Test for your character

Test for your character

As part of the verification of your documents for your Australian visa, the DOHA will ask you to pass a “character test”.

This is certainly not a Q&A test, as you can imagine. Actually, this is a process of assessing your good character, which is providing by an officer, based on the police checks you provided. Certificate (police clearance certificate / statement of criminal records) have to be for each country where the applicant has been living for more than 1 year.

In different countries, certificates are delivered to recipient in different ways:

Do not forget, that all documents must be translated into English before sending it to Department!

Please remember! The Department may refuse or cancel a visa if the applicant / visa holder does not meet the character requirements under section 501 of the Migration Act 1958.

Among the reasons that significantly affect the decision may be:

Can I get an Australian visa if the applicant has a criminal record?

Yes, you can get a visa! But this requires additional time to process your visa application and additional efforts to provide all provide all requested information to the Department, which consider all circumstances of a case. The outcome will depend on the nature and severity of the offence(s), and the length of sentence.

In any case, you can influence the Department’s decision and appeal it to the Administrative Tribunal. In this case (I wish it will never happen!!!), it is important to know and remember two points:

  • The time for appealing is very limited. In some cases, it is only 9 days! If this deadline is missed, the case may be irreversible.
  • You can always contact us at Yulia Moiseeva & Associates. I personally won several cases at AAT, defending my clients, and changed the department’s decision!

You can ask me questions at anytime for free.

Just email me at and describe your migration issues!

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