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#41 AussieDude

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Posted 23 January 2017 - 08:28 PM

You mentioned documents attached to a visa application that are not in English must be translated. I spoke with the Australia Visa Centre in BKK last month who informed me this does not need to be done for a tourist visa. Also got the same information from a highly regarded translation company in Chiang Mai.

Right or wrong ?

If the VFS in Bangkok said no translation then, its not required.  I always state the worst case, but as the VFS program engages more local employees with document verification skills, the need for translation is slowly reducing.

 

Hopefully, Thailand will be soon enabled to use the ETA E-Visa scheme, and most of the VV processing guff will be circumvented.




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Posted 27 January 2017 - 11:56 PM

This weeks gem..   Visa Processing Delays at this time of year.

 

So, Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere.  December and January are our SUMMER months.

 

Christmas, and the NYE holidays are the MAIN holidays for Australians.  Most Australian schools recess for 8-10 weeks at this time of year.

 

Its the best weather and we all go on Holiday.

 

Most Aussie Civil Servants (ie DIBP and EMbassy Staff) have a requirement to NOT carry too much annual leave over the calendar year.  Most managers (gov and private enterprise) encourage staff to take leave at this time of year.  The same as the US and Europe shut down for 2 months from July 1.

 

So, think about Xmas, and the huge influx of families into AU for the Season, think about how cold and shitty the Northern Hemisphere is at this time and you all want to come and bask in our sun.  Think about the massive seasonal load on the embassies, then consider 50% of Visa staff head off for at least 2-4 weeks holidays.

 

Then you ask why the delay. 

 

Plan, book and apply well ahead.  If you need a visa for December. Then apply in October at the latest, not mid december and whinge about delays.

 

There is an old saying here in Australia, if you dont conclude the business by 1st week December, then it will wait until 1-Feb.




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Posted 04 February 2017 - 12:23 PM

Thanks thats valuable info.
 
Does the Kartu Keluarga record land and ownership aspect as well?  Thailand is moving away from the House Book to a proper land titles registry.


No, it doesn't state land ownership so maybe in that sense it is unique to Thailand. The Kartu keluarga(KK) just indicates the parents and children and other family members still living together as a unit. When a child gets married they have to have their own KK. It states date and place of birth as well national ID number.


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Posted 11 February 2017 - 10:02 PM

If you are going to provide details of a job, job references, etc.  Make sure they are REAL.  IMMI check.

 

The will quickly check of the company is real and registered in your country.  Then they will ring the person who wrote the letter.

 

If either comes up blank or no contact, natural law says the reference is fake and you not only failed to provide evidence (no Visa) , you lied to IMMI and provided false documentation, a criminal offence.

 

Better to not do it, fact checking is getting more and more detailed, as more and more databases are coming online and available to IMMI.




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Posted 01 July 2017 - 12:29 AM

I have been on holiday in Thailand with my (thai) wife for the last 3 months, apologies to all for my slow response to IM's etc.

 

Thought of the day...

 

I get a lot of questions about people who have multiple, successive visa rejections.  Naturally they are very disappointed and upset.

 

They always ask me how they get success next time.....

 

There is a saying.. ' The definition of insanity is to continue to do the exact same thing, over and over, but expect a different outcome'.

 

When DIBP rejects a visa application, there is ALWAYS a letter that states in detail, exactly why the rejection/decision was made. ALWAYS.

 

Re-applying without fundamentally and materially correcting the reason for rejection, will, of course, result in another rejection. Read the letter of rejection, ask the forum leaders to explain things if you dont understand the legal jibberish, then re-apply.

 

Case in point.....   Man has 3 month VV rejected because he did not PROVE he had the finds in his own account to cover the stay.  He re-applied with another letter from his parents stating they will meet his expenses. REJECTION.

 

He finally had parents place the required funds into his account, and sent DIBP a copy of his bank statement, Bingo, APPROVED.

 

DIBP works to the 'letter of the law'.  Make sure you respond to a rejection reason, to the letter.

 

 

 

addressing the reason




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Posted 25 August 2017 - 12:13 AM

When do I buy air tickets, when do I get a PCC or medical done?

 

I see this question all the time, and so many people get it wrong.

 

I always advise.....

  1. Wait until IMMI or your CO formally requests (usually in writing or a message on the portal) you get a medical or get a PCC. Do not get either without a request.
    1. Getting  a PCC earlier than needed you run the risk of the PCC being out of date when its finally called for.
    2. IMMI normally specify what doctor and medical centre you must use, anyone else will be rejected. You must use the IMMI specified doctor. There are some situations when you can use any doctor, but again wait for the request.
  2. Dont purchase airline tickets, insurance, accommodation etc UNTIL you have a visa grant in hand. I know there are savings to be made with advance purchase, but you may get a rejection and loose your investment altogether
    1. If you MUST purchase before a visa grant, be sure to get open tickets, where you can move the travel dates without penalty.
    2. If your on your first VV, be sure to purchase a return ticket, IMMI look for this as an indicator of possible overstay.



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Posted 02 September 2017 - 05:03 AM

Todays topic "True Love and length of the relationship"

 

As deeply in love and genuine your relationship is, you need to pass some tests by DIBP.  This may seem cruel and heartless as DIBP dont 'see what we really have'.  Unfortunately, many 'couples' lie and falsify the genuine nature of their relationship, including getting married as a convenience, so DIBP check and test all by the same rules.  Legal marriage seems to count for nothing these days :-(

 

The de facto test is the one I get most asked about.  The de facto criteria go like this " a genuine and enduring relationship, to the exclusion of all others, has existed for more than 12 months prior to application".

 

The points DIBP look into deeply

  1. Proof of when the relationship started. Usually corroborated by a number of pieces of evidence.
  2. Its genuine, that is, a real couple, sharing daily life, expenses, decisions, challenges and celebrations.
  3. You exclude all others, difficult to prove if one of you is backpacking by themselves for 6 months of the year.

Remember this.  If the relationship is genuine, there is always proof.




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Posted 02 September 2017 - 03:26 PM

Grumpy annoyed AussieDude is sick of answering this question...

 

"I applied for a XXX visa on 12/12/15, when will it be approved"

 

Go to the DIBP website.  For every Visa class, there is a guide to processing times, example for a 309;

Stream 75 per cent of applications processed 90 per cent of applications processed ​309 - Provisional visa ​13 Months 16 Months ​​100 - Permanent visa 22 Months 35 Months

These time limits are realistic, and also form the basis for DIBP performance measures.

 

To be in the 75% sooner bracket, your application will need to be perfect and you will need to be lodging from a Class A/1 country.

 

Anything else, expect (plan on) the longer time.

 

As always with anything DIBP related, PATIENCE is the key to success.




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Posted 23 September 2017 - 01:37 PM

Letter from Employers;

 

I have been seeing a increasing number of VV rejections due to the 'Letter from Employer, confirming leave, and confirming job upon return' not standing up to IMMI scrutiny.

 

For a Letter From Employer to be valid, it should include;

  1. The company letterhead, an email is not sufficient.
  2. The company's registration number in that country. IMMI do check, most company registries worldwide are available online.
  3. The company's street address.  Usually checked with the phone book.
  4. The name, position and signature of the author
  5. A VALID phone number that IMMI will ring to validate the letter.  If IMMI cant speak to the author for whatever reason, the letter is rejected.
  6. A statement that confirms your employment basis (contract, full time, part time) and how long you have been an employee
  7. A statement that confirms your employer is aware of your leave plans, and that you have paid or unpaid leave for the same period of time on your visa application
  8. A statement that confirms that you will have a job waiting for you upon return
  9. It helps (but not mandatory) to have a statement that states your wage, pay period and method of pay.  You can then back this up with bank statements that match the wage amount and frequency.

So, I write this list of tips as we are seeing more and more fake letters of employment, usually from high risk countries.  Most commonly a quick check of the Company Registration shows up a fake, the next test is the inability to speak to the letter author, usually a fake telephone number.

 

Fake is Fake.  Does not matter how 'good' the fake is, it is very easy for IMMI to validate employment letters.

 

Providing fake documents, and being caught by IMMI, usually results in a rejection, and often a 3 year ban.




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Posted 23 September 2017 - 01:58 PM

Patience is a Virtue;

 

I have posted on this topic before, but every day I read posts complaining about DIBP delays, slow response, and applicants asking how they can hurry things along/complain/escalate.

 

Australia today is probably the #1 destination for holiday makers and migration/immigrants.  Australia also has some of the toughest border/visa rules in the world.  Combine these two and you now understand why DIBP is so busy.  

 

DIBP now provide processing time estimates on their website, for each visa class, you should consult this before asking the forum 'how long'.

 

DIBP is a like a machine. It chugs along, following process, doing everything in order.  First in First out.  Apart from Ministerial intervention, no-one, no-body can change the priority.  The only things that effects the time taken to grant a visa is 1) how good was the application 2) workload at the embassy or VFS office where you lodged your application.

 

Like a machine, DIBP is blind to race, ethnicity, social and economic standing.  They process, review and determine every application the same.  I am so tired of hearing the 'DIBP is racist towards xxxx people, they purposely delay visa grants to people from country xxx'. DICP is fair, ethical and impartial, always. Visa applications commonly fail because the applicant did not provide the required information, or they do not pass the various character, financial, etc requirements.  

 

So back to the topic of patience.  

 

DIBP will take as long as they need, get over it. Bitching and complaining to your CW will probably not have a positive effect.  Core to Australian values is the concept of equality.  We are all the same, equal in the eyes of the Govt, Courts and Law, regardless of status, wealth or influence.  Australian despise queue jumpers, and anyone that thinks they are more important than themselves.

 

Be patient, work the system, follow the process, be responsive, accurate, truthful and also be patient.

 

DO NOT bitch and complain about DIBP delays, you are not special, we all experience the same. As they say,   'we are all in the same boat'.




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Posted 30 September 2017 - 03:13 AM

Todays words of wisdom;  Medical Exams, will I pass, do I/don't I tell DIBP I have disease xxx?

 

The medical screening of visitors (not all) and immigrants exists to protect Australia, both medically and financially.

 

The medical will determine if you suffer from a serious illness that is either 1) a major health risk to the Australian public (ie TB, Ebola) or the condition will cost the Australian Taxpayers a lot of money to treat you under medicare.  This criteria also extends to illnesses that medical support is in very short supply, ie some mental disorders.

 

Only TB will (normally) get you an immediate rejection, all other conditions are assessed by Medical staff (not Visa staff) for the public safety aspect,  and long term cost of care.  There are option for appeal, second opinions, and even if your condition does present adverse long term cocts, you may also be able to sign a Health Waiver' that allows you to either pre-pay the costs or allow The Australian Government to recover the costs from you.

 

What you must not do is lie or try to conceal an illness.  Being caught lying on the medical is a very serious offence, and usually results in rejection.

 

Be 100% truthful and open, Always.




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Posted 04 December 2017 - 03:21 PM

The complete procedure of getting Australia PR Visa varies from applicant to applicant, the applicant can migrate to Australia under different skilled programs and Australia Government stated the point based system. The applicant has to score the minimum of 60 points and higher will be beneficial if you are looking for the invitation. The things that could be kept in mind before applying are

1. Should score minimum of 60 points

2. Should have work experience if applying for the skilled visa.

3. Should be submitted all the relevant documents with accuracy.

4. Should take help of the authorized consultancy for the same.

5.Must score good marks in ILETs and professoriat in English.
 

If you are looking for Skilled Independent Visa, it is better to get consultation from the authorized visa consultant.



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Posted 23 February 2018 - 10:51 PM

This weeks rant ('rant' to Shout and complain angrily and at length. a 'tirade')

 

Refused Visa: Not a Genuine TEMPORARY Visitor, or

 

My Visa Was Refused....."I am not satisfied that the applicant’s personal circumstances support her claims that she intends to temporarily stay in Australia as a visitor. Therefore, I find that she does not meet clause 600.211."  Or si
 
This is the standard and 'classic' reply that DIBP gives when they feel that there is a high risk of a person (applicant) from a economically poorer country, seeking entry TEMPORARY into Australia, will overstay the granted visa.   
 
Unfortunately, thousands of TEMPORARY visitors each year promise to stay for just the visa period, but drop off the radar and overstay, most seeking a better life or earning money for their family overseas. 
 
For this discussion, Ill call these overstaying visitors 'illegals'.  A hard but accurate term.
 
A lot of these illegal visitors who do this, are often forced into 'cash' or off the book jobs, often earning far less than minimum, award or regular wages. Not being registered or legitimate employees, they have no workers rights, OH&S insurance, fair protection or support. 
 
They tolerate these conditions often for fear of being found out and deported, as any form of work on a Vistors Visa, paid or in kind, is not allowed.
 
This situation has created a sad but epidemic 'slave' labour market, exploited by effectively criminal employers. 
 
Most at risk are younger women working in the hospitality, sex, massage and beauty industries, and men working in low skilled manual labour and construction jobs.   
 
So here's these pinch.  People say its their choice and what does it matter?
 
Because of our OH&S, Workplace and Medicare laws, which protect any person regardless of visa status (people first), when these exploited individuals suffer an workplace accident, they are uninsured, so the Government, aka us taxpayers, foots the bill for their medical and rehabilitation costs.  Or worse, their accident is not reported, and they go without basic medical treatment and help.  They go without workers basic rights, fair treatment, and access to any form of support and help.
 
Unlike some 'developed' nations, no one will be turned away from an Australian hospital, ever.  People first, money second.   The Aussie taxpayer again picking up the bill, if the hospital cant recover the costs.
 
Secondly, these scumbag criminal employers, exploiting these illegals, do so for personal profit.  But as long as there is a pool of illegals eager to work for cash, off the books, these employers will take them in.   Even though its a criminal offence for an employer to employ an illegal, the type of people these employers are dont give a shit about the law.
 
Hence, DIBP and Government policy is to curb the flow of potential illegals, regardless how unfair it may be sometimes.   They do this by scrutinizing all VV applications from high risk individuals, and their 'compelling' reason to return home at the end of the visa.
 
A large portion of DIBP resources is devoted to weeding out potential illegals, when it could be used to hasten the genuine migration applicants.



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Posted 02 April 2018 - 05:56 PM

This weeks insights.....

 

I obtained some statistics from IMMI regarding visa 'refusal' reasons this week.  Over 60% of all Visa refusal decisions by IMMI are due to INCOMPLETE applications.

 

Every Visa application form (online or offline) has a checklist on what documents/evidence you MUST include with the application.

 

So, if you actually check the checklist, and include/attach/upload EVERYTHING  IMMI states as required, you will improve your chances of a visa grant by 60%.

 

Ain't that hard people.




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Posted 15 April 2018 - 02:39 AM

This weeks gripe.......    Fake MARA Immigration Agents.

 

The Australian Government formally registers and governs all Immigration Agents, through a Government Agency called the "Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority" or M.A.R.A for short. In Australia, it is now illegal for any person or company to trade as, or provide any form of Immigration (into Australia) Services unless they are MARA Registered.  This was to stamp out the multitude of fake agents preying on unknowing foreigners.  The legality of Immigration agents providing Australian Immigration Advice and Services, who operate outside of Australia are not subject to Australian Law (obviously).

 

Many offshore Immigration Agents claim to be 'Approved' Registered' or ' Certified' by the Australian government.  In my experience 80% of these agents are not registered and are fake.  I see this particularly in China (PRC), India, Pakistan and Thailand.

 

To be a MARA agent you must have formal University Qualifications in Immigration LAw, and suitable industry experience, its not that easy to get a MARA Registration.

 

So, if you are planning to use an agent to assist you with an Australian Immigration Visa/Application etc, regardless if you are offshore or onshore, be sure they are MARA Registered.  Get their MARA number and check it on the Official MARA Govt website:  https://www.mara.gov...ration-agents/ Its free and easy.  If the search does not match the Company Name and Individual Agents name, then its likely they are fake. Check always, do not accept 'certificates' and 'licenses' they can all be forged.

 

There are plenty of MARA agents operating offshore, the same rules apply.  The MARA website pr the local Australian Embassy will be able to list who is local to you.

 

If they do not check out on the MARA website then they are fake, no excuses no exceptions.

 

Daily on this forum we read about people spending thousands of $AU for 'agent fees' and getting crap service, bad advice, and refused visa's.




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Posted 15 April 2018 - 02:43 AM

The complete procedure of getting Australia PR Visa varies from applicant to applicant, the applicant can migrate to Australia under different skilled programs and Australia Government stated the point based system. The applicant has to score the minimum of 60 points and higher will be beneficial if you are looking for the invitation. The things that could be kept in mind before applying are

1. Should score minimum of 60 points

2. Should have work experience if applying for the skilled visa.

3. Should be submitted all the relevant documents with accuracy.

4. Should take help of the authorized consultancy for the same.

5.Must score good marks in ILETs and professoriat in English.
 

If you are looking for Skilled Independent Visa, it is better to get consultation from the authorized visa consultant.

Your website claims that you are MARA Registered, but a MARA serach says there are no companies of your name or similar that are registered.  What is your MARA Registration Number?




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Posted Yesterday, 08:42 PM

Photographs as evidence.

 

Generally photographs, by themselves are becoming less valid as evidence for various aspects of visa's (established relationship, etc), because you cant proove when a photo was taken, and doctoring (photoshopping) can be almost undetectable these days.

 

However, if a photo is support by other pieces of corroborating evidence then it paints a more complete and verifiable piece of evidence, ie.

 

  • A photo of the couple in a restaurant, plus a copy of the dated restaurant bill, and a contact name at the restaurant to confirm the reservation is solid.
  • A photo of you both at a birthday party with others, with names and contact details of the others in the photo (or better still stac decs from the others), plus copies of email inviting you to the party, and a receipt for a present purchased for the birthday is again solid.



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Posted Yesterday, 09:05 PM

a prime example i always reference is someone posted to the forum looking for advice on a partner visa, they knew each other online 6 months meet for 2 weeks, in that 2 weeks he was going to use 2000 photos of them together to provide all the evidence.
first up how you can take/get that many photos in 2 weeks is beyond me, and they were only the ones he was going to use!! b


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Posted Yesterday, 09:08 PM

one thing to do post Grant. read your grant letter. all of it and remember the dates on it.
i just caught in time friends went overseas, their PR travel rights ran out 3 years ago, they tried to say no-one told us but it is in bold in the very first line of the visa grant. fortunatly i thought of it while they still had 2 weeks and got them to do a RRV online and it was approved in 2 days.






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