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  1. Thai Visa Express is a Pattaya visa agent for Australian visa applications. A question that we are quite often asked is whether a person needs a visa agent to assist them with their Australian visa application? There can be many factors that influence a person’s decision to use a visa agent. Many of our clients are previous tourist visa refusals. Clients who had applied for a tourist visa without using the services of a visa agent and had their applications refused. Whilst we are certainly not suggesting for one moment that they were refused for not using a visa agent, upon reviewing their refusal notification letters, it can be seen that many applicants simply failed to convince the Department that their intention was to visit Australia as a genuine temporary entrant only as required by the Migration Regulations. A very common mistake is applicants believing that they simply need to complete a visa application form and that’s it. This is definitely not the case. A well-prepared tourist visa application will include sufficient supporting evidence that enables the Department to make a favourable decision to grant the applicant a tourist visa. If the Department is not satisfied that an applicant meets the Schedule 2 criterion provided for in the Migration Regulations, then the application must be refused. In most cases a tourist visa refusal cannot be appealed. Whilst it is open to an applicant to apply again, unless they can adequately address the reasons for the refusal it is unlikely the result will be any different. The benefits of using Thai Visa Express is our extensive knowledge of Australia’s Migration Act and Regulations. We will not submit a visa application unless we are entirely satisfied that it has every chance of success. Included with all of our visa applications is a detailed written submission addressing the criterion, with reference to the Migration Act and Regulations, relating to the subclass of visa being applied for. We will also prepare any sponsors letter of support. We also assist our clients with regards to biometrics, medicals and police character checks. As a Pattaya visa agent for Australian visa applications we not only deal with tourist visa applications, but permanent visa applications also, such as partner and prospective marriage visas. These visas have complex criterion that must be satisfied at both time of application and up until time of decision. Even after the visa has been granted they have conditions that must be complied with, and failure to do so can result in the visa being cancelled. These visa are also very costly with the visa application charge being almost AUD$8000. After you add the costs of translations, biometrics, medicals and police character checks, the cost can be over AUD$10,000. Failing to provide sufficient information can result in an application being refused. Thai Visa Express is a well-established Pattaya visa agent for Australian visa applications. We have been operating in Pattaya Thailand since 2007. In this time we have assisted thousands of Australian visa applicants. Many of our clients have gone on to acquire Australian permanent residency and Australian citizenship. Please do not hesitate to contact us at Thai Visa Express should you require a professional Pattaya visa agent for your Australian visa application.
  2. Nearly everyone submitting an Australia visa application in Thailand will at some stage need to attend the Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC). Even if you have submitted your visa application online, you will still need to attend the AVAC to provide the required biometrics. The Australian Visa Application Centre has offices in both Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Thailand is a part of the biometrics for Australian visa program. If you have applied in Thailand, regardless of your nationality, for one of the Australian visa subclasses that is part of the biometrics program, you will need to provide your biometrics to the Australian Visa Application Centre in either Bangkok or Chiang Mai. Bangkok The Trendy Office Building, 28th Floor, Sukhumvit Soi 13, Klongtoey-Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110 Submission Time and Biometrics Collection Time: Monday to Friday - 08:30 – 15.:00 Collection Document Time: Monday to Friday - 15:00 – 16:30 Chiang Mai 191 Siripanich 6B Floor Huaykaew Rd, Suthep Muang, Chiang Mai 50220 Submission Time and Biometrics Collection Time: Monday to Friday - 08:30 – 14:30 Collection Document Time: Monday to Friday - 14:30 - 15:30 Attending the Australian Visa Application Centre Thailand You cannot visit the AVAC without first making an appointment. Appointments can be made online through the Australian Visa Application Centre Thailand website. If you need to obtain a letter of introduction from the Australia Embassy Bangkok to obtain a Thai Police Clearance for an Australian visa, then this can be obtained from the AVAC without the need to make an appointment. Consequences of failing to provide biometrics for your Australian visa When you submit an Australian visa application in Thailand, you will be advised by the Department whether you are required to provide biometrics. This notification will also advise the date which they must be provided by. If you fail to provide biometrics by the due date, then your visa can be refused. Section 40 of the Migration Act together with regulation 2.04 of the Migration Regulations prevents the grant of a visa if an applicant for a visa, who is outside Australia, has been required the provide biometrics, and does not comply with that requirement within the required time. At Thai Visa Express we have been approached by people who have had their Australian tourist visas refused because they simply did not understand the requirement to provide the biometrics. We strongly advise all visa applicants to thoroughly read all correspondence they receive from the Department in relation to their visa application.
  3. Thailand is a part of the biometrics for Australian visa program. If you have applied in Thailand, regardless of your nationality, for one of the Australian visa subclasses that is part of the biometrics program, you will need to provide your biometrics to the Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC). What are biometrics? Biometrics are the collection of your fingerprints and a digital facial image photograph. The process is both discreet and non-invasive, and generally takes less than 15 minutes. What visas are included in the biometrics program? Many temporary and permanent Australian visa subclasses are included in the biometrics program, including the following visas commonly applied for in Thailand: subclass 600 visitor visa subclass 309 partner visa subclass 300 prospective marriage visa Biometrics collection in Thailand If you submit your application in person to the Australian Visa Application Centre in Bangkok or Chiang Mai, you will be required to provide your biometrics at the same time that your application is submitted. There is also a service fee for the biometrics in addition to the visa application charge. If you have submitted your visa application online or by post, you will be advised in writing of your requirement to provide biometrics within a certain time. If you fail to provide your biometrics within the required time, your visa application may be refused. Making an appointment for biometrics collection in Thailand Once you have been advised in writing of your requirement to provide biometrics, you will then need to make an appointment, which can be done online through the Australian Visa Application Centre in Thailand . When you attend your appointment, you must take with you the following four things: the biometrics appointment letter. your current passport. the letter you received from the Department advising you of your requirement to provide biometrics. the service fee for biometrics, which is currently 851 Thai Baht. Where can I do the biometrics in Thailand? In Thailand you will need to provide your biometrics in person at either the Australian Visa Application Centre in Bangkok or Chiang Mai. Bangkok - The Trendy Office Building, 28th Floor, Sukhumvit Soi 13 Chiang Mai - 191 Siripanich 6B Floor Huaykaew Rd, Suthep Muang Chiang Mai I have previously provided biometrics. Do I need to provide them again? Yes. Biometrics can’t be used for multiple visa applications to Australia. Regardless of whether you have provided biometrics previously, you will need to provide them again if you apply for one of the visa subclasses included in the biometrics program, and your application is submitted in a participating biometrics country, such as Thailand. See related posts: Obtaining a Thai Police clearance for an Australian visa Australian visa processing times How much for an Australian visa Taking my Thai girlfriend to Australia Visa for my Thai fiancée to migrate to Australia
  4. You're more than welcome. I will make biometrics the subject of my next regular blog post. Have a nice weekend.
  5. It does not matter that she has done the biometrics before. They will need to be done again. Biometrics can only be used for one application. We have an office in Pattaya and offer a service to take our Australian visa clients to Bangkok for the biometrics. If we can be of assistance please do not hesitate to contact us at Thai Visa Express
  6. If your wife wants to visit Australia during the processing of her partner visa application, she will need to apply for a visitor visa. Even though she has applied for a partner visa, she must still meet all of the criteria for the grant of a visitor visa that evidences that her intention is to visit Australian as a genuine temporary visitor only. The mere fact that she has applied for a partner visa is not enough. I covered this same issue recently here: Can I apply for a visitor visa during the processing of my partner visa application?
  7. Depending upon what Australian visa you have applied for, you may be required to provide a Thai Police clearance certificate if you have spent more than 12 months cumulative in Thailand during the past 10 years. This also applies to a sponsor and any additional applicants aged 17 years or over. If your Thai wife has applied for a partner visa to migrate to Australia, she will be required to provide a Thai Police clearance certificate. If you as her sponsor have spent more than 12 months in Thailand in the past 10 years, you will also need to provide one. Australian visa processing times vary. A partner visa application can take a significant amount of time to be finalised, and in most cases more than 12 months from date of application. As any police checks are only valid for 12 months from the date that they are issued, it is advisable to only apply for any police checks when requested to do so by the Department. If your police check expires before your visa is granted, you will be required to provide another current police check. Obtain a Thai Police clearance certificate is not a complicated process, but there are a few steps that you must follow. Obtaining a letter of introduction from the Australian Embassy Bangkok If you have been asked to provide a Thai Police clearance certificate for your Australian visa application, you will first need to obtain a letter of introduction from the Australian Embassy Bangkok. This is the formal letter that informs the Royal Thai Police that your police clearance certificate is required by the Australian Government for an Australian visa application. You can obtain this letter from the Australian Visa Application Centre in Bangkok, which is located at The Trendy Office Building, 28th Floor, Sukhumvit Soi 13. You don't need to make an appointment to obtain the letter of introduction, but make sure you take your original passport and a copy of your acknowledgement of having made a valid visa application. The letter of introduction then needs to then be taken to the Royal Thai Police, Police Clearance Service Centre. I cannot attend the Australian Visa Application Centre. How can I obtain a letter of introduction? If you are unable to attend the Australian Visa Application Centre in person, you can obtain a letter of introduction by email by contacting the Australian Visa Application Centre at info.auth@vfshelpline.com Obtaining a Thai Police clearance certificate for the Royal Thai Police After you have obtained the letter of introduction, you will then need to attend the Royal Thai Police, Police Clearance Service Centre, Building 24, Royal Thai Police, Rama 1, Pathumwan, Bangkok (located near Siam BTS). You do not need to make an appointment. Make sure you have ALL original documents with you, such as: Letter of Introduction from the Australian Embassy Bangkok Passport ID card Birth Certificate House Registration (Tabien Ban) All documents evidencing any name change (if applicable) Document of single status (if applicable) Marriage certificates (if applicable) Divorce certificates (if applicable) Evidence of any military service (if applicable) After you have applied for your Thai Police clearance certificate, you will receive it by post in approximately four weeks. See related topics: Australian fiancé visa Australian visa processing times De-facto visa for Thai partner to migrate to Australia Australian partner visa for my Thai wife How much for an Australian visa
  8. You are an extremely ungrateful person. You have been offered sound advice, but you only hear what you want to hear. My advice, run your case at all cost. Then come back to us with egg on your face when you lose, and you WILL lose.
  9. Taking your Thai girlfriend to Australia is not as straightforward and easy as you would like it to be. For starters, Thailand is a high-risk county when it comes to applying for an Australian tourist visa. All tourist visa applicants must meet the ‘genuine temporary entrant criterion’ provided for in the Australian Migration Regulations. Why is Thailand a high-risk country? A high-risk country is any country whose citizens are not eligible to apply for an Electronic Travel Authority, commonly known as an ETA visa. Depending upon your girlfriend’s reason for wanting to visit Australia, the most common visa would be a visitor visa under the tourist stream, also known as a tourist visa. If you girlfriend has a Thai passport, she cannot apply for an ETA visa. What is a tourist visa for? A tourist visa is for holidaying and sightseeing, social and recreational reasons, visiting relatives of friends, and other short-term non-work purposes. It can also be used to study for up to three months. However, unlike a student visa it does not allow the visa holder to work in Australia. Applying for a tourist visa, what do you need to show? If your Thai girlfriend has applied for a tourist visa, the Department will need to be satisfied that she genuinely intends to visit Australia for a temporary stay only. In assessing whether that intention exists, the Department will take into account any previous Australian visa compliance that she may have, and whether there is any evidence to suggest that she may work during her stay in Australia. They will also consider ‘any other relevant matters’. When it comes to considering ‘any other relevant matters’ in assessing whether your Thai girlfriend genuinely intends to visit Australia for a temporary stay only, the Department will consider your girlfriend’s personal circumstances. Whilst this list is not exhaustive, they will take into consideration such things as: Does she have ongoing employment in Thailand to return to? The presence of close family members in Thailand, that is, does she have more close family members living in Thailand than in Australia. Does she own any property of significant assets in Thailand? What incentives exist that would encourage her to return to Thailand prior to her tourist visa expiring? Adequate means of support in Australia A tourist visa applicant must also have adequate means of support for their stay in Australia. The Department will take into account what activities your girlfriend will be undertaking in Australia. If she is staying with you, and food and accommodation is provided, she would not be expected to show the same level of funds that an independent traveller who is travelling around Australia and staying in hotels would. Your girlfriend does not need to have her own funds, these can be provided by you, but her financial situation may be relevant to meeting the genuine temporary entrant criterion and consideration of whether she has any significant incentives to return to Thailand prior to her tourist visa expiring. See related topics: My Thai girlfriend was refused a visitor visa to visit me in Australia can she reapply My Thai girlfriend is unemployed can she be granted a tourist visa to visit Australia What is a genuine intention to visit Australia temporarily How much money do I need for an Australian tourist visa Does my Thai girlfriend need a return ticket from Australia
  10. You’re engaged to be married to your Thai fiancé and you want to know what visa do you need to bring her to live in Australia permanently? For starters, let’s talk about the difference between fiancé and fiancée. A fiancé (with one “e”) is a man who is engaged to be married, whereas a fiancée (with two “e’s”) is a woman who is engaged to be married. What is a fiancé visa? Whether you are a man or a woman, if you have a genuine intention to marry in the future, that is, you’re engaged to be married to your partner, you may be able to bring your partner to Australia on a fiancé visa. However, the correct name for this visa is the prospective marriage visa (subclass 300), sometimes referred to as a fiancé visa, or just a PMV. If you are married or in a de-facto relationship with your partner, then the appropriate visa would be a partner visa. Requirements for a fiancé visa? The general requirements for a fiancé visa are that the applicant and sponsor have met in person as adults, are known to each other personally, and have a genuine intention to marry in the future. I’m in an online relationship with my Thai girlfriend. Is she eligible for a fiancé visa? One of the requirements for a fiancé visa is that the applicant and sponsor have met in person as adults. If you are in an online relationship with your Thai girlfriend, and have never physically met her in person, then this condition will not be satisfied. Applying for a fiancé visa Unlike a partner visa, a fiancé visa can only be applied for outside of Australia, and the applicant must be outside of Australia at both time of application and time of decision. Australian visa processing times are very lengthy. If your fiancé, or fiancée for that matter, wishes to visit you in Australia during the processing of their fiancé visa, they will need to apply for a visa which permits them to do so. In most cases this will be a visitor visa, but remember their fiancé visa cannot be granted whilst they remain in Australia. After the prospective marriage visa has been granted Once the fiancé visa is granted, it will permit the visa holder to enter and remain in Australia for a period of nine months. During this time you both must marry. After your marriage has taken place, your husband or wife will then be able to apply for a partner visa in Australia without leaving. What conditions are attached to a fiancé visa? All Australian visas have certain conditions attached to them. It is the responsibility of all visa holders to be aware and fully comply with all of the conditions attached to their visa. You can fine this information on your visa grant notice or online through the Department’s Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO). If you have been granted a fiancé visa you must not marry prior to entering Australia (Condition 8515), and you must marry within the nine month visa validity period (Condition 8519). After the marriage has taken place, the partner visa can then be applied for. Can we marry before the fiancé visa is granted? If you marry before the fiancé visa is granted, upon notifying the Department in writing of your marriage having taken place, upon receipt of that notification, the applicant will then be deemed to have applied for a partner visa from the date that the Department receives this notification. See related topics: Australian visa processing times How much for an Australian visa Is it possible to change from a prospective marriage visa to a partner visa What is the difference between a spouse visa and a partner visa Australian married partner visa for Thai wife
  11. The short answer is no, you can’t avoid condition 8503, but you can certainly take steps to lessen the chances of it being imposed on your visa. What is the no further stay condition? Condition 8503, commonly known as the ‘no further stay condition’, is a visa condition, that if imposed on your visa, will be prevent you from applying for another visa whilst you are in Australia. In very limited circumstances you may be able to get the condition waived, which would then allow you to apply for another visa whilst you are still in Australia, for example applying for a subclass 820 partner visa. Will my visa have this condition attached? This depends on the visa that you have applied for. For some visas it cannot be imposed, for others it must be imposed, and for some the Department has the discretion to impose it or not. Here are some examples of this: Electronic Travel Authority – cannot be imposed on this visa Visitor visa under the tourist stream – it may be imposed on this visa Visitor visa under the sponsored family stream – it must be imposed on this visa From the examples above, it can be seen that if you apply for a visitor visa under the sponsored family stream, then the condition must be attached to your visa. The Department does not have any discretion to not attach this condition. However, if you apply for a visitor visa under the tourist stream, they have a discretion as to whether to impose it or not. When will they attach Condition 8503? Anyone wanting to visit Australia must be able to satisfy the Department that they have a genuine intention to visit Australia temporarily. Many factors will be taken into consideration in assessing whether this intention exists. Assuming that you have applied for a visitor visa under the tourist stream, the Department may attach condition 8503 in circumstances where they are satisfied that you meet the criteria for the grant of a visitor visa, but nonetheless some residual concerns remain as to your intention to visit Australia temporarily, but those concerns are not sufficient enough to refuse your visitor visa application. Can I ask for the no further stay condition to not be put on my visa? Where the condition is discretionarily imposed, such as a visitor visa under the tourist stream, you cannot ask for it not to be imposed on your visa, and in fact doing so, you may very well raise suspicions that you do not have a genuine intention to visit Australia temporarily. The best way to lessen the chance of the no further stay condition being attached to your visa is by submitting a thoroughly prepared visitor visa application which clearly evidences that you have a genuine intention to visit Australia temporarily. See Also Related Topics: What is Condition 8503 How many times can I visit Australia on a visitor visa What is a genuine intention to visit Australia temporarily How can I apply for a partner visa in Australia How much money do I need for an Australian tourist visa
  12. All you can do is notify the Department of your marriage having taken place. Upon receipt of that notification your partner will be deemed to have made an offshore partner visa application (subclass 309 and 100) from the date of notification. As with the prospective marriage visa application, your partner needs to be offshore at time of decision for the subclass 309 visa. It cannot be converted to an onshore partner visa application (subclass 820 and 801). If you partner wants to stay in Australia beyond the period permitted on his current visitor visa, he will need to apply for another visitor visa. See also: Is it possible to change from a prospective marriage visa to a partner visa?
  13. This is one of the most common questions that we are asked. Your Thai girlfriend has just been granted a tourist visa, her bags are packed, she’s ready to go, but does she need to have a return ticket from Australia before she departs? The answer is no she doesn’t, but this requires somewhat of an explanation. Any person wanting to visit Australia must have a valid visa to do so. All Australian visas are now recorded electronically. Visa holders do not need a visa label in their passport to travel to, enter, stay or depart Australia. All visa information is available to airlines through the Advance Passenger Processing system which they have access to. We do however strongly recommend that you keep of copy of your visa grant notice with your passport as it contains all of the relevant information relating to your visa, such as, date of grant, date of expiry, visa grant number, period of stay permitted and visa conditions. If your Thai girlfriend has been granted a visa to visit you in Australia, it will most likely be a visitor visa under the tourist stream. This is because Thai nationals are not eligible for an ETA visa. To be granted a visitor visa your girlfriend had to satisfy the Department that she has a genuine intention to visit Australia temporarily as required by the Migration Regulations. Her visa grant notice will list all of the conditions attached to her visa, including her visa validity period. You will see from her visa grant notice that there is no actual requirement for her to have a return ticket. If it was, this would be a condition attached to her visa. Although there is no requirement for her to have a return ticket, very rarely now, some airline check-in staff may not fully understand this requirement and might ask to see a return ticket when she checks in at the airport. For this reason, we always advise clients to check with the relevant airline prior to travelling if they have only purchased a one-way ticket to Australia. If you can, get confirmation in writing that a return ticket is not required. When your girlfriend arrives in Australia, she may be asked questions about her stay by an officer at immigration clearance. They may want to know if she has a return ticket or the ability to purchase one to depart Australia prior to her visa expiring. You may have seen the popular TV series Border Security, where people arriving in Australia are asked any number of questions by immigration at the airport. These questions are asked to determine whether the a visitors intention is still continuing to visit Australia temporarily. If your girlfriend doesn’t have a return ticket, or able to show money to purchase one, perhaps because you are providing all financial support, she should simply tell the immigration officer that. If you provided a letter of support that was included with her tourist visa application, tell her to keep a copy with her passport. Another very useful tip is to make sure that she has your mobile number on her. If she encounters any problems at immigration clearance she can ask them to call you.
  14. Although a permanent visa allows you to remain indefinitely in Australia, you will need a resident return visa if you want to re-enter Australia after your travel facility expires. If you have being granted an Australian permanent visa, for example a partner visa subclass 100 or 801, you will be permitted to remain indefinitely in Australia from the date of each arrival. However, your partner visa will only allow you to return to Australia for a period of 5 years from the date of your visa grant. This travel period is referred to as the travel facility which is attached to a permanent visa. You can find all of this information on your visa grant notice or online through the Department’s Visa Entitlement Verification Online service. VEVO can be used to find out the following information relation to your current visa. which visa the expiry date the must not arrive after date the period of stay (how long you can stay) conditions (what you can and can't do). For travel to Australia after the last date that you must re-enter Australia by, you will need to apply for a resident return visa, commonly referred to as an RRV. If you are outside of Australia and you don’t have a resident return visa, you will not be permitted to return to Australia until you have been granted one. When should I apply for a resident return visa? Your visa grant notice will tell you the last date you must re-enter Australia by. Although you do not need a resident return visa to leave Australia, you will need one to return after this date. If you are intending to travel outside of Australia towards the end of your 5-year permitted travel period, we recommend applying at least 3 months prior to your intended departure date, as current Australian visa processing times for a resident return visa are between 2 days to 3 months from date of application. Do I qualify for a resident return visa? To qualify for a resident return visa, you must meet either the residence or substantial ties requirements. If you meet the residency requirement you will be granted a 5-year resident return visa, whereas a 1-year resident return visa will be granted if you meet the substantial ties requirement. What are the residency requirements for a resident return visa? To be granted a 5-year resident return visa you will need to have lived in Australia for 2 years (730 days) in the last 5 years as the holder of a permanent visa. If you do not satisfy the residency requirement, you will then need to meet the substantial ties requirement to be granted a 1-year resident return visa. What are the substantial ties requirements for a resident return visa? If you do not satisfy the residency requirements, you will need show that you have substantial ties to Australia, and that those ties are a benefit to Australia also. Substantial ties include the following: business ties cultural ties employment ties personal ties Is it a requirement that I have a resident return visa? Whilst your visa may be a permanent one, your ability to return to Australia is not. Whilst there is no actual requirement for you to maintain a resident return visa, not having one will impact on your ability to re-enter Australia. Many permanent residents that reside in Australia and have no intention of leaving may simply not have a current resident return visa. However, if they need to travel outside of Australia at short notice, perhaps for a family emergency, they will not be able to return unless they have been granted a resident return visa. For this reason, it is always recommended to keep your resident return visa current.
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