Australian Tourist Visa Application List
The list below to submit as part of an Australian tourist visa application is
perhaps more than what is required. However, I am sure that you will agree that a little extra time in the
preparation is a lot better than being refused a visa. If possible you should gather these documents in
Australia before departure for Thailand. If you are already in Thailand most, if not all, can be obtained in
Before getting into the list of documents I would like to remind you of a bit of information contained on the first page of the guide. The main two things that you need to address in the application is that the applicant has a reason to leave Australia and has access to funds to cover the costs of the trip. Keep this in mind as you are preparing the documents for the application.
Here is the list of documents that we provided and why they are
Completed application form: a fully completed application from is a must. You can download a
form from the documents down load page. There is also a Thai version of the form with both English and
Letter from her
employer: this is important as it provides a reason for her to return to Thailand. This is one of the
most important factors that the person looking at the application will look for. If it is believed that she will
not depart Australia in compliance of the visa the application will be refused. Saying that applications have been
approved without a a Thai lady having a job to return to. It is recommended that the letter from her employer
saying that she has a job to return to be included in the application.
Her bankbook (not a copy) even though she
had no savings and a photocopy of it: for some reason they want to see this even if it has no money
in. It should not affect the result of the application if she has no savings. If you have been supporting her and
it is reflected in her bankbook then ensure that this is highlighted.
Photocopy of her ID card both front and back: this is included as further proof of her
Photocopy of her passport details
page: once the application is accepted a recept will be attached to this and the photocopy stamped
with some details of the application. It is important to keep this safe as it is required when the passport is to
Photocopy of her house registration
book: Every Thai should be listed in a house registration book. It may be where she is actually
living or where her family live.
Letter of invitation: this
can be used to detail why she wants to go to Australia. Use it as a tool to highlight the strengths in the
application. An example of a letter of invitation can be found on the Forms for Download page.
Statutory declaration stating the nature
of your relationship with her and what you will provide for her whilst in Australia: the letter of
invitation is a good tool to help the application but it doesn’t have too much weight. If you really want to drive
home your sincerity then a statutory declaration is the way to go. If you are in Bangkok a stat dec can be
witnessed at the Australian Embassy for 500 Baht. You do not need an appointment for this service. An example of a
statutory declaration can be found on the Forms for Download page.
Letter from your employer or evidence of
regular income: if you state in the application that you will be providing financial assistance for
her in Australia then you have to prove that you are capable of doing it. To do this you have to show that you have
a regular income high enough to support both her and herself for the duration of her stay. Evidence can be a letter
from your employer, pay slips or a statement from the account into which your salary is paid into. If possible more
than one piece of evidence is recommended. If the person is not convinced that sufficient funds are available for
her stay in Australia the application is likely to be refused.
Evidence of communication while you are
apart: It is not necessary to prove that a relationship between you and the lady you want to bring to
Australia exists. However there are benefits to show that there is some link between the two of you. For that
reason it is a good idea to show that there is communication between you and her while you are away from Thailand.
This can be telephone records, emails or letters with original envelopes. Also you may like to provide evidence for
the time you have spent in Thailand with her.
Evidence of any financial support you have
given her: again this is just building up a picture that there is a link between the two of
Photographs of both of you
together: further evidence of a relationship.
Copy of your passport details page: This may or may not be required. If you do
not have a copy and are going to the office when submitting the application make sure you have your
passport with you. If you will not be going to the office make sure there is a copy with the
Important Note: As of January
2013 the applicant's passport is not submitted with the application. Along with a copy of the
details page copies of all pages containing stamps is required. Of course the
passport should be on hand when the application is submitted. I will update the website when I
hear of the exact procedure of how the decision on the application is
For the official list of required documents refer
to the Immigration Department's website: Visitor visa (subclass 600) Tourist Stream: document checklist.
If you think that there is a chance that you may
apply for a permanent visa for her to live in Australia at a later date you can lay a good foundation for that
application. If done correctly there is no reason that applications for tourists visas can not be used as evidence
of how long a relationship between the two of you has existed. If this is a possibility use this to the best of
your advantage. Also start investigating what evidence you will need to make such an application. One
recommendation I would make is to open a joint bank account in Thailand and use it regularly. You may like to take
the time to read the Immigration Department's Partner Migration booklet.