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    28 October 2020

    The Australian Visa Applications Centres in the GCC will resume limited operations from 02 November 2020 for Biometrics collection, strictly by appointment. Paper applications will not be accepted by mail or at the office. You can apply online for most visa and citizenship applications at: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/tools

    Current operational days and timing for the AVACs, except public holidays, are:

    • Operational days for UAE: Monday-Tuesday-Thursday
    • Operational day for Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia: Monday
    • Operational timings: 09:00 am to 04:00 pm

    Customers are required to make a prior appointment before visiting the centre as no walk-in appointments or in-person information services will be available. Customers needing assistance with completing their Visa form online can avail the service at the Visa Application Centres, for an additional fee. Please make this selection at the time of making your appointment.

    Travel restrictions are in place and subject to change. You cannot come to Australia unless you are in an exempt category or you have been granted an individual exemption to the current travel restrictions. Please check the Department of Home Affairs’ website for more information https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/travel-restrictions

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    19 September 2020

    In light of the current COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) outbreak, all Australian Visa Application Centres, Australian Biometric Collection Centres and call centres, across the VFS Global network, are temporarily closed until further notice, see https://www.vfsglobal.com/en/individuals/covid-19-customer-advisories.html for updates. We apologise for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and kind co-operation. For latest information from the Australian Government on Covid-19, please visit: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/

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    26 March 2020

    In light of the current COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) outbreak, our Australian Visa Application Centres and call centre in Bahrain, KSA, Kuwait, Oman and UAE are temporarily closed until further notice. Appointments to the Australian Visa application Centres will also remain closed. We apologise for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding, and kind co-operation. For information related to this visa centre, please visit https://www.vfsglobal.com/australia/gcc/. For information from the Australian Government on Covid-19, please visit: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/news-media/current-alerts/novel-coronavirus

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    22 March 2020

    Restricted Operational Hours of Australia Visa Application Centre in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain

    In light of the current COVID-19 outbreak, effective 25th March 2020 until further notice, the operational hours of the Australia Visa Application Centre’s in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain will be as follows

    Riyadh and Jeddah - Sunday to Thursday from 09:00 am to 01:00 pm

    Al Khobar - Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 09:00 am to 01:00 pm

    Bahrain – Sunday to Thursday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

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    25 March 2020

    Upcoming changes to child visas – effective 01 April 2020

    The Department of Home Affairs have advised - 01 April 2020, all new applications for these following visa subclasses:

    • Child (Subclass 101)
    • Adoption (Subclass 102)
    • Orphan Relative (Subclass 117)

    will need to be posted to:

    Department of Home Affairs Child and Other Family Processing Centre

    Locked Bag 7

    NORTHBRIDGE WA 6865

    AUSTRALIA

    or, the application should be delivered by courier service to:

    Department of Home Affairs Child and Other Family Processing Centre

    Wellington Central

    836 Wellington Street WEST PERTH WA 6005

    AUSTRALIA.

    Applicants will still be required to provide their biometrics upon receipt of a requirement letter from the Department.