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Old 05-30-2013, 09:06 AM
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Damn how do I send private messages on here lol.

Hmm, sounds good. She brought up the whole meet up in Hong Kong idea
but that will only be for one week and in a hotel compared to her being able to stay here for months. Also that they don't have strict visa rules to visit and that it's really cheap to fly there from Phils.

I think I will have a talk to her again tonight about just coming here instead. She'll need to save up a lot more though I suppose. I guess I have to send a letter of invitation to her with bank statements and all that so she can add it to her application? What if I am not working at the moment (I just moved to Perth from Melb a few months ago) - but I do have money. Does it matter that I am not working? I should be working again soon. But supporting her is no problem, my mother lives with me too (long story) and gets payments. She can't come until September though because she's doing exams. Can we do this application any time, like even months before she comes?



Wait, what? $5000? Damn! Is that how much money they need in their account to be considered? lol
I think you need to post 5 messages before you can send a private message.

When you get a approved for a visitor visa they will give you a date that you need to enter Australia from which is usually 3 months from the grant date. If she isn't coming until September I would hold off until July to lodge the application - should only take a few weeks to find out, but I guess allow a month or so to be on the safe side.

Since you won't apply until July you might have a job by then? If not you don't have to provide payslips but you could provide your last tax return maybe, or not even provide anything with your pay at all. Basically all the little bits together help to build the big picture, if you know what I mean.

You will need to scan and email the letter etc for the applicant to lodge with the application. Also you need to supply a copy of your passport so they know that you are Australian.


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I think you need to post 5 messages before you can send a private message.

When you get a approved for a visitor visa they will give you a date that you need to enter Australia from which is usually 3 months from the grant date. If she isn't coming until September I would hold off until July to lodge the application - should only take a few weeks to find out, but I guess allow a month or so to be on the safe side.

Since you won't apply until July you might have a job by then? If not you don't have to provide payslips but you could provide your last tax return maybe, or not even provide anything with your pay at all. Basically all the little bits together help to build the big picture, if you know what I mean.

You will need to scan and email the letter etc for the applicant to lodge with the application. Also you need to supply a copy of your passport so they know that you are Australian.
Yeah I am getting welfare at the moment until I start working again. So I guess I can provide that for proof of money (if I'm not working still by then)

Oh really? They accept scans? I can scan everything like bank statements, passport etc etc?? Cool.. makes it a lot easier and less delay. I know in America you have to send actual copies lol. I guess they only want the front page of the passport (with my photo) scanned as well. I did find a checklist form to help:

Thanks Mish :P


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Yeah I am getting welfare at the moment until I start working again. So I guess I can provide that for proof of money (if I'm not working still by then)

Oh really? They accept scans? I can scan everything like bank statements, passport etc etc?? Cool.. makes it a lot easier and less delay. I know in America you have to send actual copies lol. I guess they only want the front page of the passport (with my photo) scanned as well. I did find a checklist form to help:

Thanks Mish :P
I have heard that they accept scans for the tourist visa, which would make sense considering the visa type. Yeah only the bio page of the passport. The checklist helps alot, shows what they are after.


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Wait, what? $5000? Damn! Is that how much money they need in their account to be considered? lol
yes thats the minimum required amount, its a lot but they only want to see it in the account as insurance, they wont take any of it


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yes thats the minimum required amount, its a lot but they only want to see it in the account as insurance, they wont take any of it
How long was your fiance applying to come for? DIAC told me last year that you needed to show $1000 per month that you would be here. I also would think that if someone was paying your expenses whilst here you wouldn't have to show as much money??

I guess the overseas officers don't think like aussies do. If in Australia we saw $5000 suddenly appear in account it would instantly ring alarm bells!! Maybe that is a good thing they don't think like us


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Its called ''Show Money'' where the bank will instantly put in the amount into a bank account....the aus govt has woken up to this practice n now want concrete proof that a Filipina has more to lose than gain by doing a runner when granted a tourist visa....

MY opinion based on what I know n what the OP status is there is almost zero chance of getting a tourist visa...then again things work in mysterious ways...

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yes thats the minimum required amount, its a lot but they only want to see it in the account as insurance, they wont take any of it
LOL, where does it say that? I never heard of or read this requirement anywhere.

I can't send her $5000 that's for sure. I doubt that's even a requirement for a visitor visa otherwise not many people would be visiting Australia lol. I actually heard somewhere if you send your other half money it will make it look like she's gonna break the rules and that they should have their own money in their account. I think what Mish said was right. $1000 each month you stay. At least it shows they have money to survive.

If she's going to stay with me, I'm obviously going to look after her with food, water a place to sleep of course and all that. I don't plan on her using her money much, when we go out it will only be the cinema or maybe a cafe here and there, see some friends, nothing big. I guess I state that in the letter of invitation. I don't even mind if she comes here with little money since she will be looked after during her stay. I guess it's just to make the immigration happy that they see her own money in her account.


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Double posted, see above.


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LOL, where does it say that? I never heard of or read this requirement anywhere.

I can't send her $5000 that's for sure. I doubt that's even a requirement for a visitor visa otherwise not many people would be visiting Australia lol. I actually heard somewhere if you send your other half money it will make it look like she's gonna break the rules and that they should have their own money in their account. I think what Mish said was right. $1000 each month you stay. At least it shows they have money to survive.

Mish, another question, if she's going to stay with me, I'm obviously going to look after her with food, water a place to sleep of course and all that. I don't plan on her using her money much, when we go out it will only be the cinema or maybe a cafe here and there. Nothing big. I guess I state that in the letter of invitation. I don't even mind if she comes here with little money since she will be looked after during her stay. I guess it's just to make the immigration happy that they see her own money in her account.
If you want to be 100% sure about the money you can always ring DIAC. I called them in November last year so you never know if things have changed or not. I would imagine the amount of money would be based on the length of the stay that you are proposing.

I would still submit her bank statement as I presume that would want to see that she atleast has some money of her own.

I would include as much as you can in your letter of invitation. Maybe even mention something like you will abide by the conditions of the visa as you do not want to put any future visa's for Australia at risk.

Just provide as much evidence as you can as you never know what will happen and also DIAC does not have to ask for additional information before making their decision. At the end of the day you have nothing to lose and everything to gain - as they say


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If you want to be 100% sure about the money you can always ring DIAC. I called them in November last year so you never know if things have changed or not. I would imagine the amount of money would be based on the length of the stay that you are proposing.

I would still submit her bank statement as I presume that would want to see that she atleast has some money of her own.

I would include as much as you can in your letter of invitation. Maybe even mention something like you will abide by the conditions of the visa as you do not want to put any future visa's for Australia at risk.

Just provide as much evidence as you can as you never know what will happen and also DIAC does not have to ask for additional information before making their decision. At the end of the day you have nothing to lose and everything to gain - as they say
Yeah for sure, it's even better if you give more than required, just to shut them up. I think we'll be fine, she has a job (money), has family, very intelligent and speaks fluent English, has certificates of exams she's passed, medical courses she's completed etc etc. Her parents apparently are able to help with funds when the time comes. She will probably only stay a month or two. If she gets denied I'll be very shocked.


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