Migrating to Australia, even if only for a fixed period of time, is a major life decision. You will reap many rewards however you will also face a number of challenges. You therefore want to ensure that the process of getting here goes as smoothly as possible. For businesses seeking to sponsor foreign nationals to work for them, using a Registered Migration Agent will give you peace of mind as to your compliance with the visa legal requirements and we will help you get your new workers in position with the minimum of delay.
Four Corners prides itself on unbeatable and a high quality premium service across a vast range of visa types. Four Corners’ clients range from individuals, couples and families to small and medium size businesses, regional and multinational companies. We recognise each client is different and approach our work with this in mind. Our people focused approach results in tailored global mobility solutions – responding to your needs. We ask many questions, listen, apply our experience, leverage our expertise, make recommendations and build relationships. We have 20 years of experience in the industry and we are proud of the continued successful outcomes for our clients.
Yes we are. The Migration Agent Registration Number (MARN) of your registered migration agent will be displayed on all correspondence with you. Clients can check the OMARA register online at https://www.mara.gov.au.
In order to arrange a consultation we require you to fill out our online eligibility assessment form so we are able to provide you with an accurate assessment prior to scheduling a meeting.
Processing times vary depending on the type of visa, country where lodged and quality of application made. Delays can result from poor documentation and presentation, misunderstanding of visa requirements, the need for an interview, health issues, complications regarding the criminal or security status of the applicant or dependants, difficulty in obtaining satisfactory supporting documents, requests by the Department for additional supporting information, and the Department workload demands, staffing limits, application backlogs and identified priorities. Processing times will be updated monthly to reflect current caseloads and processing pressures, and will be available for most visa subclasses and citizenship application types.
We can help you with most visa types with the exception of protection (refugee) visas, including:
- Temporary work visas (e.g. 457 visa)
- Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS 186)
- Permanent residency visas
- Regional and family sponsored skilled visas
- General Skilled Migration (189/190)
- Business sponsorship and nomination processes
- Business and Investor visas (188/888)
- Family visas (spouse / de facto/ parent/ children)
More information about the visa assistance we provide can be found in the Visa Services section of our website.
There are a wide range of visa types in Australia that you could possibly be eligible for, depending on your individual circumstances. These could range from General Skilled Migration, Employer Sponsorship, Student visas and many more. This can be a complex process that would require our migration agents to fully assess your situation to find the right visa type for you.
You will get the most benefit from a full eligibility assessment of your situation to identify which visa pathways will be possible in your case. Please complete our online form here.
Prices will vary as every visa subclass and situation is different. During your telephone or email consultation, your consultant will be able to provide a quote of the professional and Department of Immigration fees.
In regards to 457 applications the sponsor must pay the nomination and the sponsorship fees, while the applicant may pay for the visa application.
For all other visas, the payment will be decided in accordance with the two parties.
At Four Corners Emigration, we specialise in providing Australian Immigration Advice and professional application services. Four Corners has many Australian employers as clients for which we actively source new talent for, but we do not provide a service to all candidates to find a sponsor. If you do secure a job offer we would be very happy to assist you with the visa process.
We do not provide a document checking service during consultations. Once you have signed on with our services we will be able to provide you with a full list of documents required and assess your documents for your application.
Once you officially become a client of Four Corners we are always available to assist with any questions you may have. We understand that you may want to make contact in order to determine whether this is the right service and company for you and we encourage you take your time making this decision. We receive a lot of emails and calls every day asking for advice and opinions and we endeavour to assist however we have a responsibility towards those clients, who have signed a contract and are paying for our services so it can be difficult to answer everyone. When we are not personally managing your case, the risk is that the advice may be incorrectly understood or simply incorrect as we are not fully informed of the facts. We cannot generally answer questions in relation to applications already lodged unless of course, you are a client of Four Corners. If you have general enquiries we would advise you to contact the Department of Immigration on 131 881.
There are many changes that can occur to immigration throughout the year. At Four Corners we provide our clients with regular updates and important information.
Any person or agency recognised by the law of the country in which you live can certify documents. Justice of the peace, pharmacists/chemists can also certify documents. You may be required to pay for this service. If you are a client of Four Corners we will provide you with a list of people who can certify your documents in Australia.
No, you do not need a visa label in your passport to travel to, enter or stay in Australia. It is automatically linked to your passport. If you obtain a new passport you must update these details with the Department of Immigration.
IELTS and PTE are just two of the English test options designed to assess a visa applicant’s English language ability. These are specific, international standardised tests of English language proficiency that are used by the DIBP as a tool to assess English Language ability for many skilled work visas.
Here are a few important things you need to keep in mind:
- You need to be granted and hold an Australian visa to enter or stay in Australia, unless you are an Australian citizen.
- Keep a copy of your visa grant notification letter. This letter contains your visa grant number and other important information about your visa.
- You do not need a visa label in your passport to travel to, enter or stay in Australia.
- Confirm other countries’ travel and visa requirements with any relevant foreign government authorities before you travel.
- You can use Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your visa status and entitlements.
- Employers, schools, banks and other organisations may be able to check your entitlements online with your consent using VEVO. We may also share your visa information with
Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
You can use Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your visa status and entitlements.
Bridging visas are granted to allow you to remain in Australia while you are waiting for an application to be processed, or to provide lawful status while you make arrangements to depart Australia.
An expression of interest (EOI) is a way of showing your interest in applying for a skilled visa to immigrate to Australia. It is an online form in SkillSelect which asks a series of questions about your skills depending on the visa subclass that you are selecting to apply for.
The EOI is used to calculate your ability to meet the points test for certain skilled visas. It is available for Employers and State/Territory Government agencies should you like to be considered for a sponsored skilled visa.
A Resident Return visa is a travel facility for:
- Current Australian permanent residents
- Some former Australian permanent residents
- Some former Australian citizens.
You will be required to obtain a Resident Return visa if the travel facility on your current visa has expired (your first granted permanent visa has a 5 year travel facility( or is about to expire and you want to travel overseas and retain your permanent resident status.
Departing Australia without a RRV may impact your permanent residency requirements for Citizenship.
For primary applicants English results are generally valid for 3 years.
For secondary applicants English results are generally valid for only 12 months.
Your health clearance and police certificates are generally valid for 12 months.
For anyone who wishes to enter into Australia must be of good character and will be assessed against the character requirements. When applying for your visa, you may be required to provide a police clearance certificate or other evidence to satisfy the character requirements for the visa.
If your sponsor ends your employment, you have 60 or 90 days to either:
- find another employer to sponsor you;
- apply for a different visa; or
- leave Australia within 60 or 90 days, or before your visa expires, whichever comes first.
Unfortunately not. The Department does not update applicants or migration agents in regards to the current status of the application. When a case officer is allocated we will either receive an outcome on your application or a request for additional information from the case officer.
If you apply for a visa to work in Australia, you might have to pass the points test. The points test is used to help Australia select people who have the skills and attributes it needs. The number of points you need to pass the points test depends on the visa you apply for.
You can be given points for a number of reasons, including your:
- English language ability
- Australian work experience and Australian qualifications.
You will be required to obtain a score of 65 or more.
To sponsor a foreign worker we will need to assess the eligibility of the Australian business first in order to determine whether they meet the criteria of a standard business sponsor. If you are an Australian employer and you want to employ a foreign national, it is important that you become familiar with Australia’s obligations. It is the responsibility of all Australian businesses to employ legal workers.
We work with many employers and business owners who have not sponsored before to help them obtain approval. We help with all parts of employer sponsorship to make sure that your business will meet the requirements.
Employer sponsorship isn’t one-size-fits-all, as there are numerous visa types to consider. It’s important that you find the right visa to suit your needs, so do your research and we would suggest engaging a migration agent to assist with the process.
Definitely not! We have clients from all over the world using our services.
No, only certain skilled occupations are eligible for Australia’s skilled visa programs. The occupations that are available depend on which visa program you are applying for. These lists are due to change every 6 months so we encourage you to seek professional assistance in order to determine the best occupation for you.
The Skilled Occupation Lists are made up of the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) and the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).
Only certain skilled occupations are eligible for Australia’s skilled visa programs. The occupations that are available depend on which visa program you are applying for and are due to be updated by the Department every 6 months.
Business Migration Visas in most cases place more emphasis on what you have done in the past as well as what your business plans for the future are. So we would need to look at your business experience overseas and the assets you have. Australia’s Business & Investor Visa programme has a minimum net asset requirement of A$800,000 and other visas require up to A$10million. There is an Entrepreneur subclass of visa 188 which only requires you to have secured A$200,000 in funding for your business idea from a Venture Capitalist though. Business & Investor Migration is a complicated area of Immigration Law. Please contact our office so we can discuss your situation in more detail and determine what options you have.
The Significant Investor Visa or SIV is visa subclass 188C and requires you to have a net asset minimum of A$5million. There is also 188B which is the standard Investor Visa where you need to be worth a minimum of A$2.25million.
You should start looking at the visa options contained in visa subclasses 188 & 132. 132 has higher criteria requirements than 188A but it is also an application for permanent residence. A 188 application is temporary or provisional residence and is a 2 step process to permanent residence (PR) as you have to meet certain criteria in Australia to get PR. It will really depend on what you are trying to achieve here in Australia and in your business overseas. It is an individual decision and it is important to tailor any visa solution to your needs and what you want to do.