SUPPLEMENTARY NOTES FOR STUDENT VISA
APPLICANT : MS A
[A] EVENTS LEADING TO THIS APPLICATION
In Apr 1999, Ms A attended a seminar hosted by xxx Girls High School and us in Zhengzhou, Henan. She and her parents were later interviewed by Mrs xxx, the Deputy Principal of xxx Girls.
She was considered a suitable student and was given a Letter of Offer. . Her application was lodged on 29 Apr 1999 and was given an application reference number xxx. Her request was refused on 16 Jul 1999 and the reasons for the refusal was given as:
"Although you have provided funds in support of your application, based on your family's combined income, it is considered that you have insufficient means to maintain long term studies in New Zealand."
Her second application was lodged on 14 Sep 1999 and was given an application reference number xxx. The application was again refused and Schedule 14A contains the official reasons in the second refusal. As can be seen, the reasons given were non-specific and the letter was couched in general terms. Schedule 15A is the copy of the Decision Notes that you were kind enough to provide me in our subsequent meetings.
According to the Notes, the visa officer based her decision on the following points:
(1) Result of her telephone enquiry indicated that the parents did not go to work at the furniture store regularly.
(2) The wages figure contained in the balance sheet provided by the father were not consistent with the salary sheets. She therefore came to the conclusion that one of the two documents must have been falsified.
(3) Name cards of the father's partners and price lists submitted were considered irrelevant to the case. The visa officer indicated that the parents did not produce their own name cards and the employer's letter was not written on proper letterheads.The visa officer considered that the bank deposit books should be stamped by two employees from the bank, but one book had only one stamp.
The officer also discovered that a person by the name of B who is supposed to work at the bank was on the list of employees of the company.
[B] OUR BRIEF REPLY
Going through the various documents contained in the file and looking at the second visa officer's rejection, I have to admit that the documentation produced together with some of the findings of the visa officer, do lead one to conclude that there are certain aspects of doubtful circumstances.
We would however, like to address the various points raised by the visa officer to clarify matters and to demonstrate that our client satisfies the present requirements and should be eligible for the issue of a student visa. We shall now proceed to deal with the various points one by one as follows.
[C] THE CASE OF THE ABSENT BOSS
In reply to the query from the visa officer handling our first application, we had submitted an Organisation Chart of the father's business; a copy is enclosed at Schedule 4A. As
can be seen, the furniture store is the retail arm of the trading company of which the father is the Legal Representative. Apart from the furniture business the company is also involved in other trading activities. As the furniture business has been reasonably well established, the father does not report to the retail store on a daily basis.
There are quite a number of sales personnel in the retail store and given