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Does a criminal record impact an Australian visa application?


You must be of good character to visit or live in Australia. This means you must pass the character test, and remain of good character.


Having a criminal record can potentially have an impact on your Australian visa application. The exact impact will depend on the type of offence committed, how recently it occurred, and the specific visa you are applying for.

Here are some things to keep in mind:


1. Disclosure: It's important to disclose any criminal convictions or charges when you apply for an Australian visa. Failure to disclose a criminal history can result in your visa application being refused or your visa being cancelled at a later date.


2. Character assessment: The Department of Home Affairs will conduct a character assessment when you apply for certain visa types, including permanent visas, some temporary visas, and citizenship. This assessment will take into account any criminal history, among other factors.


3. Waivers: In some cases, a waiver may be available if you have a criminal history. For example, if you have a minor conviction and it has been more than 10 years since the offense occurred, you may be able to apply for a waiver of the character requirement.


4. Visa cancellations: If you are already in Australia and you commit a serious offense, your visa may be cancelled. This can happen even if you have a valid visa and have been in Australia for a long time.


It's important to note that each case is assessed on its individual merits, and there is no one-size-fits-all answer to how a criminal record will impact your visa application. It's a good idea to seek advice before proceeding. Contact one of our experienced Registered Migration Agents today for advice.


Disclaimer: The information provided herein is of a general nature only and does not constitute immigration advice. For more detailed and case-specific information or advice, please contact SCA Connect.


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