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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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    09 May 2019

    Visa Application Centre in Istanbul is moving to a new location effective 13 May 2019. Starting Monday, 13 May 2019, applicants will be able to submit their visa applications at Hacıahmet Mahallesi, Kurtuluş Deresi Caddesi No:27 / Beyoğlu Istanbul

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    08 May 2019

    Visa Application Centre in Ankara is moving to a new location effective 13 May 2019. Starting Monday, 13 May 2019, applicants will be able to submit their visa applications at İşçi Blokları Mh. Muhsin Yazıcıoğlu Cd. No:57/A Çankaya/Ankara 06530 – Regnum Sky Tower

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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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    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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    01 October 2018

    Applicants must bring their passports to application center. There will be no operation if the applicants do not bring their passports.

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    01 July 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

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    21 October 2017

    Introduction of Mandatory Appointment System:

    With effect from 5 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 Turkey. Click here for more details.

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    22 September 2017

    Outage Notice:

    There is a scheduled maintenance down time for all Online Applications, Appointment Scheduling and Passport Tracking on 23 September 2017 and 24 September 2017 and those systems will not work on these dates.

    Thank you for your kind understanding.

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    21 June 2017

    IMPORTANT NOTICE

    BEWARE OF FRAUDULENT WEBSITES

    Dear Applicants,

    It has come to our notice that several fraudulent agents are operating in Turkey through spam websites, which falsely carry the VFS Global name. We urge you to apply extra caution when completing your online visa application form, booking your appointments or making online payments by ensuring that beyond any doubt you are on the authorised VFS Global website.

    Aspects to keep in mind are:

    • Ensure the website address used is www.vfsglobal.com/ ...
    • Keep a lookout for below warning signs

      1. VFS Logo
      2. Call Centre No is as 0212 373 58 xx
      3. Email address is as xxxxxxxxxx@vfshelpline.com
    • Refrain from making upfront payment, as VFS Global does not as for any upfront payments

    Please note, VFS Global is not responsible or liable for any fraudulently executed visa application activities. We recommend applicants to refrain from making any upfront payments or share any personal information until and unless they are sure of the authenticity of the agent. Should you suspect fraud, we encourage you to contact your local police and/or any competent local authorities.

    Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to serving you.

    Sincerely,

    VFS Global Management

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    01 June 2017

    Scam Alert:

    Government departments like DFAT and  Australian Home Affairs will never ask for wire transfers as a payment option. Click here for more information. Applicants without appointment will be charged (Secondary Fee) for the submission of their application or enrolment of Biometrics. Accommodating walk in appointments will be dependent upon Application Centre’s capacity and slot availability.

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    26 April 2017

    Dear applicants, we would like to inform you that our Istanbul Australia Visa Application Center will be closed on 1 May 2017. Ankara and Gaziantep AVACs will be open on this date.

  • 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.

  • 11 November 2016

    HOAX ALERT: Visa Free visit to Australia from January 2017

    The Australian 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 Home Affairs’ 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  Home Affairs’ website. Home Affairs 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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    1 October 2016

    Dear applicants, we would like to inform you that visa applications for Australian Embassy will start to be taken at our Visa Application Centers. Starting dates for AVACs are:

    • Istanbul Harbiye: October 14th
    • Ankara: October 18th
    • Gaziantep: October 20th
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    1 October 2016

    The address’ of Visa Application Centers:

    • Istanbul Harbiye: Cumhuriyet Cad No 193 Harbiye/Istanbul/Turkey
    • Ankara: Kavaklıdere Mahallesi, Atatürk Bulvarı, No: 154, Çankaya/Ankara/ Turkey
    • Gaziantep: İncilipınar mah. 7 nolu sok. Kaplama iş merkezi altı Gaziantep/ Turkey