9 November 2012: Visa Simplification and Deregulation –
simplified Temporary Work visas
Following the making of regulations on 11 October 2012 by the Federal Executive
Council, the Minister has announced that on 24 November 2012, the government
will introduce a simplified Temporary Work visa framework. To read the media
release, please go to: http://www.minister.immi.gov.au/media/cb/2012/cb191403.htm
This will reduce the number of Temporary Work visas from 17 to 8 subclasses. As
well as creating a broader and more intuitive Temporary Work group of visas for
clients to choose from, there will also be benefits that flow from
standardisation of a number of Temporary Work visa requirements. For further
information on these changes please go to: www.immi.gov.au/immigration/temporaryworkvisachanges
28 June 2012: Changes to Visa Application Fees
Visa application charges and other fees will change on 1 July 2012 in
accordance with decisions made by the Australian Government.
New charges and fees will apply to any application received on or after 1 July
2012. Your visa application cannot be accepted at the AVAC if an amount less
than the correct fee is provided.
Applicants intending to pay by bank draft or arrange payment through an
immigration office in Australia should be aware that the visa fee may change in
the time between arranging the payment and lodging your application.
For example: You may have to pay for the difference in the
visa fee if:
you arrange for a bank draft before 1 July and lodge your application overseas
after 1 July; or
the visa fee is paid in Australia before1 July and you lodge your application
overseas after 1 July.
2 October 2011: Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) and E-Visitor
Certain nationalities wishing to apply for a visitor visa may be eligible to
apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or an E-Visitor Visa online via
the Australian Immigration Website. For clients who do not have access to
internet facilities, VFS have set up a computer terminal where clients can
lodge online applications within the Visa Application Centre.