Australian Invitation Letter for Visa Processing: What You Should Know

 Australian Invitation Letter for Visa Processing: What You Should Know

An invitation letter for Australia is not obligatory for all of the visas. It’s usually required for Australian temporary visit tourist visas, and even then it might not be a strict requirement. However, having an invitation letter will increase the chances of receiving a visa. The letter serves as proof that the visa holder won’t overstay in Australia after their visa has expired.

What Is an Australia Visa Invitation Letter?

An invitation letter is a written request inviting someone to visit Australia. The letter is usually written by a friend or family member inviting another friend or family member to visit them for a short period of time. The letter contains some information about the inviter and it’s directed to the Immigration Office as an appeal to grant a temporary visa for their invitee.

This letter may also be required for business visas (short term) as proof that the applicant will be doing business with a company in Australia. The business letter of invitation has to be written by the host company.

How to Write an Invitation Letter for Australia Visa?

When you write a letter of invitation you should follow the standard format for any letter. You have to include your name and address, include a formal greeting, salutations, and sign the letter at the bottom. The tone of the letter has to be formal and polite but, at the same time, it needs to show the close relationship between the visa applicant and their Australian host (in cases of family/friends invitations).

The invitation letter must include important information such as:
  • The Australian host’s information:
    • Full name (first, middle and last name).
    • Date of birth.
    • Full address.
    • Telephone number.
    • Residency status (proof of residency or citizenship).
    • Current occupation.
    • Visit and departure date.
    • Description of the relationship between the applicant and the host (family, friend, partner, etc.)
  • The visa applicant’s information:
    • Full name (first, middle and last name).
    • Date of birth.
    • Full address.
    • The purpose of their visit.
    • The duration of their visit.
    • Details on accommodation.

It’s important that the letter includes information on whether the guest will be staying with the Australian host or not. Additionally, if the host is financially supporting the visit, then proof of financial means has to be included in the letter.

Can I Invite Someone on an Australian Student Visa?

Yes, if you want to have family members or friends visit you in Australia you can invite them. Since 2013 universities don’t provide invitation letters, instead students are required to write the letter themselves. As a student, you have to include extra information in your invitation letter:

  • Student ID.
  • Copy of enrolment certification.
  • Copy of the graduation ceremony pamphlet (in case of a visit for your graduation ceremony).
Other Required Documents

Depending on the circumstances you may be required to add some additional documents to your visa invitation letter:

  • Scanned copies of the host’s passport.
  • Scanned copies of the invitee’s passport.
  • Evidence of financial means (if the host is financing the visit).
  • Program confirmation letter (if the host is a student visa holder).
  • Enrolment confirmation letter (student visa holders).

The Statutory Of Declaration for Australia Visa

The statutory declaration is a proclamation proving the relationship between two partners. Persons who apply for a partner visa (provisional) have to provide this form alongside the letter of invitation and other visa requirements. In the declaration form, the applicants will have to provide information such as what is the nature of the relationship, i.e., is it a marriage or a de facto relationship. In addition to this, the form requires brief explanations about how the relationship is on a day-to-day basis, for example, which partners do the household work, how do you share the expenses, what assets do you have in joined ownership, and so on.

Please note that this form has to be filled in and signed in the presence of a witness.

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