The importance of candour in a visitor visa application

June 15, 2016 - Unreported Cases

The Applicant was outside Australia when she contacted Immigration Solutions Lawyers for help securing a visa. After marrying an Australian citizen one month earlier, the Applicant intended to apply for a Visitor visa (subclass 600) to enter Australia and visit her husband. She hoped that this visit would provide an opportunity to become acquainted with the culture, lifestyle and overall environment before making a life-changing decision to move to Australia and be with her husband permanently. The Applicant was coming to Australia from Southeast Asia.

For a visitor visa to be granted, applicants must demonstrate a genuine intention to stay in Australia temporarily. Evidence of employment commitments and family ties to his or her home country is attached to a Visitor visa application to show that it is in an applicant’s best interests to comply with the conditions of the visa by returning to their country of origin upon the visa’s expiry. To satisfy this criterion, Immigration Solutions Lawyers provided evidence of the Applicant’s familial and study commitments in her home country that necessitated her return. We also submitted that it was in the Applicant’s best interests not to breach the conditions of the visa, as non-compliance could jeopardise any future opportunities to relocate on a more permanent basis.

Since work is prohibited on the tourist visa, applicants must also prove that they have adequate financial means to support themselves for the duration of their stay. The Applicant’s husband intended to be fully responsible for accommodation, travel and other expenses incurred during the Applicant’s stay in Australia. Additionally, a bank statement was attached to the visa application as evidence that the Applicant had sufficient funds in her own bank account.

Less than one month after Immigration Solutions Lawyers lodged the visa application the Department granted the Applicant a tourist visa. This visa is valid for a period of three months from the date upon which the Applicant enters Australia.

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