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Hello - I am getting rusty at this.
Can someone please guide me in terms of when we can re-apply for another tourist visa after a denial? My sister-in-law (married, no kids, volunteer work with allowance, oversees small family business) who has travelled to Australia as a tourist since 2006 (3 month stay at a time) was recently denied visa because of clause 600.211 (not genuine visitor). She had one denied visa and afterwards got granted another visa. She visits us about once a year for 3 months as all her siblings are here and her nephews/niece.

I actually have 2 questions -

1) she has a pending carer's visa for her other brother here. It has been in the works for 2 years now. In that time, she has travelled here anyway as a tourist visiting us. Would this have any bearing on her tourist visa applications? Is this why the immigration is saying she is not a genuine visitor and wants to stay here? I would have thought that it shouldn't have a bearing because regardless of whether the carer visa comes through or not, she is still an aunt and sister who wants to see her nephews/niece and her siblings here even if it is a temporary visa.

2) Can we reapply again next week or is that too soon? Only got visa denial today.

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You can reapply whenever you wish.
Before you do, it might pay you to take some advice about addressing the reasons for refusal.
I think from memory the online form has limited # of characters allowed so can I attach a page to address the CO's concerns? Do they bother to read attachments? ;)
 

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Do they bother to read attachments?
Only on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Some agents no longer waste their time writing cover letters to some missions.

I sometimes advise my partner applicants to lodge a visitor application.
If it is granted, you do not have to use it and if it is refused, you have introduced yourselves as partners to an official body.
Why are you not living together? Because you refused a visa!

Addressing the reasons for a visitor refusal and reapplying is a less viable strategy than it used to be. I refer such cases to a colleague who specialises in this area. It is possible to do just about as much work patching up a refused visitor case as in managing a full partner application; with less thanks!
 
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