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    27 August 2018

    From 01 October 2018, the VFS Australian visa application center helpline will be changed to +94 11 2350601

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    28 June 2018

    Change in Visa Application Charges (Visa Fee) effective 1 July 2018

    Australia Visa Applicants may please note that the Department of Home Affairs reviews its Visa Application Charges (VAC) twice in a year and the changes are released on 1 January and 1 July respectively.

    The new prices will be released on 1 July 2018. 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 1 July 2018.

    New prices will be available on the Department’s website on 1 July 2018. If you are lodging an application before 1 July 2018, the current prices will apply. From 1 July 2018, the new prices will apply.

    See http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/Visa/Fees

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    21 June 2018

    Important changes to the Transit Visa – from 01 July 2018

    From 01 July 2018, all Transit Visa applications must be lodged online, via ImmiAccount, applicants will longer have access to, or be able to lodge, paper applications for this visa.

    For more information on the Transit visa (Sub Class 771) programme and documents you need to provide with your visa application, please click here

    • Please Note-

      VFS Global can assist applicants by completing the data entry of an application and upload the supporting documents Online on their behalf under VFS Global’s Online IMMI Account by charging the approved rates. This service includes upload of the documents at the time of application and any subsequent documents as and when requested by the application processing authority only.

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    13 June 2018

    Important changes to the Partner and Prospective Marriage – from 01 July 2018

    From 01 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 1 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)

    The above visa applications can no longer be lodged at the Visa Application Centre.

    Application and sponsorship forms for these visas are available on the Home Affairs website. Payment of the visa application charge can be made online through the ImmiAccount portal. However, online lodgement is not currently available for these visas. Completed forms must be sent to the processing office in Perth:

    Child and Other Family Processing Centre
    Department of Home Affairs
    Locked Bag 7
    Northbridge WA 6865
    Australia

    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 1 July 2018 are still considered valid.

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    29 December 2017

    Change in Visa Application Charges (Visa Fee) effective 1 January 2018

    Australia Visa Applicants may please note that the Department of Home Affairs reviews its Visa Application Charges (VAC) twice in a year and the changes are released on 1 January and 1 July respectively.

    The new prices will be released on 1 January 2018. 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 1 January 2018.

    New prices will be available on the Department’s website on 1 January 2018. If you are lodging an application before 1 January 2018, the current prices will apply. From 1 January 2018, the new prices will apply.

    See http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/Visa/Fees

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    11 October 2017

    New VFS Service Charges effective from Monday, 16 October 2017

    Dear Applicants / Travel Agents / Representatives

    Please note that the VFS service charges for Australian visa application Centres will be revised on Monday, 16 October 2017 as per the below details.

    Particulars New VFS Service Fee
    Primary Applicant Fee LKR 2,037.00
    Secondary Applicant Fee LKR 1,426.00
    Only Biometrics Fee LKR 1,935.00
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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 Home Affairs 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.

    See this link
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    01 June 2017

    Scam Alert:

    Government departments like DFAT and Department of Home Affairs 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 Home Affairs  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.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav, 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.

  • 28 October 2016

    New VFS Service Charges effective from 01 November 2016

    Dear Applicants / Travel Agents / Representatives

    Please note that the VFS service charges for Australian visa application Centres will be revised from 01 November 2016 as per the below details.

    Particulars New VFS Service  Fee
     Primary Applicant Fee LKR 1945.00
    Secondary Applicant  Fee LKR 1362.00
    Only Biometrics Fee LKR 1848.00
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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 applicable categories.

    A Service Fee of LKR 2,600.00 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.

  • 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

  • 07 March 2016

    Changes of the helpline no:

    From 14 March 2016, the VFS Australian visa application center helpline will be changed as +94720910103

  • 19 Februaryy 2016

    Changes to Biometric Collection

    From 16 February 2016, the following changes shall apply to the Biometric Collection Process:

    • Minors less than 5 years old: Minors less than 5 years old need not have their fingerprints collected, but do need to provide their facial photograph at the Australian Visa Application Centre.
    • A parent or guardian must be present during the biometric collection process for applicants who are less than 16 years of age.
  • 16 Februaryy 2016

    Finger Print Collection from minors from 16 February 2016

    From 16 Februaryary 2016, Minors less than 5 years old are not to have their fingerprints collected, but do need to provide their facial photograph at AVAC . Presences of parent or guardian are required for the less than 16 years of age applicants at the time of Biometric data submission at AVAC.

  • 01 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.