Thailand, the Philippines and over 100 other countries are considered by Australian Immigration to be ‘high risk’ in terms of applying for a Visitor / Tourist visa. My first tip for a Thai or Filipina lady wanting to apply for an Australian Visitor visa, either by themselves or with the assistance of their Australian boyfriend, is to not think that anyone can just apply for and be granted a Visitor visa. Don’t; think it’s easy. Even if you know someone that got a visa remember that every person’s situation is different and therefore requires a slightly different solution. There are numerous strict guidelines and procedures for assessing and deciding whether someone will be granted an Australian Visitor visa. A high percentage of self-prepared applications are refused and this often comes down to poor preparation and/or a lack of understanding of the process. If you want to feel more confident and comfortable you may want to seek the advice of a skilled and experienced Migration Agent like our team at Australian Visa Advice who can discuss your situation and needs, and make a professional assessment.
Once you understand the task ahead and you know your chances, then you can make an informed decision on whether to go ahead or not. You can either use a Migration Agent to assist you, or you can try to prepare the application yourself. Some of the key things you should be looking at when preparing an application are:
Be sure to read and fill in the application form carefully. You need to have a firm plan for a visit to Australia when you apply – dates, where you will go and why… In other words: what dates do you want to arrive and depart Australia? Why do you want to go there? You need to provide a lot of detail. Make sure also that you can show that you can support your visit financially or that someone can effectively sponsor you.
Also, don’t be in a relationship for 1 or 2 weeks and expect the decision maker to reasonably believe that the relationship is strong and continuing. The Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) takes an objective and some might say conservative but balanced view when it comes to relationships. They are very concerned with the genuineness and continuing nature of couple relationships. If a relationship has been going on for a only a short period of time or the couple has not met in person, the department is not likely to place a lot of weight and moral obligation on that relationship when it comes to offering support in a Tourist visa application.
Finally, make sure you gather everything together in order to make a valid application – this includes doing things such as submitting a correctly filled in application form, submitting your key documents and paying the application fee. At the end of the day you reap what you sow. If you meet the visa criteria and either, employ a skilled Migration Agent, or do it yourself and follow the rules and guidelines carefully, you will probably have a strong application and a good chance of success. Otherwise you may be in danger of having your application refused. And once an application is refused it is an uphill battle to get a further application granted.
Contact us at Australian Visa Advice(AVA) today.
Written by Luke Gorham ©2020
Registered Migration Agent
Australian Visa Advice
ETA Visa Australia Express
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