Invitation letter for Australian Visitor Visa

Aman Saxena
26.03.21
7 minute read

You are ready to take a trip down under, but before you pack your bags, you have to get your Australian visa in order.

One part of applying for an Australian tourist visa will be proving that you are genuinely visiting the country to sightsee, visit family or see friends. You can prove that by providing an invitation letter from the relative or friend you are visiting in Australia along with your visa application.

Learn how the letter can be written and the different types of information needed so that your visa process is a smooth one.

📝 Table of contents

This article is only to shed light on parts of the visa process, and is not to be taken as advice on your particular immigration or travel situation. It is important to read and clarify the immigration rules of each country- the embassy website of the country you are visiting, the Department of Home Affairs website for Australia or an immigration specialist are key ways to find up to date information and receive professional advice.

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📝 How do you write an invitation letter for an Australian visitor visa?

The invitation letter by a family member or friend is to help vouch for you and your genuine intent as a tourist in Australia. The Department of Home Affairs wants to see the invitation letter communicate¹:

  • The friend or family member’s relationship to you
  • The reason you are visiting
  • How long you are staying
  • If you are staying with them or have alternate accommodation
  • If your friend or family member is funding your stay and evidence of their means to support your stay financially.

The letter is to be written in a formal letter format and signed by the person inviting you. In addition, the letter should include information on the person writing the letter. This can include information like:

  • Full Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Full address
  • Phone number
  • Status in Australia as a citizen, permanent resident or visa holder

Plus it should contain information to identify you as the applicant, like your passport number.

Let’s take a look at what an invitation letter can look like.

📩 Invitation letter for Australian visa (subclass 600)

Here is a sample letter for the common Australian tourist visa, subclass 600:


Sarah Sigston

123 Main Street

Melbourne, Australia. VIC 3004

123 456 789

RE: Application for Tourist Visa for A. Bidri | Passport number: 09876543

To Whom it may concern,

This letter is to confirm that Ashank Bidri will be visiting me at the above home address during his visit to Australia. I am an Australian citizen and am an elementary school teacher in Adelaide.

I can confirm that Ashank Bidri is gainfully employed in his home country and is solely looking to have a relaxing holiday and to learn more about Australian culture. The dates of his stay are March 15-30th 2022, after which he will return to Mumbai.

Ashank Bidri was my neighbor during my stay overseas and I know him well. He will be staying at a hotel here in Melbourne and providing for his own stay and expenses.

I have attached supporting documents:

  • Ashank’s bank statement
  • My current bank statement
  • Copy of my Australian passport with my date of birth
  • Itinerary including hotel information
  • Ashank’s employment letter and contract

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or for additional information on Ashank’s trip.

Best Regards,

Sarah Sigston

✌Invitation letter for Australian tourist visa for friend

Here is a sample letter for a Australian tourist visa for a friend:


Mat Stevens

123 Main Street

Melbourne, Australia. VIC 3004

RE: Application for Tourist Visa for M. Williams | Passport number: 09876543

To Whom it may concern,

This letter is to confirm that Mike Williams is a friend of mine and will be visiting me at my home here in Melbourne. Mike and I have been friends since we went to college together in the United States and he is using vacation time from his work to come and visit me and my family in Australia.

Mike’s vacation to Australia will be for 2 weeks and he will be staying with me and my family at our home for the length of the entire stay. The dates are slated for May 1-14th 2021.

Mike is an engineer back in the US and he will be returning to his work upon the completion of his vacation. My family and I will be providing him accommodation throughout his stay. Here are my details:

Passport number: A123456
Citizenship: Australian citizen
Phone Number: 123 456 789
Address: 123 Main Street Melbourne, Australia. VIC 3004

Please let me know if there are any questions or anything further I can clarify about Mike’s trip to Australia. We are excited to host him in our country.

Best,
Mat Stevens & family

👪 Invitation letter for Australian tourist visa for parents

If you are writing to have your parents come visit you in Australia, a sample letter can look like the following:


Shreya Kumar

123 Main Street

Adelaide, Australia. SA 5012

123 456 789

RE: Application for Tourist Visa for Mr. & Mrs. Rajender Kumar

To Whom it may concern,

My parents, Mr Rajender Kumar and Nalini Kumar, are applying for a tourist visa to visit me here in Adelaide. As their youngest daughter, the purpose of their travel to Australia is to visit me for 4 weeks here from June 01-30th 2021.

I am currently a postgraduate student at Adelaide University and I will be able to provide support and accommodation to my parents during their stay. I haven’t been able to see my parents in over a year so I am sincerely looking forward to showing them my life here in Australia.

This would be their first time here in Australia and we intend to visit Sydney during their stay. With responsibilities to my extended family in India, my parents will only be visiting for 4 weeks and then will be returning to their home.

Please find the following documents to support this invitation letter:

  • A copy of my Permanent resident Visa with my date of birth
  • Our 4 week itinerary
  • My bank statement
  • My parent’s bank statement in India
  • My lease agreement where I am staying and where they will be staying as well.

Please let me know if there are any other documents I can provide or questions I can answer for my parents’ tourist visa application.

Best,

Shreya Kumar

🤰 Invitation letter for parents to visit Australia during pregnancy

In another example, this is how an invitation letter for parents to visit can be written if you are expecting a child.


Shivam Kumar

123 Main Street

Adelaide, Australia. SA 5012

123 456 789

RE: Application for Tourist Visa for Mr. & Mrs. Rajender Kumar

To Whom it may concern,

My parents, Mr Rajender Kumar and Nalini Kumar, are applying for a tourist visa to visit me and my growing family here in Adelaide. My wife is currently pregnant with our first child and we would all love to be together during this special time.

My parents intend to visit us for two weeks from May 7-21st 2021 and will be staying with us in our home. We have ample space and my wife and I will be supporting their stay. My parents intend to return to my siblings and their families in India upon the end of their stay.

I have included a copy of my and my wife’s citizenship documents and details, our mortgage documents, a copy of my and my parents’ bank statements and my employment letter.

Please let me know if there are any other documents I can provide or questions I can answer for my parents’ tourist visa application.

Best,

Shivam Kumar

👍 Invitation letter for Australian tourist visa for family members

You may have other family members itching to visit you in Australia, here is an example of a letter written for them.


Katie Hedwards

123 Main Street

Sydney, Australia. SA 5012

RE: Application for Tourist Visa for Rachel Hedwards | Passport Number A123345

To Whom it may concern,

My name is Katie Hedwards and my little sister is applying to come visit me here in Australia for a holiday. Rachel Hedwards is currently a full time employee at XYZ company in the UK and has 10 days of holiday time to use before the end of the year.

Rachel will be staying with me in my flat in Sydney, and I will be covering all her expenses and lodging during her trip. As only having 10 days for the trip, we will primarily spend the time in Sydney sightseeing and enjoying the city’s lovely restaurants.

Rachel’s trip is to be from December 20th-30th 2021. I have attached the following to this letter:

  • A copy of my passport identifying my Australian citizenship
  • A copy of my lease agreement with my current address where she will be staying
  • Her employment letter in London
  • Our tentative itinerary in Sydney.
  • A copy of my bank statement as evidence of my ability to support my sister’s stay.

Please let me know if there are any other documents I can provide or questions I can answer for my parents’ tourist visa application.

Best,

Katie Hedwards

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Sources
  1. DHA Visiting Letter

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