News and Updates

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    17 November 2017

    Partner and Prospective Marriage

    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 as Australian Visa Application Centres (AVACs) can no longer accept paper applications for Partner or Prospective Marriage visas after close of business (COB), Friday 17 November 2017.

    More information relating to ImmiAccount, Partner or Prospective Marriage visa can be found on the Department’s website at www.border.gov.au

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    07 November 2017

    Courier Delivery

    The ASEAN 2017 National Organizing Council has declared 13 November – 15 November as special (non-working) days in the NCR, and the provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga. Please be advised that the courier delivery on these areas will also be halted as they will be directly affected by the said activities.

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    06 November 2017

    Holiday closure of Australian Embassy and Visa Application Centre in the Philippines

    The Australian Embassy and Visa Application Centers in Manila and Cebu will be closed from 23 December 2017 and reopens on Tuesday 02 January 2017. Visa applications will not be processed during this period. Please ensure you apply for travel during this period at least 4-6 weeks in advance.

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    13 October 2017

    Introduction of Mandatory Appointment System:

    With effect from 01 November 2017, it will be mandatory to have an appointment for the submission of visa at the Australia Visa Application Centre (AVAC) in Philippines. Click here for more details.

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    02 June 2017

    Removing Credit Card details from Australian visa forms

    For all Australian visa application forms, your credit card details are NOT required. If you have included your credit card details on your form, please be aware that VFS Global do not accept payment by credit card, so you must remove your credit card details from the form before submitting to VFS Global.

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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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    25 April 2017

    Government Declared Work Suspension on 28 April in line for ASEAN Summit

    Australia Visa Application Center in Manila and Cebu will remain open to serve visa applicants on Friday, 28 April 2017.

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    03 March 2017

    Deferral of Courier Delivery from Manila to Visayas and Mindanao

    Important Notice: Please expect delay of courier delivery from Manila to Visayas and Mindanao area and vice versa from 06 March 2017 to 10 March 2017. Anticipated delay is brought about by the scheduled weeklong maintenance shutdown of Tagaytay Radar as announced by Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). Normal courier operations resumes on 11 March 2017.

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    20 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 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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    22 December 2016

    Holiday closure of Australia Visa Application Centre in the Philippines

    The Australian Visa Application Centres in Manila and Cebu will be closed over the holiday period from 24 December 2016 to 02 January 2017.

    We will resume operations on Tuesday 3 January 2017.

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    22 December 2016

    Changes to the Visa Application Charge effective 1 January 2017

    New pricing arrangements will apply to all visa applications lodged on or after 1 January 2017. For updated information on visa pricing, Click here

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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.

  • 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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    15 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, including applications that were mailed to the Post prior to 1 July 2016 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.

    Student Visa Programme changes

    On 1 July 2016, Australia will make a number of changes to its student visa processes. These changes include the introduction of a simplified student visa framework (SSVF).
    Under the SSVF:

    • all international students will now apply for a single Student visa (subclass 500), regardless of their chosen course of study
    • all international students will be required to apply for their student visa online
    • a new immigration risk framework will be used to guide the evidence of English language and financial capacity that a student needs to provide with their visa application.

    Why the Australian Government is making these changes

    The SSVF will support the sustainable growth of Australia’s international education sector by making the process of applying for a student visa simpler to navigate for genuine students, delivering a more targeted approach to immigration integrity and reducing red tape for business.

    If you hold a student visa with subclass numbers 570 to 576, your visa will remain valid and your visa conditions will not change after 1 July 2016.

    Family members of existing student visa holders (subclasses 570-576) will need to apply for a subclass 500 visa if they do not currently hold a student visa and want to join their family member in Australia.

    Please note that paper applications for a student visa lodged from 1 July 2016 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

    http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Stud/changes-student-visa