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5 Tips to Getting an Australian Visa…

By 28 March 2022No Comments

If you are looking to get a visa but don’t know where to start these helpful 5 tips will be a good place to find some useful links. You can check out Australia’s Vaccination Requirements and your Visa Options not to mention links to where to apply for your visa. So have a good read and good luck we hope to see you here soon.

  1. You want to apply for a visa

If you are Fully Vaccinated for international travel purposes, you can travel to Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption however you must have a valid visa to travel.

To find out what visa best suits your situation you can visit this website to Explore Your Visa Options

If you do not meet Australia’s international travel Vaccination Requirements, you are not eligible to travel to Australia without a travel exemption unless you are automatically exempt.

Due to COVID-19, some visa processing times have been affected and applications may take longer to finalise so be sure to apply for your visa well before your desired travel dates. To be on the safe side you shouldn’t confirm your travel arrangements until you have been granted a visa.

  • Visiting Australia

You must have a valid visa to travel to Australia, so make sure you have explored your visa options, applied, and been granted a visa before you confirm your travel plans. You can apply for a visa or an Electronic Travel Authority using the Australian ETA app on your mobile device if you hold an eligible passport, or you may also apply online for a visitor visa through ImmiAccount. You must also check the latest information about Travel Restrictions.

European passport holders may be eligible for an eVisitor (subclass 651) visa. There is no Visa Application Charge or service fee for an eVisitor application.

Other passport holders might be eligible for a Visitor (subclass 600) visa in the relevant stream.

You can use the Australian ETA app to apply for an ETA from your mobile device if you hold a passport from any of the below mentioned countries. You can download the Australian ETA app for free from the App Store (Apple) or Google Play store (Android). For more information see Apply using the Australian ETA app.

Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong (SAR of China), Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, or the United States of America.

Keep in mind you cannot apply for an ETA through the Department of Home Affairs website, or through an airline or travel agent at this time. Also ETAs, eVisitor visas or Visitor visas cannot be extended so if you’ve already applied for a visa, and do not want to travel now for any reason, you need to Withdraw Your Application and apply again when you want to travel.

  • Disruption of Services

Some services relating to the visa application process may be impacted by COVID-19 and a range of services the department rely on are increasingly unavailable so be sure you apply in plenty of time.

While these services are unavailable, many applicants cannot meet visa requirements so applicants will be given additional time to complete checks and provide the requested information.

  • Visa Medical Requirements

Clients should be aware of disruptions to visa medical services, due to COVID-19.

The departments visa processing officers are aware of the disruptions. They will take the extended timeframes into account when considering your visa application. At present My Health Declarations is temporarily suspended so the Health Requirement including the Health Examinations for your intended visa will be determined once your visa application has been lodged.

If you are unable to undergo the health examination with the requested timeframe in your Request for Health Examination letter, you should notify the Department by attaching details through your ImmiAccount.

If you have not yet lodged a visa application or have not been requested to undertake an immigration medical examination, there is no need to contact a visa medical services clinic in Australia or an overseas panel clinic at this time.

  • Biometrics Collection

The availability of Australian Visa Application Centres (AVACs) and Australian Biometrics Collection Centres (ABCCs) depends on in-country COVID-19 restrictions. Also note some collection centres can offer assisted online visa application lodgement services, contact your preferred centre to see if they can assist you.

You can use your existing requirement to provide personal identifiers (biometrics) letter to book and attend an appointment. If you have applied for your visa online, a copy of this letter is available in your ImmiAccount.

You must contact your local AVAC or ABCC to arrange an appointment. You can check the departments website for updated information on AVACs and ABCCs including contact information and opening times in your country. See: Offices Outside Australia

If you have read all the above and clicked on all the links and are thinking, where do I start don’t worry, we can help Pendragon Management are the visa experts. If you would like to get more information, call us on +61 9407 8700 or Book a Chat or send us your CV for a Free Assessment of your Australian visa options…

Information is correct as published 22/02/2022 on https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/i-want-apply-visa Visit the link to get links to other pages that may assist you in your visa application.

Disclaimer: The above is the current information as per the government website, we strongly recommend you get professional advice, from a migration agent or migration lawyer, regarding the above information to get the up-to-date information. 

Source: Australian Government Department of Home Affairs

https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/i-want-apply-visa