How to Apply for Australia Tourist Visa as Philippine Passport Holder

an adventure of Pinoy backpacker in processing travel documents

general info:
* The Australian Embassy encourages Philippine passport holders to apply for a Visitor (Tourist) visa online
If you are granted an online Visitor visa (subclass 600) you do not need a visa label in your passport. Instead, you will be sent notification of the grant of your visa to your nominated postal or email address. Please keep this notification as it describes the conditions that apply to your visa.
* Processing time is 21 to 31 days.
* Visitor Visa (subclass 600) conditions; you must not work while you are in Australia (visa condition 8101) and you are only allowed to engage in up to but not exceeding 3 months of study or training while you are in Australia (visa condition 8201).
* Visa duration is 1 year from the date of grant
* Length of Stay is 3 month(s) from the date of each arrival, multiple entries

Granted Australia Visitor Visa applied online (2018-2019)

APPLYING FOR AUSTRALIA TOURIST VISA AS ORDINARY CITIZEN IN THE PHILIPPINES  
http://philippines.embassy.gov.au/mnla/Visitor_Visas2.html

visa fee:
PHP 5,900 (140 AUD) + 1% charge (Credit Card / Paypal)

requirements:
1. The quickest and easiest way to apply for a visa is to apply online using ImmiAccount.
2. Certified copy of the biographical page of the current passport
3. One recent passport sized photograph (45 mm x 35 mm)
4. Evidence of sufficient funds, such as personal bank statements, pay slips or credit card limit.
5. If you are visiting under the Tourist stream: Your itinerary for your stay in Australia.
6. Other information to show that you have an incentive and authority to return to your home country, such as:
- a letter from your employer stating your intention to return to your job
- evidence of immediate family members in your home country
- evidence of your visa or residence status in your home country, and your right to return
- evidence of property or other significant assets owned in your home country.

appointment:
Monday to Friday – 09:00 - 14:00 

address:
VFS Global Services Philippines Private Inc., Mezzanine Floor Unit M01, Ecoplaza Building,
2305 Chino Roces Avenue Extension Makati City, Metro Manila 1231 

Australia Tourist Visa application in Philippines (VFS Global)

APPLYING FOR AUSTRALIA TOURIST VISA AS AN EXPAT IN THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
http://uae.embassy.gov.au/abud/Visas.html#3. Australian Visa Application Centres in the Gulf region

visa fee:
410 AED (140 AUD) + 1% charge (Credit Card / Paypal)

requirements:
1. The quickest and easiest way to apply for a visa is to apply online using ImmiAccount.
2. Certified copy of the biographical page of the current passport
3. One recent passport sized photograph (45 mm x 35 mm)
4. Evidence of sufficient funds, such as personal bank statements, pay slips or credit card limit.
5. If you are visiting under the Tourist stream: Your itinerary for your stay in Australia.
6. Other information to show that you have an incentive and authority to return to your home country, such as:
- a letter from your employer stating your intention to return to your job
- evidence of immediate family members in your home country
- evidence of your visa or residence status in your home country, and your right to return
- evidence of property or other significant assets owned in your home country.
7. Biometrics in VFA Global Centre for 237 AED.

appointment:
Sunday to Thursday – 09:00 - 14:00

address:
Australian Visa Application Centre Shining Tower, Level 25 King Khalid Bin Abdel Aziz
26th Street Adjacent to Khalidyah Mall – Abu Dhabi-

Australia Tourist Visa application in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (VFS Global)

4 DAYS SOLO TRIP IN WINTER AUSTRALIA (JUN. 2018)

Day 0 Jun 07 Thu: Flight to Melbourne
Day 1 Jun 08 Fri: Melbourne Arrival; Melbourne tour at night
Day 2 Jun 09 Sat: Melbourne day tour; night train to Sydney
Day 3 Jun 10 Sun: Sydney day tour
Day 4 Jun 11 Mon: Sydney morning tour and departure

DATELINE OF MY APPLIED AUSTRALIA VISITOR VISA 

April 06, 2018 (Fri) - applied online using ImmiAccount attaching the documents required per listed above and paid the visa fee of 419 AED. Then, I scheduled an appointment to VFS Global Abu Dhabi for the biometrics requirement.

April 08, 2018 (Sun) - I visited VFA Global Centre per address above per my appointment schedule. I paid 237 AED for the biometrics fee and finished the entire process including queuing for around 40 minutes.This process will be automatically updated on your application.

April 10, 2018 (Tue) - I overlooked the online portal that there is button that will confirm the attached documents. This process will change the INITIAL ASSESSMENT to FURTHER ASSESSMENT. I pressed that confirmation.

April 17, 2018 (Tue) - I received my Granted Visitor Visa with only 7 days processing from the day I confirmed the attached documents I sent with ZERO embassy query during the processing (11 days from the application). The reasons I think why it was fast are; (1) I completed the required documents as much as I can; (2) attached documents I sent are all clear copies and original copies; (3) I submitted my previous visa in United Kingdom (2014), Japan (2015), Germany Schengen (2015), Russia (2017) and South Africa (2018).


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