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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.

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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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    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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    14 February 2017

    New VFS Service Charges effective from 15 February 2017

    Dear Applicants / Travel Agents / Representatives

    Please note that the VFS service charges for the Australia visa application Centre in Dhaka, Bangladesh will be revised from 15 February 2017 as per the below details.

    Particulars New VFS Service  Fee
     Primary Client Fee BDT 2,753.00
    Secondary Client Fee BDT 1,927.00
    Only Biometrics Fee BDT 2,615.00


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    01 December 2016

    Visa processing arrangements for Bangladesh from 01 December 2016.

    Australian visa applications will no longer be processed in Bangladesh from 1 December 2016.

    From this date, these applications will be processed by the Australian High Commission in New Delhi and Australian High Commission in Colombo.

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    01 December 2016

    How do I lodge my application

    You can now apply for visitor, student, partner, resident return and other temporary visa applications online through your ImmiAccount. ImmiAccount allows you to scan and attach supporting documents to your online application. You can create an ImmiAccount at

    Alternatively, you can lodge a paper application at Australia’s Visa Application Centre in Bangladesh:

    VFS Global Services
    Delta Life Tower (4th Floor),
    Plot # 37, Road # 90,
    North Avenue,Gulshan 2, Dhaka 1212

    This office accepts visa applications from Sunday to Thursday, 8.30–16.00.

    For more information about lodging visa applications, visit here

    • New VFS Service Charges effective from 01 December 2016
    • Dear Applicants / Travel Agents / Representatives
    • Please note that the VFS service charges for Australia Visa Application Centre will be revised from 01 December 2016 as per the below details.
    Particulars New VFS Service Fee
    Primary Applicant Fee BDT 2620/-
    Secondary Applicant Fee BDT 1830/-
    Only Biometrics Fee BDT 2490/-
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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,, 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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    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 BDT 1,250.00 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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    2 July 2016

    Online lodgement 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 VFS Call Centre. Applicants are required to bring in their Credit Card to use for payment of their Visa application. The payment can only be made Online in AUD (Australian Dollar). At a later date VFS may be able to offer payment services through their own credit 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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    10 June 2016

    Student Visa Programme Changes

    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 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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    10 January 2016

    New Visa Charges from 1 January 2016

    From 1 January 2016, new visa pricing arrangements will be introduced, changing visa applications charges from a single charge at the time of application to a charge per applicant in an individual or combined application.