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    17 November 2017

    Online Lodgement of Partner and Prospective Marriage visa applications

    From 18 November 2017, applications for the following visas must be lodged online, via ImmiAccount:

    • Partner (subclass 309/100 and 820/801)
    • Prospective Marriage (subclass 300)

    ImmiAccount must be used to lodge an application and submit supporting documents online.

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    11 October 2017

    New VFS Service Charges effective from Monday, 16 October 2017

    Dear Applicants / Travel Agents / Representatives

    Please note that the VFS service charges for Australia visa application Centre will be revised from Monday, 16 October 2017

    Particulars NEW VFS SERVICE FEE
    Primary Applicant Fee NPR 3,403.00
    Secondary Applicant Fee NPR 2,382.00
    Only Biometrics Fee NPR 3,233.00
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    29 June 2017

    Change in Visa Application Charges (Visa Fee) effective 01 July 2017

    Australia Visa Applicants may please note that the Department of Immigration and Border Protection reviews its Visa Application Charges (VAC) twice in a year and the changes are released on 01 January 2017 and 01 July 2017 respectively.

    The new prices will be released on 01 July 2017. However, as prices may change, it is recommended that you make arrangements accordingly to verify the applicable Visa Application Charge before lodging an application on or after 01 July 2017.

    New prices will be available on the Department’s website on 01 July 2017. If you are lodging an application before 01 July 2017, the current prices will apply. From 01 July 2017, the new prices will apply.

    Note: Australian Visa Application Centers and the Australian High Commission in New Delhi can only accept the correct and exact application fee.

    See this link

    Fee Change Scenarios:

    Reduction in Visa Fee: VFS Global cannot accept demand drafts for an amount that is higher than the current Visa Application Charge; in such cases, please obtain a new demand draft.

    Increase in Visa Fee: If you have prepared drafts at the old lower Visa Application Charge, VFS Global will be able to accept an additional demand draft for the difference in the fee.

    Note: We cannot accept a payment in cash for the difference.

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    18 June 2017

    Weekend Prime Time Service

    Effective from Sunday, 25 June 2017 Australia visa applicants in Nepal may avail of Prime time services for lodging Biometrics during the weekend.

    Weekend Prime time Appointments will be available for 2 hours every Sunday from 09:00 to 11:00 at an additional charge of NPR 3,700/- per applicant.

    Please click here to Schedule an Appointment.

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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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    10 March 2017

    DIBP VAC will remain closed on coming Sunday, 12 March 2017 on the occasion of Holi Festival.

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    17 February 2017

    Weekend Prime Time Service

    Effective Sunday, 19 February 2017 Australia visa applicants in Nepal may avail of Prime time services for lodging Biometrics during the weekend.

    Weekend Prime time Appointments will be available for 2 hours every Sunday from 09:00 to 11:00 at an additional charge of NPR 3,700/- per applicant.

    Please click here to Schedule an Appointment.

    Extended Prime Time Hours

    Australia visa applicants in Nepal may please note that Effective Monday, 20 February 2017 VFS has extended Prime time Services by 1 hour at its Visa Application Centre in Kathmandu. With this change, the Prime Time Appointments will be available for 2 hour daily from 15:00 to 17:00 for an additional service charge of NPR 3,200/- per applicant. This service is available only for submitting Biometrics.

    Please click here to Schedule an Appointment.

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    29 December 2016

    Change in Visa Application Charges (Visa Fee) effective 01 January 2017

    Australia Visa Applicants may please note that the Department of Immigration and Border Protection reviews its Visa Application Charges (VAC) twice in a year and the changes are released on 01 January 2017 and 01 July 2017 respectively.

    The new prices will be released on 01 January 2017. However, as prices may change, it is recommended that you make arrangements accordingly to verify the applicable Visa Application Charge before lodging an application on or after 01 January 2017.

    New prices will be available on the Department’s website on 01 January 2017. If you are lodging an application before 01 January 2017, the current prices will apply. From 01 January 2017, the new prices will apply.

    Note: Australian Visa Application Centers and the Australian High Commission in New Delhi can only accept the correct and exact application fee.

    See this link

    Fee Change Scenarios:

    Reduction in Visa Fee: VFS Global cannot accept demand drafts for an amount that is higher than the current Visa Application Charge; in such cases, please obtain a new demand draft.

    Increase in Visa Fee: If you have prepared drafts at the old lower Visa Application Charge, VFS Global will be able to accept an additional demand draft for the difference in the fee.

    Note: We cannot accept a payment in cash for the difference.

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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 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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    28 October 2016

    New VFS Service Charges effective from 01 November 2016

    Dear Applicants / Travel Agents / Representatives

    Please note that the VFS service charges for Australia visa application Centre will be revised from 01 November 2016 as per the below details.

    Particulars New VFS Service  Fee
     Primary Applicant Fee NPR 3203.00
    Secondary Applicant  Fee NPR 2242.00
    Only Biometrics Fee NPR 3043.00
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    25 October 2016

    Visa Application Center now offers Lodgment of Visa applications online.

    Australia visa applicants may please be informed that the visa application center now offers Lodgment of Visa applications online along with uploading supporting documents for all categories.

    A Service Fee of NPR 1,750.00 per application will be charged to the applicants.

    Please contact the Counter Officer for more information.

    Please Note: This is an optional service

    ** Separate Charges apply for lodging ETA applications.

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    04 August 2016

    Launch of prime time services in Nepal

    Australia visa applicants in Nepal may please note that VFS is launching Prime Time Services at its Visa Application Centre in Kathmandu with effect from Friday, 5 August 2016. Prime Time Appointments will be available for 1 hour daily from 15:00 to 16:00 for an additional service charge of NPR 3,200/- per applicant. Please click here to Schedule an Appointment.

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    01 July 2016

    Online lodgment of student visa applications

    Effective 1 July 2016, all student visa applications are required to be lodged online. VFS Global can assist applicants by completing the data entry of an application and upload the supporting documents Online on their behalf under VFS’s Online IMMI Account by charging the approved rates.

    The service will be available with prior appointment through the call centre. Applicants are required to bring in their Credit Card as payment for Visa can only be made Online in AUD (Australian Dollar) and under phase 1, VFS will not be able to offer the payment through its own cards.

    Applicants are encouraged to bring along all the information and supporting documents at the time of their appointment to avoid any delays.

    For any further information, please call or visit your nearest Australian Visa Application centre.

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    30 June 2016

    Change in Visa Application Charges (Visa Fee) effective 1 July 2016

    Australia Visa Applicants may please note that the Department of Immigration and Border Protection reviews its Visa Application Charges (VAC) twice in a year and the changes are released on 1 January 2016 and 1 July 2016 respectively.

    The new prices will be released on 1 July 2016. However, as prices may change, it is recommended that you make arrangements accordingly to verify the applicable Visa Application Charge before lodging an application on or after 1 July 2016.

    New prices will be available on the Department’s website on 1 July 2016. If you are lodging an application before 1 July 2016, the current prices will apply. From 1 July 2016, the new prices will apply.

    Note: Australian Visa Application Centers and the Australian High Commission in New Delhi can only accept the correct and exact application fee.

    See http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa/Fees

    Fee Change Scenarios:

    Reduction in Visa Fee: VFS Global cannot accept demand drafts for an amount that is higher than the current Visa Application Charge; in such cases, please obtain a new demand draft.

    Increase in Visa Fee: If you have prepared drafts at the old lower Visa Application Charge, VFS Global will be able to accept an additional demand draft for the difference in the fee.

    Note: We cannot accept a payment in cash for the difference.

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    10 June 2016

    Student Visa Programme Changes

    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 Post prior to 1 July and received at the Post on or after 1 July, will be considered invalid and returned to the applicant together with payment of the student visa application charge.

    You can find more information on the changes to the student visa programme and documents you need to provide with your student visa application at: Please Click Here

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    30 March 2016

    Change in Public Holiday for Nepal 2016:

    Dear Applicants/ Travel Agents/ Representatives,

    Please be informed that there has been a change in Public Holiday in Nepal for 2016.

    (Ref. Holiday list Click here)

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    22 February 2016

    Change of Helpline Number and Email ID for Nepal

    Dear Applicants/ Travel Agents/ Representatives,

    Please be informed that from 22 Feb 2016 Helpline Number and Email ID for Nepal has been changed:

    Contact Number 18000910117 and +977 9824903639

    Email ID: info.aunp@vfshelpline.com