You have heard of this great country down under and we know you want to know how to apply for an Australian Tourist Visa.
Good news to us Filipinos, the Australian Embassy eased the visa processing as the Philippines is now one of the chosen countries who can apply for an Australian Visa online through the official website of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).
For the past years, Filipinos had no choice but to apply for an Australian Visa through a third-party service provider, VFS Global which there will be an additional service fee on top of the visa fee plus you are required to pay the courier fees for document collection and return.
Here’s how to apply for an Australian Visa (600) online
- Create an ImmiAccount
ImmiAccount is the DIBP’s front door to their online services. You need to use ImmiAccount if you want to apply for a visa and a lot more.
- Fill up the application online form
Make sure you choose Visitor Visa (600) for tourist visa or the appropriate visa type.
- Attach the required documents
- Submit and Pay the visa fee
Essentials Requirements for Australian Visitor Visa (600)
- Passport Bio-Page
- Passport-size Photo (You also have to write down your complete name at the back of your photo and scan it as well)
- Entry/Exit Immigration Stamps on your passport
- NSO Birth Certificate
- Invitation Letter from Sponsor **if you have a sponsor
- ITR, Property documents
- Bank Certificate and Bank Statement
NOTE: You have to scan all the documents and attached it to your online application
Tip 1: If the above requirements are not enough then add more documents to support your application. You can attach documents up to 60 files per applicant. More documents, more chances of getting your application approved.
Tip 2: Embassy of Australia nor any of the travel agencies never disclosed the amount needed on your bank account. Just make sure your bank account is opened for at least 6 months from the date you applied for a visa.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to check the progress of my visa application?
You can check the progress of your online application through your ImmiAccount.
How much is the visa fee?
For subclass 600 Vistor Visa, the fee is AUD 135 plus a minimal surcharge for card payment used.
What are the payment methods?
The online application only accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, JCB, and Diners Club International.
How long will it take to process the Visitor Visa?
Normally, it takes 3-4 weeks. It is advisable to submit the application 3 months before your intended departure date.
Do we have to submit our plane ticket and accommodation?
No. It is not required.