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Old 06-07-2010, 08:10 PM
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Question 676 Tourist Visa Application Questions

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I'm a UK citizen and about to apply for the 676 Tourist Visa, hopefully for 12 months (already had the WHV) and am just a little bit worried about some of the supporting info the checklist suggests we supply.....

So far I have:
Police check
Backpacker travel insurance
Private medical insurance for the UK,
an email from a friend offering me accomodation for some of my time,and
sufficient funds - proved in savings account and credit cards

I'm more worried about the info suggested for incentive to return home - I own property in London so can prove that, but thats about it - I've written a few sentances about how all my family are in London, but I will not have job to return to - obviously as I'm planning on being away for 12 months I'll be handing in my notice, I thought to include my CV showing that I have a good career here, but am I just worrying unnecessarily and this is a bit of overkill??

I plan to submit a paper application as I don't have access to a scanner to upload all these documents and apply online- is there any difference in their processing? One better or quicker than the other?

Sorry for silly questions - would just like to get this right (and have been watching waaay to much Border Security!)!!

Thanks very much
PZ


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Hi Guys!

I'm a UK citizen and about to apply for the 676 Tourist Visa, hopefully for 12 months (already had the WHV) and am just a little bit worried about some of the supporting info the checklist suggests we supply.....

So far I have:
Police check
Backpacker travel insurance
Private medical insurance for the UK,
an email from a friend offering me accomodation for some of my time,and
sufficient funds - proved in savings account and credit cards

I'm more worried about the info suggested for incentive to return home - I own property in London so can prove that, but thats about it - I've written a few sentances about how all my family are in London, but I will not have job to return to - obviously as I'm planning on being away for 12 months I'll be handing in my notice, I thought to include my CV showing that I have a good career here, but am I just worrying unnecessarily and this is a bit of overkill??

I plan to submit a paper application as I don't have access to a scanner to upload all these documents and apply online- is there any difference in their processing? One better or quicker than the other?

Sorry for silly questions - would just like to get this right (and have been watching waaay to much Border Security!)!!

Thanks very much
PZ
I'm not too sure what they make their judgements on re looking for indication of incentive to return home but you probably can do no more than what you have indicated and it may be that they are more interested to see that you have funds etc. so as you'll not be tempted to do any work.
You can on a tourist visa do WWOOF Australia btw and one way of stretching funds if it gets mentioned your funds look light on.





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Thanks for your reply Wanderer, I'm not worried about the funds side of things - have been saving for this trip for a looooooong time! But is there such a thing as submitting too much info?


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Thanks for your reply Wanderer, I'm not worried about the funds side of things - have been saving for this trip for a looooooong time! But is there such a thing as submitting too much info?
I suppose you do want to find the balance of supplying what they ask for and making it quality not quantity.
Tourist visas do not usually take all that long to grant and it should not be a huge difference between a paper application or electronic.





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Ok, well just waiting for the nice Mr Postman to hurry up and return my police check, so then I guess Its just a case of leaving it all with Australia House and keeping my fingers crossed! eek! :-)


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Hi just thought I would let you all know quick, I got a phone call this morning, my visa has been granted (only took 4 days - I'm very impressed!)

However, they are no longer granting 12 month visitor visa's with multiple entry, as they know that this effectively gives you 24 months and they want to try and stop this, you can still get 12 month single entry or 6 months with multiple entry (which can get you 18 months with careful planning). This may not be the case everywhere, but thats certainly the case in London now apparently!


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Hi just thought I would let you all know quick, I got a phone call this morning, my visa has been granted (only took 4 days - I'm very impressed!)

However, they are no longer granting 12 month visitor visa's with multiple entry, as they know that this effectively gives you 24 months and they want to try and stop this, you can still get 12 month single entry or 6 months with multiple entry (which can get you 18 months with careful planning). This may not be the case everywhere, but thats certainly the case in London now apparently!
Thanks for that PZ, interesting too but then I was surprised that they had allowed the loophole to get 2 years out of a 12 months visa.





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Hi just thought I would let you all know quick, I got a phone call this morning, my visa has been granted (only took 4 days - I'm very impressed!)

However, they are no longer granting 12 month visitor visa's with multiple entry, as they know that this effectively gives you 24 months and they want to try and stop this, you can still get 12 month single entry or 6 months with multiple entry (which can get you 18 months with careful planning). This may not be the case everywhere, but thats certainly the case in London now apparently!
Hi was just wondering if they phoned, after you had requested 12 month multiple entry, to give you the option of either asingle entry 12 month one, or a multiple entry 6 month one, just I am going to be in the same situation and I had hoped for 12 month one with multiple entries, so wonder if I ask for that whether they will just decline the whole application, or give me options..hey ho! typical of my luck for them to change the rules! pleased you got your so quickly though!


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Hi Wimo,

I submitted a paper application in person at Aus house on Monday morning, and they phoned me this morning (Thursday) explaining they're not doing that any more, and they gave me the option of 12 months with a single entry, or 6 months multiple entry. I went for 6 months multiple as I'll be popping over to NZ o see more friends - with careful planning you can still get 18 months.

The guy also mentioned that I would be able to extend it onshore with a new application - so I'm hoping that it may come without the no further stay clause!

He did mention that I had a very strong application, so I don't know if that made a difference to the processing times or not. Just waiting for the postie to deliver back my passport now! :-)


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Two questions related to long term tourist visa 676:
1) the No Work requirement: I am a US citizen and I am coming to Australia to do the tourist thing as well as train and compete as an amateur in area triathlons. (I already looked into the sport visa and don't have enough international acclaim.) I have a job in the US that would allow me to work from Australia if I ask -- is this a "No, No" even though no Aussie company would be paying me? Would just rather not take a long term leave of absence... My job is the sort that has no customer and would require no Australian resources beyond internet access.

2) There is no mention of what amount of savings is "adequate" for funding a 6-12 month stay. My room and board will be covered by an Australian citizen (friend) so my only expenses will by my transportation/touring costs and triathlon expenses. Would having my room and board covered factor in to how much money I show I have accessible in the bank?


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