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How to Apply Online for an Australian Tourist Visa - Step By Step Guide

AdminAdmin SingaporePosts: 1,139Administrator
edited February 2016 in Visitor - Tourist Visa
As a Filipino, applying for a tourist visa is a dreadful process. We need to go through tedious paperwork. In many instances, we have to experience emotional trauma from immigration officers who would ruthlessly interrogate our motive and financial capacity to travel in their country. Fortunately, some countries such as Australia have embarked on reforms and streamlined its application process. We greatly benefit from this improvement. Filipinos now have two options in lodging application for Australian tourist visa: a.) via third-party service provider – VFS Global or b.) online.

Philippines is among the select countries whose citizens can apply for an Australian tourist visa directly online. I took advantage of this service last November 2015 and was successful in my application. It is convenient and savvy. If I used the services of VFS Global, I will have to pay for the processing fee, courier fee, taxi, as well as endure heavy traffic. Remember, Australia is a visa free label country. You do not need to submit your passport to the embassy to have it stamped. Australian visas are issued and recorded electronically. The following are the steps you need to do and take into consideration when applying online:

1. Create an ImmiAccount => detailed steps here
2. Answer all the questions => detailed steps here
3. Upload Documents => detailed steps here
4. Pay the Application Fee and Submit => detailed steps here
5. Wait for Visa Approval => detailed steps here

Originally posted by Krarenzki at wildperiwinkle.com, and with permission to repost the article here at www.pinoyau.info

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  • Xiaomau82Xiaomau82 Singapore
    Posts: 1,877Member, Administrator
    Hi All, effective this year only, Some applicants lodging their visas online may be sent a letter informing them that they need to attend the Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) in person to provide their biometrics. Usually it applies for first timers.
  • Krizzys2014Krizzys2014 General Santos City
    Posts: 7Member
    I lodged my application a week ago and now waiting for the result. I process through a 3rd party and yes it cost a lot! Next time I will try to apply online. But for now, will wait if I will be granted.
    Thanks for sharing the info...really helpful.
  • AdminAdmin Singapore
    Posts: 1,139Administrator
    edited March 2016
    Malas ko naman. pinapupunta ko sa vsf global for biometrics at may bayad na 42sgd!!!
  • se29mse29m Perth
    Posts: 2,069Member, Moderator
    @Admin required na yata talaga yan admin hehe.. sa cecil st yata yan nung nagpunta ako dati..

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  • AdminAdmin Singapore
    Posts: 1,139Administrator
    hi mike, masakit sa bulsa. hahaha parang feeling ko modus. ang mahal kasi. tsaka sabi sa email ng dfat.gov.au may form daw sila na pinadala pero wala naman kame ni wife na tanggap. tatawagan ko mamaya. :)
  • se29mse29m Perth
    Posts: 2,069Member, Moderator
    Haha! Ako din nagulat non. Akala ko mga 10sgd lang. Wala naman ako form na dinala.. Bitbit ko lang nun yung letter at passport papunta vfs.. Pero di na ako sure ngayun hehe

    233211 Civil Engineer
    30/09/15 - VETASSESS Lodged - 133112 Project Builder
    09/10/15 - IELTS Results: L-7.5, R-7.0, W-6.0, S-7.5 OBS-7.0
    19/10/15 - PTE A Results: L-82, R-74, S-90, W-76 OAS-79
    26/11/15 - Obtained NBI Clearance
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    12/01/16 - Submitted CDR to Engineers Australia
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    22/01/16 - Lodged EOI 189(60pts)
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    11/02/16 - Health Clearance Provided - No Action Required
    18/02/16 - Obtained SG CoC
    26/02/16 - Lodged 189 Visa
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    25/05/16 - Big Move Perth!
    16/06/16 - Started Casual Work
    11/07/16 - Permanent Full-time Work

    Now for the Citizenship Journey

    06/08/2019 - Eligible to apply
    26/08/2019 - Applied and acknowledgement letter received
    xx/xx/2019 - Test Email Invite
    xx/xx/2019 - Actual Test/Interview Date
    xx/xx/2019 - Approval Date
    xx/xx/2019 - Ceremony Date

  • AdminAdmin Singapore
    Posts: 1,139Administrator
    Tinawagan ko ung vsf sabi ko wala kameng narecieve na letter na may barcode. Need daw nila un. Parang hpcus pokus mung una naming marecieve. Kainis lang kasi hassel sa oras at additional na bayad.
  • MitchphMitchph Mandaluyong
    Posts: 2Member
    hello guys, what are documents need para sa pagpaprocess ng Tourist visa? salamat s sasagot..
  • Xiaomau82Xiaomau82 Singapore
    Posts: 1,877Member, Administrator
    hello guys, what are documents need para sa pagpaprocess ng Tourist visa? salamat s sasagot..
    Here’s the checklist http://singapore.embassy.gov.au/files/sing/DIAC CHECKLIST Visitor(Tourist%20Stream).pdf
    As for the form, you don’t need to complete the form 1419, just create an IMMIaccount, submit your application online, and attach the documents.
  • AdminAdmin Singapore
    Posts: 1,139Administrator
    for online application , you will be required to upload the scanned documents. here are the list

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  • pompompompom Quezon City
    Posts: 39Member
    Hi i just want to share my experienced sa vfs when i lodged my application and the result na denied,knabukasan nag apply ulit ako online na approved,mas madali po online sa experienced ko.
  • Xiaomau82Xiaomau82 Singapore
    Posts: 1,877Member, Administrator
    Hi i just want to share my experienced sa vfs when i lodged my application and the result na denied,knabukasan nag apply ulit ako online na approved,mas madali po online sa experienced ko.
    what was the reason why your application was denied?

  • yarra22yarra22 Melbourne
    Posts: 2Member
    @Admin Hello po, just want to inquire kung compulsory ba na may evidence of personal assets yung mag-aapply ng tourist visa?
  • AdminAdmin Singapore
    Posts: 1,139Administrator
    edited April 2016
    sorry not sure if compulsory, but the more docs would mean the better :) for our case, we just happen to have something to present.
  • Xiaomau82Xiaomau82 Singapore
    Posts: 1,877Member, Administrator
    @yarra22
    @Admin Hello po, just want to inquire kung compulsory ba na may evidence of personal assets yung mag-aapply ng tourist visa?
    as long sa u have sufficient funds in your evidence of financial capability - bank statement, evidence of personal assets. however it would help if you are applying from PH, some case officer consider it as reasons na babalik ka pa tlaga sa Ph
  • yarra22yarra22 Melbourne
    Posts: 2Member
    Noted po. Thank you. :)
  • ron_aron_a philippines
    Posts: 7Member
    hi po nag apply po ako tourist visa on april 12 but until now no progress parin ? how long is the standard on TV online?
  • Xiaomau82Xiaomau82 Singapore
    Posts: 1,877Member, Administrator
    hi po nag apply po ako tourist visa on april 12 but until now no progress parin ? how long is the standard on TV online?
    applying from ph? 4-6 weeks processing time

  • ron_aron_a philippines
    Posts: 7Member
    hi @ Xiaomau82 Do you account the weekends too?
  • Xiaomau82Xiaomau82 Singapore
    Posts: 1,877Member, Administrator
    Yup. so far yan yung standard pero minsan longer
  • hopefullyhopefully Quezon City
    Posts: 82Member
    Hello friends.
    may chance po ba ako makakakuha ng tourist visa kahit na 31k lang base pay ko pero may savings enough naman ako para masuportahan stay ko sa Aussie. Gusto ko lang sana i-surprise ang gf ko. gaano po ba dapat kalaki ang bank statement na ipapakita?
  • hopefullyhopefully Quezon City
    Posts: 82Member
    Paano kung wala pang personal assets?
  • AdminAdmin Singapore
    Posts: 1,139Administrator
    ahh 6 weeks pala @Xiaomau82 ang pinas. @Ron sorry Singapore sinasabi ko.
  • hopefullyhopefully Quezon City
    Posts: 82Member
    Sir/Ma'am,

    May interview pa po ba sa TV?
    Yung friend mo na nagbigay ng letter of invitation iinterviewhin din?

    baguhan lang po sa pag-apply ng visa. Salamat po sa mga makapagbibigay ng kaalaman. God bless
  • muffles127muffles127 Sydney
    Posts: 168Member
    @hopefully depende siguro sa situation and case officer. I was interviewed before nung nagapply ako ng tourist visa. Phone interview lang naman and yung mga questions parang kung ano lang din yung nasa form and some clarifications. Sa case ko hindi naman tinawagan yung naginvite sakin.
  • hopefullyhopefully Quezon City
    Posts: 82Member
    Thank you Sir @muffles127. So, pwede po kahit yung friend ko na nasa Queensland ang pagkunan ko kahit sa Sydney naman talaga ako pupunta? Hindi naman po ata nila malalaman, pampataas lang po ng probability na ma-grant. Sure naman po na babalik ako kasi may mga commitments naman ako dito. Ang inaalala ko kasi first time ko mag-apply sir then di pa ako nagtravel abroad ni minsan. Hope iconsider nila
  • muffles127muffles127 Sydney
    Posts: 168Member
    edited May 2016
    @hopefully hmm..hindi kita masasagot tungkol dun sa invitation letter. pero kung ako ang nasa place mo, baka di ko bigay yung invitation letter. medyo sigurista kase ako ayoko ng "unknown" kase diba paano kung biglang macheck nila yung location ng friend mo eh wala pala sa sydney tapos satisfactory naman na yung mga support mo na magtotour ka lang or holiday ka lang eh di baka magduda pa sila. But that's your call. Yun lang ang stand ko diyan.
    To give you a background, noong nagapply ako ng tourist visa first time ko din nagapply papuntang australia and unemployed ako nun pero kinonsider yata nung case officer yung other travels ko nun kase habang nasa phone interview ako nun tinanong niya kung meron akong travel abroad. So yun.

    edit: ngayon ko lang napansin na sinabi mo pala na wala kang travel abroad. meron ka naman yatang approved leaves if you're working or enrolment sa school so i guess that would suffice.
  • hopefullyhopefully Quezon City
    Posts: 82Member
    Thank you for your generosity in sharing your thoughts and experience @muffles127 .
    Ilalagay ko lang naman po sana na inivite ako ng friend ko pero kapag na-grant na yung visa kahit san ka naman na po pumunta ng Aussie di ba?

    Online po kayo nag-apply or manual?

  • muffles127muffles127 Sydney
    Posts: 168Member
    @hopefully naku nung time na nagapply ako ng visa wala pa yatang online that was 2011 nung nagapply ako so paper-based pa yun! :) yes i suppose pwede ka naman magpunta kahit san :)
  • shye428shye428 Quezon City
    Posts: 144Member
    makaka-epekto po ba application ko ng 189 kung meron ako tourist visa? thanks in advance :)

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