06 March 2019
Effective 02 March 2019, applications for the Medical Treatment Visa (subclass 602) must be lodged online, via ImmiAccount ONLY. Paper applications lodged from this date for this visa subclasses will be considered invalid and returned to the applicant together with payment of the visa application charge.
For more information on the Medical Treatment Visa and documents you need to provide with your visa application, please click here
03 January 2019
Student Biometric Collection
All Student Visa Applicants are hereby requested to book their appointment for the submission of their biometrics as soon as you receive the letter from the Department of Home Affairs. This is crucial to avoid any further delays for the visa application processing.
10 December 2018
Information for APEC business travel card holders
If you hold an APEC card valid for travel to Australia you are able to enter and leave Australia without applying for a visa. For further information please visit https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/entering-and-leaving-australia/business-travel-card/foreign-applicants . All enquiries related to APEC Business Travel Card and associated travel conditions should be directed to the Australian APEC processing centre at firstname.lastname@example.org . For further information please also refer to: http://travel.apec.org/apply.html .
04 July 2018
VFS Global Visa Application Centers on 8th, 28th and 29th Floor of Trendy Building is the only authorized Visa servicing facility by the Embassies. VFS Global shall not be responsible/liable for any transactions that the applicant/ customer has with any Travel Agents or any other third party either in the building or outside who might claim to be authorized agents for Visa servicing or for VFS Global. Any applicant shall do such transaction/s at his/her/their own risk, cost and expenses. Requesting you to kindly contact the VFS Service/ Helpdesk either on the Ground Floor of the Trendy Building or write to us in details at - email@example.com for further information or queries if any.
26 June 2018
Important changes to the Transit Visa – from 1 July 2018
From 1 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
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. application. 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.
14 June 2018
Important changes to the Family-Other visa programme – from 01 July 2018
From 1 July 2018, applications for the following visas must be lodged at the Perth Child and Other Family Processing Centre:
The above visa applications can no longer be lodged at the Visa Application Centre.
Applications 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
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.
12 June 2018
Important changes to the Partner and Prospective Marriage Visa - from 01 July 2018
From 01 July 2018, applications for the following visas must be lodged online, via ImmiAccount:
For more information for Partner and Prospective Marriage visa programme and documents you need to provide with your visa application please click here
14 November 2017
All applications lodged from 27 November 2017 onwards, will have their processed Documents/ Notification letter (visa decision letter) sent to you through our courier partner only. For more information click here
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 all type of applications or enrolment of Biometrics at the Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) in Thailand. Click here for more details.
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|
01 June 2017
Government departments like DFAT and Department of Home Affairs will never ask for wire transfers as a payment option. Click here for more information.
28 February 2017
Global visa and citizenship processing times
Department of Home Affairs 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 Home Affairs processing office
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:
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
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, 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.
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.
25 April 2016:
The Department of Home Affairs will commence collecting biometrics in Thailand
From 3 May 2016, the Department of Home Affairs 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
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 Australian Visa Application centre to lodge in their applications alongwith enrollment of biometrics. Address as below:
VFS Australian Visa Application Centre
191 Siripanich Floor 6B Huaykaew Rd.
Suthep Muang Chiang Mai
25 April 2016:
Changes to Australian visa processing in Thailand starting from 3rd May 2016
From 3 May 2016, the Department of Home Affairs 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