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Old 07-15-2013, 07:41 AM
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Tourist visa 600 whilst waiting for 309 visa

Is there anyone that's taken this route? If so how are you/ did you explain reason for return, show funds etc
Thought there was a thread discussing it but can't seem to find it.


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Yes tried but was for the 300. I think alot of depend on how hardcore the post is that you are applying through. You might have more chance than what we did in Cairo due to the civil unrest in Cairo (and this was before 30 June protests). My fiancee even had a letter with leave approved and a job to return to and that didn't help.

All I would suggest would be to include as much evidence as you have. We showed funds in his account and my account but they said that the onus was on him to show that he could support himself (might be different if you are married (not sure if you are married or defacto)). He had more than what DIAC in Australia told me was the minimum and was told he had limited personal funds *sigh*.

All I can say is try and just put in as much as you can to show that there is a reason for you to return to Turkey.

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Is there anyone that's taken this route? If so how are you/ did you explain reason for return, show funds etc
Thought there was a thread discussing it but can't seem to find it.


TIA
Luckily DIAC understand that the with the wait times for the 309/100 visa, partners will want to be together. My husband is from the UK and is currently in Australia with me on a TV. While you still need to meet the requirements of a tourist, they are more leniant in this situation, especially if you are married. Mish applied for a prospective marriage visa then her partners tourist visa so unfortunatly, they viewed her case with a more stringent outlook.

We applied for the 3 month visa only, as my husband has a criminal record we didn't want to complicate the application for anything more than that. Once you apply for a 6 or 12 month TV they look alot more closely at your finances and ties to your home country. Lucky for us, we did not recieve the "no further stay condition" and we can apply for an extention of his tourist visa. I will point out, we have compelling circumstances as I am about to have a baby (not normally viewed as compelling for the partner visa just as a side note).

Below is a list of suggested documents/items to include with the paper application:

- Bank account statement in your name showing a minimum of $1000 per month. This is the rough benchmark given by DIAC (I say rough very loosley) however for high risk countries they will likely need to show more. I understand to define a high risk country you can review the electronic tourist visa country eligibility lists. If your country isn't listed you are classed as "high risk" and will need to bend over a little more backwards. You need to show beyond all doubt that you will not need to work while in Australia. DIAC will be very worried about how you will support yourself so make sure you can cover yourself financially.

- If while in Australia you will be staying with family cost free, a letter from them stating that will go a long way. Some people have even included income proof and proof of home ownership for those who are putting them up. There is a section on the application which asks you if anybody will be supporting you during your stay, you can include their name and details there.

- Letter of invitation from the sponsor is listed in the required documents. Instead of this in our application, we includeda statement from each of us outlining our intentions. We were 100% honest in the sense that we said the true reasons for wanting the visa and then included a paragraph to say that in addition we planned ot visit family and friends so my husband could meet his extended family and experience Australian culture before immigratinf permanently. We didn't have anything booked or plans set in stone, however for a high risk country applicant I would suggest that you include a detailed itinerary of what sort things you will likley do while here to meet the tourist requirement. If there are any family events like weddings or significant birthdays, a copy of the invitation to you and your partner would be useful. I'm not suggesting you go and book and pay for trips and activities but a well thought out itinerary would help you mee the tourist requirement.

- Since it's likley that you will try to be with your partner for the duration of your processing time you probably won't be keeping your current job? My husband is a self emplyed trades person so we included his last tax return documents to show his self employed status - it might be beneficial for you to include your own tax documents to show that you are established in your country. It will show DIAC that you could easily return to Turkey for work.

- Include any lease agreements/mortgage/deed documents showing you have ties to Turkey.

- For good measure, get yourself health insurance. I brought my husband 12 months backpackers insurnace which covers hime for medical. It cost about 130.

- Include anything that will help DIAC see that you do not intend to work and you are not going to do anything wrong. The beuatiful thing about the TV and the offshore partner visa is you have to leave in order for the partner visa to be granted so unless you're willing to waste the 1000's of $$ you have already spent to get to this point, DIAC will be pretty confident that you will leave.

I need to point out I am no expert, this is just my advice from months of research and of course going through the process myself. As Mish mentioned high risk countries have much more of a hard time so you need to inlcude plenty of evidence to support your application.

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Thank you so much for all the replies!


I'm not sure if our reason is compelling enough but we have a 3 month old daughter that he hasn't met yet and with the quoted processing time of 6 months, It's really worrying that he will miss out on seeing our daughters milestones.

I'm currently a stay at home mum but will be going back to university full time next month and another reason I need my husband here is to babysit whilst I'm at uni. I have money saved up and will be able to provide evidence of it and I'm currently staying with my mum and I'm sure shell be able to provide a statement saying he can stay rent free.
The problem is my husband. He currently isn't working and he's spending his time helping his brother with the family restaurant. He has no ties to turkey since he is planning to move here. Also since he just paid 3000$ on the visa and paperwork he has no savings either :/ would this cause a problem?

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Forgot to say thank you kmarees for that list!

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Thank you so much for all the replies!


I'm not sure if our reason is compelling enough but we have a 3 month old daughter that he hasn't met yet and with the quoted processing time of 6 months, It's really worrying that he will miss out on seeing our daughters milestones.

I'm currently a stay at home mum but will be going back to university full time next month and another reason I need my husband here is to babysit whilst I'm at uni. I have money saved up and will be able to provide evidence of it and I'm currently staying with my mum and I'm sure shell be able to provide a statement saying he can stay rent free.
The problem is my husband. He currently isn't working and he's spending his time helping his brother with the family restaurant. He has no ties to turkey since he is planning to move here. Also since he just paid 3000$ on the visa and paperwork he has no savings either :/ would this cause a problem?
Maybe also his brother can include a letter showing that he has been contributing to the family business and has work to return to when his tourist visa expires.

When you write your statement to include in the application, make sure you detail that your husband hasn't met your daughter so in addition to visiting it is important he is there for the early stages of your child. DIAC needs all the informatiuon to make their decision and it might mean that you will be in luck. I moved back here in April and have been on maternity leave ever since, i'm just on centrelink so I inlcuded that information. I had about $5000 in the bank plus my husband had about $2000. I don't know if we needed that much but I wanted to make sure that we were totally covered on the financial side. I didn't want DIAC to be able to say a thing about money. My parents also included a statement showing we are staying with them cost free while we wait for the 309 outcome.

Is your husband listed on the birth certificate of your daughter? I would include that also. Send a copy of your marriage certificate and correspondance from your CO showing the timeframe quoted also. I'm sure the can access this information but in the event it doesn't work like that at least they have that.

Get all your ID documents and statements from yourselves and families certified by a JP to add that extra weight too.

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He's not on the birth certificate as he wasn't here to sign but when he had his interview at the embassy they said they believed she was our child as we provided a stat dec explaining the situation. Should we do the same for the TV?
Did you include a payment summary from centrelink?
Also would it be worthwhile to include a confirmation of enrollment from uni?

I was also talking to my husband and he said that if he came out here in the next 6 to 8 weeks he would need to go back to turkey to properly say goodbye to his family and we will probably go back with him to visit our family - is this also a good enough reason to return?

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He's not on the birth certificate as he wasn't here to sign but when he had his interview at the embassy they said they believed she was our child as we provided a stat dec explaining the situation. Should we do the same for the TV?
Did you include a payment summary from centrelink?
Also would it be worthwhile to include a confirmation of enrollment from uni?

I was also talking to my husband and he said that if he came out here in the next 6 to 8 weeks he would need to go back to turkey to properly say goodbye to his family and we will probably go back with him to visit our family - is this also a good enough reason to return?
If you have a copy of the statement that you included in the 309 application then include that aswell.

I didn't include a payment summary but it can't hurt to inlcude one. Not sure how beneficial the uni enrolment would be to be honest. Even though you are going to discuss that your husband will be caring for your daughter during your UNI hours, it isn't the purpose of a tourist visa so not sure if they will view it in the wrong light??

Make sure you inlcude your plans to return to Turkey as a family to introduce your daughter to her Turkish family and for your husband to tie up all loose ends and say his goodbyes. Put this in your statments.

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thank you so much for the advice kmarees!!
Good luck with the birth and visa!

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thank you so much for the advice kmarees!!
Good luck with the birth and visa!
Thank-you and best of luck to you also. I hope your husband is granted the TV!

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