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Visitor Visa Refusals in 2023

Apr 20, 2023 | AUS | 0 comments

What is the Subclass 600 Visitor Visa?

This visa stream lets you visit Australia as a tourist, to see family and friends or for purposes other than business or medical treatment. The Department of Home Affairs may grant you a stay of 3, 6 or 12 months. 

Reasons for Visitor Visa Refusals in 2023

There are several reasons why a Visitor Visa can be refused. Below are some of the most common reasons for refusal by the Department of Home Affairs this year. 

  1. You come from a “high-risk” country.

Visitors from “high-risk” countries are normally visitors who come from countries that have a high rate of their nationals overstaying their visas in Australia. The Department has released a list of “low-risk” countries. Although there is no such definitive list for “high-risk” countries, it can be assumed that if your country is not included in the list for “low-risk countries”, it is a high-risk country. If you are from a high-risk country, you may need to provide additional documents such as medical examination checks, a police clearance certificate, or proof of vaccination against certain diseases. (Low-risk countries include Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Republic of San Marino, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, Vatican City.)

  1. You do not have sufficient incentives to return to your country. 

The lack of documents in your Visa Application can lead to a visa refusal if the Department is not satisfied that you are a genuine tourist who will return to your home country after your visit. You can provide examples of evidence to support your intention to return home, such as employment, family ties and assets to ensure the Department that you are visiting for genuine purposes and not planning to arrive on a Visitor Visa and stay in Australia indefinitely. 

  1. You have provided the Department with false or misleading information. 

The Department of Home Affairs may refuse your visa application for failing to satisfy Public Interest Criterion (PIC) 4020 if you provide bogus documents or information that is false and misleading in relation to your current or previous visa application.

  1. You did not meet the conditions of your previous visa. 

Your Visitor Visa may be refused if you did not meet the conditions of a previous visa. 

How can we help?

The rules and legislations surrounding migration are constantly being changed at the discretion of the Department of Home Affairs. Seeking professional assistance will ensure that your application is decision ready and have higher chances of receiving an approval. As a migration law firm, we are in an excellent position to assist you and advise you on how to make the application better.
If you have any questions or would like more information on any of these changes, please contact our principal solicitor, Ross Ahmadzai at or (02) 9189 2988.