Factors to consider while writing an invitation

Before you will write an invitation letter for Australian tourist visa for parents, there are a couple of factors you’ll have to consider such as:

  • your parents country of passport
  • duration of the visit
  • the reason for the visit

While for some countries getting a visitor visa is quite straightforward and an invitation is not required at all for some others submission must be really strong to convince case officer visa should be granted.

When deciding a duration of the visit financial factors must be taken into consideration. On a visitor visa work is not allowed, so case officer must be satisfied visitor has got enough funds or an Australian sponsor is able to support parent financially during their visit.

The reason of the visit is another important factor when writing an invitation letter for Australian tourist visa for parents. Australia is a multicultural country and all the religious and family matters are being given high importance. Events such a Christmas, a birth of a child, marriage, etc might be quite a good reason for a visit.

Format of an invitation

Invitation-letter-for-Australian-tourist-visa-for-parents palmsSome people write an invitation to the person to visit them in Australia, then this letter is being presented to the case officer. This approach has quite limited powers – when lodging a visa application it is a case officer you’ll have to convince about a visa grant, not your guest, hence it’s usually better idea to address a letter directly to the decision maker. Ordinary letter to the case officer is usually sufficient, but in some circumstances, it is worth to consider writing it in a statutory declaration format – especially when you are declaring to provide with a board and accommodation. That gives an additional level of assurance for a case officer. Keep in mind Stat Dec is an oath, and you need a JP’s signature for statutory declaration.

Information to be included in an invitation

Your letter must include the following information:

  • details about a person being invited
    • their first and last name
    • relationship to inviting person
    • phone number
  • a reason for the visit
  • duration of the visit
  • details on how the person will support themselves while in Australia
  • details about invitee
    • first and last name
    • date of birth
    • residential address in Australia
    • phone number
    • residential status (are you a citizen, permanent resident or temporary resident)

Example of a letter of invitation

Sample letter 1:

Brisbane, 24/08/2017

Re: Invitation letter for Australian tourist visa for my parents
Visa applicants: Mary Jane (passport nr AB 123456) and Jon Doe (Passport nr XY 456789)

To Whom it may concern.

My name is Jonathan Smith and I’d like to ask for consideration of a visitor visa grant for my parents. We are expecting a child. Birth is due mid-November this year. It is a very important event in our life. We’d love if my parents could share the joy with us. We are Australian citizens and we will provide with board and accommodation for our beloved guests.

I have enclosed following documents:
– a copy of my passport
– statement from a GP

Should you require further information please do not hesitate to contact me

Jonathan Smith
23 Nice Place
Brisbane
QLD 4000
Mob 0404 123456

Sample letter 2

Brisbane, 24/08/2017

Re: request for a consideration of an Australian tourist visa grant for my parents
Visa applicants: Mary Jane (passport nr AB 123456) and Jon Doe (Passport nr XY 456789)

My name is Joseph Obikwa and I am an Australian Permanent resident. Together with my partner Amelia we have moved to Australia 5 years ago. We’d like to show my parents a beauty of Australia – a land we call our home now. They are looking forward visiting us in a Christmas period when we’d spent some time together. We are Catholics and Christmas is a very important time of the year for us. We are also going to travel around Australia with parents. My parents would like to visit us for about 2 months as that’s maximum period of time for a holiday they could get from their employers. Although they have enough money to support themselves while in Australia I’ll provide with board and accommodation.

I have enclosed following documents:
Copy of my PR visa
My parent’s bank account statement
Proposed itinerary for a travel

Should you require further information please do not hesitate to contact me

Jonathan Smith
23 Nice Place
Brisbane
QLD 4000
Mob 0404 123456

Talk to an expert about your letter of invitation

As I wrote above, there could be different factors which need to be considered when writing a letter of invitation. It’s always a good idea to consult or engage a person who is an expert in such cases to maximise your chances of a successful outcome of a visa application. Please do not hesitate to call my office or contact us to discuss your options.

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