Frequently Asked Questions

Here are just some of the questions we are asked on a regular basis. Can’t find your question here? Please feel free to contact us.

Why do I need an immigration lawyer?

Although you don’t need an immigration lawyer to apply for an Australian visa, there are a number of benefits of engaging one of our immigration and migration experts.

Australia has many visa options, totalling 140 subclasses. Our immigration lawyers in Melbourne are able to advise you on a number of potentially complex decisions, selecting the best visa option, checking your eligibility and any specific legal requirements, and negotiating with government bodies on your behalf.

Click here to read some of our testimonials from satisfied clients we have helped over the years.

Is it possible to renew my visa?

If you are already in Australia and there is a NO Further Stay condition attached to your visa, you would need to leave Australia.

However, if your visa has no such condition, you will be able to submit a new application to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). There is however no such thing as renewing your visa, thus it would be treated as a new application subject to full eligibility checks and legal requirements. Thus you should seek legal advice from an immigration lawyer on your options well before your current visa expires.

How do I make an appointment?

Click here to make a booking now, which will take place in our Melbourne office, conveniently located in St Kilda Road Towers, 1 Queens Road, Melbourne Victoria 3004, Australia.

Our first consultation comes at a modest AUD $190 charge. This initial fee will be deductible should you decide to engage us for your matter.

During this consultation, an in-depth analysis and options review will be undertaken by our principle immigration lawyer to understand the requirements for your migration to Australia. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions about your situation, all discussed in confidence.

The consultation with our principle immigration lawyer usually lasts between 40-60 minutes, depending on the complexity of your circumstances or case.

What if my application has already been refused by the Immigration Department?

Under certain circumstances, if there is a problem with your application such as being refused, you can apply for your application to be reviewed by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).

The review process allows you to submit new and compelling evidence for to support your visa application. Our immigration lawyers can help you find and compile this evidence and advice you on your chances of success, as well as negotiate on your behalf.

If successful, the Tribunal may remit the decision to the Immigration Department, affirming that you have met the requirements for the visa to be granted, or if unsuccessful it will affirm the Department’s decision refusing to grant the visa.

In some cases, you may also take your case to the federal court, where our immigration lawyers are able to represent you.

Read more about our services regarding AAT and Federal court representation.

Can VisaTEC guarantee a successful application?

There is always an extent of legal uncertainty, which means we cannot offer guarantees to our clients when it comes to migration to Australia.

However, we can assure our clients that we will work hard and extensively on your case using our considerable experience and training to maximise the chances of obtaining a desirable result.

This will only be done after a thorough review is done on your situation. Our immigration lawyers and consultants provide you with information on visa pathways, eligibility requirements, help you gather documents and evidence to support your case and help you gain an understanding of your chances of success.

We will be honest with your chances of success for a particular visa or matter. If it is felt that you should/could apply for an alternative visa, we will advise you to do so.

VisaTEC has an enviable success rate with cases handled for their clients. Our success is achieved through our professional experience, dedication and assurance of hard work and diligence on your matter. See our Testimonials.

If I intend to engage VisaTEC, what are the following steps?

If you intend on engaging us for your immigration matter, you will first need to come in for a consultation with our principal immigration lawyer, to discuss the details of your case.

VisaTEC needs to confirm that your case is valid and formally agree to represent you.

Then, we will open a case file for you. In most cases, a deposit, usually of $1000, will be required to be paid into our client account to get your case started.

Details of balance payable and any payment arrangement will be discussed and included in your contract.

Our immigration consultants and lawyers will then handle your immigration matter. We do not limit you to the number of times you can see us in the office. We will arrange for as many meetings as necessary to ensure that your case is up to mark before we submit it to either the Department of Immigration or relevant Tribunal.

Click here to read more about the immigration process and the services our immigration lawyers and consultants provide to guide you through the visa application process in Australia.

Can I engage VisaTEC if I am not in Australia?

Yes you can. Our immigration lawyers, based in Melbourne, have dealt with clients from all parts of the world and we have the authorisation to deal with Australian Posts overseas. Our immigration lawyers will be able to prepare your case for you from Australia and liaise with the overseas posts.

It is best if you first email us at or fill in the pre-assessment form on our website. Or you can send a message to our immigration lawyers who will contact you to discuss your options after reviewing your message.

How do I get to the VisaTEC office?

VisaTEC is conveniently located in St Kilda Road Towers, 1 Queens Road, Melbourne Victoria 3004 Australia. Find your way using public transport using the online journey planner.

How do I make contact with VisaTEC or ask other general questions?

You can email us at or send a message online to our immigration lawyers and consultants, who will then contact you to discuss your enquiries after reviewing your message.

See our contact us page for more details.

Still have questions? For more information, please email us or call us at (03) 9998 6138 (61 3 9998 6138 for international callers).

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