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Old 04-01-2014, 03:32 AM
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Hello,

My wife has applied for a Partner Visa, current is on a bridging visa awaiting Immigration decision for a PR. She is living with me in Australia currently and we applied for the Partner Visa onshore.

Her parents wishes to visit Australia for her graduation ceremony in September. They would like to stay in Australia for 3 and a bit weeks. They are coming from China, and both have full time work in China.

What do they need to do to apply for a visitor visa?

Would I have to write a letter to Immigration (but give it to my wife's parents) saying I will sponsor them and pay for their expenses?

Do they need to take out travel insurance and health insurance for Australia in China?

My wife's university has already produced a letter to immigration saying my wife is eligible to attend the next graduation ceremony.

Also, how long before their anticipated arrival date should they apply for a visitor visa?

I want them to get a visitor visa soon so i can book all flights and accommodation as required.

Many thanks guys.

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Old 04-01-2014, 05:38 AM
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The visa usually last for 1 year from the date of grant. So i would apply first then organise all the tickets/accom once you have the visa letter.

Travel insurance is optional. Health insurance will depend on the processing centre, when my gf got her they didn't request it.

If they are working full time can they get 3 weeks off? Get the employer to write a letter confirming this and state their position will be held until their return (this IMO carries more weight than you sponsoring them).

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Definitely get travel insurance. Even if they are fit and healthy, accidents happen.

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Thanks for the advice. Just a bit worried about applying so soon. When i visit China, they say do not apply until one month before because the Chinese visa to visit China has a enter by date.


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Is China an ETA country? If not apply for a visitor visa no more than 3/4 months. With subclass 600 they usually don't give you more than 3 months to enter (unlike eta which is 12 months). I do remember someone on the forum getting only 2 months.

It is hard to judge with the processing times a bit higher now too.

Just supply everything you can to show that they have a reason to return home.


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No it's not ETA. 600 only.

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Thanks for the replies.

Do you know where i can get an example of a letter I can write to immigration explaining that I take full responsibility for my wife's parents in terms of accommodation (hotels etc), and costs?

What do i have to mention? I think my relationship with my wife (do i need to write down her visa grant number for our bridging visa), what i work as, where i work etc

Anything else?

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Another question, I want to provide them with adequate health insurance and travel insurance while they are in Australia. They will only be here between three to four weeks.

Most insurance policies last at least 3 months to a year. I can not find one that gives insurance for only 3 to 4 weeks.

Anyone know where I can go to provide them with adequate health and travel insurance?

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Usually the person takes out travel insurance in their home country for visits and that includes medical coverage.


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