valid police certificate from every country you lived in, Australia inclusive, for at least 12 months in the past 10 years. These may take a few weeks to several months to obtain, some will cost a fee, and they may delay a visa application. Requirements are different for each country, and we will provide instructions and recommendations for that to ensure your application process is stress-free and is done properly.

Applicants not considered of good character

Certain convictions, offences or actions in any country may make you ineligible to apply for an Australian visa. You may also be ineligible for a visa or entry permission if the Minister has reason to believe you are likely to commit certain offenses in Australia a be a threat to security or public order.

However, your personal migration agent may be able to ask for a character waiver depending on your situation, requesting a reconsideration of the character test requirement and the granting of a relevant visa.

If you are in a difficult situation due to character issues, we may be able to help. Contact us today.


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