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Cover letter for Visitor visa (subclass 600)

Hi all your valuable members,

I have a question regarding the covering letter for Visitor visa (subclass 600), any help would be highly appreciated.

I am an Australian Citizen and my wife is a Chinese Citizen. She is applying for a Visitor visa (subclass 600) and I am going to sponsor her using the Sponsored Family stream. I have already written a letter of support for her detailing our situations and why it is important for her to come visit me in Australia.

Under the Sponsored Family stream I will be submitting her application here in Australia, so my question is, does she still need to write a separate cover letter stating the reasons why she is applying?

Any advice, please?


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Hi all your valuable members,

I have a question regarding the covering letter for Visitor visa (subclass 600), any help would be highly appreciated.

I am an Australian Citizen and my wife is a Chinese Citizen. She is applying for a Visitor visa (subclass 600) and I am going to sponsor her using the Sponsored Family stream. I have already written a letter of support for her detailing our situations and why it is important for her to come visit me in Australia.

Under the Sponsored Family stream I will be submitting her application here in Australia, so my question is, does she still need to write a separate cover letter stating the reasons why she is applying?

Any advice, please?
No she dont need to write cover letter for that
Reasons why she is applying, that question is already included in her application form where she need to write so

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No she dont need to write cover letter for that
Reasons why she is applying, that question is already included in her application form where she need to write so
Thanks a lot Tigerali,

I think I didn't make my question clear enough. Perhaps I will give a little more info about our situation.

My wife will quit her job to come to see me as her employer doesn't allow she leave for more than a month. She does not have any significant assets in China, though she has quite a bit of savings. I undertake to cover all her expenses and accommodation in Australia whilst she is here therefore applying under the Sponsored Family Stream.

I have written a very detailed Letter of Support for her and to the Department. We have all the required supporting documents, including history of our travel, marriage certificate, photos of us together with our families, etc.

Does she still need to write a detailed cover letter in support of her visa application?

Once again, thanks anyone who help and helped!

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Old 04-15-2015, 03:29 PM
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I understand You are trying to make convincing point in order to be granted visitor visa but no matter how convincing you write , immi need evidence , merely writing something wil not contibute towards as reason of return

Have you guys applied partner visa? If yes then that serves as gud evidence and if not , then see if anything else can be provided. And i dont think its a gud step trying to provide something not required. All they need is her application form n things in checklist.why would they look for cover letter which they never asked for. I hope you are getting my point.

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I beg to differ somewhat. Cover letter can assist in explaining circumstances that you believe might help your case. May I also suggest that you provide more proof of your marriage/relationship : joint accounts, joint assets etc. Also, explain any reasons why you have yet to apply for a partner visa (assuming you haven't?). If they recognise your relationship as genuine they are likely to approve visa. If they are concerned about her applying for partner visa onshore they might attach 'No further stay condition'.

I submitted cover letters with my 600 visa applications and both were successful. Also, a friend recently visited my hubby and I and we both submitted cover letters for her 600 app and she did as well. She received multiple entry visa for 1 yr without NFS.

It is not required, but can be very useful if you explain yourself properly while providing required evidence.

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For a family sponsored visa the imposition of a No Further Stay condition is mandatory.

From DIBP policy:

For 679 visas the maximum period of stay is 12 months. However, it is policy is that the standard period of stay generally be only 3 months. If an applicant requests a longer period of stay and the decision-maker is satisfied that they intend a genuine visit, a period of up to 6 months may be considered. A stay of 12 months may be considered in exceptional circumstances.

If a sponsor has indicated that their sponsorship is intended to cover specified period of stay, eg 1 month, then decision-makers should not grant a stay period longer than the specified period.
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If the visa holder overstays, even if granted a further visa onshore, the bond (if any) would be forfeited and the holder could be facing a 5-year ban.

The OP would probably be well advised to seek professional advice about strategy from a registered migration agent.

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Yes I agree with you there Syd.

I wrote a cover letter also for my wife to visit Australia for 1 year. There were questions in the visa application that I could not answer and I blended those into the cover letter.

The cover letter was more "heart felt" but also included much info about us, relationship, why we wanted to come, why we would leave etc.. I believe the way I wrote it and I believe they looked at it that way.

If they looked at the application without a cover letter I am 99% sure they would have rejected the visa

Eg she had

- No job.
- Just finished Uni
- She was living with her 2 brothers (parents passed away a long time ago..(old age))
- She had no bank account
- No savings
- No real reasons to return home really, apart from Family she has nothing waiting for her back home she needs to be back for etc..

Even this part you mentioned Syd "explain any reasons why you have yet to apply for a partner visa (assuming you haven't?)" -- I did go into that in my cover letter explaining at the time we were unsure where our life would be etc and she would like to come and experience Australia before we ever looked at applying for any other type of visa but we would be leaving that for the future... (a bit more in depth then that really but that is the outline..)

After the application the only things asked of us were a Medical x-Ray, Scan of my AU passport + Marriage certificate. (which at the time was just a few months old)

Looking over my cover letter, without realising until now, it did go into details about our relationship/marriage the same way I am writing the "explain your relationship"part for the partner visa. - That much detail.. In all the cover letter was about 4 pages long.

In the end she was granted 12 months visit. The "no further stay" condition was NOT there. Only the thing about work/study conditions applied. And also it was 12 months continues, she didn't have to leave every 3 months etc..

I really believe that if we just applied without including a hell of a cover letter explaining our situation etc and why we wanted to come here and why we would leave, just submitting the application without it, from my experience of reading on these forums why people are refused visa's, we would have been refused -- Additionally with her cover letter as I was providing all financial/accommodation for her stay I had to provide proof of that from my documents.


Edit: Also as wrussell just mentioned, a stay of 12 months granted in exceptional circumstances. Circumstances can vary really what they deem to be exceptional. Having an exceptional cover letter explaining your own exceptional circumstances in my case I believe did help.

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Thank you so much for your lovely people, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

I am very new to this whole visa stuff and have spent hours or days to go over the web looking for answers. Without this forum and you willing to help people I am sure our answer searchers wouldn't know what to do.

To answer your question Syd, the reason that we haven't yet put in the 309 is because I don't have the time/skill to prepare one which needs to explain a lot of missing parts the 309 requires and I don't want to rush into put in one and waste the $5k application fee. The 309 is toooo hard to prepare when you have to fill the gap and I will scratch my head into bleeding but still can't write a convincing story before the case officer. This is the reason why we are applying the 600 now to get my wife here so that we have the required evidence (meet friends, joint bank accounts, joint bills etc.).

jamesmrichardson, thank you so much for sharing your experience and story! So far with the 600, I have a pile of documents which could easily weight over 2kg and my Letter of Support is 5 pages long!!! We poor visa seekers!!

I will certainly help my wife to write a detailed cover letter to support her 600 application.

Once again, thank you soon much for your help. I really appreciate it!

Best regs,
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For a family sponsored visa the imposition of a No Further Stay condition is mandatory.

From DIBP policy:

For 679 visas the maximum period of stay is 12 months. However, it is policy is that the standard period of stay generally be only 3 months. If an applicant requests a longer period of stay and the decision-maker is satisfied that they intend a genuine visit, a period of up to 6 months may be considered. A stay of 12 months may be considered in exceptional circumstances.

If a sponsor has indicated that their sponsorship is intended to cover specified period of stay, eg 1 month, then decision-makers should not grant a stay period longer than the specified period.
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If the visa holder overstays, even if granted a further visa onshore, the bond (if any) would be forfeited and the holder could be facing a 5-year ban.

The OP would probably be well advised to seek professional advice about strategy from a registered migration agent.
Thanks Westly,

I can assure you that there is no way we could overstay in Australia so a migration agent is not needed. Thanks for your notes anyway.

Regs,
Canberraman


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Old 04-16-2015, 11:12 AM
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jamesmrichardson, thank you so much for sharing your experience and story! So far with the 600, I have a pile of documents which could easily weight over 2kg and my Letter of Support is 5 pages long!!! We poor visa seekers!!
Yeah. I was terrified of the outcome really. Prior to applying the term I searched google was "visit visa rejected" and spent hours trawling through forums seeing how much this happens.

After we submitted the application still terrified.. up until the last moment when the visa grant email came through!

Looking back now really it was such an easy and straightforward process in my case. If only in hindsight I'd have known how simple it was to get the visit visa for her it would have been a lot less stressful!

That is my experience though I have read many experiences that didn't pan out the same way. I don't think it was luck for us, I think it was just everything we submitted was true, we were honest and now the visa is about to finish (unfortunately), we have flights booked for the day of visa end May 19th so I think all this will look favourably on the next stage when we apply for the partner visa


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