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    21 October 2017

    Introduction of Mandatory Appointment System:

    With effect from1 November 2017, it will be mandatory to have an appointment for the submission of visa applications or enrolment of Biometrics at the Australia Visa Application Centre (AVAC) in Thailand. Click here for more details.

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    12 October 2017

    Revision in VFS Service Fee

    With effect from 16 October 2017 is a revision in VFS Service Fee. The new service charge as the list below

    VFS Processing Fee THB (include TAX)
    Primary applicant Fee THB 896
    Secondary applicant Fee (in the same application) THB 627
    Biometrics Only THB 851
    Citizenship by Descent THB 627
    Resubmission THB 627
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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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    28 February 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 time for most visa subclasses and citizenship type by navigating to any product within Individuals and Travellers or Visa Support. On the product page, two processing time will be displayed, indicating how long it takes to finalise 75 and 90 percent of all applications submitted globally.

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

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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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    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, include applications that were mailed to the post prior to 1 July 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.

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    25 April 2016:

    The Department of Immigration and Border Protection will commence collecting biometrics in Thailand

    From 3 May 2016, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will commence collecting biometrics in Thailand from clients applying for Australian visas. From this date, visa applicants will need to attend an AVAC in person to provide their biometrics. See: Biometrics

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    25 April 2016:

    Opening of New Visa Application Centre In Chiang Mai:

    From 3 May 2016, VFS global will commence operations for the Australian mission in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Applicants can now visit the Australia Visa Application centre to lodge in their applications alongwith enrollment of biometrics. Address as below:

    VFS Australia Visa Application Centre
    191 Siripanich  Floor 6B Huaykaew Rd.
    Suthep Muang Chiang Mai
     Thailand  50200

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    25 April 2016:

    Changes to Australian visa processing in Thailand starting from 3rd May 2016

    From 3 May 2016, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will commence collecting biometrics in Thailand from clients applying for Australian visas out of Bangkok and Chiang Mai Visa Application Centre.

    Biometrics will be collected from visa applicants who are lodging paper applications, irrespective of their nationality, who are in Thailand at the time of making a visa application to enter Australia unless they are excluded or exempted from the Programme.

    Visa applicants in Thailand who lodge their applications at the Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) in Thailand (Bangkok and Chiang Mai), will be asked to provide their biometrics at the same time. 

    Visa applicants, who mail their applications to the Australian Embassy or to the AVAC, will be sent a letter requiring them to attend the AVAC, in person, to provide their biometrics.

    Some applicants lodging their visas online may be sent a letter informing them that they need to attend the AVAC in person to provide their biometrics.

    The AVAC will continue to charge a service fee for the lodgment of applications and collection of biometrics