First thing on a Monday morning after hearing about the the rejection is to call the India High Commission in Canberra - no such luck - no-one will answer the phone and the mechancial answering maching is on.
Next step is the India Passport & Visa Service Centre (IPVSC) - 2 choices - a 1900 number at $A0.99c per minute or an ordinary STD number where you have to give them your credit card number before they talk to you. Cost to me $50.00 was just to get an honest answer as to why they have rejected my Visa application.
Finally they are not happy with my occupation (Security Officer), they reject you - this will also apply to Police, Military, Para Military and Security. They consider these occupations as pro-terrorist. They consider them dishonourable professionals and subject to greater scrutiny - even if you are Australian - maybe it's time to consider reviewing trade deals and sanctions with India - not a chance - Australian Govt (Labor & Liberal) are too 'weak kneed"
So submit another application claiming my employment at 'unemployed' - how humiliating - I just need this Visa to get the India, so I can complete my trip or risk losing $US 13,000. Another $A 109.00 cost without an refund from the previous application - all up it's now costing me $A 218.00 for a tourist visa to India which I am still not assured of getting- surely nothing more than a giant SCAM - the big question is why do we Australians treat Indians coming to Australia wth greater lenicency and less restrictions.
Countless Australians and resident Indians have expressed the view that it's all about the India High Commission and IPVSC making as much money from their services as possible including forcing applicamts to pay 2x
I'm still waiting for re-embursement of my 1st application - but it appears it's not going to happen - IPVSC say it is a non refundable payment if it is not judged suitable or rejected - maybe it's time to refer the IPVSC (or AFS Services Australia Pty Ltd) to the Australian Trade Practices Commission and the Australian Federal Police for unethical business practices and Credit Card and Taxation fraud.
But who's going the listen to me - certainly not the Australian Govt because they have already demonstrate that they will will not support any Australian citizen in trouble or difficult situations even in Australia. At lest the Americans will go in 'hands & feet" to support their nationals in any type of difficult - not Australia......
So lets sit back and wait....maye God and Krishna be kind to me............and give me a simple Tourst Visa to go to India and fulfill my trip obligations and not let me be $US 13000 financial worst off.