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    13 June 2018

    Important changes to the Partner and Prospective Marriage – from 1 July 2018<

    From 1 July 2018, applications for the following visas must be lodged online, via ImmiAccount:

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

    For more information on the Partner and Prospective Marriage visa programme and documents you need to provide with your visa application, please click here
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    1 June 2018

    Important changes to the Family-Other visa programme – from 01 July 2018

    From 01 July 2018, applications for the following visas must be lodged at the Perth Child and Other Family Processing Centre:

  • Aged Dependent Relative (Subclass 114)
  • Remaining Relative (Subclass 115)
  • Carer (Subclass 116)

    This brings the lodgement arrangements in line with onshore Other Family (subclasses 838, 835 and 836) visa applications

  • From 01 July 2018 all Other Family visa applications must be lodged online through Immi Account.

    Paper “Other Family” visa applications lodged on or after 01 July 2018, including applications that were mailed to the Visa Application Centres (VACs) prior to 01 July 2018 and received at the VACs on or after 01 July 2018, will be considered invalid and returned to the applicant together with payment of the Other Family visa application charge.

    For more information on the Other Family visa programme and documents you need to provide with your Other Family visa application, please click here

    Note: Other Family visa applications received at the Australian Visa Application Centre by 30 June 2018 but not received by the Perth Child and Other Family Processing Centre until after 01 July 2018 are still considered valid.

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    21 October 2017

    Introduction of Mandatory Appointment System:

    With effect from 05 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 Pakistan. Click here for more details.

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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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    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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    16 February 2016

    Changes to biometric collection legislation 16 February 2016

    For more information please click here