Frequently asked Questions
Most applicants receive their visa within few business days, some applicant's are delayed their visa because of administrative processing. We cannot predict in advance which applications will require administrative processing, nor do we know how long it will take. Make sure to submit your application a minimum of 6 to 8 weeks prior to your planned travel date. Additionally, don't book flight tickets or make hotel reservations until you have received the visa.
The category of visa you wish to apply for depends on the purpose of your visit. You can utilize the Find Visa facility which is available on the website of Department of Home Affairs. There are details which will help you decide which visa type you should apply for and the requirements for that visa type.
To be able to apply for an Australia visa your passport should have a minimum validity of six months counting from the date of scheduled return from Australia (unless country- specific agreements provide exemptions).
The processing time for visa applications depends on various factors. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that an application is complete and accompanied by full and relevant information. If the application is incomplete and/or the absence of required supporting documents, the visa process might get delayed or in some instances rejected.
No. If your visa is valid and unmarked or undamaged, you can travel with your two passports together (old and new), if the purpose of your travel matches your current non-immigrant visa. Additionally, the name on other personal details in both passport's should be identical. Both passports should be of the same country and same category (both should be either tourist passports or diplomatic passports)
Yes, both are compulsory. Hotel booking is an important criteria for your visa to go through processing. Insurance is important for the applicant's safety to cover in case of sudden injuries or natural disasters while in Australia.
No, the visa fee is not refundable.
You can opt to retrieve your passport in any of the below mentioned ways:
- Collect your passport in person or send an authorised representative
- The passport will be returned to mentioned office or home address via Courier service.
An additional fees will be charged for these services.
Note: Passports won't be returned via registered or speed post. Neither will it be couriered to a post office box.