Australia has been one of my dream destinations ever since. I’ve always wanted to meet a real life koala and a kangaroo as a kid. lol Cebu Pacific has made my dream to visit Australia possible thanks to their super cheap fares! I booked a ticket last February during a really big Cebu Pacific promo sale so I again turned my travel agent mode on to apply for my boyfriend’s Australian tourist visa.
The best part about applying for an Australian Tourist Visa is that you can do it online! I actually thought Australia would be quite strict in their visa application process but it has been quite a breeze. Plus my boyfriend received his visa after only a day and a half! 0_0 I started searching about how to submit an online application and it led me to this website.
Filipino citizens who are going to visit Australia for tourism should apply for the Visitor Visa (subclass 600). You may still lodge your application at VFS Cebu but I think it’s better if you apply online because you would save more time and money.
These are the five easy steps in applying for your Australian Tourist Visa online:
1. SIGN UP FOR AN IMMIACCOUNT HERE.
Make sure to use a valid email address since they will send your visa to your email address. If you would like to lodge a group visa for your family, you may just make one account and use it to submit your visa application. An email will be sent to you for the verification of your immiaccount. Follow the instructions to verify your account.
2. FILL UP THE APPLICATION FORM ONLINE.
Once you have verified your account, you may now fill up the application form. The online application form is equivalent to Form 1419. If you would like to complete it in another time, you may save your progress and continue filling it up next time. As long as you haven’t submitted your application, you may still edit your answers. To help you with filling up, I have summarized the information that you will need when filling up the form:
a. Scheduled dates of travel and proposed period of stay
b. Your personal information, including address, contact and passport details
c. Details of your travel companions
d. Details of your non-accompanying family members
e. Details of your relatives in Australia
f. Details on how you will fund your stay
g. Details of the previous visas issued to you
3. ATTACH SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS.
Once you’re done filling up the application form, you may now start attaching your supporting documents. Note that you don’t need to ship your passport to the Australian Embassy. The supporting documents are outlined in the online application and stated as required or recommended.
Also, we used the CamScanner App in scanning some of the documents that are already flat. We didn’t use the app to scan the passport pages because it just wouldn’t hold open by itself so we used a real scanner for that.
Below are the required supporting documents that we attached for each category:
a. Travel Document – Passport bio page
b. Evidence of Travel History – Copies of all visas and stamps in my boyfriend’s current and previous passports
c. Evidence of Birth or Age – NSO Birth Certificate
d. Evidence of Planned Tourism Activities
– Cover Letter
– Roundtrip Tickets to Australia
– Itinerary for our whole stay
– You may also submit hotel bookings as well but we didn’t submit this one since we haven’t booked our hotels yet.
Here are the recommended documents that we attached per category. They’re not required but it will surely help the consulate in approving your visa.
a. Evidence of Financial Capacity
– Personal Bank Certificate
– Bank Statement for 6 months
– Business Permit and Mayor’s Permit of my boyfriend’s business (You may attach a letter of employment from your employer, an employment contract or an employment certificate if you’re employed)
– Income Tax Return (or payslips for employees)
– You may also attach your credit card statements but we didn’t attach one.
b. Invitation Letter – My boyfriend didn’t submit one even though he has cousins in Australia. It’s not required so we didn’t bother making one.
4. PAY THE VISA APPLICATION FEE.
You may pay for your application through your debit or credit card or through paypal.
The application fee is AUD 140.
We paid through paypal and there was a service charge of AUD 1.40. The total amount that we paid was AUD 141.40 or around PHP 6,000.
5. SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION.
Once you have completed your application form, attached all your supporting documents, and paid the application fee, click the send button to submit your application. You will then receive an acknowledgement letter in your email immediately after you submit your application.
How long is the wait?
We submitted the application at 11:11pm on August 29, 2017. My boyfriend received his Australian visa on August 31, 2017 at 11:09 am. So that’s a total of just 1 day and a half. How convenient is that? My boyfriend got a multiple entry visa for one year. Time to look for another promo ticket to Australia for next year! lol
Your visa grant will look like this. Just bring this with you every time you enter Australia.
So to the land down under, see ya in Novembah, mate! 😉
UPDATE: Read about what we, as first timers did in Sydney here!