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Old 02-25-2013, 07:15 PM
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Invalid partner visa application: Problem with credit card payment. help!

Hi
I really hope someone can help me, I am stressing out!

The embassy in Berlin received my de facto partner visa application (309/100) this morning and this afternoon I got an email back, saying that my application is invalid, stating:

Your application for a visa is invalid because it did not meet Schedule 1 of the Migration Regulations 1994 (the Regulations). You are required to pay a
visa application charge of 2230.

and

The credit card details provided did not work (insufficient funds)
Please speak to your bank or credit card issuer or complete and sign the attached Credit Card Authorisation Form with all required details and return it to our office by fax or as a scanned copy by E-mail (see contact details below).


I was so shocked! I checked my copy of form 47 and I did not make a spelling mistake, they have my correct credit card details and also the correct amout of money. I checked my bank account and there is enough money on it, too!
I don't know where the problem is!!??
I tried to call my bank but it was already closed. The only thing I can imagine is that I have a kind of a withdrawal limit on by credit card?

Furthermore, Berlin said that if they do not receive payment by next week, they will send me my application back

Question: if my application is considered as invalid and sent back to me - can I apply again straight away?? Or did it get rejected and I got a ban??

Oh jez...

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Old 02-25-2013, 08:36 PM
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Should be fine - just pay it ASAP. Maybe your bank queried a strange foreign transaction for a large sum of money, or it exceeded your transaction limit?

You should be able to pay over the phone by credit card. If there is a problem with paying in Berlin over the phone, perhaps call Immigration in Australia and pay them (obviously in AUD). They accept payments for overseas applications (I paid my offshore application over the phone to Melbourne DIAC). They then email you a receipt.

If you are panicked and want to pay overnight, you might consider calling immigration in Australia and sending Berlin the receipt no. tomorrow?

I dare say until you pay, it's not even formally considered an application, just a pile of paper somebody sent to them, but not 100% sure. Good luck.

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Old 02-25-2013, 09:22 PM
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Excellent post by mcru - many credit cards have a built-in block on foreign transactions of any amount, unless you call the credit card co. and have them take the block off. This is especially true for cards based in the USA. An invalid application is like an application that never happened, so there would not be any penalty, etc as the result of an invalid application.

Paying directly at another DIAC office and then sending Berlin the receipt number as mcru suggested is another good option - we almost always do this with overseas lodgings as local credit card processing outside of Australia can have its ups and downs...

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