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    13 April 2018

    Australian Visa Application Centre will be closed on 16 April 2018

    Australian Visa Application Centre will be closed on 16 April 2018 for Khmer New Year’s Day. The operation will resume on 17 April 2018.

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    19 February 2018

    The Australian Embassy experiences an increased volume of visitor visa applications from travellers wishing to visit Australia during the Khmer New Year period. Applications received after 12 March may not be processed in time for the start of Khmer New Year Day.

    Lodge your visa application early by applying online using ImmiAccount https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/visa/immi or by making an appointment with VFS Global for Cambodia http://www.vfsglobal.com/Australia/Cambodia/

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    23 October 2017

    Introduction of Mandatory Appointment System:

    With effect from 1 November 2017, it will be mandatory to have an appointment for the submission of visa applications or enrolment of Biometrics at the Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) in Phnom Penh. Click here for more details.

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    01 June 2017

    Scam Alert:

    Government departments like DFAT and Department of Home Affairs will never ask for wire transfers as a payment option. Click here for more information.

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    15 November 2016

    From 19 November 2016, changes to the temporary activity visa framework are coming into effect.

    Under the new temporary visa framework there would be four temporary activity visa subclasses:

    • Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) (subclass 400) visa;
    • Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403) visa;
    • Training (subclass 407) visa; and
    • Temporary Activity (subclass 408) visa.

    The subclass 400, 407 and 408 visas can only be lodged online. Paper applications lodged from this date for these visa subclasses will be considered invalid and returned to the applicant together with payment of the visa application charge; Paper applications for the subclass 401 and subclass 402 visas will also be considered invalid; and Only the subclass 403 visa can be lodged both online and by paper.

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    11 November 2016

    HOAX ALERT: Visa Free visit to Australia from January 2017

    The Department of Home Affairs is aware of a hoax news/blog site suggesting new visa-free arrangements are coming into effect for individuals intending to travel to Australia. The hoax stories, which have so far named Fiji, the Philippines, Oman and Pakistan, suggest that Australia has entered into visa agreements with visa-free travel commencing from January 2017. These stories are false and Australia maintains a universal non-discriminatory visa regime. There has been no change to Australia’s approach. All non-citizens seeking to enter and stay in Australia require a valid visa.

    Travellers should continue to check the Department’s website, www.homeaffairs.gov.au, for the latest information on visa requirements for Australia. Any changes to visa conditions or processes are publicised on the Department’s website. The Department is reminding travellers who are intending to visit Australia, that there are important things they should know. This includes what visas to apply for, requirements for the visa application, obligations while in Australia and information about complying with the conditions of your visa.

    For reliable information on visa processes and charges information, please refer to Visiting Australia.

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    28 June 2016

    From 1 July 2016 all student visa applications must be lodged online through Immi Account

    Paper student visa applications lodged on or after 1 July 2016, including applications that were mailed to the Australian Visa Application prior to 1 July 2016 and received at the Australian Visa application Centre on or after 1 July 2016, will be considered invalid and returned to the applicant together with payment of the student visa application charge.