5 Mistakes When Applying for Permanent Residency

Kellee Gray is providing us some insight on 5 mistakes she sees most commonly when applicants are applying for Permanent Residency…She writes:


I have seen some frightening mistakes in my time working in Migration! Many times, people have come to me with an application that they have lodged themselves, hoping for some way to salvage it. This is not always easy! Some errors are clear (yes, people have spelt their own names wrong), whilst others you would not know were problems until it was too late. Here are the 5 most common mistakes that are very easy to avoid:


#1: Lodging a complete application

This seems straight forward but it is amazing how many people don’t do this! The department is cracking down by extending processing for incomplete applications, or a straight refusal for those missing basic information or documents. If you would like fast processing and a smooth application process, the first step is gathering the information BEFORE you lodge and know exactly what to provide. Your case officer will be very grateful and hopefully you will be a permanent resident faster than you had hoped.


#2: Incorrect Expression of Interest

Whilst the point system seems simple enough and an expression of interest is relatively easy to lodge, knowing what the department classifies as what is the difficultly. If you classify your education level incorrectly or include work experience that isn’t related, you could receive an invitation based on this information which then you would not be able to provide evidence for. This could result in refusal or forcing you to withdraw your application. Remember that even though your Doctor in Medicine is called this, it is not classified as a Doctorate, as you have not completed a PhD. You may think that your observership is work experience but the department does not (nor does AHPRA!).


#3: Not Evidencing your claims

Department is very stringent when assessing your work experience and other claims made in an expression of interest. If you can’t provide sufficient documents to back up your claims, your points will be affected. If you do not meet the points level required at the time that you were invited, even if you’re above 60, they will refuse your application. For each role you need to include payslips, tax documents and a letter from your previous employer.


#4: Not Including All Information

You may think that I am repeating myself, but this is very different from forgetting to attach something when you lodge. It is very important to disclose absolutely everything in your application, even if you do not think it is relevant. If you were married 20 years ago and have not spoken to them since – the department will need to know. If you accidentally walked out of a Chemist with a $20 lipstick and were let off with community service and a slap on the wrist – the Department will need to know! I have seen applications refused, or seriously delayed, by leaving out the smallest detail which you may have thought was inconsequential. I have even had case officers requesting how an applicant supported themselves from birth to school years (yes, that actually happened, and no, they were not fishing for child slavery claims)!


#5: Not Responding to Requests in time

When a case officer gives you 28 days to respond to a request, you do exactly as you are told- you respond within 28 days. Technically after the 28 days have passed they can make a decision on the case. This decision would not be favourable, as you would not meet the criteria. So, even if you do not have all of the information ready, respond with any evidence you do have and request an extension. Case Officers are generally quite flexible and understand when you are upfront with them. Also, remember to make sure that your email is correct! If they send something to the wrong email it is your fault- not theirs.


If you’d like to clarify these points or you would like some help with your applications, contact our team at migration@peoplemedical.com.au


People Medical Consulting are a team of professionals with a passion for guiding those specialising in the Medical industry to find their career pathway and settle into Australia. Working with both Australian trained and Overseas trained professionals, we have extensive experience in   Recruitment  of General Practitioners,   Migration  for all with a special emphasis on Medical and   Document Assistance  for those requiring support with RACGP, AHPRA, 19AA and 19AB Medicare Exemptions.

MARA 1678793