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Old 12-02-2013, 04:43 AM
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Tourist Visa for Filipina Friend

Been chatting for a few months with a friend from the Philippines. Went to visit her in October/November and spent some time together. Towards the end of the trip I asked her if she would like to come to Australia for christmas / new years on a holiday. She agreed so we lodged a tourist visa (600) at the VIA office on the 22nd November. They finished processing it on the 29th November and she got a message today it is ready to be picked up at the VIA office. She will pick it up tomorrow to find out the result.

What I have been told is that they do a phone interview but she never did a phone interview at any stage. Just wondering if anyone here went through the visa process over there where they did not call and the visa was granted. The fact she wasn't phoned up makes me wonder if she was not approved without even calling her.

Just a little bit about the application:
- I lodged a statuatory declaration saying I would pay for everything for her on her trip over
- I attached payslips and letter of employment. 5 years in same job with 6 figure income so very stable

I have in the past lodged visa applications (ex wife 9 years ago fiancee visa/permanent residency) successfully so have good history with immigration.

About me, I am 44, she is 23. She is a call centre worker in Manila. Like most filipinas she is dirt poor with hardly any savings which I why I have agreed to foot everything bill wise


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Been chatting for a few months with a friend from the Philippines. Went to visit her in October/November and spent some time together. Towards the end of the trip I asked her if she would like to come to Australia for christmas / new years on a holiday. She agreed so we lodged a tourist visa (600) at the VIA office on the 22nd November. They finished processing it on the 29th November and she got a message today it is ready to be picked up at the VIA office. She will pick it up tomorrow to find out the result.

What I have been told is that they do a phone interview but she never did a phone interview at any stage. Just wondering if anyone here went through the visa process over there where they did not call and the visa was granted. The fact she wasn't phoned up makes me wonder if she was not approved without even calling her.

Just a little bit about the application:
- I lodged a statuatory declaration saying I would pay for everything for her on her trip over
- I attached payslips and letter of employment. 5 years in same job with 6 figure income so very stable

I have in the past lodged visa applications (ex wife 9 years ago fiancee visa/permanent residency) successfully so have good history with immigration.

About me, I am 44, she is 23. She is a call centre worker in Manila. Like most filipinas she is dirt poor with hardly any savings which I why I have agreed to foot everything bill wise
Hi Bigdavao, normally they will call the applicant if there is a problem or want some more documents.. in my experiences I had 2 times visa granted and my last time applied for 3rd time, I got a call from my embassy it was only regarding my frequent application but still she approved my 3rd visa. No worries.

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Thanks mate. I hear from a lot of people that part of the procedure is they will ring up and conduct an interview. Hoping that everything is good today when she picks up the visa.

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She got the visa Totally stoked. Was lodged Nov 22, Assessed Nov 29 and picked it up today from the VIA office. An early Christmas present

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Fantastic, so you didn't have to show bank certificate ?

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Great to hear about your visa.

I am in the same boat as you. I went through an agent we lodged our application on Monday 2nd So we also hope for a Christmas prezzie.

Only difference we are Engaged and also going through our Subclass 300
This will be her first time travelling, i also submitted a letter of invitation with photo and communication logs, pay slips. Providing all her living expenses including health cover, flights etc.

Im greatly surprised how quickly she got her visa processed, i hope we are that lucky also, i was expecting 4 weeks or more...

this is my first time doing this Visa thing. its quite daunting...

Also to your Question, From my migration agent he stated that phone or personal interviews are rare these days, and only ever done if an applicant looks suspect, As long as you give them everything they need off the bat processing is all done in one go.

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The documents we provided were as follows

- Form 1419. The VIA office only accepts bank cheques as well for the application so dont bother with the credit card payment form
- A letter from my employer stating my annual pay and commencement of employment
- A letter from me stating I would take full responsibility for all financial and accommodation expenses. As no firm travel plans had been made I also stated that I would purchase travel/medical insurance at the time of buying tickets
- A printout of my bank balances from my internet banking page (not statement, just balances)
- A few photos of us together to let them know we have met in person
- A letter confirming my girls employment (she works in a call centre)

Was pretty straight forward the documents we provided. Would have been very easy to assess. As I said she is poor. No major assets, no children or anything tying her back to the Philippines and she is quitting her job so she does fall into a few red flag areas. I think the good history I had dealing with immigration in the past and the security of my job might have been a couple of telling factors.


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Excellent, congratulations we are on a similar track. She has resigned from her job in Dubai, now has to transfer her money from UAE to philippines so she can get a Bank Certificate. I just got my certificate this morning and sent it, so we should apply early next week.

We will be supplying letter of invitation, my letter of employment and confirmation, some payslips, both bank certificates, birth certificates, copies of both passports, and some photos of us together.

I think I remembered them all.

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Hubby68, dont forget on the letter of invitation to make a declaration you will look after all financial, accommodation and travel expenses she may incur

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A few days from now I will be leaving philippines again this time I got a multiple visa entry, early Christmas present from the Australian Government while waiting for my pmv 300 to be granted. I applied last Nov. 27 and granted dec 4, 2013...God is good always...

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