How to apply for an Australian Tourist Visa (2013 edition)

I am not a visa officer, nor am I migration agent. I am in no way affiliated with the Australian Embassy Manila nor with the Australian government. This post comes from my experience with preparing and submitting visa applications for family members and for myself. Also note that this entry pertains to my experience in applying for an Australian tourist visa in April 2013. This is geared towards applicants who holds a Philippine passport, though the preparation can be applied for other nationalities as well. The Australian immigration update their forms every 3 months. I will try to answer your questions the best way that I can, but bear in mind that I can’t answer all your questions. If you ask a question I’ve already answered in the post, I will ignore you.

Australian tourist visa

After almost seven years, I finally have an update to my now epic How to Apply for an Australian Tourist Visa series. I have written two posts on the topic, both garnering over a thousand comments, with one getting over 4,500! I have stopped replying to comments, since I don’t think I’m not the best person to be talking about it, as my knowledge of the visa process is largely obsolete, so the visitors have taken upon themselves to answer each other’s questions, with successful applicants coming back to share their good news and help others. It has become a mini forum of sorts and I have to admit I’m happy it turned out that way. I found it to be a great help when I took another chance to apply for an Australian tourist visa once more.

Before I get to the visa application process, here’s some background about me and my circumstances: I am a Philippine passport holder, and have applied and received a visa from Australia before. I have a valid US Visa, with used tourist visas to Canada, Japan, and Myanmar. I also have more than 70 arrival and departure stamps from various countries, and that’s just in one passport. I am single and have my own company registered with the DTI. I have a bank account and a couple of credit cards, and I have two sisters who live in Australia, one of which is a temporary resident and the other a citizen. My intention to visit was for a short break from life in Manila, and to hopefully visit places I missed during my first two trips to the Australia.

Step 1: Download and read the necessary pages, documents, and forms.

This is very important, I can’t stress that enough. It won’t do to just ask questions without reading these web pages and documents first, because you’ll look like an idiot. Majority of your questions would likely be answered by the information written in these files. All these are available for download at the Australian Immigration website, immi.gov.au, and they are all free.

There is no need to print all of those pages or forms (unless you prefer to read them off the computer), but the one thing you should print is the visa application form. It’s a fillable form, wherein you can type in your answers on the form itself and print it afterwards. If you use Adobe Reader to open it, it will not save the changes to the form, so fill it out only when you are ready to print and submit. However, if you’re using Foxit PDF Reader, it can save the changes to the form, so you can fill it out and edit it later on before printing.

Step 2: Gather the required documents

Page 15 of Form 1419, Part M is actually an application check list. The column on the left lists all the required documents, while the column on the right lists the additional documents you may submit.

Here are the documents I submitted:

  • Certified true copy of the identity page and pages with visa stamps of my valid passport
  • Recent passport photo taken within the last six months
  • Visa application charge in manager’s or cashier’s check

The Australian embassy do not affix visa labels anymore, so there’s no need to send your passport when you apply, unless you specify that you want a visa label. I would have done this, but the label costs AU$70.

Step 3: Gather your supporting documents

Here are the supporting documents I submitted. Remember that this vary depending on your circumstance. You’re not required to submit all of these, but it is advised that you submit as much supporting documents as you can to prove that you can fund your trip to Australia, and that you have a strong reason to come back to the Philippines.

  • Birth certificate printed on security paper
  • Certified true copy of my DTI Registration
  • Certified true copy of my BIR Registration (Form 2303)
  • Certified true copy of my Income Tax Return (From 1701)
  • Certified true copy of the invitation letter from my sister
  • Certified true copy of my sister’s pay slip
  • Certified true copy of my sister’s passport bio page and employee ID
  • NBI Clearance
  • Bank statement
  • Credit card statement
  • Itinerary

The Australian immigration require that all photocopied documents you submit are certified true copies. You can do this by going to the Notary Public.

If you look at the form, it doesn’t list the birth certificate as part of the documents needed. I included it anyway, since I have an extra copy. Also, when I called to have my document picked up, they mentioned something about the NSO and I asked if I still need to get another since I already have a SECPA copy. They said I can include my copy instead of getting a new one.

Supplementary reading: How to apply for birth, death, and marriage documents in the Philippines – National Statistics Office (NSO)

The NBI clearance isn’t really required either, but I included it since I have it anyway. I got it because it was required in the previous form, 48R. A medical isn’t required, but you may be required to get one if you are applying for a 6-month visa, or if you’re over 75 years old. The medical is only done through accredited clinics. From what I understand, you have to submit your application and use the reference code the embassy will give you when you go for your medical.

I also included a cover letter [Download sample of intent letter] explaining the purpose of my trip and that I wish to get a multiple-entry visa, since I want to make a side trip to New Zealand. This isn’t really necessary, since the form now asks for your trip’s purpose. You are also asked to provide an itinerary of your trip, though you are not required nor advised to make any bookings until your visa is approved.

Step 4: Buy a manager’s check for the visa fee

The visa fee is AU$115, which is Php 5,100, based on the conversion rate at the time. Please double check the fees and the conversion rate, as this can change anytime. I bought my manager’s check from BDO, since I have an account there. Based on the comments in the previous blog posts, there are banks that would not let you buy a manager’s check if you don’t have an account with them. Best to call and inquire with the banks in your area if they’ll let you buy a manager’s check from them even if you don’t have an account.

Step 5: Lodge your application

Required reading: Where to Apply

You don’t have to go to the embassy to submit your application. There are two ways to submit: you can either call the embassy hotline and have them pick up your documents or submit them in person at the VIA Center.

I opted to go with the call center, since it was summer and don’t want to be away for too long from my electric fan. Calling the hotline costs Php 32 per minute, not including the charges from your network provider, if you are calling from a mobile phone. My phone call took about 10 minutes (which included a long wait for them to finish a spiel, and another wait for an operator to be available), and cost me Php 339.29. If you’re going this route, listen closely at the start of the spiel, because there is an option to skip that and go directly to request for a pick up.

The courier fee for Metro Manila is Php 320, paid directly to the messenger who will pick up your documents. This fee covers both pick up and delivery after your application as been processed.

VIA Center have offices in Makati and Cebu.

Step 6: Wait for your visa

Visa processing takes about ten days all the way to 30 days. I called to have my documents picked up on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. It was almost 5pm when I called, and was told that they have already reached the quota for pick up the follwing day. My documents were picked up on Thursday, April 4. I received a text from the embassy that my documents were received on Monday, April 8.

By the third week of April, I was wondering what’s happening to my application. Someone who commented on my previous post said her application was received around the same time and she already has her visa. I started worrying when someone who submitted a week after I did said she already got her visa grant. That’s when I also found out that the embassy conducts phone interviews.

Apparently, they don’t do this to all applicants, only for those they feel they need to clarify certain answers to the application form. Worry changed to distress when I missed not one, but FOUR calls from the embassy. The first call was to our house phone, and my sister gave them my mobile number since I was out of the house. The first call to my mobile came while I was struggling to get off a packed LRT, so I had to cancel it. The next two came when the phone was in silent mode because I was at an event. You can just imagine how frantic I was.

I ended up calling the number, but it was the consulate’s trunkline number. I was told to just call the visa information number (845 9200). Because I do not know how to follow instructions, I called the hotline instead, and was told to send them an e-mail, which can be found on the immigration website. I sent an e-mail using the contact form there, and did not receive any response.

On May 7, just a day shy of one month since they received my documents, I called the hotline again, after getting no response or call from the embassy. The operator took pity and gave me a number to contact, which is the consulate hotline. I wasn’t able to talk to anybody, but I did get an e-mail address. I sent another e-mail, which again did not receive any response.

I finally got a text on May 14 that my documents have been dispatched to the courier for delivery. It did not mention if my visa was granted or not. My documents came the following day, and I was so relieved that my application was granted. It wasn’t a multiple entry visa, as I was hoping for. The visa was granted on May 10, and since it was a long weekend, it wasn’t dispatched until after election day.

Unlike before, the embassy not just issue visa grant letters for tourists. You need to bring this when you leave Manila, as the local immigration would ask for your visa before they stamp you out of the country. Also, instead of having a one-year validity, my Australian tourist visa is only valid until November 2013.

Supplementary reading: Frequently Asked Question – Australian Embassy Manila

I hope you find this helpful. I would also suggest you check the previous entries, How to apply for an Australian visa and Applying for an Australian tourist visa, because the discussions over there are a great resource, as it have inputs from applicants with different circumstances.

You’re welcome to post your questions here, but please read the entire blog post and read all the documents I linked to before asking. Did you apply for an Australian tourist visa recently? How was your experience?

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  1. hi maria this is stella, can u please help me how can i apply for a multiple entry coz this is my 2nd time to apply for a visa and i want to have multiple entry. did u make a letter asking for multiple entry? please help me. hope to hear from u. thank u. keep blessed sis.

    • stella , thank you, sis na receive mo ba ung email ko sayo dati about for the requrements pmv mahaba yung mesage ko sayo. i just wonder if na kita mo ung email ko, kasi, nilagay ko lahat doon.. about for pmv, ..

      • Hi Rose, ask kulang sana na kung gaano katagal ang result for fiance visa? pls. reply at kung sino mai alam pls. help me. salamat and God bless

    • Hi Estella. Sharing my experience po, since you’re applying for a TV with multiple entry, do include an itinerary detailing where and when you wish to visit outside or even inside Australia. You don’t need to include confirmed flight details, a draft would do but also make sure to explain why the status is pending. It would be great if you state it in your Intent Letter too. ????

  2. i have received my docs from the embassy but there is no result. ano po bang meaning ni toh? wala naman pong nakalagay na letter from them na denied or approved. any similar cases?

  3. Hi po mga sis, sino po nag-paextend po nung tourist visa and send the application thru post? I can’t find any email kasi to get in touch with the immigration here in Adelaide at walang sumasagot sa hotline.

  4. Hello mga sis nand2 po ako sa Australia for single entry max 3 months and no further stay. Gusto ko mag extend ng 3 months. Ano po fill up form? Thank you po.

    • sis same form pa rin 1419 subclass 600 same requirements, intent letter, invitation at financial dox ng sponsor mo etc. u can send it thru post d sila tumatanggap walk in sa immigration. sent my application friday last wk and I have received a letter from them today, may pinapapalitan lang sila na info, may na-mislook ako sa payment. 335 pag dito ka na nag apply

    • Hi B. I’m sorry but it’s not clear lang to me. Did you say your visa has the “No Further Stay” condition? Kasi pag ganun, you can’t extend your stay eh.

      • no worries VJ, pag walang 8503 ung visa grant it’s possible to extend. however u can apply to wave conditions 8503 while ur in Australia but limited circumstances lang at depende sa case mo while ur in Australia.

  5. Ahh okay sis. From gold coast po ako. Ano po yung 335? At ano po dinagdag nila payment? Ilang months po extension niyo? At ano po nilagay niyo sa intent letter? Thanks po.

      • Hi B :) I want to know din what’s your reason for extending your stay kasi
        May plan din ako mag extend ng stay
        Sa Aust. Sa july 15 pa flight ko to Melb.
        And wala akong condition na 8503
        No further Stay same with your TV :)
        Pls. share your reason so I can have my
        Idea ^_^ and yung 6months db may mdcal na ? Here’s my e-mail
        tripolidhenji@yahoo.com.ph thnx :)

      • Hello sis B.. Interested din ako sa reason mo for visa extension hehe…may i know the reasons? Is there some other way i can contact you i dont want to post my email here kasi hehe thanks sis

  6. sa vfs nag uupdate naman sila just like this “Visa application, reference number XXXXXXXX has been received at the Australian Embassy Manila on 03/07/2014. Within the period of visa processing time, applicants are requested not to make any attempts to contact the Embassy either via email or call to chase the progress of the visa. The status will be update on the next tracking email. Kindly check again later. Please note this is an auto generated e-mail. Please do NOT reply to this e-mail.

    keeping my fingers crossed….

      • Hi Dee most of the time if you track
        Your package/docs. On the courier
        Website Like air21 kapag napasa na nila
        Ang application mo sa PIASI
        ayun na ang last update nila
        Not included yung last transaction
        Na naibalik na sayo yung docs. Mo
        Try mo kaya pumunta ng ViA or
        Kung san na yung bagong lodgement office. sa e-mail kasi bhira lang sila
        Magresponse. Ang hirap din kumontak sa knila. Na check mo ba e-mail mo
        Kung tama or baka nagkamali
        Sila ng e-mail. Basta wag ka maubosan pag asa makakamit mo din ung result mo pasaway namn yang rsult. Actually, ako I’ve got something not good to say on my c.o.He did something in my picture taken wherein I was at the beach
        I’m on my bf sa pic.kaya advise ko sa iba piliin yung mga pics na ipapasa.wala lang po share lang.

      • @Dee, isang malaking hindi
        Kapag ibinalik na sayo ang Docs.
        Mo ibig svhin may result kana
        dapat na kasama sa loob ng envelope mo. Grabeh namn yung c.o mo
        Pinahirapan ka pa

      • na refuse ang application ko. just received the result today. very weak daw ang strong ties ko sa pinas para bumalik.

  7. Ask ko lang po sino dito ang nadenied on their first tv application tapos na grant nung pang 2nd? Pls reply po need ko lang po info. For my friend pls. Or sino ung denied sa una tska sa pangalawa

  8. hi Ms. dee..you may track the status of your application thru the PIASI website,(vfs or VIA)..di ba my reference number na binigay sau, search mo yung website ng VFSglobalwww.vfsglobal.com/australia/philippines/…track mo yung application mo. if nkalagay dun ano status ng application mo.

  9. ms dee, first search mo muna yung status ng application mo kung saan visa centre mo ni lodged in yung application mo. track your application kasi ang sa akin wlang dumating na email, binalik lng nila dun sa vfs cebu yung NBI lng at kasama na ang grant notice, even though i ticked in the application that prefered to be notified thru email. There must be a mixed up with that. yung sau im sure meron na yang decision kasi binalik na yung documents mo. Yun lng ata original and ebabalik nila unless they wont need it. Next step mo na lng gawin is to call the emabassy. Kung email mo lng kasi baka abutin ka ng isang taon. Call the embassy and ask them politely of the status of your application. Kasi kapag binalik na ang documents mo ibig sabihin may decision na yan. so its only a matter of sending it or give them and have them verify your email adress..yun sa akin din it was really a big mixed up bgo ko nkuha yung result.Good Luck dee..but i have a feeling na grant yung TV mo.

      • student siya… accdg sa sulat from DIBP, wala namang question ang financial sponsorship ng sis ko kahit student lang siya, ang COE ko lang talaga, di sila na satisfy na babalik pa ako ng pinas… accdg naman sa conditions na nakalagay sa immigration, mabloblock ang paginvite ng sis ko for 5 years if di ako babalik ng pinas after the proposed number of months. pregnant kasi sister ko, and she badly needs my help

  10. @dee, may i know what docs you submitted?magkano nakalagay sa bankcert, employed ka ba etc?if you want tlaga siguro pwdeng dumaan ka sa travel agency yung may mga tours…

  11. @dee, nabasa ko na previous posts mo, hindi ka pala employed pero magkano yung nasa bank cert mo?strong ties ang hinahanap sayo?

    • im newly employed, yes strong ties. my sister will support naman all finances. wala naman probs accdg sa letter of reason na binigay nila about my sister’s finances. yung reason lang talaga na dapat makabalik ako ng pinas.

      • Hi Dee, im sorry to hear. what sort of dox did you submit along with ur application? it doesn’t matter whether you submit a bank cert or not, u r right they will assess the finances on ur sponsor’s status which is ur sister. strong ties means ur relationship with ur family in the Philippines. if u are employed, did u submit a letter from ur company, kasi if ur working in the Philippines its not possible to take a 3-month leave unless u r self-employed, but if ur company allows u to have a long-vacation. Ask them for a Cert. of employment, tell them to state the date kung kelan ung balik mo at work. In my 2-cents they are more persuaded of you staying in Aus than in the Phil lalo na that ur a newly grad. There are chances kasi na naghanap ng work sa ibang bansa. The philippine immig din at naia are also very strict pag newly-grad as much as possible provide documents of returning back. Submit a proof that u have to return to the phils pag tapos na ung visa. U can ask ur guardian or parents to write a letter for u, send any identification of them, like passport, land title..etc. re-apply na lang uli. Keep the faith! goodluck!

      • Hello sis.. magiging reason ko po gusto ko celebrate d2 birthday ng bf ko at plano nmin pumunta sa ibang bansa. Gusto ko apply 3 month multiple entry.

        Sis. Nkapagsubmit ka na ba for extension?

      • yes May that’s rational but im not exactly sure about going out Aus while ur on a visitor visa, check the form na lng as far as I can remember there’s a question about ur itinerary when visiting Australia. Depends on what country u r visiting they might ask for a copy of ur visa or pag other Asian countries which doesn’t require a visa pwd siguro but to make sure phone them and ask if pwd mag-tour. 131-881 immig number here in aus.

      • Hi May, I printed the form out from the website at un din ung pinasa ko sa embassy. sorry I don’t have a copy. Same lang din yan nung first time ka nag-apply since ur applying for an extension ung reason mo iba na rin.

  12. Hello po sa lahat especially to Rose, I read your comments here before, Nag attend ka ba ng CFO seminar before you fly to Au for your fiance Visa, ano po ba ang mga requirements and address in cebu or contact number or even in manila if anyone knows Please thank you I will be waiting for the info, kailangan ba talaga mag CFO Thanks Mary.

    • hi mary,dto sa cebu naa dapit sa daan na dfa, sa may sto nino church,, be early bfore 7 , just try to inquire frst bfore the day na mag seminar ka, 400,bfore,i dont know mg kano,,na ngayun.

      • Hi Nav, ni apply sd ka ug fiance visa? taga asa ka Nav.? ask lang ko sd nmo bha kabalo ka kung unsay gadugayon ang waiting sa result sa fiance visa? pls. tell me. salamat nav & God bless

      • hi Nav, gud morning! ty sa reply…hala dugay diay ang waiting? asa ka krn naa ka sa oz ? dri sa pinas taga asa ka?

      • @nav, hello. i read your replies here and you are also applying for spouse visa correct? can i get your email add? i would like to email you so i can ask questions re spouse visa? thanks.

      • jo. ,,am still here sa pinas, the embassy will not finalise ur apliction if ur not hre sa pinas… tga cebu,ko,

      • hi JO standard daw 1year,,but majority,,, 9 months it ol depnd sa case mo,, dahil,,sa akin,my spouse visa is on final stage my .CO ring me,e finslise,,na dw nya,,gosshh,,tagal,,kaya9months

    • @sweetestangel, yes,,i am applying a prtner migration,last25/11/2014″””, try to add,my email ad,vannezaphillipson@gmail.com,just,paila,,hah,,

  13. Dee if i may ask, are u single? Do u have kids? If you have a kid/kids you will have higher chance to be granted with tv. Kung wla namn just elaborate it in your cover letter your strong ties with your family . State like you will really come back becoz you cant be away with your parents for a long time. Then show them documents that support it like title of your home title showing adress that youve been living with them , that is if your single. If your married and have kids naman include ur kids birth cert. re apply ka lng ulit, and this time you have to really make the cover letter very convincing with supporting docs. Hope this helps..good luck..

    • Im single, and fresh graduate. my sister would like to tour me around as a graduation gift at the same time look after her baby while she’s studying and working. ill try my luck next time. thanks for the support

  14. hi po sa lahat ng andito.my ask lng po ako,mag aaply po ako ng tourist for 3 months invte aq ng BF q meron po cya kinuha agent pero nsa austarlia cya,ang tanong ko lng pupunta pa po ba ako ng embassy d2 sa pilipinas for interview or bahala n ung agent dun?tnx po!

      • meron po kya posibilidad na makakuha ung agent ko ng visa para sakin punta austarlia?
        salamat sa pag reply.

      • if u r using an agent u r only authorising someone to sort out ur papers, submit it to immig and/or to correspond with the immig if u permit ur agent to communicate on ur behalf. Assessment is based on the papers u have submitted to the immig.

    • Hello maria hope you read this

      Same case as you, my boyfriend in australia will be sponsoring my TV for next year Feb 2015. I will be there for only 15 days because I can’t have long vacation on my work and ipapakilala lang naman niya ako sa family niya, my bf is really busy on his work and he wants me to lodge the application and he’ll just send everything required to approved the TV. But I really don’t know where to start, should I go to the travel agency or go directly to the office in Makati and know the step by step process?????????? Anyone please I’m mejo nalilito kasi thank you

      this is my email canjeanet@yahoo.co.uk

      • my sister, on a student visa will sponsor my finances.. I called the embassy, and pwede naman as long as may money ang sister ko.. and ang reason naman for refusal is yung strong ties ko, not my sister’s status in australia. I guess I have to reapply. Thanks for the support

    • hi dee,, its alright,,, dont be sad,,,, anyway, ang batayan sa nag invite sayu,,if he or she is a australian citizen,,(pabiro),,,lol..humanap,,ka muna,,ng,mag sponsor,,na friend,mong aussie,,,big factor,then na may babalikan kah,,like u have business,or letter of leave from ur employer.

  15. hi dee,

    i think u can re-apply naman at anytime:) i read through ur post. have u gone out of the country na like asia? i think that will help too. or probably another option would be to stay in ur job for at least 6 months then ask for leave and submit leave letter and coe.

  16. Got my visa! the lodgement officer called me kanina asking questions.then pag bukas ko ng mail hayun. may email ako saying approve yung visa ko. kaso hindi ko gets..hahaha Visa Stream Tourist Visa Grant Date 09 July 2014 Stay For/Until 3 Month(s) Entries Multiple Last Date to Arrive 09 July 2015 …anong ibig sabihin nito?within one year ba pwde akong magpabalik balik?kaso 3mos lang kada stay?

    • Hi Anne,

      Just like to ask how many days it took to receive the result of your application from the day you lodge your application? Thanks. :)

      • 2GO got my docs last june 24 eh im from quezon provice then nareceive ng embassy ng july 3 tapos july 9 they called me asking some questions pero hindi ko tinanong status kasi nahihiya ako. then when i checked my mail nung hapon meron na akong email from them na grant notice. july 11 nasa akin na yung mga docs ko. mabilis lang naman

      • yung nasa paper ko rin, kung anong nisubmit mo yun lang din tinatanong. madali lang pati mga 4mins lang.puro dead air nga eh. akala ko hindi approve kasi ndi yung boses parang robot lang.

    • Hi Anne, ask ko lang panu ka na grant ng multiple visa? pang ilang apply mo ng visa mo na? Ask ko lang din dun sa checklist may question dun na “evidence of intended purpose of travel” Pls help, im about to lodge my VISA application next week. thanks.

      • Sorry late na reply ko.binagyo kasi kami.first time ko lang nag apply.sabihin m lang ang gusto mong gawin kapag nasa oz kna. Kailangan kasi mapaniwala m sila na susunod ka sa rules nila.

  17. Hello Ma’am Nina & Ma’am Rose, i just wanna ask kung gaano katagal mag antay ng result for applying fiance visa or PMV? pls. help me.
    thanks & God bless

    • hi anne this is stella, how did u ask for a multiple entry? is this your first time to go to oz? at what strong ties you have to prove to them that babalik ka, just want to know how u did it, its amazing. please help me with my queries. thank u. keep blessed.

  18. Hello Nina, hello guys. I just want to clarify kung swan na ba talaga i-lodge ang TV application?
    Background: I’m Filipina, Single. I previously worked as an OFW for 5 years. and came home last March end and just founded a NGO starting May. My co-founder is an Australian. We’re taking a break now, after we completed our pilot project. So, I want to visit Aus too. Currently unemployed. just running the NGO we founded.
    Do you think this would be a problem? Thanks

  19. Hi Everyone! sino po ba dito nka pag try mg apply ng PMV na may agent? how long to wait po sa result? pls. reply kung sino mai alam salamat

  20. Hello Good morning po sa lahat…sino po ba dito nka try mg apply ng pmv/ fiance visa with agent? how long to wait po sa result? pls.reply po. salamat ….

  21. Hi everyone! may I ask what usual documents/requirements you submit for Tourist Visa Multiple Entry (3 months)? I have COE & Leave Letter what questions do immigration officers here in Manila usually ask about work? Do I need to include an ITR, what if I don’t have one from my current employer? I am planning to attach a 100K bank statement will this be enough? bank statement from my sponsor my mother AU citizen and I their Cert, True Copies of passports. Invitation Letter saying they will take care of all expenses but I also have my own money in Commonwealth bank not a lot tapos I got denied for TV last year kasi raw I have other intentions not only vacation, so pinalitan nila mami yung invitation letter plus this time I just want to make sure na strong na yung case ko to be granted a 3 month multiple entry tourist visa…please help, I need to make it right this time para makasama ko na mami ko they are old. Appreciate any response & God bless all!

  22. I just want to know sa mga naapprobahan ng TV, ano ba ang reason niyo for strong ties in the philippines, and if its not too personal, how much money do you have in your bank account to convince them?

    Thanks.

    • i also got denied last month. Sabi insufficient funds and strong family ties. 170k lng napresent ko s bank cert pero i have 5 credit cards with 3 hav more than100k limit each. Then ung salary ko almost 6 digits din kasi im working as a programmer. I already travelled almost lahat s asia except nokor, brunei and taiwan… Un nga lng single ksi ako at wala nmn anak. Sayang lng ung plane ticket ko…Ung s funds nmn accdg dun s abogado n nkausap ko dapat dw minimum n 250k if ikaw lng magshoulder ng expenses at wl k sponsor…

      • hi jet, siguro swertehan lang based sa docs u submitted parang parang mas capable ka pa sa akin tapos sabi mo nga yours eh almost 6 digits na salary mo. Mine walang pang 20K ang basic maybe annual would be 300K including the benefits. I’m also totally single, I’ve been in my work for more than 5 years. I submitted COE, payslip, bankcert. I didn’t submit creditcard statement kasi hindi ganun ka taas ang limit ko at iniisip ko credit pa rin yun. wala rin akong approve leave pa at ticket. I traveled in four countries here in asia for the last 2 years. magsubmit kna lang uli siguro lagyan mo ng letter. need mo tlagang ma prove na babalik ka.

      • Hi Jet, if you shoulder all expenses you must convince the immig that you have an adequate fund to support the length of your stay. having 5 credit cards is not enough they want to see the substantial amount on ur bank cert. u need more than 250k most likely 500k if you’re applying for a 3-month visa and that’s the shortest length of stay they can provide you. U also need private health insurance/travel insurance. it doesn’t matter if you’re single as long as you provide evidences of SUFFICIENT FUNDS (copies of bank statements, bankbooks or letters from banks and other financial institutions indicating your financial position) AND THAT U’RE COMING BACK to the Phil when your visa runs out and you don’t intend to work while ur in Aus. U must provide COE or house/land title or any other property dox u have, passport of ur parents etc…anything that can be considered as strong family ties…the immig just wanna make sure na babalik ka sa Pinas. The Aus immig doesn’t require u to send ur itinerary pag d pa na-approve ung visa, purchase a 2-way ticket once nahawakan mo na ung grant notice.

    • for me nasa employment / business cya. Submit COE or Business docs. ITR(very important makita nagbabayad ka tax, makita na responsible pinoy ka. hehe) Since business meron ako I submitted as much papers I have (2012&2013 ITR, 1st Quarter 2014 tax, business registration, permits etc etc). For me sa work ang basis nla sa strong ties mostly kung 21+ ka na.

      • Thanks guys! I will try to reapply hanggat may oras p :) sayang din kasi. Sana swertihin n distym isure ko n madami ako madalang supporting docs to prove n bbalik ako kz 5 days lng nmn tlg ako dun.

    • coe, payslip, itr, bank cert tska yung stamps na nakuha ko from my previous travel kaso asia lang yun..swertehan naman yun. ilagay m lang ang mga gusto mong gawin at puntahan.

      • thanks anne. mayron ako lahat nyan. i will lodge my application this week.. hopefully ma grant ako ng tv.

  23. Hi guys,

    Ask ko lang if meron na dito nakareceive ng result ng application nila for those who lodged their application last July 11 sa VFS. Thanks.

    • Hi. ???? Here’s my timeline. I’m from Davao by the way. I called VFS 11 July. 2GO picked it up at home 14 Jul. 18 Jul, VFS sent me an email regarding an error to the payment I made for their service. I am applying for my 3rd Tourist Visa and Fiancé Visa at the same time. I only paid 1220 which should be 2440. 21 Jul payment sent to VFS. Now hoping to hear for their acknowledgment email tomorrow 23 Jul.

      • Hi VJ, are u referring to Partner Visa or Prospective marriage for “Fiance visa?” Did the immig request u to pay 2440aud? Is that their new charge for PMV/PartnerV? kac nung nag inquire ako here at SA immig if ur applying outside Aus 3085aud for PArtner and pmv, but if u are in Aus ka partner visa is 4575 and Partner/pmv is 1145. tnx and goodluck!

    • yes, email tapos may hardcopy din.anyway, may record na naman sila dun automatic sa system nila kahit yung niprint lang yung dala mo. yung papers ko hindi na ibinalik kasi records na nila yun.

  24. hello! just wannna ask if need ba talaga ng bank certificate? pwede bang iscreenshot nalang or ixerox ung bank book? kasi laman nalang ngaun ng bank book ng ate ko is 11k nalang ata, dati enough kaso ginagamit kasi namin un pampaikot sa business.. pero meron na syang approved leave, ceo, and payslip. pls badly need help.. kasi naghahanap kami ng mapaghihiraman kaso halos gagamitin nila money nila.. tom na sana ako magpass ng application ng ate ko dahil August14 target na pagpunta sa Australia dahil 90th birthday ng lola namin. pls reply, thanks! :)

  25. hello Ces, sa manila ka mag take ug CFO i tried on the website to have appointment bcoz no walk in clients na sila, we have to registered online but everytime I tried to fill up the form, says not match capcha something like that, saan ka, ako din I am in Aus now and be home this week and then take the CFO and then back here again in Aug. sana sabay tayo Ces, im from Mindanao.

  26. hi Ces i’m planning to take first week Aug. My CO emailing me that once I depart Aus, she will grant my Pv. so I wait for that then opnce I have it in my hand will do the CFO right away, baka mga ist week of Aug Ces, sa Cebu ka or Manila

    • You dont need CFO in any partner visa you just waste you time and money….. Believed me i been in the process of all visa nag start ako ng tourist then pmv then partner lahat sa pinas ang process then now im applying for permanent wala nman CFO CFO na yan. Be realistic all embassy need is to prove na genuine ang purpose nio kasi madami ng scam ang mga ganyan seminar read the checklist of the visa u applying for then ung ang gawin niong guidelines. Sure granted kau

      • Hi M.Sleeman, ask lang sana ako sau kung gaano katagal mag antay ng result for PMV? ung sano gaano katagal po ba? pls. reply. salamat & God bless

    • Hi mary! Ask ko lang kung kelan ka nagapply ng pv?kc andito din ako sa australia and may pending pv app din ako sa pinas. til now wala pakong balita kung ok na ung app ko.

  27. Hello Rose , ask ko lang, bago ka nag fly to au for yout pmv , nag attend kaba ng cfo? hinahanap ba sa immig at the airport? or pwde ng hindi na ako mag attend? worry lang kc baka hindi maka depart.. meron kc nag sabi pwde hindi na mag cfo how true ? thanks

    • No need CFO walang ganyan na hinahanap… once u have ur PMV visa immigration will not ask any of CFO. Sino ba kasi nag sabi niyan?

      • Hi good evening Ma’am M. Sleeman, ask lang po ako sayo kung gaano katagal ang result for PMV? yong sayo mga ilang months po? pls. reply..salamat & God bless

      • Hello Nice, about to apply pv this month. For what I have read sa site ng BI if you’re a spouse or immigrant visa holder or a your partner is a foreigner you have to take CFO and my friend who just depart this morning to USA she also did get the CFO sticker and she’s holding a F visa

  28. Mga sis, important question po. Sana matulungan nyo ko, ok lang po ba na un flight ko ay aug 8 and departure ko from melbourne ay oct 8. Saktong 3 months as per my tourist visa? Wala naman po ba ako magiging problema?

  29. ok lang wala naman magiging problema basta kailangan umalis ka ng australia before mag expire ang 3 months mo kung pumasok ka ng australia ng aug 8 nov 8 makaalis kana :-)