Visa Refusals Are On The Rise, and Here Is The Proof

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Visa Refusals Are On The Rise, and Here Is The Proof

The results of visa refusals from a request made by a peer in September under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 have been released, and it shows that visa refusal rates have increased again over the past 3 financial years. These figures place further emphasis on spending the right time, effort, and money into ensuring your application has the best chance for success. If you are asking yourself “will my visa be refused?” then read below the key visa lodgement and refusal figures for the main visa types:

GENERAL SKILLED MIGRATION (189, 190, 489):

Lodged GSM applications:

Visa 2014 – 15 2015 – 16 2016 – 17
189 22,341 23,823 25,335
190 8,578 8,947 9,444
489 4,112 3,113 3,668

 

Refused GSM applications:

Visa 2014 – 15 2015 – 16 2016 – 17
189 574 460 530
190 168 114 158
489 91 87 130

 

GSM visas are typically an area which applicants try to cut corners and costs by not using a migration agent. Even though most of the battle is getting an invitation to apply for the visa after successful expression of interest (EOI), as the above statistics show, don’t be fooled into thinking you are guaranteed the visa.

EMPLOYER NOMINATED VISAS (457, 186, 187):

Lodged 457 applications:

STAGE 2014 – 15 2015 – 16 2016 – 17
Sponsorship 18,565 20,106 17,290
Nomination 71,573 69,314 68,986
Visa 55,309 53,931 55,787

 

Refused 457 applications:

STAGE 2014 – 15 2015 – 16 2016 – 17
Sponsorship 1,594 2,195 2,167
Nomination 4,939 6,477 5,964
Visa 1,881 2,116 2,357

 

Lodged 186 applications:

Visa 2014 – 15 2015 – 16 2016 – 17
186 (both DE and TRT) 28,824 20,404 22,874

 

Refused 186 applications:

Visa 2014 – 15 2015 – 16 2016 – 17
186 (both DE and TRT) 309 352 740

 

Lodged 187 applications:

Visa 2014 – 15 2015 – 16 2016 – 17
187 (both DE and TRT) 7,858 8,423 9,775

 

Refused 187 applications:

Visa 2014 – 15 2015 – 16 2016 – 17
187 (both DE and TRT) 397 304 645

 

Do I need to upload all documents at time of visa application? The safest answer is Yes. Case Officers have become increasingly frustrated with incomplete applications, with employers and agents either forgetting or trying to cut corners in not providing pieces of the puzzle, such as a missing financial document, and incomplete or unsigned lease agreement, non-compliant employment agreement by Fair Work standards, etc. Although all small pieces of the puzzle, Case Officers do not have to request these documents be provided and can refuse on first sighting. Hence the importance of ensuring decision ready applications (particularly now with the new 482 subclass getting approved within days sometimes). Also surprising is the amount of people who, after years on their TR visa, are transitioning to 186TRT Permanent Residency and underestimate the process that is involved, which sadly factors some of the refusals.

PARENT VISAS (103, 173, 143, 804, 884, 864):

Lodged Parent Visa applications:

Visa 2014 – 15 2015 – 16 2016 – 17
All Types 24,384 16,131 19,534

 

Refused Parent Visa applications:

Visa 2014 – 15 2015 – 16 2016 – 17
All Types 585 950 571

 

Don’t take for granted that your parents are biological to you and thus deserve to come to Australia. Always provide all aspect of the application in a clear and coherent manner and always think how the Case Officer would perceive your application upon assessment.

PARTNER VISAS (300, 820/801, 309/100):

Lodged Partner Visa applications:

Visa 2014 – 15 2015 – 16 2016 – 17
All Types 62,996 52,177 56,333

 

Refused Partner Visa applications:

Visa 2014 – 15 2015 – 16 2016 – 17
All Types 6,689 6,190 5,799

 

It comes as no surprise that Partner Visas are one that is experiencing less refusal, because the effects of the increased application fee’s (5 years ago, it was only $1735 AUD), increased upwards of $7000+ in January 2015, making Australian partner visa’s one of the highest in the world, double that of the UK and triple of the US. This move was done to deter couples from lodging applications themselves and to spend money on engaging with a migration agent, as the number of unclear or incomplete applications was slowing down case officers to get through their processing times. Don’t risk getting your Onshore Partner Visa 820/801 refused and then have to leave Australia, and likewise if you are Offshore Partner Visa 309/100 it is such a long wait to have your dreams shattered and kept apart from your partner.

VISITOR/TOURIST VISAS (456, 600, 601, 651e, 676, 679, 687):

Lodged Visitor Visa applications:

Visa 2014 – 15 2015 – 16 2016 – 17
All Types 4,451,410 4,971,997 5,540,166

 

2 Comments
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    Posted at 04:10h, 06 September Reply

    […] So you work harder than ever before, all the stress and the money, and finally get your invitation to apply for the visa from successful EOI (expression of interest). Congratulations, but you are not at the finish line yet. Please please PLEASE don’t join one of the hundreds of 189, 190, and 489 visa applicants that achieve invitation from EOI and then get a refusal. Yes, you read that correctly, hundreds of people every year still get their visa approved AFTER successfully submitting points for EOI. Read the figures for yourself and see my suggestions in my January 2019 blog, titled ‘Visa Refusals Are On The Rise, And Here Is The Proof. […]

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