Assessment of your Visa Options

Which visa is right for you? The answer depends on your goals and personal circumstances: Do you want to stay in Australia permanently or just for a while? For work? For study? To visit or join family members? Do you have an Australian partner? Are you already in Australia? The answers to these and other questions will help determine which visa options are suitable in your situation

Chapter 2 Australia offers a free preliminary assessment of your visa options. If we find that you have realistic prospects of obtaining a visa, we will invite your for a formal (paid) consultation to explain and discuss your options in detail.

To provide you with a free preliminary assessment to identify the visa/s suited to you, send us an email with the following information:

Send us an email with your

  • your reasons/goals for wanting to come to (or stay in) Australia
  • your age and nationality
  • current CV (including current address)
  • your qualifications
  • (if available:) results of an approved English language test
  • (if applicable:) details of your current visa
  • (if applicable:) details of any close relatives/partners who are Permanent Residents or citizens of Australia
  • (if applicable:) anything else you think we should know

You should receive our preliminary assessment, based on your information, within a few days, outlining potential visa options.

You may then wish to book a (paid) consultation to discuss the options in detail and help you make an informed decision about your next step.


Contact us (Hyperlink) to book an obligation-free consultation (30 min), either face-to-face (if you are in Perth), or via Skype, or via phone/whatsapp

Our consultation fee will be credited towards our professional fees, if ‘Chapter 2 Australia’ subsequently handles your (visa) application.

Visa Applications

Visa applications are complex, time consuming and often stressful to the applicant: Sometimes a simple oversight or small mistake can mean, that a visa application will may be refused or not even be considered by the Department of Home Affairs (DoHA).

At Chapter 2 Australia we offer customized visa application services.

Comprehensive Service

Let us take care of the entire application process - for your peace of mind

We will

  • Let you know which documents you need to supply and review them
  • Prepare and lodge skills assessment applications on your behalf, if required
  • Prepare your visa application, making sure it contains all the required information and complies with DoHA requirements
  • Get you to review the completed application before lodging it with DoHA
  • Liaise with DoHA on your behalf and keep you informed of the progress of your application

Agreed Specific Services

In certain circumstances Chapter 2 Australian may agree to provide support with a specific, limited aspect of an application, for example reviewing of a document or letter to DoHA I if you are not confident about your (English language) writing skills; The scope of this support will be strictly limited to the specified agreed services: for overall peace of mind about the strength of a visa application you should choose the 'comprehensive service'

This service is available as a stand-alone ‘one-off’ consultation (minimum 1 hour). The scope of this support will be strictly limited to the specified agreed services and does not include follow-up support or advice: for comprehensive support and peace of mind about the strength of a visa application you should choose the 'comprehensive service'

Appeal Proceedings

Chapter 2 Australia (hyperlink) provides assistance with all aspects of AAT appeal proceedings against adverse decisions such as

  • Visa refusal and cancellation
  • Sponsorship refusal and cancellation
  • Nomination refusal and cancellation
  • Cancellation of citizenship

Appeal Proceedings

Visa refused or cancelled? sponsorship or nomination refused? if yes, you may be entitled to have the decision reviewed by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), provided you act quickly: strict time limits apply. Chapter 2 Australia (hyperlink) provides comprehensive assistance with AAT appeal proceedings against adverse decisions such as visa refusals and cancellations Contact us to find out if your case is eligible for review and for an honest appraisal of your chances of success.

Education in Australia

Australia's school and education system offers great flexibility and numerous pathways to develop skills and gain qualifications. Chapter 2 Australia's offers personalised advice and assistance to new and prospective migrants to facilitate transition to Australia's education system. Let us know your needs and priorities: we will get in touch with a proposal of how we can help you.

Do you want to study in Australia and get a work visa after your studies?

Australia offers a suite of temporary work visas and permanent work visas to overcome a shortage of certain skills in Australia. The skills/occupations that are eligible for a work visa can change quickly, along with other eligibility requirements. The changes announced in April 2017, have reduced the list of eligible occupations significantly (for new applications): a number of occupations are no longer eligible for any work-visa, others are only eligible for a temporary (2-year) work visa. New applications will, in many cases, need to demonstrate higher English language skills, more work experience, and formal recognition of the applicant’s qualification.

At ‘Chapter 2 Australia’ we keep up to date with the changes and can guide and help you plan your educational pathway.

Book a consultation and find out for which visas you might qualify, under the current rules and regulations, after completing your studies in Australia.

Australian Citizenship

Australian Citizenship: Eligibility and Application

Under legislation proposed for 1/7/2018 it will become harder to qualify for Australian citizenship. Currently, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must have lived lawfully in Australia for the past 4 years, including 12 months as a permanent resident, immediately before their application
  • Must not have been absent from Australia for more than 12 months during those 4 years, including no more than 90 days immediately before the citizenship application.

Some exemptions and other pathways to Australian citizenship are available depending on the circumstances. Contact us to find out if you may be eligible.

Other requirements apply, including character requirements and a high volume of data to support your application

At Chapter 2 Australia we prepare citizenship applications, review supporting documentation for compliance and submit the application on your behalf; Book an obligation-free consultation to find out if - or how soon - you could be eligible for Australian citizenship

Dual Citizenship

If your application for Australian citizenship is successful, the Australian government does not impose a condition that you must give up your other citizenship/s in order to become an Australian citizen However, some countries do not permit dual citizenship; other countries - such as Germany- require an application for approval to retain the citizenship

Take advantage of Chapter 2 Australia's   expertise in both  Australian (and dual) citizenship matters. Book a consultation in which we provide you with:

  • realistic assessment of your prospects of success
  • an integrated strategy and timeline to coordinate your Australian citizenship application with an application to retain German citizenship (if required)

Retaining German Citizenship

Application to Retain German Citizenship

Germany permits dual citizenship only upon application and only under crtain circumstances.
Approval to retain German Citizenship - Beibehaltungsgenehmigung (BBG-) must be granted before becoming an Australian citizen (by conferral), to prevent losing the German citizenship. 

The BBG approval must be granted BEFORE becoming an Australian citizenship, to preven losing the German citizenship.  To be precise: You must have received the BBG-Certificate BEFORE becoming an Australian citizen.

The application process revolves around the reasons that would justify approval. ' Ongoing ties to Germany' and 'disadvangtages for the applicant in the event that he/she does not become an (Australian) citizen' are of primary importance.

Extensive documentation is required to support the application, although the requirements are less stringent for long-terms German expatriates .

Chapter 2 Australia has expertise in both BBG and Australian citizenship applications. Book a consultation in which we provide you with

  • realistic assessment of your prospects of success
  • an integrated strategy and timeline to coordinate your BBG application and Australian citizenship application

Seminars about Dual Citizenship (Australian/German): March 2019

Could you qualify now?

Melbourne  4 March 2019, 6pm - 7.30pm
Hosted by the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (AHK), this (paid) event requires online registration via the AHK website (Melbourne event) page: 

Sydney  5 March 2019, 6pm - 7.30pm (SOLD OUT)
Repeat event: Sydney 6 March 2019, 12:30 - 2PM

Hosted by the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (AHK), this (paid) event requires:

online registration via

For further information visit the  the AHK event

Perth 26 March 2019  6pm - 7:30pm (doors open 5:30pm)
Hosted by Chapter 2 Australia, this (paid) information evening takes place in Perth's beautiful King's Park, in the heritage-listed premises (licenced venue) of NextGen Lifestyle Club.

Early bird tickets available until 10 March or until sold out. (Door sales subject to availability)

Online registration via Eventbrite:  


Seminar Overview

The seminars will commence with a presentstion which will address the following questions (and more):  
- What are the benefits of Australian citizenship versus Permanent Residence? - Could you qualify for Australian citizenship now?
- Could you qualify to retain your German citizenship (Beibehaltungsgenehmigung) and become a dual citizen?
- How do the two applications - the application for Australian citizenship and the application to retain German citizenship (BBG) - affect each other and what timing issues do you need to consider?  

At the conclusion of the event, participants will have the opportunity to book a professional consultation to discuss your individual circumstances in detail at a later time and obtain a preliminary assessment of your chances of success. 

Seminar attendees will be eligible for discounted Initial Consultation fee for bookings made before 15 April 2019.

Translations (German < > English)

NAATI-Accredited Translations (German < > English)

Ully Fritsch at Chapter 2 Australia has been a NAATI-accredited translator and interpreter for the language pair English/German (in both directions) for over 30 years. NAATI is the sole Australian authority charged with accrediting translators and interpreters.

We routinely undertake translations in the areas of migration, education, law and health. Translations in other subject areas can be arranged on request