Why was my Australian Tourist Visa Application Rejected?

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[ January 19, 2020 ]

If you’ve recently been told that your Australian tourist visa application has been rejected or refused, chances are you’re feeling pretty worried and frustrated. You’re probably wondering why your Australian visa application wasn’t approved. Where did you go wrong? And, most importantly, what should you do next?

Australia’s visa guidelines are stringent and there are several reasons why your Australian tourist visa may have been refused or rejected by Immigration. Here, we’ll guide you through the 5 most common reasons for a visa refusal. Hopefully this will lend some clarity to your situation and you’ll gain a better understanding of your options going forward. Read on to find out more

You have been refused an Australian Visa in the past

Your Australian tourist visa application may have been refused or rejected due to your visa history.

Australia’s Department of Home Affairs looks into your Australian visa history when processing your application. If you failed to meet the conditions of a previous Australian visa, your chances of refusal for a future visa are much higher.

Your previous visa may have stipulated a ‘no further stay’, ‘no work’ or ‘no study’ condition. If the Immigration department discovers that you’ve overstayed or failed to comply with your visa conditions, then you’re likely to face a three-year visa ban and any new Australian visa that you apply for will be refused.

Your passport is from a ‘high risk’ country

There are several different kinds of tourist visa available for Australia. The tourist visa subclass that you apply for depends on your country of origin and whether your passport is from a country that is considered ‘low’ or ‘high’ risk.

For example, countries considered ‘high risk’ are not eligible to apply for an Electronic Transfer Authority (ETA) 601 Visa. If you’re applying for this visa from a high risk country, your application will unfortunately be rejected.

So, it’s vital to ensure that you’re applying for a subclass of visa that your passport is eligible for. Double check your chosen visa’s country of origin restrictions from the beginning.

If you’re unsure about your eligibility for a particular Australian tourist visa, please get in touch with AustraliaOnlineVisa’s expert team and we can quickly guide you through your options.

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Lack of evidence in your visa supporting documents

The Australian Department of Home Affairs must be certain that you intend to return to your home country when your tourist visa has expired. They look for documents and evidence to support this, such as proof of your financial assets or strong family connections in your home country.

Failing to include the necessary documents with your application is a very common reason for a tourist visa refusal.

You may be asked to provide evidence showing that you intend to return to your home country. The kind of evidence needed depends on the subclass of Australian tourist visa that you’re applying for. You may be asked to include proof of financial assets, a letter of good conduct from an employer, a police certificate, proof that you have family connections in your home country, or major assets.

Please remember that supplying false or misleading documents will certainly lead to visa refusal and you’ll also be given a three year ban on future applications. It’s against the law to submit false or bogus documents.

Your future visa applications are also highly likely to be refused due to your history of submitting false or misleading documents.

Your application is inconsistent

Inconsistencies in your visa application are often a key reason for rejection or refusal.

It’s vital to carefully check your Australian tourist visa application before you submit it. Small inconsistencies can easily lead to visa refusal.

If your Australian tourist visa application contains inconsistent details, your application will be refused and you may not be able to appeal this decision.

You fail to meet health and/or character requirements

Australia’s health and living standards are excellent and the government works hard to maintain this. The Department of Home Affairs must feel confident that you are not a health and safety or criminal risk to the Australian community.

To meet the government’s health requirements you must be free from any disease or condition that could become a significant healthcare and community service cost to the Australian community.

In general, health issues like diabetes or heart disease do not necessarily mean that your tourist visa application will be rejected. The Australian government is particularly concerned about highly infectious diseases such as active Tuberculosis. If you’ve contracted TB, or a similar condition, you will not be allowed to visit Australia until you have completed the recommended treatment and been successfully re-tested.

Your Australian tourist visa application will be refused if you’re asked for a health clearance certificate, but fail to provide it.

Your character will also be carefully assessed by Australian Immigration before you’re granted a tourist visa. The Department of Home Affairs must be aware of any criminal convictions you may have, whether in Australia or any other country that you’ve lived in or visited.

If you fail to disclose any prior criminal convictions or do not meet the character test, your Australian tourist visa will be refused.

If your Australian tourist visa has been refused or rejected, or you’re unsure about which tourist visa to apply for, please contact Australia Online Visa’s friendly team today or book for a consultation below.

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Our expert migration agents can check every detail of your application and ensure that you have a strong chance of approval when applying for an Australian tourist visa.

If your Australian tourist visa application has been rejected, don’t give up. Depending on your individual circumstances, you may still be able to re-apply for an Australian visa following a visa refusal or appeal the refusal decision to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT),
But don’t delay - now is the time to pursue your dream of visiting Australia!

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