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  2. AFV

    Help Needed with Visitor Visa - from Kazakhstan

    Correct. Previous visa compliance is something that would be considered in the overall assessment of a visitor visa application. In assessing this factor, the Department may give weight to applicants who had travelled to and complied with the immigration law of a country(ies) that has significant incentives for the applicant to remain in that country(ies) either for economic of personal reasons.
  3. Matty G Fender

    Help Needed with Visitor Visa - from Kazakhstan

    Another thing @AFV @Bridge .. does this make any difference? She can show her passport of her previous travels to Turkey many times, Malta, Thailand, Jordan and Dubai .. she has never overstayed her visa and can prove this. .... ?
  4. Matty G Fender

    Help Needed with Visitor Visa - from Kazakhstan

    So what do you define as a sufficient period of time? So basically your advice is - no point applying for a visa until we have met elsewhere at least a couple of times over the period of about 6 to 12 months .. ? thanks @AFV and @Bridge for your advice and taking the time to help me .. i really appreciate it
  5. Dear group members , I have joined my wife 3 years ago in Australia when she was student after we got 2 years TR which is going to End in 8 months, My wife is main applicant so she trying to gather more points as she graduated in accounting and as far we know we need 80 points but question is that what are the options before the TR finish . Can we apply for another student visa to extend the stay in Australia ? Can we go for diploma or Masters degree to extend the stay ? Or is it more better if go for the student visa and my wife can be my dependent if can apply for graduate courses ? Thanks for your reply ..
  6. Matty G Fender

    Help Needed with Visitor Visa - from Kazakhstan

    So what do you define as a sufficient period of time? So basically your advice is - no point applying for a visa until we have met elsewhere at least a couple of times over the period of about 6 to 12 months .. ? thanks @AFV and @Bridge for your advice and taking the time to help me .. i really appreciate it
  7. AFV

    Help Needed with Visitor Visa - from Kazakhstan

    I have done countless visitor visas for people from high risk countries, low income, unemployed etc Every one of these has been successful, and also included a letter of support that included evidence of the applicant knowing the support provider for a sufficient period of time.
  8. Bridge

    Help Needed with Visitor Visa - from Kazakhstan

    No such thing as stupid questions here. That's what this forum is all about, helping wherever we can. By weight you want the strength of your letter of support to outweigh her personal circumstances. As AFV said providing a letter of support of is not generally considered sufficient evidence that the applicant is intending a genuine visit to Australia. However where it can be shown that the person providing the support is known personally (a history of meeting in person) to the applicant it can help in shifting the balance in their favour. I liken in to accentuating the positive and downplaying the negative.
  9. Matty G Fender

    Help Needed with Visitor Visa - from Kazakhstan

    Sorry if I am asking stupid questions (i'm coming off nightshift 😳) .. what kind of weight are we talking about here?? No I don't think that at all .. I appreciate your honesty
  10. Bridge

    Help Needed with Visitor Visa - from Kazakhstan

    @Matty G Fender AFV has given you some very solid advice here, and I totally agree with everything he has said. It is unfortunately a fact that some people may never meet the criteria for the grant of a visitor visa. However if you follow AFV's advice (and it is solid advice) the chances of success will go from nil to a very good chance of success. Also I note from your opening post that you were going to use a Migration Agent, but their fees are astronomical. A good Migration Agent would do exactly what AFV has done, and that is advise you of the shortcomings and what is needed to give the application every chance of success. Don't give up, just realise that applying for, and being granted a visitor visa is not always an easy and straightforward process, particularly when the applicant is from a high risk country.
  11. AFV

    Help Needed with Visitor Visa - from Kazakhstan

    Q. You said "no weight will be attached to the letter" and then "the success of this application will come down to the strength of the letter of support, and having weight attached to that letter of support." which has confused me. A - The success of this application will come down to your letter of support which the decision maker must be able to attach weight to. Emphasis on the "having weight attached to that letter of support". The letter of support has no value unless weight is attached to it. Q. The circumstances that encourages is the fact she has 2 kids to support and also her mother is living with her at the moment and if she did not return it would destroy her and her kids. This is not enough?? A - It is somewhat of a double edge sword. Please don't take this as me being harsh, but I don't agree in sugar coating: She has 2 kids to support, yet she is self employed and low income/savings, but want's to visit Australia for around 6 weeks. She doesn't work, then she doesn't get paid. The socio economic factors in Kazakhstan (high risk country) are significantly different to those in Australia. Having 2 children to support in Kazakhstan can be seen as a reason to overstay and breach a condition of a visitor visa. Remembering it is an assessment of all of her circumstances that will be taken into consideration. Just because she has 2 children in Kazakhstan does not mean that she therefore meets the criteria for the grant of a visa. On the other side, just because she is a self employed low income earner doesn't mean that she does not meet the criteria for the grant of a visitor visa. Q. We were contemplating meeting in Thailand at one point. If we met the one time in Thailand would this help in a future application? (I know you did say at least twice) A - I would like to see at least 2 times over a period of at least 6 months. However if you only have the ability to meet her once, you are giving it a slightly better chance. Q. She is about to start a new job (while continuing self employment) .. does this change anything? A - I don't think so. The Department will look at the nature of employment, income, savings etc, local employment conditions (such as salary rates) which would not constitute a strong incentive for the applicant to leave Australia.
  12. Matty G Fender

    Help Needed with Visitor Visa - from Kazakhstan

    Thanks @AFV.... You said "no weight will be attached to the letter" and then "the success of this application will come down to the strength of the letter of support, and having weight attached to that letter of support." which has confused me. The circumstances that encourages is the fact she has 2 kids to support and also her mother is living with her at the moment and if she did not return it would destroy her and her kids. This is not enough?? We were contemplating meeting in Thailand at one point. If we met the one time in Thailand would this help in a future application? (I know you did say at least twice) Yes you are correct She is about to start a new job (while continuing self employment) .. does this change anything? I did not realise that it could be such a problem and I am now very concerned that this is simply not going to happen .. I am hoping there is a chance but it is obviously not looking good at this point
  13. AFV

    Health requirements and declaration

    Does the applicant have any of the following:
  14. SammyJ

    Health requirements and declaration

    https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/meeting-our-requirements/health
  15. SammyJ

    80 Form

    No
  16. AFV

    Help Needed with Visitor Visa - from Kazakhstan

    @Matty G Fender as per my previous post, it is an assessment of the applicant's circumstances that will determine whether they are eligible for the grant of a visitor visa. Many factors are taken into consideration, including but not limited to the following the personal circumstances of the applicant that would encourage them to return to their home country (country of usual residence) at the end of the proposed visit, such as: ongoing employment the presence of close family members in their home country – that is, does the applicant have more close family members living in their home country than in Australia property, or other significant assets, owned in their home country and whether the applicant is currently residing in a country whose nationals represent a low risk of immigration non-compliance, even if the applicant is originally from a country whose nationals represent a statistically higher risk of non-compliance and the personal circumstances of the applicant in their home country or general conditions in the home country that might encourage them to remain in Australia, such as: economic circumstances – including unemployment or employment that, based on knowledge of local employment conditions (such as salary rates) would not constitute a strong incentive for the applicant to leave Australia economic disruption, including shortages, famine, or high levels of unemployment, or natural disasters in the applicant’s home country. does the applicant have more close family members living in Australia than in their home country civil disruption, including war, lawlessness or political upheaval in the applicant’s home country. I am going to make some assumptions here, so please correct me if I am wrong: Your girlfriend is from a high risk country. She is a single parent with two children. She is self employed: "works as a nail technician in her home". Whatever income she earns is low by Australian standards. Possibly no evidence of regular and consistent income. Little or no savings history. She will be reliant upon you to cover all of her expenses. You have never met her in person, only online. If she was to apply for a visitor visa without any support from you it would be refused. I have absolutely no doubt. Providing a letter of support of support is not generally considered sufficient evidence that the applicant is intending a genuine visit to Australia. It should be noted, that it is not stated intention, but intention based on assessment of an applicant's circumstances. Whilst a letter of support can help to shift the balance in an applicant's favour, in circumstances where the person providing the support has never met the applicant in person, no weight will be attached to the letter of support. The application will be decided entirely on an assessment of her circumstances, and based on her circumstances, the success of this application will come down to the strength of the letter of support, and having weight attached to that letter of support. I have never submitted a visitor visa application for a client that has been refused, and I also deal with many previous visa refusals. I have had success with previous overstays, deportations and breach of visa conditions. I will only submit an application that I have thoroughly prepared and I believe meets the criteria provided for in the Migration Act and Regulations for the grant of this visa. Based on what you have posted, I would not even consider submitting an application unless you have known her in person for a sufficient period of time. Even then, as I have stated above a letter of support of support is not generally considered sufficient evidence that the applicant is intending a genuine visit to Australia. If you want to give this application the strongest chance of success I would advise that you provide solid evidence of meeting her in person on at least 2 occasions over a period of at least 6 months.
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  18. Georgina1234

    Health requirements and declaration

    Hi all! My husband and I will soon be applying online for a 309/100 partner visa (I'm Australian and he's British). Just wondering if anyone can provide any details of what health information/medical history will need to be provided when we get to that stage as I can't seem to find any information online. Is there a link somewhere which has all of the questions that will be asked? Many thanks. Georgina
  19. Nazrin

    80 Form

    A simple question: I've submitted my 80 form as the applicant. Does my partner need to fill 80 form too? Thanks for help
  20. Matty G Fender

    Help Needed with Visitor Visa - from Kazakhstan

    Thanks for the replies @AFV @Bridge. My letter of invitation was to make it clear of my/our intentions and that I will be supporting her financially for this trip (I will include evidence of this). I thought it's best to have this letter than no letter at all. I thought i would provide as much information as possible. I was not going to send her money. In regards to us showing that she intends to return home after her stay - how should we go about this? Her kids will be staying with her mother. We are hoping for a stay of approximately 40-50 days. Obviously she genuinely wants to get back to her kids and family but how do we show this in the application? How do we overcome this hurdle? Meet overseas first? Could this factor really be an issue?? thanks
  21. AussieDude

    Partner visa offshore

    See my reply to your IM.
  22. Hello Sammy,

    I am applying for a Partner visa and I wasn't sure about below question. 

    Previous relationships

    Has the applicant been in any previous relationships with persons other than the sponsor? 

     

    I used to live in Europe and needed to extend the visa. My-ex helped me to get a resident permit visa for a year and I stayed in Europe with that visa for just 3 months more. I left Europe and back to my country. In this case, should I check  "Yes" even though I never had visa for Australia? 

     

    I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Thanks for everything. 

     

     
  23. Vishal

    Partner visa offshore

    Hi, I have applied for my wife's partner visa with help from this forum. Now i want to apply a visitor visa for my partner as the processing time is too long. Can anyone pkease help me in guiding whether we should apply tourist stream or i should sponser my wife for a tourist visa? I know this question must have been asked previouly in thia forum. Appreciate your patience.
  24. Bridge

    Help Needed with Visitor Visa - from Kazakhstan

    Absolutely agree with this. At the very least the Department want to see that a moral obligation exists to provide any support offered. If you have not met in person, zero weight will be attached to your letter of support.
  25. AFV

    Help Needed with Visitor Visa - from Kazakhstan

    Welcome to the Australian Visa Forum @Matty G Fender It is primarily an assessment of her circumstances that will determine whether she meets the criteria for the grant of a visitor visa. Your letter of support will not guarantee that she meets the criteria for the grant of the visa. The significant hurdle you will have on top of this, is that if you have never meet her in person, no weight will be attached to your letter of support. I base this on many years of experience. Lastly, if you are thinking of sending her money to make it look like she can support herself, in the absence of a clear savings history, evidence of employment income, the funds will be viewed as deposited to make it looks like she has funds of her own.
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  27. Immigration Reduction talks are back on the news. The PM is talking about capping it at 160,000. Right or wrong, a lot of Australians feel that this is a good thing. Statistics suggest, and I'm sure is a correlation, that whenever immigration reduction policy is applied, it seems to precede or contribute to economic slow down. But you can prove any theory on stats. The State of New South Wales, where Sydney is the State Capital, is having their State General Elections this weekend. Its interesting to see a number of candidates riding policies for forcing immigrants to settle outside of the main metro cities, regionally, at least at first. There is some evidence to suggest that the majority of immigrants settle in the metro cities, and the population burden on infrastructure is starting present issues. "We are dammed if we do and dammed if we dont"
  28. AussieDude

    Help Needed with Visitor Visa - from Kazakhstan

    My pleasure Keep us posted.
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