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  1. To be granted a visitor visa, applicants must be able to evidence that they have adequate means to support themselves, or access to adequate means to support themselves during the period of their intended stay in Australia. A person who is an independent traveller staying in hotels would be expected to have more funds than a person who is staying with friends where accommodation and meals is being provided. See also related topic: How much money do I need for an Australian tourist visa?
  2. If you have been refused a visitor visa there is no time limit as to when you can apply again. However, if you are considering applying again you must be able to adequately address the reasons for the visa refusal otherwise it is unlikely that the outcome of your next visitor visa application will be any different. If you have been refused a visitor visa, the notification of refusal notice will explain the reasons why your visa was refused. See also related topic: My Thai girlfriend was refused a visitor visa to visit me in Australia, can she reapply?
  3. As a general rule you are expected to spend an equal amount of time outside of Australia in between visits. However, the frequency and duration of your previous visits to Australia is only one factor in assessing whether a visitor visa applicant has an intention to visit Australia as a genuine temporary visitor only, as required by the Migration Regulations 1994. Successive and frequent visitor visas might raise suspicions that the visa holder is attempting to maintain de-facto residence in Australia by abusing Australia’s visitor visa program.
  4. If your Thai girlfriend wants a visitor visa to visit Australia, there a certain steps that she must go through. Unlike many other countries, Australia does not have a visa on arrival program. Therefore, anyone travelling to Australia must have a valid visa before they arrive. In fact, if you don’t have a valid Australian visa you will not be able to board your flight. Airlines face very stiff penalties for any passenger that arrives in Australia without a valid visa. It’s a fact, it is a lot easier for some nationalities to obtain a visa than it is for others, unfortunately Thailand is not one of them. Are Thai citizens eligible for an ETA visa? Thai citizens are not eligible to apply for an ETA visa and must therefore apply for a subclass 600 visitor visa under the tourist stream. After the visitor visa application has been submitted a decision whether to grant the visa or not usually takes around 2 weeks. It is however always advisable to apply well in advance of the proposed dates of travel to Australia, but not more than 3 months from this date. Preparing your Thai girlfriend’s visitor visa Your Thai girlfriend’s visitor visa application must include sufficient evidence that shows that she has a genuine intention to visit Australia temporarily. If her application does not meet this criterion, she will be refused a visitor visa as she has not satisfied clause 600.211 of the Migration Regulations 1994. If her visa application is refused, that decision is final and cannot be the subject of any review. My Thai girlfriend was refused a visitor visa to Australia, can she apply again? Whilst your Thai girlfriend can apply again for another visitor visa, unless the reasons for the refusal are adequately addressed, it is unlikely that the result of a further application will be any different. Of the clients that approach us that have been refused a visitor visa, the majority are because they did not satisfy the genuine intention to visit Australia temporarily. We work with our clients to submit a stronger application which addresses the reasons for the refusal against the criterion provided for in the Migration Regulations. After your Thai girlfriend applies for a visitor visa to Australia After the visitor visa application has been submitted your Thai girlfriend will receive a formal acknowledgement that the Department has received her application. However, it does not stop there, she will also receive a request to provide biometrics for an Australian visa which must be done at the Australian Visa Application Centre in either Chiang Mai or Bangkok. If the biometrics are not done in the required time her visitor visa will be refused. We are often approached by people that were refused a visitor visa because they failed to read the request to provide the biometrics for their visa application How long can my Thai girlfriend stay in Australia on a visitor visa? Any period of stay granted is at the discretion of the Department. Visitor visas can be granted for 3, 6 or 12 months, they can also be single or multiple entry. If you are requesting multiple entry, at time of application you must provide reasons for travel outside of Australia during the period of stay you have requested. This visa grant notice will also stipulate the date you must arrive in Australia by before your visa expires. As long as you arrive before this date, you are then permitted to remain for the period of stay you have been granted. About Thai Visa Express 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.
  5. You’re in a relationship with a Thai girl, and you want to take her to Australia for a visit. Taking your Thai girlfriend to Australia is unfortunately not as easy and as straight forward as you would like it to be. This is because Thailand is considered to be a high-risk country as far as Australian immigration is concerned. Thai citizens are not eligible to apply for an ETA visa and must therefore apply for a subclass 600 visitor visa under the tourist stream. To be granted a visitor visa your girlfriend must genuinely intend to stay temporarily in Australia. What is a genuine intention to stay temporarily in Australia? We get approached by many potential clients who say things like, “my Thai girlfriend only wants to visit Australia for a holiday”, and “I will guarantee that she returns to Thailand after her visit to Australia”. Firstly, a person cannot guarantee that a visa holder will comply with the conditions of their visitor visa. Any statement to this effect will carry no weight. Secondly, reasons for wanting to visit visiting Australia do not in themselves mean that an applicant has a genuine intention to stay temporarily in Australia. If this was the case, everyone would be granted a visitor visa simply by saying that they just want to visit Australia for a shortly holiday. Another common mistake is believing that simply having an amount of money in the applicant’s bank account will result in them being granted a visa. This is not the case. The Department wants to see a savings history consistent with an applicant’s income, and even if the applicant does have employment, it is still an objective assessment of all of the applicant’s circumstances that will determine whether they satisfy the genuine temporary entrant criterion. When the Department assesses a visitor visa application, they will take into consideration many factors relating to the visa applicant. These include; country of passport; age; employment; evidence of a savings history; family ties in applicants’ country; any history of previous visa compliance; social and economic factors in the applicant’s country. These factors are certainly not exhaustive, and in fact clause 600.211(c) of the Migration Regulations requires the Department to consider “any other relevant matters” in assessing whether an applicant meets the genuine temporary entrant criterion. At Thai Visa Express we focus heavily on “any other relevant matters”. Thai Visa Express is a Pattaya visa agent for Australian visa applications. Each year we prepare and submit hundreds of visitor visa applications for Thai’s wanting to visit Australia. We have a thorough understanding of Australia’s complex immigration rules, which can be found in the Migration Act and Regulations. We won’t submit an application unless we believe that it has every chance of success. All of our applications are submitted with a lengthy written submission addressing the criterion for the grant of the visa being applied for. See also our related posts: 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 Taking my Thai girlfriend to Australia
  6. All your wife needs to do is apply now for a Bridging Visa B. As her visitor visa is a single entry it will cease the moment she departs from Australia, and which stage the Bridging Visa B will become active. Note: A Bridging Visa A does not allow a person to return to Australia. Please do not hesitate to contact us at Thai Visa Express if we can be of any assistance
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. You're more than welcome. I will make biometrics the subject of my next regular blog post. Have a nice weekend.
  11. 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
  12. 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?
  13. 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
  14. 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.
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