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    18 June 2019

    Mandatory Courier of Visa Decision Letter

    Effective 24 June 2019 applicants not providing an email address to receive their visa decision letter electronically; will have their visa decision letters couriered mandatorily as part of the new process.

    Applicants can no longer visit the centre to collect their visa decisions in person.

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    15 June 2019

    From 01 July 2019, all Working Holiday applications and Work and Holiday applications (excluding China which is still a paper application for first visas) must be lodged online via ImmiAccount ONLY, Paper Applications will no longer be accepted at the Visa Application Centre unless this has been authorised by the department.

    Mandatory online lodgement applies to the following applications:

    • All Working Holiday (subclass 417) applications (both First and Second)
    • All First Work and Holiday (subclass 462) applications from all countries (except China)
    • All Second Work and Holiday (subclass 462) applications

    For more information on all the Working Holiday as well as Work and Holiday Visa, you need, please click here

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    14 February 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

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    11 February 2019

    Thingyan

    Please be advised that in the lead up to Thingyan, the Department of Home Affairs anticipates receipt of an increased volume of visa applications from Myanmar citizens eager to visit Australia during this period. As a result, processing times may take longer than usual. If you intend on travelling to Australia over Thingyan please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Applications received after 20 March 2019 are unlikely to be processed before the start of Thingyan.

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    05 February 2019

    The NT DAMA (Designated Area Migration Agreement) is an employer-sponsored visa program which comes under the Temporary Skill Shortage visa. A worker who is successfully sponsored under the NT DAMA is granted a subclass 482. Workers must meet the eligibility requirements for permanent residency under the NT DAMA.

    Prospective workers interested in applying for a visa under the NT DAMA cannot apply independently.

    For more information on the NT DAMA(Designated Area Migration Agreement), please visit the website:

    https://business.nt.gov.au/business/migration-information-for-business/northern-territory-designated-area-migration-agreement

    For information on other visa options and conditions, please visit  https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/

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    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.

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    17 December 2018

    The Australian Embassy Yangon will be closed over the Christmas season Tuesday 25 December 2018 – Monday 01 January 2019 (dates inclusive). No visa decisions will be made during this period.The Embassy re-opens on Wednesday 02 January 2019.

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    21 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,  paper applicant will no longer have access to, or be able to lodge.

    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 1 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)

    This brings the lodgement arrangements in line with onshore Other Family (subclasses 838, 835 and 836) visa applications From 1 July 2018 all Other Family visa applications must be lodged online through Immi Account.

    Paper “Other Family” visa applications lodged on or after 1 July 2018, including applications that were mailed to the Visa Application Centres (VACs) prior to 1 July and received at the VACs on or after 1 July, will be considered invalid and returned to the applicant together with payment of the Other Family visa application charge.

    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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    21 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 applications or enrolment of Biometrics at the Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) in Yangon. Click here for more details.

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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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    01 March 2017

    “We highly recommend that you bring new and clean US dollar notes when you submit your application at the Visa Application Center. Please try and ensure that any notes supplied are NOT old, stained, stamped, folded, torn or worn out and stapled”

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    01 March 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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    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 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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    21 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.