Why use a Licensed Immigration Adviser (LIA)?

Using a Licensed Immigration Adviser (LIA) offers several advantages when navigating the complex process of immigration. Here are some key reasons why individuals may choose to engage the services of a LIA:

  • Knowledge of Application Requirements: LIAs know the ins and outs of immigration laws and can guide applicants on meeting necessary application requirements. They have a deep understanding of the requirements for different visa categories and can guide applicants on the necessary steps to ensure their application meets the compulsory visa lodgement requirements.
  • Understanding of Documentation: LIAs possess the expertise to identify the specific supporting documentation required for each visa application. This is crucial for demonstrating that the applicant meets the relevant visa requirements. Submitting the right documents in the correct format can significantly enhance the chances of a successful application.
  • Insight into Decision-Making Factors: Immigration decisions are influenced by various factors, including the Immigration Act and policies, the immigration instructions relating to the visa category, applicant’s personal circumstances, the principles of fairness and natural justice, and bona fides. LIAs are familiar with the factors that can impact the decision-making process and can provide valuable advice on how to present the application to address these factors.
  • Expertise in Handling Discretionary Elements: Some aspects of a visa decisions involve an element of discretion (especially in temporary entry class visa applications). LIAs can use their experience to navigate these discretionary elements and present the application in a way that maximizes the chances of a visa approval.
  • Preliminary Assessments: LIAs often conduct preliminary assessments to evaluate the eligibility of an applicant before proceeding with the formal visa application lodgement. This helps in identifying potential issues early on and allows for adjustments to be made to strengthen the application to ensure a positive result.
  • Professional Presentation: LIAs ensure that visa applications are professionally presented with a cover letter, meeting all the necessary requirements. A well-prepared application can contribute to a positive impression on visa officers and increase the likelihood of a visa approval.
  • Reconsideration Rights Assistance: In the event of a visa application being declined, LIAs can assist in understanding the available reconsideration rights. They can guide applicants through the process of addressing any concerns raised by immigration officers. In case of a declined application, reconsideration rights may be available to some applicants, depending on factors like being onshore or offshore and applying for a residence or temporary class visa.
  • Time and Cost Savings: For temporary entry visas (e.g., visitor, work, student visas) for offshore applicants, reconsideration rights may not apply. LIAs ensure that applications are professionally presented, meeting all requirements, and increasing the likelihood of visa approvals. This not only saves time but also money for the applicant. Engaging an LIA can potentially save applicants time and money by avoiding common pitfalls and mistakes that could lead to delays or rejections. LIAs streamline the application process and increase the efficiency of the overall immigration journey.
    To sum up, a Licensed Immigration Adviser brings specialized knowledge, experience, and a structured approach to the immigration process, ultimately increasing the chances of a successful visa application.

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