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    17 September 2017

    Visa Application Centre closure in Kingdom of Bahrain on 01 and 02 October 2017

    The Visa Application Centre in Bahrain will remain closed on 01 and 02 October 2017 (Sunday and Monday) for the Ashoora holiday. The next working day will be Tuesday 03 October 2017.

    For further queries please contact us on +971 4 2055900 or email us on info.ausdxb@vfshelpline.com


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    17 September 2017

    Visa Application Centre closure in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 24 September 2017

    The Visa Application Centre’s in Riyadh, Jeddha and Al Khobar will remain closed on Sunday 24 September 2017 for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia National Day holiday. The next working day will be Monday 25 September 2017.

    For further queries please contact us on +971 4 2055900 or email us on info.ausdxb@vfshelpline.com
             


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    17 September 2017

    Visa Application Centre closure in lieu of Islamic New Year (Al-Hijra) holiday on 21 September 2017

    The Visa Application Centre’s in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Oman and the Contact Centre will remain closed on Thursday 21 September 2017 for the Islamic New Year (Al-Hijra) holiday. The next working day will be Sunday 24 September 2017.

    For further queries please contact us on +971 4 2055900 or email us on info.ausdxb@vfshelpline.com


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    28 August 2017

    Visa Application Centre closure in lieu of EID Al Adha holiday 2017.

    The Visa Application Centres will be closed on the following dates for the Eid Al Adha holidays:

    31 August 2017 and 03 September 2017 - Dubai,Abu Dhabi,Kuwait and Contact Centre.

    03 September 2017 and 04 September 2017 - Bahrain and Oman.

    03 September 2017 04 September 2017 and 05 September 2017- Qatar

    30 August 2017, 31 August 2017 and 03 September 2017- Jeddah,Riyadh and Al Khobar


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    16 July 2017

    Visa Application  Centre closure in Muscat, Oman on 23 July 2017.

    The Visa Application Centre in Muscat will remain closed on 23 July 2017 for the Renaissance Day.

    For further queries please contact us on +971 4 2055900 or email us on info.ausdxb@vfshelpline.com

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    21 June 2017

    Visa Application Centre closures in GCC for Eid-al-Fitr holiday June 2017

    The Visa Application Centre’s in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Riyadh, Jeddah, Al Khobar and the Call Centre will remain closed on the following days to celebrate the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr.

    Sunday, 25 June 2017

    Monday, 26 June 2017

    Tuesday, 27 June 2017

    For further queries please contact us on +971 4 2055900 or email us on info.ausdxb@vfshelpline.com

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    01 June 2017

    Scam Alert:

    Government departments like DFAT and DIBP (the Department of Immigration and Border Protection) will never ask for wire transfers as a payment option. Click here for more information.

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    27 April 2017

    Fire Drill on 30 April, 2017 at the Visa Application Centre in Dubai

    The Visa Application Centre in Dubai will be undergoing a fire Drill on 30 April, 2017 (Sunday) at 11 a.m. Please be informed that we will not be able to accept visa applications during this time as the full premise (Wafi Mall) will not be assessable for this exercise.

    For further queries please contact us on +971 4 2055900 or email us on info.ausdxb@vfshelpline.com

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    13 April 2017

    The Visa Application Centre closure in UAE and the Contact Centre on 23 April 2017

    The Visa Application Centre’s in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the Contact Centre will remain closed on 23 April 2017 (Sunday) for Al Isra’a Wal Mi’raj holiday.

    For further queries please contact us on +971 4 2055900 or email us on info.ausdxb@vfshelpline.com

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    09 April 2017

    Visa Application Centre closure in lieu of Easter holiday 2017.


    The Visa Application Centre’s mentioned below will remain closed on the respective dates in lieu of Easter holiday .Visa Application Centre
    Closure Dates
    Dubai 16 and 17 April 2017 (Sunday and Monday)
    Abu Dhabi 16 and 17 April 2017 (Sunday and Monday)
    Oman 16 and 17 April 2017 (Sunday and Monday)
    Qatar 16 and 17 April 2017 (Sunday and Monday)
    Kuwait 16 and 17 April 2017 (Sunday and Monday)
    Bahrain 16 and 17 April 2017 (Sunday and Monday)
    Riyadh 16 and 17 April 2017 (Sunday and Monday)
    Jeddah 16 and 17 April 2017 (Sunday and Monday)
    Al Khobar 16 and 17 April 2017 (Sunday and Monday)
    Call Centre 16 and 17 April 2017 (Sunday and Monday)
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    09 April 2017

    Visa Application Centre closures in Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia on 30 April 2017 and 01 May 2017.

    The Visa Application Centre’s will remain closed on the following dates for the Labor Day & Bank holiday.

    Thursday, 30 April 2017- Doha, Jeddah, Riyadh and Al Khobar.

    Sunday, 01 May 2017-Bahrain

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    04 April 2017

    Fire Drill on 06 April, 2017 at the Visa Application Centre in Dubai

    Fire Drill on 06 April, 2017 at the Visa Application Centre in Dubai

    The Visa Application Centre in Dubai will be undergoing a fire Drill on 6 April, 2017 (Thursday) at 11 a.m. Please be informed that we will not be able to accept visa applications during this time as the full premise (Wafi Mall) will not be assessable for this exercise.

    For further queries please contact us on +971 4 2055900 or email us on info.ausdxb@vfshelpline.com

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    04 April 2017

    Change in Visa Fee Payment Mode in Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman

    Effective 16 April 2017, the mode of Visa fee payment in Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman will be payable only through Credit Card. Payments through Demand Drafts will be acceptable until 13 April 2017 only.

    For further queries please contact us on +971 4 2055900 or email us on info.ausdxb@vfshelpline.com

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    01 March 2017

    Global Visa and Citizenship Processing Times

    The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (the Department) is continually looking to improve client information and processing arrangements. 

    From 13 March 2017, you will be able to view current global visa and citizenship processing times for most visa subclasses and citizenship types by navigating to any product within Individuals and Travellers or Visa Support. On the product page, two processing times will be displayed, indicating how long it takes to finalise 75 and 90 per cent of all applications submitted globally.

    Processing times apply from the date your complete application is received by the DIBP processing office

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    08 February 2017

    Visa Application Centre closure in Qatar on 14 February 2017.

    The Visa Application Centre in Qatar will remain closed on 14 February 2017 ( Tuesday ) in lieu of Qatar National Sports Day.

    For further queries please contact us on +971 4 2055900 or email us on info.ausdxb@vfshelpline.com

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    05 December 2016

    Visa Application Centre closures in lieu of New Year’s Day holiday 01 January 2017.

    The Visa Application Centre’s in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Riyadh, Jeddah, Al Khobar and the Call Centre will remain closed on 01 January 2017 (Sunday) in lieu of New Year’s Day 2017 holiday.

    For further queries please contact us on +971 4 2055900 or email us on info.ausdxb@vfshelpline.com

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    05 December 2016

    Visa Application Centre closures in lieu of Christmas Day and Boxing Day holidays 2016.

    The Visa Application Centre’s mentioned below will remain closed on the respective dates in lieu of Christmas Day and Boxing Day holidays. Closure Dates
    Dubai 25 and 26 December 2016 (Sunday and Monday)
    Abu Dhabi 25 and 26 December 2016 (Sunday and Monday)
    Oman 25 and 26 December 2016 (Sunday and Monday)
    Qatar 25 and 26 December 2016 (Sunday and Monday)
    Kuwait 25 and 26 December 2016 (Sunday and Monday)
    Bahrain 25 and 26 December 2016 (Sunday and Monday)
    Riyadh 25, 26 and 27 December 2016 (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday)
    Jeddah 25, 26 and 27 December 2016 (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday)
    Al Khobar 25, 26 and 27 December 2016 (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday)
    Call Centre 25 and 26 December 2016 (Sunday and Monday)

    For further queries please contact us on +971 4 2055900 or email us on info.ausdxb@vfshelpline.com

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    05 December 2016

    Visa Application Centre closures in Bahrain and Qatar on 18 December 2016.

    The Visa Application Centre’s in Bahrain and Qatar will remain closed on 18 December 2016 (Sunday) in lieu of National Day celebrations respectively.

    For further queries please contact us on +971 4 2055900 or email us on info.ausdxb@vfshelpline.com

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    05 December 2016

    Visa Application Centre closures in Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, UAE and the Call Centre on 11 and 12 December 2016.

    The Visa Application Centre’s will remain closed on the following dates in lieu of Prophet’s Birthday Celebration

    Sunday, 11 December 2016 – Bahrain, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Call Centre

    Monday, 12 December 2016 – Oman and Qatar

    For further queries please contact us on +971 4 2055900 or email us on info.ausdxb@vfshelpline.com

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    30 November 2016

    A new premium Fast Track Service for priority processing of Subclass 600 Visitor visas (Business or Tourist Stream).

    From 01 December 2016 will commence a new premium Fast Track Service for priority processing of Subclass 600 Visitor visas (Business or Tourist Stream). The majority of Priority Service applications will be finalised within 48 hours of being received by the Australian Consulate General. All applicants must meet the legal requirements set out in migration legislation for the grant of a visitor visa, including the requirement that applicants undertake and meet relevant health, character and security checks. Applicants should note that there is no guarantee that the visa application will be finalised within 48 hours, and that the priority service fee is not refundable in the event of a delay – whatever the reason – or if the visa application is refused.

    For more information click here

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    24 November 2016

    Visa Application Centre closure in United Arab Emirate on 30 November and 01 December 2016

    The Visa Application Centre's in Dubai and Abu Dhabi will remain closed on Wednesday, 30 November and Thursday, 01 December 2016 in lieu of Martyrs Day and UAE National Day holidays. The next working day will be Sunday, 04 December 2016.  

    The Contact Centre will remain closed on Thursday, 01 December 2016 in lieu of UAE

    National Day holiday. The next working day will be Sunday, 04 December 2016.

    For further queries please contact us on +971 4 2055900 or email us on info.ausdxb@vfshelpline.com

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    11 November 2016

    HOAX ALERT: Visa Free visit to Australia from January 2017

    The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) 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.border.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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    09 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.

    The latest date for the submission of paper Temporary work (short stay) Subclass 400 visa applications at the visa application centres are as follows:

    Wednesday, 16 November 2016 - Dubai

    Tuesday, 15 November 2016 - Abu Dhabi

    Sunday, 13 November 2016 - OGCC (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait)

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    30 October 2016

    Change in VFS Service Fee.

    The VFS service fee is changing effective 01 November 2016. Kindly refer to the Visa Type section on our website click here for Service fee details.

    For further queries please contact us on +971 4 2055900 or email us on info.ausdxb@vfshelpline.com

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    09 October 2016

    The Visa Application Centre’s closure in Bahrain

    The Visa Application Centre in Bahrain will remain closed on Monday 10 October 2016 and Tuesday 11 October 2016 for AShoora Holiday.

    For further queries please contact us on +971 4 2055900 or email us on info.ausdxb@vfshelpline.com

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    28 September 2016

    Visa Application Centre closure in lieu of Al Hijri holiday 2016.

    The Visa Application Centre’s in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Riyadh, Jeddah, Al Khobar and the Call Centre will remain closed for Al Hijri (Islamic New year) holiday on Sunday 02 October 2016. The next working day will be Monday 03 October 2016.

    For further queries please contact us on +971 4 2055900 or email us on info.ausdxb@vfshelpline.com

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    20 September 2016

    Visa Application Centre’s closure in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 22 September 2016

    The Visa Application Centre’s in Riyadh, Jeddha and Al Khobar will remain closed on Thursday 22 September 2016 for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia National Day holiday.

    For further queries please contact us on +971 4 2055900 or email us on info.ausdxb@vfshelpline.com

     

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    05 September 2016

    Visa Application Centre closure in lieu of EID Al Adha holiday 2016.

    The Visa Application Centre’s mentioned below will remain closed on the respective dates in lieu of EID Al Adha holiday . Closure Dates
    Dubai 11, 12 and 13 September 2016 (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday)
    Abu Dhabi 11, 12 and 13 September  2016 (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday)
    Oman 11, 12 and 13 September  2016 (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday)
    Qatar 11, 12 and 13 September  2016 (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday)
    Kuwait 11, 12 and 13 September  2016 (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday)
    Bahrain 12 and 13  September 2016 (Monday and Tuesday)
    Riyadh 11, 12 and 13 September 2016 (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday)
    Jeddah 11, 12 and 13 September 2016 (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday)
    Al Khobar 11, 12 and 13 September 2016 (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday)
    Call Centre 11, 12 and 13 September 2016 (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday)

    For further queries please contact us on +971 4 2055900 or email us on info.ausdxb@vfshelpline.com

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    05 September 2016

    Visa Application Centre closure in lieu of EID Al Adha holiday 2016.

    The Visa Application Centre’s in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Riyadh, Jeddah, Al Khobar and the Call Centre will remain closed for Eid Al Adha holiday from Sunday 11 September 2016 to Tuesday 13 September 2016. The next working day will be Wednesday 14 September 2016.

    For further queries please contact us on +971 4 2055900 or email us on info.ausdxb@vfshelpline.com

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    03 July 2016

    Visa Application Centre closure in lieu of EID Al FITR holiday 2016.

    The Visa Application Centre’s mentioned below will remain closed on the respective dates in lieu of EID Al FITR holiday .Visa Application Centre Closure Dates
    Dubai 06 and 07 July 2016 (Wednesday and Thursday)
    Abu Dhabi 06 and 07 July 2016 (Wednesday and Thursday)
    Oman 06 and 07 July 2016 (Wednesday and Thursday)
    Qatar 06 and 07 July 2016 (Wednesday and Thursday)
    Kuwait 06 and 07 July 2016 (Wednesday and Thursday)
    Bahrain 06 and 07 July 2016 (Wednesday and Thursday)
    Riyadh 05, 06  and 07 July 2016 (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)
    Jeddah 05, 06  and 07 July 2016 (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)
    Al Khobar 05, 06  and 07 July 2016 (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)
    Call Centre 06 and 07 July 2016 (Wednesday and Thursday)
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    03 July 2016

    Change in Visa Fees.

    Some of the visa fees are changed effective 01 July 2016. Kindly refer to the Visa Type section on our website click here for visa fee details.

    For further queries please contact us on +971 4 2055900 or email us on info.ausdxb@vfshelpline.com

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    14 June 2016

    From 1 July 2016 all student visa applications must be lodged online through ImmiAccount.

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

    The latest date for the submission of paper student applications at the visa application centres are as follows:

    Wednesday, 29 June 2016 - Dubai

    Tuesday, 28 June 2016 - Abu Dhabi

    Sunday, 26 June 2016 - OGCC (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait)

    Click here for more information on the Student Visa Programme changes

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    05 May 2016

    The Visa Application Centre’s closure in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait and the Call Centre.

    The Visa Application Centre’s in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait and the Call Centre will remain closed on 05 May 2016 (Thursday) for Laylat Israa &Al Meiraj.

    For further queries please contact us on +971 4 2055900 or email us on info.ausdxb@vfshelpline.com

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    01 May 2016

    The Visa Application Centre’s closure in Bahrain and Qatar.

    The Visa Application Centre’s in Qatar and Bahrain will remain closed on 01 May 2016 (Sunday) for May Bank Holiday and Labor Day respectively.

    For further queries please contact us on +971 4 2055900 or email us on info.ausdxb@vfshelpline.com

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    27 April 2016

    The Visa Application Centre in Dubai will be undergoing a fire Drill on 27 April, 2016

    The Visa Application Centre in Dubai will be undergoing a fire Drill on 27 April, 2016 (Wednesday) from 10:45 to 11:45. Please be informed that we will not be able to accept visa applications during this time as the full premise (Wafi Mall) will not be assessable for this exercise.

    For further queries please contact us on +971 4 2055900 or email us on info.ausdxb@vfshelpline.com

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    02 May 2016

    The Visa Application Centre in Qatar will be undergoing a Mock fire Drill on 2 May 2016

    The Visa Application Centre in Qatar will be undergoing a Mock fire Drill on 2 May 2016 (Monday) from 09:00 to 10:00. Please be informed that we will not be able to accept visa applications during this time as the full premise will not be assessable for this exercise.

    For further queries please contact us on +971 4 2055900 or email us on info.ausdxb@vfshelpline.com

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    08 March 2016

    Visa Application Centre closure in lieu of Easter holiday 2016.

    The Visa Application Centre’s mentioned below will remain closed on the respective dates in lieu of Easter holiday .Visa Application Centre Closure Dates
    Dubai 27 and 28 March 2016 (Sunday and Monday)
    Abu Dhabi 27 and 28 March 2016 (Sunday and Monday)
    Oman 24 and 27 March 2016 (Thursday and Sunday)
    Qatar 24 and 27 March 2016 (Thursday and Sunday)
    Kuwait 27 and 28 March 2016 (Sunday and Monday)
    Bahrain 27 and 28 March 2016 (Sunday and Monday)
    Riyadh 24 and 27 March 2016 (Thursday and Sunday)
    Jeddah 24 and 27 March 2016 (Thursday and Sunday)
    Al Khobar 24 and 27 March 2016 (Thursday and Sunday)
    Call Centre 27 and 28 March 2016 (Sunday and Monday )