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Australian Visa Watchlists Info

Why some Visas are Declined

General Information About Declined Applications and Watch Lists

Many people apply for Australian travel visas at the last minute or even worse, at the airport.

It is sheer folly to assume that your Australian visa will be approved immediately as the Australia Visa Processing Time can depend upon multiple factors.

REMEMBER that even if you do not have a criminal record yourself, someone "May" have stolen your identity and created a criminal record which you are completely unaware of.

If you think that this cannot happen to you, read this: in 2014 over 17.6 MILLION Americans experienced Identity Theft so please do not think it cannot happen to you. (source www.bjs.gov)

McAfee and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) estimated (2016) the likely annual cost to the global economy just from cybercrime is $445 billion a year, with a range of between $375 billion and $575 billion. (source: www.iii.org)

The Lists

Over 90% of ETA Visas are approved almost immediately, usually within 20-30 minutes, this means that approximately 10% of first attempt ETA visa applications are initially declined, this is usually due to people with a similar name to yours being on a "Watch List".

In most cases it is simply mistaken identity.

The GOOD NEWS is that We can get over 99% of these declined applications approved within 1-2 working days.

Another major benefit of using our ETA Visa service is that we will keep you updated on your visa progress while most other agents and the Aust Govt site will not do this.


APPLY EARLY

We ask people to book any travel visas at least 2 - 4 weeks before they travel to avoid losing their flight.

7 Main Reasons

Here are some of the watchlists used to monitor people who apply for travel visas to Australia.

  1. Common Name list (criminal list)
  2. Terrorist watch list
  3. Medical watch list
  4. Child watch list
  5. Australian Governments offender list
  6. Computer Outage Problems
  7. Identity Theft

Common Name List

Over 8% of applications are declined on the first try. Most of these are approved after we do a second manual submission.

Most "agents" cannot get these approved unless "they" or "you" go to the embassy.

Unlike most agents, We can get over 99% of these declined applications approved within 24 - 48 hours. It is actually faster for us to do the application manually on your behalf in most cases, than it is for you to go to the embassy.

If you have a common Given Name such as;

  • John, Paul, George, Sarah, Mary, Joseph, Susan, Louise, Mohamad and the other 30+ spellings Mohamad etc etc etc

combined with a common Surname (Family Name) such as

  • Murphy, SMITH, JONES, BROWN, ANDERSON, DAVIS, DAVIES, DAVEY etc
  • TAN, LI, ZHANG, LE, LEE, LIM, etc
  • Nguyen, etc
  • Mohammed (all 30+ spellings of), Mohd (+ anything) etc

etc etc or one of many others you may share that name with someone with a criminal record. Sometimes this also applies to people with not so common names as well.

PENDING APPLICATIONS

We get many of these PENDING APPLICATIONS a day and in 99.9% of cases We Can get these cleared within 12 - 24 hours.

For the few that don't clear immediately, you may need to email us with a scanned color copy of your passport [and drivers license] and then it can take 2-4 working days to process.

If we cannot process your application or get it approved via our contacts in the Immigration Department, then we will quickly advise you what your next steps are and what to do.

FREE

We do NOT charge anything for this extra service. There is NO extra FEE.

This usually takes several working days to resolve and longer at busy times of the year


Terrorist Watch List

For people with the same names as those on the terrorist watch list.

These applications usually take from 12 hours to 2 days and sometimes may even take up to several weeks to clear and in these cases, the applicant is often required to personally attend the embassy in person with identification documentation.

We will quickly advise you if you are required to attend or contact the nearest Australian embassy as this is sometimes a requirement that the embassy deal directly with the applicant for Privacy reasons.


Medical Watch List

For people with the same names as those on a medical watch list, such as heart conditions, Hep A, B, C, HIV or AIDS etc etc


Under Age Child List

This list is for parents who have "usually" separated or divorced and one of them puts their child on a travel watch list to avoid the other parent taking their children out of the country.

Common Names

Children with the same names as other children ON the watchlist may also need to be double checked and this process may take from 48 hours up to several weeks to complete.

We will quickly advise you if you are required to attend or contact the nearest Australian embassy as this is sometimes a requirement that the embassy deal directly with the applicant for Privacy reasons.

While uncommon, this event does occur, however, 99.99% of the applications are approved within 24 hours.


Australian Governments Offender List

This is the list of people who have been to Australia before and created some sort of record. This is usually where they have had an altercation with the law or they have overstayed their visa or broken their visa conditions.

For Example: Overstaying usually gets an immediate 3 year ban.


Computer Outage Problems

Sometimes the computer system may be not working at the Australian airport you are departing from and you get "Rubber" STAMPED OUT instead of electronically registered.

It is unfortunate but true that some of the staff at Australian airports are either lazy, incompetent or inept when it comes to updating the computer system with passport number which have departed Australia.

The problem for the departing visitor is that the system still registers them as being IN Australia which is a violation of their visa and therefore subject to an immediate 3 year ban or worse.

When you return to your country, you should notify your nearest Australian embassy in writing that you have departed the country and Request that they update your passport accordingly.

Please "Double Check" with the embassy at least 1 week later to ensure that you have been electronically updated as departing Australia to avoid any further problems in the future.

REQUEST a response IN WRITING that they have received and actioned your letter. Keep this on file with your passport.


Identity Theft

As stated above, in 2014, over 17.6 MILLION Americans experienced Identity Theft so please do not think it cannot happen to you. (source www.bjs.gov)

Then you need to include the rest of the world where identity theft occurs and you can see that this is a growing problem.

REMEMBER

To save you time and stress, we will quickly advise you if you are required to attend or contact the nearest Australian embassy as this is sometimes a requirement that the embassy deal directly with the applicant for Privacy reasons.


 
 
     
   
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