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#28182 What Not To Do On An Australian Visa Application

Posted by AussieDude on 09 January 2016 - 02:18 AM

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I am a regular contributor, and I find myself repeating the same advice over and over again. Which is OK because I like the sound of my own voice ;-)
All the posts here detail what you SHOULD do.  As something different, I will detail what NOT to do.  This is based on many years investigating Immigration Fraud cases, it applies to Visitor, Partner and most other visa's.
When you make a visa application, DO NOT..

  • Lie or tell half truths. 
  • Withhold important information that is on public record (i.e you have a criminal history). Honesty may prove you have learnt your lesson and can now be trusted?
  • Claim something you cant prove.  Everything you state must be able to be proved through paperwork. A job without proper pay records is probably fake.
  • Ring the embassy or High Commissioner demanding priority.
  • Send abusive emails to your case worker
  • Criticise your case worker by name in a public forum (yes DIBP read all this)
  • Complain about the fees. Australia ain't cheap
  • If you want to prove a Defacto you must prove 12 months relationship, NOT 11 months and 2 weeks.
  • Include erroneous photos without explaining why the are relevant.  Unsubstantiated Photos mean nothing, they are easily faked.
  • If you include Statements from someone as your relationship or circumstances, make sure they can be contacted by DIBP.  Yes they do check.  
  • Ask for a statement from someone who cant prove that they were in same country as you 12 months ago.  Visa, Passport stamp, airline ticket.
  • Think you are special, important or high priority.  In Australia, we are all equal.  Look up Tall Poppy Syndrome.
  • Expect DIBP to see into your heart,  regardless of how much love you feel, HARD proof is best.  No amount of love will replace hard facts and proof.
  • Expect to get around a medical.  Medicals are mandatory, relax they are not complicated, providing you are healthy.
  • Complain about long waiting times, especially if your application is from a high risk country, they will take longer.
  • Expect to come here and get medicare and welfare the day you arrive.  Come here to build a life and work hard.  Questions like "how soon can I get medicare, or welfare" do not look good
  • Try to avoid or fake Police checks.  They are VERY important to DIBP, what you may think is minor thing, DIBP may consider an issue. If you have a police history, tell them.  Hiding things like that will only hurt your application.
  • Try to fake that your relationship has been for a long time, when it has not.  If the relationship is true, and genuine then all is good.  If its fake and not real, save your money, DIBP will catch you out.
  • Send anything in a foreign language, Everything must be translated (by a certified translator), regardless what some hokey local website or friend of your mother says is ok., (Exception is some EU and Russian missions will accept local language docs, check first).
  • Thinks you are being victimised or discriminated against.  Trust me, DIBP do not care about ladyboys, same sex unions, age gaps, religion, or how many times married. So dont make it an issue.  "DIBP rejected my PV because I am a gay, transgender, muslim, divorcee"  Bullshit.  The Australian Public Service pride themselves on their impartiality.
  • Expect a visa if either of are not of good character, including the sponsor.  Especially if there is a child involved. Good Character is a complex term, but most get the idea.
  • Think visa fees have a guarantee.  Yes the PV is very expensive, and there are no guarantees.  If in doubt DONT APPLY. DIBP is not an Apple Store.
  • Try to fake a relationsip.  Any genuine relationship will have evidence to prove such.  No evidence, its probably not genuine.
  • Be impatient.  DONT be in a hurry.  Patience.  And NO DIBP do not make you wait as a test.  PLAN ahead, DIBP like people who plan holidays well in advance.
  • Get married, or have a baby thinking it will get you special treatment or a fast track.
  • Think that you father/uncle/brother as a famous proctologist/businessman/politician gives you status.  It means nothing.  Its about you and your partner.
  • Provide fake documents, statements, payslips, company certificates, letters etc etc etc.  They are usually spotted immediately.  Just one lie and your probably will be rejected.  Understand this, TRUTH on your application is more important than ANY other aspect.
  • Use or pay a NON licensed immigration agent.  All registered agents with DIBP are listed on the Australian Embassy Websites.  
  • Believe sites like www.easyaussievisa.com, they are usually full of lies and old information. Believe the information on the TRUE www.dibp.gov.au website.    
  • Believe anyone who says they have a friend at the AU embassy, and can get you fast tracked.
  • Judge Australian society, standards and culture by your own.  What may be normal in your homeland maybe either illegal or unacceptable in Australia.  The opposite also applies.
  • Disrespect or treat any Immigration of DIBP staff member poorly.  They have a hard job.
  • While on this forum,
    • Don't demand answers, we are volunteers
    • Don't get narky because we may have not observed you own customs, trust me we are observing ours.
    • Don't demand rapid answers, we all have other real lives, we do our best
    • Read, read and read more. 99% of all questions have been answered before.  So excuse us if we get testy when repeating the same advice for the 1200th time ;-)

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#8652 Australian Partner Visa 2014 India Updates

Posted by Rtjfromkerala on 01 December 2014 - 07:45 PM

Hi Everybody


A very Happy News...Truly Very Happy One...


I got my visa grant today...Finally...WOOO HOOOO....


It was an online application...CO came into the picture 3 weeks back...DOL->7th feb, 2014...


Thanks a lot for everybodys prayers and wishes...and do wish you all the best....


THanks a lot again, guys....


I will be here to help...since I created this group...


Sorry guys, Lately havent been answering much due to work-situation and this visa-situation...but I will do as much as i can...


ATB to everyboday again....and pls stay positive...

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#30222 Australian Partner Visa 2014 India Updates

Posted by SKG on 01 March 2016 - 07:53 PM

Finally!!!! I got my Visa grant even before I reached my destination...

Thank u everyone for ur continuous support and replies..
Shall continue following this forum..
Hope u all get ur visa soon...
And if anyone in Perth and want to meet then do let me know..
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#9591 Australian Partner Visa 2014 India Updates

Posted by Priyanka on 02 January 2015 - 09:29 PM

Hi guys

I got visa today
DOA 3 march 2014
Visa grant 2 jan 2015
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#40335 Partner Visas For 2016 Applications

Posted by denisegabrielle on 08 February 2017 - 03:21 AM

Hello everyone,

Now is my turn to share with you my timeline as I know that this will somehow give you all hope.

DOL - Apr 25, 2016
Country - Philippines (high-risk)
Sponsor (husband) - Australian Citizen (Filipino)
Medicals- May 5, 2016
Requested to send additional docs - Aug 21, 2016 (we were given 28 days to submit the docs but we made the online request from NSO the following day).
We went to AU for a vacation on a visit visa from Jul 2016-Oct 2016
We kept submitting additional pictures and other proofs until Jan 2017
Visa Granted: Feb 7, 2017

Total of 9 mos and 13 days

We were given until Mar 15, 2017 to enter Australia.

We got married on Mar 28, 2016 and I got a daughter from my previous marriage (dependent). We are both Filipinos.

I can say personally that my Novena to St. Jude Thaddeus is indeed powerful. I got this great news right after my Novena. Just keep on praying guys. Your golden email will come in no time.

God Bless you all!
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#39711 Partner Visas For 2016 Applications

Posted by don-don on 14 January 2017 - 08:11 AM

Hi everyone I just wanna share my timeline here,I received the golden email yesterday..

Partner visa subclass 100
DOL : August 22,2016
Visa Grant: January 13,2017
Almost 5 months only,Me and my husband married for 3 years and with two kids..Cheers!😊
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#3900 Partner Visa Update - For applications submitted in 2014

Posted by Australian Visa Advice on 11 April 2014 - 02:44 PM

Partner Visa Update - For applications submitted in 2014


A member has suggested a new thread for partner visa applications submitted in 2014. Given that we are up to April already, I think this is a good idea.


If you have submitted a partner visa application, whether it be partner, prospective marriage etc, and you want to discuss the processing with other members, then this is the place to do it.


When asking a question it is always helpful if you mention the post where the application was submitted and the visa applied for, example "A partner visa submitted in Bangkok, Thailand on 12 February".


For partner visas submitted last year, keep the questions to this thread: Partner Visa 2013 Updates

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#37491 Partner Visas For 2016 Applications

Posted by Jasbassi on 23 September 2016 - 07:32 AM














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#30829 What Not To Do On An Australian Visa Application

Posted by AussieDude on 19 March 2016 - 07:23 PM

My gripe this week.  


I answer on average 50-100 IM's and posts per week.  I try to do my best.  I speak and write English excdptionally well, and I do not write down (dumb down).  I try to be clear, and accurate.


I have had several people, lets call them morons,  who complained because they did not understand the English words I was using, they complained why did I not use simple words, why did I have to use complicated words like, prosecution, compliance, accuracy, Affidavit... etc. So my response is this..


1)  respect the fact that I dont speak your language and I have no understanding of your literacy levels.  Consider I am trying to help you. I am not here to make you feel inadequate (look it up...  dictionary.com)

2)  Dictionary.com

3)  These words really have no simple alternative, yes English is a precise and complicated language. To use alternatives would alter the meaning.


There is an old saying, 'Don't bite the hand that feeds you'

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#9564 Australian Partner Visa 2014 India Updates

Posted by Sushy Delhi To Australia on 01 January 2015 - 05:53 AM

Happy New Year 2015 to everyone here on this forum.

Hope AHC starts granting more visas every alternate day and clear the backlogs...

New Year New Hopes. Hope of uniting with our better halves..

Waiting for days now and waiting for some miracle to happen, some good news to hear.

All The Best to All of you... 

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#9471 Australian Partner Visa 2014 India Updates

Posted by Rajmohan on 23 December 2014 - 07:58 PM



Got my wife visa today...

DOL: 24  April  2014


Thank you guys for ur wishes and prays....


All the best for yours..... 

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#8332 Australian Partner Visa 2014 India Updates

Posted by VSydney on 19 November 2014 - 03:55 PM

Hi Guys,

I received visa grant letter on last Friday (14-Nov-2014). Date of lodgement was 20-Feb-2014, and it was paper application through VFS.
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#7934 Australian Partner Visa 2014 India Updates

Posted by waiting on 28 October 2014 - 07:51 PM

Hi All,


I got visa today.

 DOA: 10/01/14

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#5697 Partner visa 2013 updates only

Posted by Gurmeet on 26 July 2014 - 04:38 AM

Hi guys

Partner visa 309/100 AHC new delhi

File of lodgement. 28 oct 2013

Document requested. 1st may 2014

Document submitted. 5th may 2014

File in queue. 27 may 2014

Visa grant. 25 july 2014

Thanks everyone
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#38651 Partner Visas For 2016 Applications

Posted by yahoo on 24 November 2016 - 12:06 AM

Hey Everyone


Today was just like any normal day, my wife and i were having lunch and decided to check my email and to my surprise i saw an email heading grant letter and once i opened it i couldn't believe my visa was approved before 12months. we were at the restaurant celebrating while the rest of the people were just looking at us like crazy people.  a brief background


DOL 17th Feb 2016 PMV

applied from Kenya online

medicals was done in March

police clearance uploaded June 2016

Got married September 2016

applied to change the PMV to partner visa 309 in NOV once we got the original marriage certificate

Granted 23rd Nov 2016

time frame 9months


my case was complicated but i did my homework and uploaded more then enough evidence talking about 60 different uploads 10% of which were photos most of the other stuff were joint accounts, traveling together, etc.

seems like just yesterday i started this forum and now i have my 309 provisional visa. non of the people on my form 888 were called. my wife and i didn't even get a phone call from the embassy to ask questions nor were we called for an interview.


Good luck everyone  and just hang in there your time will come

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#30930 Australian Partner Visa 2014 India Updates

Posted by flyawaywithmexxx on 21 March 2016 - 09:32 PM

Hiya friends,
After 9 months we received the golden email.....with many tears, laughter and excitement,its our lucky day .....god has granted our visa
Our CO was Rahul
He asked me what was the highest schooling qualification?
Where he was working?
When he will arrive in Australia?
If i still wanted to sponsor?
If he could have a copy of the first and last page of bobbys passport?
He didn't interview bobby
Within 2hrs we received confirmation letter!
We are on cloud 9 nothing in this world can compare. ...i love him
Rahul was a gentleman! !!!!
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#24148 Australian Partner Visa 2014 India Updates

Posted by Panther on 23 September 2015 - 10:39 PM

Hi Guys,


I have received my wife's visa today. Thank you so much everyone for sharing information, this forum has been really excellent in providing useful input.


DOL: 21st November 2014

Visa Grant: 23/09/2015

Duration: 10 months 2 Days


The visa was granted soon after the interview call.


I wish all the best to everyone, hope you all get your visas soon. God Bless You ALL.




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#12857 First Aid Certification - Internationally recognised

Posted by FirstAidTraining on 25 April 2015 - 01:53 AM

We are now offering in Thailand the following courses which may assist you in obtaining job placement and Visa approval for Australia (or Anywhere).
A lot of companies now require a "CPR and AED" certification that is valid, they last for 2 years
For roles as Nannies a "Care for Children" certification is required
We can train in Thailand and provide these certifications which are internationally recognised.
PM me to find out more info or book these courses or Call K Pla +66 (0)80 050 3193.


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The Emergency First Response CPR & AED training course teaches the basic principles of CPR and how to deploy and use an Automated External Defibrillation (AED) in an emergency situation. This life saving device and training can increase a patient’s chance of survival from a cardiac arrest by around fifty percent.
This Emergency First Response training course is very popular for annual CPR (re-)training often required for the workplace to meet workplace safety requirements.
Price: 4,500 baht plus VAT per person
EFR Care For Children


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The Emergency First Response Care for Children training course is an innovative CPR, AED and First Aid training course that teaches participants how to provide emergency care for injured or ill children (ages one to eight) and infants less than one year old. Participants learn about the types of medical emergencies that children face, and how they differ from adults. The curriculum also includes the importance of attending to basic emergency situations with children, the emotional aspects of caring for children, secondary care for children, and preventing common injuries and illnesses in children.
The Emergency First Response Care for Children course trains the lay rescuer to follow the same priorities of care used by medical professionals. The student masters the priorities and the procedures of patient care for infants and children in a non-stressful learning environment, which reduces the performance anxieties that interfere with learning and enhances confidence when rendering aid in a real medical emergency.
The course includes both primary care (CPR) and secondary care (first aid) skills. The primary care portion of the course prepares the rescuer to help an infant or child with a life-threatening emergency such as choking or cardiac arrest. Secondary care focuses on developing first aid skills and building the rescuer’s confidence to help an infant or child in need when emergency medical services are either delayed or unavailable. The Care for Children course content is based on guidelines from the Pediatric Working Group of ILCOR.
Care for Children Primary Care Course Content:

  • Scene Assessment, Barrier Use, Primary Assessment, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR, child and infant), Serious Bleeding Management, Shock Management, Spinal Injury Management, Conscious and Unconscious Choking Management (child and infant)
  • Recommended Skill
    – Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Use (child)

Care for Children Secondary Care Course Content:

  • Injury Assessment
  • Bandaging
  • Illness Assessment.

Price: 5,999 Baht plus VAT per person

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#11330 Student Dependent Visa Subclass 573

Posted by hemiz on 26 February 2015 - 11:46 PM

I didnt get any interviews and also unknown about the case officer. I directly got visa on 6 months 7 days.
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#11296 Australian Partner Visa 2014 India Updates

Posted by venu on 26 February 2015 - 07:54 PM

Hi everyone I got visa today at 12pm just few min talk with my hubby and send a grant notification....
Dol 23rd June 2014,
Visa grant 24th Feb
All the best for everyone....



Hi guys


i got my visa today at 3.30pm


so happy now..finally going to b united wid my hubby




Hello everybody, I am a June 10th Paper Applicant, New Delhi via VFS Global. I got my Visa today dated 25th February 2015. 
My first wedding anniversary was yesterday and this is the biggest gift I have got today after so much wait. It was (37 weeks 1 day) close to 9 months wait seriously too much. 
The details: Interview was for 1/2 an hour. 10:54 AM he called me and ended 11:24 AM and visa was granted via email after 20 minutes. I don't know the name of CO because he spoke to me and didn't give me chance to ask him his name and then he called my hubby in Australia. He asked questions related to our relationship of 2 years. Then he apologized my husband 3 times on phone for keeping us apart from each other. The CO is a gentleman, polite and disciplined. I was rather shivering out of excitement.
Thanks and good luck to everyone here on this forum. 




hello everyone.... got my visa today around 1 hour back.... 

date of lodgement 21 april 2014 online mode,,, 

case officer initials SS

probably case officer allocated today only and she called my husband first and asked him few questions and 10 mins later she called me and asked  questions... and after 20 mins i got visa grant mail... i and my husband are really really happy,,, its like m still dreaming,,,, thank you everyone for creating this wonderful forum and giving guidance and helping each other... good luck everyone .... but one thing please keep ringing ahc until you get some response... i did same.... called 4 to 5 times in february,,, and finally they said they'll escalate case and get case officer by next week but luckily got case officer and visa this week only.... 

good luck everyone... !!!

A big Congrats to u guys...Happy to hear the good news..!!

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