Current Australian Border Arrangments
From 6 July 2022, unvaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents can leave and enter Australia without an individual travel exemption. Travellers entering or leaving Australia do not require a negative pre-departure test and cruise vessels can enter Australian territory.
All incoming travellers will need to comply with the testing and quarantine requirements of the state or territory of their arrival, and any other state or territory to which they plan to travel. Visithttps://www.australia.gov.au/states for more information.
It is important to remember that other countries, and private airlines, vessel operators and tour companies, may have their own requirements for travellers.
Unvaccinated visa holders will no longer need a travel exemption to enter Australia.For all the latest information about Australia’s border arrangments, please visit:https://www.australia.gov.au/international-travel
Some services relating to the visa application process may be impacted by COVID-19 and a range of services we rely on are increasingly unavailable. VisittheVisas and Citizenshippage for more information.
From 04 April 2022, visa applicants in the Philippines must complete biometric (face photograph and fingerprint scan) collection for each application lodged, irrespective of their nationality, unless they are excluded or exempt from the biometric program.
Biometrics are collected through a quick and easy process that captures a photograph of your face and a 10-digit electronic fingerprint. Applicants will be required to provide their biometrics each and every time they apply for a visa.
When you lodge your application online, you will be sent a request to provide personal identifiers (biometrics) via email. You should make an appointment to attend an Australian Biometrics Collection Centre (ABCC) in person to provide your biometrics. Take a copy of that email and your passport to the appointment.
You must provide your biometrics within 14 days of online lodgement or notify the relevant visa processing office if unable to do so.
VFS Global operates two ABCCs in the Philippines (in Manila and Cebu). The ABCC will charge a service fee for the collection of biometrics.
For more information about biometric collection procedures, fees charged, contact details, ABCC locations, or to book your biometrics appointment, please visit Welcome to VFS Global| vfsglobal.
Pre-lodgement enquiries- Global Service Centre
If you wish to contact the global service centre regarding your pre-lodgment enquiry, please call +61 2 6196 0196, Monday to Friday 09:00am to 5:00pm (Manila local time). Callers can access Translating and Interpreting Service support.
Visitor visas that could not be used due to COVID-19
Under Australian migration law, it is not possible to extend a visitor visa or electronic travel authority. You must apply for a new visa, if your current visa has expired and you wish to travel to Australia.
A Visa Application Charge waiver may be available to you if you held a Visitor (Tourist) visa holders which expired while outside Australia following implementation of COVID-19 travel restrictions on 20 March 2020 (multiple entry visa), or prior to you using the visa (multiple or single entry visa). Please refer to https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/refunds-and-waivers-visa-application-charges
Due to the volume of Visitor applications currently with the Department, and the anticipated increase in applications lodged following the announcement of the re-opening of our borders, delays can be expected. Please ensure you do not book flights prior to advice that your visa has been granted, as applications will not be expedited due to expiring flight bookings.
All efforts are being made to address the pipeline of applications as quickly as possible and may involve applicants receiving requests to update their evidentiary support on their ImmiAccount – if you have a pending application, please ensure your supporting documents are up to date to avoid further delays.
Lodged visa applications with pending outcome due to COVID-19
Your application remains valid and will be assessed. Please note that the pipeline of existing applications is significant and every effort is being made to quickly assess and decide eligible visa applications so that travel to Australia can occur.
If your circumstances for travel have changed, please consider updating us with additional information through your ImmiAccount.
You may withdraw your application at any time via ImmiAccount before a decision is made by using the appropriate form 1446 – Withdrawal of a visa application. The form and further information regardingwithdrawing a visa application can be found on our website https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/change-in-situation/withdraw-visa-application
Important – Please note however, that Visa Application Charges are generally not refundable, even if the application is withdrawn. Only very limited circumstances allow for a refund of the Visa Application Charge.
Unable to meet the Initial Entry Date
If you have a permanent or provisional family visa and you cannot travel to Australia before the specified initial entry date (first entry date) condition advised in your visa grant letter, please use the online Travel Facilitation Letter Request Form found here.
If you are a Skilled Visa holder, please email [emailprotected]
Changes to Australian citizenship certificates from 1 July 2021
From 1July2021,applicants approvedfor Australian citizenship by descent and Australian citizenship by adoption will receive an Australian citizenship certificate instead of an Australian citizenship extract.The Government will not issue citizenship extracts for applications approved on or after 1July 2021.You can still use a citizenship extract (issued prior to 1July2021), to apply for an Australian Passport.
Applicants are encouraged to provide an Australianpostal address with their application. If you are unableto provide one, we will send your certificate to the Australian Embassy and notify you on how you can collect the certificate. For further information, please visit Evidence of citizenship and certificates.
Changes to Visitor visa applications from 30 September 2021
The Department of Home Affairs hasintroduced100 per cent online lodgement for Visitor visas (subclass 600). From 30 September 2021, all applicants applying for a Visitor visa (subclass 600) from outside Australia in any stream must lodge their application online via ImmiAccount. Paper applications are notaccepted as valid for lodgement.
- For any Child visa related matters please contact[emailprotected] (From 1 April: Child Visa applications must be couriered directly to the Child and Other Family Processing Centre in Perth - please refer to: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/child-101#HowTo).
- This does not apply to subclass 445 - Dependent Child Visa - these can still be sent to the Embassy until advised otherwise.
Visas and Citizenship
Information for applicants
If you are unsure which visa is right for you please use the Visa Finder.
Full listing of Australian visas can be found here.
Other useful information
How do I contact the Australian Embassy? ›
1300 555 135 (within Australia) +61 2 6261 3305 (from overseas)Can I get tourist visa for Australia now? ›
Does an Indian national need to obtain an Australian Tourist Visa? People from India need to apply for a visitor visa to explore Australia as a tourist. The visa is also known as Subclass 600, which grants entry to Australia for a shorter stay.How do I make an appointment at an Australian Embassy? ›
Passports services are provided only from 0900 to 1200 hrs, Monday to Thursday. For Consular and Passports related visits to the Embassy, please schedule your appointment online at https://australianembassyinaddisababa.setmore.com/ before visiting the Embassy.Can I get a free visa for Australia? ›
eVisitor (subclass 651)
This is a free visa for multiple visits to Australia for tourism or business purposes for up to three months at a time within a 12-month period.
|Visa Program||Visa Category||In Australia|
|Permanent||Skilled (Permanent) Partner (First Stage)||5 Months 9 Months|
|Temporary||Skilled (Temporary) Student Visitor Working Holiday Maker||3 Months 5 Months 4 Months 45 Days|
Australia Visa: Apply for Australia Tourist Visa @ Rs. 9,999 for Indian Tourists | Akbar Travels.How can I get Australian visa fast? ›
- Australia Tourist Visa is one of three short-term visas that you can get to travel to this country. ...
- Step 1: Download the application form online. ...
- Step 2: Correctly fill the application form. ...
- Step 3: Wait for an email from the authorities.
These financial requirements for Visitor Visa Australia generally include bank statements for the past 3 months with a closing balance of at least $ 5,000 AUD per applicant, payslips, audited accounts, taxation records, or credit card limits.Can I go directly to embassy without appointment? ›
Walk In Without Appointment*
If you need to submit your visa application on an urgent basis, walk into our Visa Application Centre and opt for this service. VFS Global will process your visa application without a pre-booked appointment.
If you need to travel urgently, miss your pre-booked appointment, or simply cannot book an appointment at your preferred date and time, the Walk-in Without Appointment service, available for select countries, allows you to submit your visa application on a day you choose.
How much does an Australian embassy cost? ›
|Visa subclass||Note||Base application charge|
|Visitor (subclass 600) – all streams (excluding Frequent traveller stream)||1a 1b||AUD150|
|Visitor (subclass 600) - Frequent traveller stream||-||AUD1,120|
|Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601)||1c||nil|
|eVisitor (subclass 651)||-||nil|
Australia Student visa: Compared to other countries, it is easier to get a student visa for Australia. Students wanting to study in Australia must meet certain requirements to qualify for a visa.How much money do you need in your bank account to go to Australia? ›
You should have copies of your bank account showing you have adequate funds to support yourself (usually the equivalent of AUD $5000), as well as a return air ticket or extra funds to be able to pay for your journey home.What are the 4 types of visa? ›
Which type of visa do you need? Probably one of the four main types: tourist, immigration, student, or work.Is Australian visa difficult to get? ›
Is it difficult to get a tourist visa to Australia? It will not be difficult to get a tourist visa to Australia, provided you meet the following conditions: Provide complete and accurate documents. You have no criminal cases pending against you.How long does an Australian visa cost? ›
The cost of the Visitor Visa (Subclass 600) - Tourist Stream (Apply from Australia) is currently $365AUD and you can stay for up to 12 months. Most processing times are within 26 days.How do I know if my Australian visa is approved? ›
See my visa conditions on VEVO
- Access VEVO. ...
- Get your number. ...
- Select 'Check your own visa details with VEVO' ...
- Select the type of travel document. ...
- Use your number.
- SKILLED INDEPENDENT visa, subclass 189. ...
- PARTNER visa, subclass 801. ...
- SIGNIFICANT INVESTOR visa, subclass 188. ...
- PERMANENT PROTECTION visa, subclass 866. ...
- TEMPORARY SKILL SHORTAGE visa, subclass 482. ...
- REMAINING RELATIVE visa, subclass 115. ...
- VISITOR visa, subclass 651.
This fee is $1,050 per applicant at time of application. For a three year visa, $5,090 per applicant prior to visa decision. For a five year visa, $10,180 prior to visa decision.Why Australia visa process is slow? ›
While the influx of visa applications is one of the primary causes behind the backlog, the Department of Home Affairs has also shared that there are other contributing factors. These include: Lodgements of incomplete applications. How promptly applicants respond to requests for additional information.
What is the fastest visa to get? ›
The US student visa (F-1 visa) is one of the fastest visas to process. In fact, the study permit is often processed directly before your embassy interview.Why Australian visa take so long? ›
The reason? Long delays in the issuance of visas across countries. Due to a high volume of applications, several countries including the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia are delaying visas – majorly affecting students and tourists.How much cash can I enter Australia with? ›
There is no limit to the amount of physical currency that may be brought into or taken out of Australia. However, travellers entering and departing Australia must report any currency they are carrying of $10,000 or more in Australian dollars, or the foreign currency equivalent.Does Australian Embassy verify bank statements? ›
The Australian and Canadian Embassies require only the bank statement. The Chinese, Korean, and most Schengen embassies ask for BOTH certificate AND statement.What are the documents required for Australian visa? ›
- Australian Visa Form.
- Paid Visa Fee.
- One Identity Picture.
- National Identity Card.
- Police Certificate.
- Family Certificates.
- Evidence of Financial Means.
Visit the U.S. Embassy on the date and time of your visa interview. You must bring a printed copy of your appointment letter, your DS-160 confirmation page, one photograph taken within the last six months and your current and all old passports. Applications without all of these items will not be accepted.How do I get a visa appointment urgently? ›
- Requirements for Emergency US Visa Appointment.
- Step 1 – Complete DS-160.
- Step 2 – Register at USTravelDocs Website, Pay Fee.
- Step 3 – Schedule a Regular Visa Appointment.
- Step 4 – Create Emergency Request for Appointment.
- Step 5 – Emergency Request Approval, Email.
On average, waiting times for an appointment are around two to three weeks – under normal conditions.How long does an embassy appointment take? ›
You can expect to be at the Embassy or Consulate for approximately two to three hours. The interview with a consular officer is the last step in a two-step process and typically lasts just a few minutes. Prior to the interview staff will collect, data-enter and review your application.Why is phone not allowed in embassy? ›
The reason is security. Not to put too fine a point on it, a phone used as a tracking device could give a hostile force precise location within an embassy for a strategic attack. Alternatively, a phone could record/otherwise document conversations or information that could be passed along to others.
How can I get appointment for visa interview? ›
- Step 1: Complete the DS-160 form online! ...
- Step 2 - Find the embassy nearest to you! ...
- Step 3 - Pay the non-refundable application fee. ...
- Step 4 - Schedule your visa appointment! ...
- Step 5 - Attend Your Visa Interview. ...
- Step 6 - Pick up your passport with visa.
Assisting Australian citizens in difficult situations overseas, including serious injury, illness or death, and arrest and detention. Providing support during crises and international emergencies. Delivering information and advice to help Australians help themselves and avoid difficulties overseas.How much does citizenship of Australia cost? ›
|Application type||Fee from 1 July 2021 (amounts in AUD)|
|Single application / First sibling when two or more siblings apply||$315|
|Second and each subsequent sibling applying at the same time||$130|
|Renunciation of Australian citizenship (Form 128)||$265|
Top 10 Differences in Canada Vs. Australia Immigration 2022.
|Lower Interest Rate||PR Score is Lower Than Canada|
|Easy PR System||Higher Salary for Skilled Workers|
Since 1994, Australia has maintained a universal visa regime, meaning that every non-citizen in Australia must have a visa, either as a result of an application, or one granted automatically by law. Australia does not issue visas on arrival except for New Zealand citizens.How much is $5000 in Australian dollars? ›
On average, Australians aged under 24 have $10,568 saved, 24-39 year olds saved $22,532, 40-55 year olds have $34,025 and 56-74 year olds save $40,463. Men aged between 56-74 have the most savings at an average of $48,644, compared to women at this age having saved $30,162.Can I immigrate to Australia without a job offer? ›
Skill Independent Visa Subclass 189 is the program that does not need a job offer or sponsorship/ nomination from an Australian territory or employer. This program evaluates your profile on the basis of credential factors such as your age, education, work experience, skills, language proficiency etc.How many types of visa are there for Australia? ›
There are more than 100 different types of Australian visa - which one is best for you will depend on your circumstances. If you work as a professional, manager or tradesperson, you may be eligible for Skilled Migration to Australia.What type of visa is most common? ›
US Visitor Visa (Business Visa USA and US Tourist Visa)
|Visa||Purpose of stay|
|B-1 Visa (Business Visitor)||For business travelers who stay in the U.S. for up to 180 days|
|B-2 Visa (Tourist)||For tourists who want to stay in the U.S. for up to 180 days|
What is Type C in visa? ›
A short-stay visa (C Type) may be issued by any Schengen country. A short-stay visa (C Type) allows an individual to: Transit through or stay in the territory of the Schengen Area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period, and. Transit through the international transit areas of airports in the Schengen Area.How do I contact an Australian Embassy by email? ›
If you require consular assistance, please contact us on +632 757 8100 during these hours. You may also consider sending us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.How do I speak to an embassy? ›
Getting Help in an Emergency
What can you do to get help in an emergency? Contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate, or call these numbers in the United States: From the U.S. & Canada - 1-888-407-4747. From Overseas - +1 202-501-4444.
When do I need to contact my embassy or consulate? The most common reason you would need to contact your embassy or consulate is if you lose or damage your passport.How do I contact Australian immigration by email? ›
For queries related to ImmiAccount and online lodgement issues, you can submit an online technical support form. For queries related to elodged Resident Return visas: email@example.com.How do I send a letter to an embassy? ›
To address a letter to an embassy, start by putting the date in the top left-hand corner of the page. Then, below the date, include the formal title and name of the person you're addressing at the embassy, followed by the embassy's full address.How do I send an email to the visa embassy? ›
Dear Sir/Madam, I, [host's name], am writing this letter on behalf of [applicants name] to support his/her visa application to [country name].How do I send an email to a professional embassy? ›
Introduce yourself briefly (long texts often discourage people from reading them), then follow on with:
- I am writing with regard to… (email subject)
- I am writing in connection with… (email subject)
- I am writing in reference to…
No, you can not. Even as a US citizen you are required to make an appointment to visit the consulate for non-emergency services.What can an embassy help you with? ›
While the Consular officers provide immediate and personal assistance to American citizens every day around the world — replacing lost passports, assisting injured or ill travelers, and assisting with marriages, births, and adoptions, other sections of the embassy provide more specialized assistance.
How long does it take for an embassy to reply? ›
Processing usually takes 15 business days from receipt by the Embassy of a complete application and may take longer during peak times and in exceptional circumstances.How can I talk to an immigration officer? ›
Our toll free number is 800-375-5283 (TTY 800-767-1833) and our hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm Eastern.How can I speed up my Australian visa? ›
You may be able to request priority processing for some types of visas if you can demonstrate compelling and compassionate circumstances. Priority processing can be requested by: Calling the Home Affairs' Service Centre on 131 881, or • Contacting the relevant processing offices.Can I email immigration officer? ›
Is email the preferred way to communicate with immigration officers? As it is the fastest and most convenient way to communicate, immigration officers will use email to contact you (or the applicant) in most cases.