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									The Idiots Guide to Apply for a Tourist or Fiancée Visa by Freddy HotdogPage 1 of 19 Ver 1.0 (04/03/04)
Now I’m no expert, I’m not an immigration agent, I’m just ya average guy who happens to
have a way with words and did a fair amount of study into the requirements of what is
required to get a visa. I’ve been knocked back twice but I’ve had 3 visas approved.

I will tell you what I have done, what info I have picked up along the way and a few
suggestions of stuff you must keep on top of. I have included copies of the letters of refusals
so you can see what type of things the Aussie embassy have refused visa’s for and I have
included copies of letters of “Invitation and Support” that I have used, I wouldn’t suggest
using them by just changing details to suit yourself, I would fully write your own but pick up
on the things I have used in my letters, wouldn’t want to see 20 Tourist visa applications land
at the embassy with 20 letters of support all looking much the same would we?? ☺

I’m only finding things out via my own trial and error and believe it or not the 2 letters of
refusal that were sent to HK have been the most helpful documents I have. Nowhere is there
anything listed of what you need to supply with an application to help you prepare or lodge it.
Only lots of reading the many different applications have I come across bits and pieces like
the following;

     Under the Migration Act 1958, decision-makers are not obliged to seek additional
     information from the applicant before making a decision on a visa application. It is
     therefore in the applicant’s best interest to submit the following documentation with their
     application:

     •   Evidence of funds;
     •   Evidence of your travel/medical insurance;
     •   Medical examination or tests;
     •   A letter from your employer confirming your leave;
     •   Evidence of enrolment at school, college or university;
     •   If visiting close family in Australia (who is a citizen or permanent resident of
         Australia), a letter of invitation to visit;
     •   Other information that you have an incentive and authority to return to your country of
         residence.

Or

         If you are not eligible to formally sponsor someone, you can still support their Visitor
         application by sending them a letter from you to lodge with their application. This
         letter should provide details of your relationship with the applicant and the level of
         support you are able to offer.

So you do what the Dept of Immigration suggest and then, if they refuse you, they go and tell
you something like this;

         I note the support offered by your boyfriend and consider that this supports your claim
         to have sufficient funds for a stay in Australia. However offers of support or
         guarantees given by family and friends in Australia are not genuinely sufficient
         evidence of a genuine visit.

                                               GO FIGURE..???




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HK’s passport
I’ve been lucky in that the girls I have had come to Oz all had passports to start with, so I
have not had to pay for or arrange passports for them. I believe it is a relatively easy process
and I know the cost is only P850 maximum and that is for the passport with 64 pages and 2
day process fee. I understand from the girls that they are not too hard to get but you do need
a few documents such as;

    1. Valid Birth Certificate.
    2. Baptismal Certificate.
    3. NBI certificate (NBI=National Bureau of Investigations, like the bloody FBI/CIA of the
       PI), the certificate shows they are of good character and have no criminal record in
       the PI
    4. Postal ID.
    5. Voters Registration.
    6. School Certificate.

I don’t think you need them all but they are the main ones talked about. The best DFA
officers to get passports at are the office on Clark or San Fernando in La Union, the girls
should take a packed lunch and a big bottle of water coz they can expect to be in line for a
few hours unless they are 1st in line but that would entail HK getting out of bed early and we
all know, “they aren’t real keen on that”…hehehe

Here is the link to the DFA website, most of the info to get a passport is there…

Department of Foreign Affairs in the Philippines

Now for the tricky parts

You need to “Build a background” for your HK, and this is going to involve several areas.

    1. HK needs a bank account with a LOAD of cash in it.
    2. HK will need to show she has steady “Reputable” employment,
    3. HK will need to prove close family ties.
    4. HK will need to demonstrate she has a valid reason to return to the PI at the end of
       her visa.
    5. You will need to demonstrate you have a close and ongoing relationship.
    6. You will need to prove you have the financial means to support your HK while she is
       in Australia and other supporting documentation.

Now it’s those above points where some of us “Run into a brick wall” so to speak, and where
I feel a majority of applicants fail to meet the grade and the amount of paperwork turns from
a “Mole Hill” into “Mt Everest”…!! If you think it’s a lot to do then think of it from the girls’ point
of view, it’s absolutely terrifying for them.

I have a theory, I think when the “Decision-makers” get to work each morning, Rose sticks
her head into the cubical next door and says to Rolland “is it every 5th visa we approve today
if it looks ok or is it every 10th?” It’s a bit of a “Hit n’ Miss” affair, I’ve had a few hits and I’ve
had a few Misses…What it all boils down to is, you and HK need to be able to demonstrate
that HK intends a ”Genuine Visit to Australia” and I can’t emphasis this enough to you, it’s
a MUST..! OK so lets see how you can tackle a few of the above points…

A few points about your HK…!
HK needs to be a reasonably smart young lady who can follow your directions TO THE
LETTER…!! You need to be able to trust her 100% or find ways around doing things…! I’ve
found the biggest problem is that they will say they understand something but in reality they
are not 100% sure, you ask them something about what you have just explained to them and
they were 100% sure about and then they go “HuH honey, what you mean?” it can be very

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frustrating at times. You can do the MSN and Yahoo chat bit but I have always found that a
very detailed, simple and clear list of instructions email to HK works best and get them to
print the email out whilst at the internet café.

1. The LOAD of cash in the bank.
Your HK needs to have a reasonable amount of cash in the bank, for a 3 month visa my HK
sent in her bank statement showing she had P65,000 in the bank. She opened an account in
her name, and I sent over money, she put the money in the account and didn’t touch a
peso..!! I told her I would check her bankbook and if she had taken any money out then I
would stop sending money and stop the visa application. My HK put in every peso and also
added a bit from her weekly wage, what a girl…!!

Unfortunately the same amount of money did not secure me a 6 month visa, so maybe they
have some type of scale they work against? What happens with the money after you get the
visa is up to you guys..!!!

The easiest way I have found to send money to HK is to give her an ATM card linked to an
Australian account. I just went and opened a Commonwealth Bank Streamline Savings
Account, got an additional card for the account and gave it to her with a PIN number. I use
internet banking to transfer money into the account (takes 2 working days) then HK can go to
any ATM which will accept a “Maestro” or “Cirrus” card and she can withdraw up to P15,000
per transaction, some ATM’s only allow P10,000 withdrawal but the transfer only costs about
$4.00 each. Make sure she don’t keep doing “Account Balance” checks because they cost
about $1.25 each, explain to her that each time she does that she wastes P200 and she will
soon stop doing it.!

Another way to send money is via the following link, I’ve not used them but I know guys who
have and they seem happy with the service. The exchange rates and fees look reasonable
and lots of different ways to send money.

PhilAustral.com Website.

2. HK will need to show she has steady “Reputable” employment.
This was easy for me as HK has a good job and was able to produce a letter of employment
from her boss stating her job, position held, length of service, weekly salary, amount of
holidays etc and was also able to produce tax records. I have had a visa approved before
without the tax records, so I don’t think it’s important that they were supplied but I’m sure it
helped. I think it also helps if HK can return to her place of employment after her holiday in
Australia and this is one of the things looked for which is an incentive to return. If HK does
not have a job, then I know it’s possible to ask around town and ummm come up with a
suitable document, if you get my drift. It should include details something along the lines of
the Employment Letter included with the other samples of documentation.


3. HK will need to prove close family ties.
HK simply listed in a letter all her families names and dates of birth, then stated how she
supported her family financially, looked after he sick lola (grandmother) and visited her family
regularly for family functions such as birthdays and fiesta’s etc. This letter was hand written
by HK and it also expressed he wish to visit with me in Australia and how we had met, of
course “On a beach at sunset”…How we keep in regular contact etc etc. This is not a hard
one to do, just need to make sure HK gets it done and gets it right, several draft letters could
be sent to HK to assist her with this and also it will help to tie her letter and your letter in the
application together.




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4. HK will need to demonstrate she has a valid reason to return to the PI at the
end of her visa.
This is a BIG one to get around, I didn’t really do much with this one except keep telling the
DIMIA how I would ensure HK returned at the end of her visa, I encouraged them to attach
“Condition 8503 – No Further Stay” to her visa. I included a Stat Dec (you can find it listed
below). I think this is where I am having problems with the 6 month visa, even after
complying with the 3 months visa the embassy does not seem to give you credit for what you
say or what you have done in the past, it is not up to you to prove that she will return to the
PI but the ONUS is on her to prove that she will return and I find this a real “Sticking Point”
for me as I have 100% complied with my past visa application but like I say, it’s not up to me,
it does not seem to matter what I say or what I have done, it’s up to her to show that she will
return to the PI at the end of her visa and YOU MUST BEAR THIS IN MIND when doing an
application.

5. You will need to demonstrate you have a close and ongoing relationship.
This isn’t to hard to do, all I normally do is include several telephone bills showing the regular
fortnightly calls to HK’s cell phone, I normally highlight them with a highlighting pen so they
are easy to find. It will also help if you send HK some type of card every now and again,
friendship, birthday, Christmas, Easter and valentines cards are all a must, now you MUST
make sure HK keeps the original envelopes that the card was posted to the PI in, as this
proves you didn’t just send a load of cards over with someone, or all in the same packet but
they have been sent at regular intervals. Not to hard to do, just takes time is all. Make sure
you write a few lines in the card also, not just “Happy Birthday Honey Ko, love always Money
Ko xox” ☺

6. You will need to prove you have the financial means to support your HK
while she is in Australia and other supporting documentation.
Easy, all I do is include 2 or 3 of my last pay slips, a few current bank statements and a copy
of last years Group Certificate, it’s all I have ever done. Plus you explain how you will support
her in the letter of invitation and support and also mention it in the Stat Dec.

Other documents I have included are;

   •   SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION COVER PAGE, this page clearly shows what the
       attached supporting documentation is and a brief description of what it is and why you
       supplied it, then mark each page at the top and highlight it. (Highlighter pens are your
       friends, make good use of them, mark the important info the “Decision-maker” will be
       looking for on each page, i.e. HK Cell # or $ on pay slips or group certificates etc etc,
       if the “Decision-maker” does have to wade thru a mountain of paperwork then make it
       easy for them..!!) (See Sample Cover Page below).
   •   CTC (Certified True Copy by a J.P) of drivers licence.
   •   CTC of Passport.
   •   CTC of work ID. or maybe something else like a Club membership.
   •   Letter from employer stating your employment status, length of service and income.
   •   Rates notice and Electricity Account, shows you own your home etc.
   •   Letter from local MP stating you live in the area and are a fine upstanding citizen,
       coach the local U15’s footy or soccer team etc, we pay these guys, get them to do
       something good for you..!
   •   Letters from friends who may have met or spoken on the phone to HK are ok but
       don’t press the relationship, just friends (check Reasons for Refusal 6 month Tourist
       Visa and you will work out what I mean).
   •   Character reference from someone notable, even a J.P. is good.
   •   Photos of you and HK together, on the beach not the barstool.
   •   Anything you think that might impress the ‘Decision-Makers”..!!



        The Idiots Guide to Apply for a Tourist or Fiancée Visa by Freddy HotdogPage 5 of 19 Ver 1.0 (04/03/04)
Some Tips and Info…!!!

   •   Keep a copy of EVERYTHING you send in the application, so you can refer back to it
       again if needed.
   •   I would not recommend applying for a 6 month Long Stay Tourist Visa straight up, go
       for the 3 month Short Stay first. If you apply for a 6 month visa and it is refused then
       you will not be offered a 3 month visa instead, you will need to totally re-apply for a
       visa.
   •   You need to send in 2 full copies of the application, so send the original or CTC of the
       application and then a second copy of EVERYTHING and I write COPY on the top
       and highlight it. Explain to HK that she must also send the original and a copy of
       anything she sends in with the application, don’t send in original Birth Certificates etc,
       send in CTC of them, they don’t have J.P’s, they have a “Notary Public” and they can
       do the CTC on the copies, 2 of everything, send in 2 full identical applications.
   •   I normally fill out the application papers myself, ask her all the details, then I make the
       copy and send both over and all she will need to do is sign each copy on the pages I
       have put “Post-It-Notes” with an arrow pointing to where she needs to sign and write
       “Sign Here ”
   •   Explain to HK the way we write the date in Australia, Date/Month/Year and not
       Month/Date/Year. Always looks shitty when they have to try and fix it because they
       wrote it wrong.
   •   She will need 4 passport size pics to send in with the application, 2 for each.
   •   She needs to get a “Managers Cheque” for the application fee, it’s similar to a “Bank
       Cheque” in Oz and I think she may need ID and search for a bank to get it from. The
       Managers cheque should be made payable to “Australian Embassy” and the current
       application fee for a Tourist Visa is P2,800. There is also a fee payable to the bank to
       get the “Managers Cheque”.
   •   If applying for a 6 month tourist visa then HK will need to go and have a medical
       check, this involves a chest x-ray, and it must be done at a medical centre approved
       by the Australian Embassy in Manila. The best known of these would be St Luke’s
       Medical Centre, HK found it all very easy, they know what is required, supply you the
       medical for which needs to be filled out, they send the x-ray and form onto the
       Embassy and when it is checked out then the Embassy will contact you and ask you
       to submit the application.
   •   Stack the application in this order: 1. Application Forms, 2. Letter of Invitation and
       Support from you, 3. Letter by HK asking for Visa with the family info and reasons she
       will return to the PI etc, 4. Supporting Documentation cover page followed by 5. The
       supporting documentation. Stack both applications the same and don’t forget to pop
       the manager’s cheque and photos on top of the original application.
   •   The application form to be filled out for a Tourist Visa is 48R not 48, I’m not sure what
       the difference is. HK can go to any Internet café and have these printed out from the
       Australian Embassy or DIMIA websites. (See links)

Submitting the application.
There are a few ways to do this and the most successful I have found is via a travel Agent as
a first option or courier pick-up as a second option. Travel Agents will want to do the whole
application and I have been quoted awesome figures from P10,000 to P20,000 and it’s just
NOT ON. My HK chased around and found an agent who agreed to just have the papers
picked up from the agency for a small fee of P300, they didn’t have to do a thing, just ring the
embassy and arrange courier pick-up from the agency and I just think it looks better if the
application is sent in from a travel agent, you still have to pay the pick up courier fee of P250
Turn around time from submission to reply approx 7 days.

Another option is just to ring the embassy and arrange courier pick-up from her house for the
fee of P250. Turn around time from submission to reply approx 7 days.



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Last option is to make the submission in person at the embassy, I think you need to make an
appointment, as far as I am aware there is no interview process but for some weird reason
the turn around time if submitted in person is 30 days and I don’t think they treat it any
differently from an application picked up via the courier.

The long HARD ROAD, the Fiancée Visa.
I’m not going to go in depth about the Fiancée Visa, almost everything I have said about
applying for a Tourist Visa applies for the Fiancée Visa. Do the mountain of paperwork, there
are extra documents that must be submitted such as “Notification of intended marriage” from
a priest or celebrant in Australia or if you have been divorced then I think you need to supply
a copy of your divorce paperwork to show that you are free and clear to marry.

HK will need to attend an interview at the embassy in Manila, I didn’t attend mine but it is
possible to arrange to attend with HK make sure HK knows plenty about you before she
attends the interview. She will need to know mainly about your family background, your
brothers and sisters names, how many nieces and nephews you have and their names and
ages, what your parents names are, are they still alive, the name of your pet goldfish, what
you do for work, what hours you work, what type of car you drive, your hobbies and favourite
sports etc etc etc. Send her an email with all this stuff for her to study.

HK will also need to do a medical, this involves a full examination, blood tests, yes they
check for HIV and do a chest x-ray. If HK passes the medical and interview process then she
should be granted a visa, this is called the “Prospective Spouse Visa” and she can fly to
Australia on it. You and HK must marry within 9 months or she has to return to the PI.
Process time for a Fiancée Visa is around 3 – 6 months.

Prior to your HK departing the Philippines to marry you in Australia, she MUST ATTEND a 2
day course/lecture held by the CFO (Commission on Filipino’s Overseas), this is where they
will tell her what big bad guys we are and her rights..!! (I kid you not). Have HK do the course
whilst waiting for the visa approval, then, when her visa is approved and placed in her
passport, she takes her passport to the CFO office to have it stamped to show she has done
the course. HK will not be permitted to leave the country unless she has done this course.
I’m not sure of the cost of this course and I think it is only done in Manila. (Link below will
give you some info)

Click for Information about Commission on Filipino's Overseas.

Once you are married, you then need to attend a DIMIA office in Australia and apply for a
“Temporary Residents Visa” at the time of applying for this visa, ask for a visa which will
allow for “multiple entry” so if she needs to fly home then she can as the Temp Res visa is for
2 years. If you don’t get a multiple entry visa and HK needs to fly home during the 2 years,
then you will have to go and get a bridging visa, may as well do it when you apply for the
Temp Res visa …diba…!

Towards the end of the 2 year Temp Res visa, you will be contacted by the DIMIA and asked
to supply documentation to prove your relationship is genuine and ongoing, this is why once
you were married you had bank accounts set up, telephone, electricity, insurance bills all
changed into Mr & Mrs Honey Ko’s DIDN’T YOU…! This is a must, I’m not joking, they want
to see everything..!! You pass this step and HK then gets her “Permanent Residents Visa”

The Fiancée process is very expensive, approx $1,210 to lodge the application (pay in
Australia and send over the receipt as it’s less expensive then paying the fee in Manila) The
Temp Res visa is $5850 and I’m not sure how much the fee or if there is a fee to get the
Permanent Res Visa (coz I didn’t make it that far ).




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This link will take you to the Visa Cost page…

DIMIA Australia - Visa Costs.

I don’t want to do this but I’m gonna anyway…!!!
Domestic/Physical Violence, have you ever taken the time to sit and watch any Tagalog
movies on TV? I have and I am yet to find one that does not contain either Physical or
Domestic Violence. This stuff is almost a way of life for some people in the PI and they think
nothing of it. Now I’m not saying your HK will be like this but I have seen my fair share of
evidence, witnessed and yes been subject to it. If you need a hole in a gyprock wall fixed or a
door put back on it’s hinges then I’m your man…!!

These ladies can have very fiery temper’s and be very moody, it will mess up a relationship
big time, my ex-wife stood 1.5m tall, weighed 40Kg wringing wet but had the strength of a
Sumo Wrestler when she got fired up. I’m lucky, I never got any permanent physical scares
but I’ve seen knife cuts and what an iron can do to a guy when he wasn’t looking.

I’m not going into detail, but if I were you I would take the time to sit and talk to HK about this
matter and tell her that it is not an accepted thing to do in the Australian way of life. I have
taken the time to do this and I have had great results, I have even gone as far as to warn
girls that any display of domestic or physical violence would result in being put on the next
available flight to Manila, no questions asked and never seen again. Yes I feel very strongly
about this after a bad experience and having witnessed the end results of other gent’s HK
temper’s….! Enough said, end of subject…! Oh, one more little thing, many girls love to
gamble, they play a card game called “Tongit” and I have witnessed girls pawn jewellery to
each other while sitting around playing cards. Also they can become addicted to poker
machines, if you live in an area where there is a Filipino community, get down to the local
club and check out the poker machines, I’m sure you’ll find a few girls feeding the machines
like there is no tomorrow, fore warned is for armed on both these points guys…!

The address, phone, fax and email details of the Australian Embassy Manila.

Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs.
Australian Embassy Manila
Level 23 Tower 2 RCBC Plaza
Ayala Avenue cnr Sen Gil Puyat Avenue
Makati City
Ph: +63 2 757 8840
Fax: +63 2 757 8269
Email: dima-manila@dfat.gov.au
Website: http://www.australia.com.ph/

The phone number to ring for courier pick up of applications.
This number is the “Call Centre” for the Australian Embassy Manila, it is also for general
enquiries.

1909 3622-779 (PLDT)
1900 3622-779 (Globelines)
1903 3622-779 (Bayan Tel)

Note: You cannot use a cell phone to call this number, also you cannot call the number from
Australia.




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DIMIA and Australian Embassy Manila (AEM) Links.
The DIMIA and AEM websites are both good sites but can be a bit hectic to navigate around,
you will find yourself jumping all over them, below are most of the links you will need to find
all the info on Tourist or Fiancée Visa Application. I have also included all other links, which
are scatted thru this guide.

Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs website.
http://www.immi.gov.au/

AEM website.
http://www.australia.com.ph/

Fiancée and Partner information.
http://www.immi.gov.au/migration/family/partners/index.htm

Partner Migration information, link takes you to Booklet 1 in Adobe PDF Format, it will either
display it or ask you to save it. If it displays the booklet, you can still save it and view or print
it out later.
http://dima.cardgate.net/Partner_Migration/1127.pdf

AEM Information Sheet index.
http://www.australia.com.ph/immigration/general/index.html

AEM Information Sheet 1 lots of general information, have a read.
http://www.australia.com.ph/immigration/documents/01Genral.pdf

AEM Information Sheet 20 regarding Visitors Visa’s
http://www.australia.com.ph/immigration/documents/20_676.pdf


AEM Information on Approved Medical Centres for medical examinations.
http://www.australia.com.ph/immigration/documents/06Meds.pdf

Department of Foreign Affairs Philippines, info on Passport Applications.
http://www.dfa.gov.ph/consular/passport.htm

Transfer money to the Philippines from Australia.
http://www.philaustral.com/index.php

Information on Commission of Filipino’s Overseas.
http://www.australia.com.ph/immigration/documents/08CFO.pdf

DIMIA link for all Visa Application costs.
http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/pdf/990i.pdf




         The Idiots Guide to Apply for a Tourist or Fiancée Visa by Freddy HotdogPage 9 of 19 Ver 1.0 (04/03/04)
Example of supporting documents cover page.



          List of Supporting Documents Attached to Tourist Visa Application

                                         for Ms Shaina Honeydoll

Page 1: Copy of my Australian Passport and Drivers Licence.
This is presented as proof that I am an Australian Citizen and my residential address is as
stated on my drivers licence.

Page 2 – 4: Copies of current pay advice.
These documents are proof of my employment and regular income.

Page 5 - 6: Copies of my monthly Bank Statements.
These documents are presented as proof that I am able to provide financial support to Ms
Shaina Honeydoll.

You should have the idea by now, state what the document is and give a brief
description of why it is supplied. Remember to write the Page # on the top of each
page and highlight it.




Following page has Stat Dec

Remember to modify it to suit you and not just change the names.




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                                                      Statutory Declaration

                                       OATH’S ACT, 1900, NINTH SCHEDULE
           NEW SOUTH WALES,
                TO WIT
  Name in Full        I/We, the undersigned          Mr Thomas Francis JERRELL
  Residence           Of     69 High Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 2000
  Occupation               Production Manager, Hot Steel Press                           in the state of New South Wales

  The facts to be     Do hereby solemnly and sincerely declare and affirm that        I have invited Ms Shania
stated according to
the Declarant’s       HONEYDOLL to Australia for a period not exceeding 3 months for the purpose of a
knowledge, belief     holiday. I will fully support her trip to Australia financially by providing; return airfare,
or information
severally.            accommodation, private health insurance, food, clothing and spending money.

                      Further, I will ensure that any and all restrictions placed on her visa are strictly
                      adhered to and that Ms Honeydoll will return to the Philippines prior to the end of the
                      expiry date on her visa. END OF STATEMENT.




                      And I/We, make this solemn declaration, as to the matter aforesaid, according to the law in this behalf
                      made, and subject to the punishment by law provided for any wilfully false statement in any such
                      declaration.

                      TAKEN and declared at                                       , in New South Wales, on this date             20

                      Before me                                                    Declarant/s

                      Justice of the Peace, Number




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Copy of Letter of Refusal for a 3 months Short Stay Tourist Visa.

Dear Ms. Shaina Honeydoll,

I refer to your application for a Tourist – (Short Stay), Subclass 676, visa for
Australia. This visa is for persons who wish to visit or remain in Australia for up to 3
months.

I regret to inform you that your application has been refused. After careful
consideration of all the information you have provided, I am not satisfied that you
meet all the criteria for the grant of a Tourist – Short Stay visa as set out in the
Migration Regulations1994.

In reaching my decision, I have also considered the following:
Relevant legislation contained in the Migration Act 1958;
The Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs’ Policy
Directions Nos 1 and 2 of 1996 which refer to the matters that I should consider in
testing whether or not a visa applicant intends a genuine visit to Australia and
assessing the adequate funds criterion; and
Information contained in the Department’s Procedural Advice Manual III.

Criteria for Tourist – Short Stay (676) visa
It may assist you to understand the decision taken your application if I provide you
with information on the legislative criteria and the decision-making process.

There are various legal requirements that must be met by all applicants before a
Visitor visa for Australia can be granted. As the decision-maker I must be satisfied
that you meet Australia’s health and character standards, have access to adequate
funds for your support during the period of your proposed visit, and that your
expressed intention only to visit Australia is genuine. The likelihood of you
overstaying, seeking to remain in Australia or applying for another temporary visa
after your arrival in Australia, are also matters that have to be assessed.

Reason for Visa Refusal
This section details the requirement you did not meet.

You did not satisfy Subclause 676.221(2)(c), which reads that;
As part of the “genuine visit” assessment, you were also affected by Public Interest
Criterion 4011 of the Migration Regulations (known as the “risk factor” criterion).

As you are a person aged 20 years or older and from the Philippines, you fall within a
class of persons specified by the Minister by Gazette Notice for the purpose of
Criterion 4011(2)(b).

Because you fall within a risk factor specified in Criterion 4011(2), you needed to
satisfy me that,
having regard to your circumstances in the Philippines, there is very little likelihood
that you will stay in Australia longer that your visa would allow, if it were granted.

I should point out that applicants are not refused simply because they match the risk
factor characteristics. However, this criterion requires that applicants who are
affected by Criterion 4011 are required to provide a higher level of proof to satisfy

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decision-makers that their expressed intentions in visiting Australia are genuine and
that they are unlikely to seek to remain, change their visa, work or overstay in
Australia.

I have carefully considered all the information you have provided, taking into account
your circumstances in your country of usual residence, and weighed these against
the identified non-return risk factor. I have determined that based on your personal
circumstances I am not satisfied that you would depart Australia within the period of
authorised stay as a visitor if a visa was granted.

You did not satisfy Subclause 676.221(2)(a), which refers to Subclause 676.221(b)
and reads that;
The applicant has adequate funds, or access to adequate funds for personal support
during the period of the visit.

Findings relevant to the requirement not met:
you did not provide any evidence to demonstrate that you have personal funds or
access to funds, to support yourself in Australia for the duration of the proposed stay.

Review Rights
You have stated in your application that you do not have relatives in Australia. A
decision to refuse to grant a visa application made outside Australia where the
applicant did not include the particulars of a close relative (parent, spouse, child,
brother or sister) in the application is not a decision that can be reviewed by the
Migration Review Tribunal (section 338 of the Migration Act 1958).

Please note that no further assessment of this application can be taken at this office.
If you still wish to visit Australia, it is open to you to lodge a fresh application if you
feel that you can provide sufficient evidence that you meet the criteria for the grant of
a visitor visa. I encourage you to carefully consider this option before lodging a fresh
application, as there is no refund of an application charge just because an application
is not successful. Without prejudice to the outcome of any fresh application,
experience shows that if a fresh application does not contain any new information, it
is unlikely that the decision would be any different from any previous application.


Yours sincerely,




Delegate of the Minister




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Reasons for Refusal 6 months Long Stay Tourist Visa.

   •   You did not satisfy Subclause 686.221(2)(c), which reads that: The applicant satisfies
       the Minister that the expressed intention of the applicant only to visit Australia is
       genuine.

   •   Criterion 4011 – Risk Factor Criterion
       As part of the “genuine visit” assessment, you were also affected by Public Interest
       Criterion 4011 of the Migration Regulations (known as the “risk factor” criterion).

       As you are a person aged 20 or older from the Philippines, you fall within a class of
       persons specified by the Minister by Gazette Notice for the purposes of Criterion
       4011(2)(b).

       Because you fall within a risk factor specified by criterion 4011(2), you needed to
       satisfy me that, having regard to you circumstances in the Philippines, there is very
       little likelihood that you will stay in Australia longer then your visa would allow, if it
       were granted.

       I should point out that applicants are not refused simply because they match the risk
       factor characteristics. However, this criterion requires that applicants who are affected
       by Criterion 4011 are required to provide a higher level of proof to satisfy decision-
       makers that their expressed intentions in visiting Australia are genuine and that they
       are unlikely to seek to remain, change their visa, work or overstay in Australia.

       I have carefully considered all the information you have provided, taking into account
       your circumstances in your country of usual residence, and weighed these against
       the identified non-return risk factor. I have determined that based on your personal
       circumstances I am not satisfied that you would depart Australia within the period of
       authorised stay as a visitor if a visa was granted or that you have demonstrated that
       you are a genuine visitor.

   •   You are unemployed. You have not demonstrated that you have any sufficient
       financial commitments to provide sufficient inducement to return to the Philippines
       after a stay of 6 months.

   •   You have not indicated that you have any close family or significant assets in the
       Philippines which could be considered incentives to return after an absence of 6
       months.

   •   I note the support offered by your boyfriend and consider that this supports your claim
       to have sufficient funds for a stay in Australia. However offers of support or
       guarantees given by family and friends in Australia are not genuinely sufficient
       evidence of a genuine visit. The onus is on you to satisfy the decision-maker that you
       intention to only visit Australia is genuine.

   •   You, your boyfriend and your boyfriend’ s family indicate that purpose of your
       proposed 6 month stay in Australia is to reside with your boyfriend to continue and
       foster your relationship with him. The purpose of a visitor is for tourism or other
       recreational purposes such as visiting friends and relatives. You have recently
       returned from a 3 month visit to Australia.




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Copy of letter of Invitation and Support.
This one was successful in obtaining a visa, I ask that you write your own letter and do not
simply modify my letter, this is one of the reasons this document has been supplied in Adobe
PDF format with security so you can not ‘cut & paste’ from it, thanks Freddy H.

                                                                                                  4th March, 2004

                                                                                     Mr Thomas F. JERRELL
                                                                                             68 High Street,
                                                                                          Sydney NSW 2000
                                                                                                   Australia

                                                                             +61 2 1234-5678(Home)
                                                                            +61 123 456-789 (Mobile)
                                                               Email: thomas.jerrell@dima.nsw.gov.au
                                                                          Or tom_jerrell@hotmail.com
Ms Shaina D. HONEYDOLL
69 Fields Ave,
Balibago, Pampanga,
Angeles City
Philippines 2009

+63 0918 123-4567 (Mobile)
Email: shaina_honeydoll@yahoo.com

                    Letter of Invitation and Full Financial Support for
                                  Ms Shaina D. Honeydoll

To Whom It May Concern,
                         This is a second application for a “Short Stay Tourist Visa”
lodged by Shaina Honeydoll. An application was lodged approximately mid January
this year but was refused, file #123456. We are hopeful that we have provided
enough new information that you may now consider her application again.

I ask that you also consider myself when making your decision on this visa, I am a
fellow Australian Government worker and I have been employed by the
              in NSW for a period of some 5 years as a Grade 7/8 Production
Manager at the                               , a position with great responsibility.

I have not made a “light-hearted” decision to invite Shaina to visit Australia with me, it
is a decision I have given a great deal of thought for several months. I have
previously lodged and had approved a fiancée visa some years ago, unfortunately
this marriage did not work out although we still remain friends. If you would care to
look into the fiancée visa application you will find that I followed every direction as set
out by the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, this resulted in the
applicant (my ex wife) returning to the Philippines as your department outlined. If you
require the file number for this application, please do not hesitate to contact me at my
work email address: thomas.jerrell@dima.nsw.gov.au and I will be more then happy
to supply it for you.

I am genuine in my belief that your department requires that all visa applicants return
to the Philippines at the expiration of their visa. This is what I have ensured in the
past and will ensure Shaina abides by, should you grant her a visa to visit with me.

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This letter serves as a formal invitation for Ms Shaina Honeydoll, to visit with me in
Australia for a period of 3 months for the purpose of a holiday in Australia and
continue to foster our relationship. I have also further addressed some of the issues
and concerns raised in your previous letter of refusal.

I have known Shaina for well over a year now and regard her as more then a friend.
We keep in regular contact with each other via Cell Phone Text Messages (almost
daily), Telephone Calls (monthly) and we also chat regularly (2 or 3 times weekly) via
the Internet chat with webcams.

During my last trip to the Philippines I invited Shaina to Australia for a short holiday
with me, which she accepted with great joy.

I intend to fully support her holiday financially, including Return Air Fare, food,
accommodation, medical insurance, clothing, gifts and spending money during her
holiday in Australia. I have given several sums of money to Shaina, which she has
been able to save as a means of her personal support if she so requires whilst in
Australia. Shaina has opened a banking account and has saved everything she has
been given, well in excess of $1,000. I believe that her dedication to save this money
demonstrates how reliable and trustworthy a young lady Shaina is. As proof of my
financial means of support, I have enclosed original or certified true copies of several
documents including; end of financial year group certificate, pay advice slips. I have
also included a copy of a recent Australian Telephone Bill as proof of our continuing
relationship via telephone calls to her cell phone. I own my house, I have no children
to support and I am in a position of financial security to be able to provide for Shaina
during her holiday in Australia.

I have spoken at length with Shaina since her first application was declined, she was
very upset as expected. During these conversations I have no doubt that Shaina is
very genuine in her intentions to visit Australia as are my intentions for inviting her to
spend time with me and holiday in Australia. I wish to further our relationship and feel
that spending 3 months together will be of benefit to us both and our relationship.
Something which is hard to achieve during my short 2-3 week holidays to the
Philippines.

Shaina has very good family support and in turn Shaina supports her family
financially and has true values for her family responsibility. Shaina wishes to ensure
her family are proud of her and would not put her family through the ordeal of not
returning to her responsibilities in the Philippines. I will ensure to the best of my
ability that Shaina departs Australia at the expiration of her visa. We are more then
willing for Condition 8503 to be applied to her visa as proof of our beliefs in your
departments values and to ensure she will not overstay her visa and in the hope that
we may apply again for another visa in the near future if her first visit to Australia all
goes well and she has demonstrated that she can for-fill the requirements of her visa.

It is my understanding from Shaina, that she has applied for and been granted a
period of absence from her job. Also that her employer will hold the position for her to
return to upon Shaina’s return after her holiday in Australia, giving her valid reason to
return to the Philippines.




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Having worked in a                 for the past 5 years, I have highly developed and
professionally trained skills to communicate with people and judge a persons
character. Although you may consider my opinion biased, I firmly believe Shaina has
demonstrated to me that she is a very mature young woman with moral standards,
ethical beliefs and family values. As I have been through this process before, I have
a full understanding of the support Shaina will require, not only financially but
emotional support is of great importance to a young woman who has never travelled
overseas or been separated from her family by a great distance and for an extended
period of time.

I do not envy you your task, having to review many thousands of visa applications
and making decisions based solely on paperwork alone, I hope that I have been able
to address and satisfy for you, Criterion 4011 and Subclauses 676.221(2)(a) with
676.221(b) and impress upon you, that we genuinely wish to apply for a visa and will
abide by all requirements as set out in such a visa. That Shaina’s intention to visit
Australia is for valid and genuine reasons, also that Shaina has my full financial
support and she can also provide her own financial support if required and she has
valid reason to return to the Philippines prior to the expiration of her visa should you
see fit to grant her one.

I thank you for your time taken to fully review this second application and I can
appreciate how busy your department is. We look forward to your favourable reply.


Regards,




Thomas F. Jerrell.
Justice of The Peace.




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Sample Letter of Employment.


Name:              Ms HK

Position:          NOT DANCER… ☺

Status:            Permanent.

Employed on: 00/00/2000

Salary:            P180-P220 per day.

Current Leave:               10-20 Days.

Extended Leave: _____ has asked me for a period of extended un-paid leave for a holiday in
Australia if she can get a tourist visa. I will approve her leave if this application is granted. _____ is
welcome to return to her position with us at the _____________ upon her return to the Philippines, as
she is a valued member of staff.

Support of Visa Application: As _______ employer, I fully support her visa application. ______
holds a very responsible position, I have always found her to be trustworthy, honest and reliable in her
work and attitude. I feel ______ would benefit greatly in her personal life and goals if a visa was
granted and I fully believe that she will comply with any visa conditions and demonstrate her honesty
and trustworthiness to the Australian Department of Immigration, in the hope that she may continue
her relationship with her friend in Australia. _____ has strong family ties and is very dedicated to the
financial support of her family.

For any further details or enquiries, please contact me on my personal mobile 0918 ____ ____ during
normal business hours Monday to Friday.

Yours Faithfully,



Mr Employer
Manager
00/00/2000


Your almost at the end but I can’t impress on you enough the importance of the
following;

          The application MUST prove that the visit to Australia is for GENUINE
          REASONS.

          That the APPLICANTS visit to Australia WILL BE GENUINE.

          That the applicant has very good reason to and will return to the
          Philippines at the end of their visit in Australia.

          Did I mention the GENUINE VISIT stuff?




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Well that’s about it, all I can say is “cross ya T’s and dot ya I’s”, prove that HK will be
a Genuine Visitor to Australia, submit the application and don’t hold your breath.

If you have something to add or suggestion that you feel may improve on this “Idiots
Guide” or find something you don’t understand, please shoot me an email to;

freddy_hotdog@hotmail.com

I hope I have been able to give you some in-sight into the requirements and process
involved in applying for a Tourist or Fiancée Visa, remember I am NOT AN
IMIGRATION AGENT or an expert in this field and I ask for nothing in return, but if
you think you have found this document helpful in someway, then all I ask is that you
might make a donation of whatever you think it’s worth for this info to The Street Kid’s
Centre. Please don’t feel obligated to donate, I just know it’s a worth while cause and
I always take over a bag full of items and make a donation when I’m in town.

The donation can be given to the manager or popped into the Donations Box at
Roadhouse in Angeles City or via the website at the following link;

Angeles Street Kids Centre

Or click this link to go directly to the Donations page of the site;

Click for donation to Angeles Bahay Bata Centre




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