The “PEOPLE” at the Australian High Commission rejected my ETA application this morning and requested that I lodge a formal application with the High Comm. Okay. Never mind the AUD20 I just spent. I asked them some questions and after the phone conversation ended, I screamed. Literally.
I’ll have to fork out
RM260 RM206 (my hearing is out sometimes!) and prepare the following documents plus go for a medical check-up just to bloody go to the country and live there for two weeks as a visitor:
- Evidence of funds
- Evidence of your medical/travel insurance
- Medical examination or tests
- A letter from your employer confirming your leave
- If visiting close family in Australia (who is a citizen or PR of Australia), a letter of invitation to visit
- Other information that you have an incentive and authority to return to your country of residence
GEEEEZUZ. “Why so kiaso one?” one colleague asked. *sighs* I can understand if they are afraid that I might be one of those illegal immigrants who go in on a tourist visa and disappear into the country. But if you must do this to tourists, apply it across the board and don’t just target backpackers like myself.
So just to spite them and possibly bog them down with paperwork, I’m including the following documents (certified true copies or originals):
Bank statement(s) Six months of payslips A letter confirming my leave Employment contract Proof of purchase of ticket
Hm…I just might get Dad to write a letter telling them that I have responsibilities and duties here in M’sia, mainly towards my family.
How’s that for a checklist?