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Australian Declaratory Visa

Overview

What is an Australian Declaratory visa?

The Australian Declaratory visa is an entry authority that resembles a visa. In limited circumstances it can be issued to Australian citizens who hold a foreign passport, including if you are:

  • under 18 and will be travelling with a non-citizen parent
  • have an emergency or other compelling situation preventing travel on an Australian passport. You will need to provide supporting documentation.

There is a charge for processing Australian Declaratory visa applications.

The Australian Declaratory visa is valid for five years from the date of grant. If you cease to be an Australian citizen, the Australian Declaratory visa becomes invalid and you will need a visa to return to Australia. The Australian Declaratory visa is linked electronically to the passport details that you provided to the department.

Visa Fees

Visa category Base Visa application charge (AUD) Base Visa application charge (INR) Additional applicant charge
18 and over
Additional applicant charge under 18
Australian Declaratory visa (zz 998) Adult $240  12,700 N/A* N/A*
Australian Declaratory visa (zz 998) Child $185     9,800 N/A* N/A*

*Fees updated effective from 1 July 2018 .

Please refer Visa Pricing Currency Table for more information.

The Visa Fees and VFS Global Service Charge are applicable per application.

Mode of Payment of Visa Fees:

  • Visa fee is payable by Credit/Debit Card or Cash or Demand Draft favouring “Australian High Commission, New Delhi”.
  • VFS will accept all Visa, Master and Maestro cards.
  • Applicants sending in their applications by post can pay the visa fee in the form of Demand draft favouring “Australian High Commission” payable at New Delhi.

VFS GLOBAL SERVICE CHARGE

In addition to the Visa Fees, applicant is required to pay the VFS Global Service Charge (inclusive of all taxes), as listed below.

Primary Client/Applicant Fee
Application lodgement - Primary applicant INR 1248.00
Secondary Client/Applicant Fee
Secondary Client Fee INR 874.00
Additional Document Submission – if not accompanied by a letter from the Visa Office INR 874.00

* Additional Document Submission charge is applicable for passport / documents submitted after the lodgment of visa applications with VFS Global.

Mode of Payment of VFS Fees:

  • VFS Service fee is payable by Credit/Debit Card or Cash or Demand Draft favouring “VFS Global Services Pvt Ltd” payable at the city where the application is submitted.
  • VFS will accept all Visa, Master and Maestro cards.
  • For Postal Applications, the VFS Global Service Charge Demand Draft should be in favour of “VFS Global Services Pvt Ltd” payable at the city where the application is couriered.

See: Postal Application

Click here for more information on various other Additional Services offered by VFS Global.

Photo Specifications

One passport-sized photograph (please attach to the form). NB - ID photos that have been digitally enhanced or altered to improve or change appearance or remove distinguishing features are not acceptable. As the photos are required for identity purposes, if they do not represent your true appearance, your visa application may be delayed if you need to be asked to provide new photos. The photos should also meet normal passport size and pose (front on head and shoulders, no facial coverings or sunglasses).

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Processing Time

The Department of Home Affairs global service standards apply across all visa offices throughout its service delivery network. For more information , see: Visa Processing Times Service Standards & Citizenship Processing Times Service Standards

Note:

Department of Home Affairs aims to process applications within these service standards; however, actual processing times may vary depending on a range of factors.

The processing time does not include the transit time taken in forwarding the visa application from Australian Visa Application Centre to Australian High Commission, New Delhi.

Download Form

Form 931 – Australian Declaratory Visa

Consent Forms to travel -

Children under 18 years of age need to provide consent if traveling alone or with only one parent or guardian. Please click here for further details and form