After dealing with a long list of documents, a tiring visa application and high-rejection chances, three months ago, while applying for a Schengen visa for Europe, when it came to planning a tourist visa for Australia, things felt pretty easier and uncomplicated. And that was not just me. A few other people, I spoke with, to get an idea about their experience, moreover said that Australia has always been humble.
Though of course, if you compare a Thai or a Malaysian tourist visa process, Australia still demands better planning and a little more paperwork, if you compare it with a Schengen, a Japanese, and a few other visas considered as tough, getting your hands on an Australian tourist visa, and doing it all by yourself, is pretty easier. Yet if you’ve your doubts and aren’t sure what are your chances, read my Tips For Australian Tourist Visa.
To get a better idea of the process, however, read ahead:
What Documents You May Need
Australian embassy, on its website, has mentioned that it discourages any prepaid hotel booking and reserved flight tickets, before the issuance of your visa. It moreover doesn’t want any health insurance, like US and Schengen European countries do. You can check the list of documents you need to provide by clicking here.
However, the documents I provided include: A cover letter mentioning my intention to travel Australia and a rough travel itinerary I had in mind, a flight PNR number which I booked (at no cost) using MakeMyTrip, sufficient travel funds, proof of my occupation as a travel blogger.
The First Step
Download the Application Form clicking this link. If you’re applying the traditional way, visiting VFS centre click the third option Visitor visa (Subclass 600). Completing the application form takes less than 15 minutes, and if you’ve any doubts, they can be cleared at VFS visa center while submitting the application form. You can even pay 1000 Rupees to VFS and they will fill it for you. Please note that Australian visa process is entirely electronic, and you even get a soft copy of your
Please note that Australian visa process is entirely electronic, and you even get a soft copy of your sanctioned visa, it doesn’t get stamped in your passport. You can also use an eVisitor option and (subclass 651) at no extra cost and courier your documents.
Submitting The Application. And Post Submission
Since I submitted the visa application by personally visiting the VFS center, I can assure that it was an easy process. Unlike a Schengen visa, here you do not need to book an appointment with the VFS. Just hop in, finish the process — which takes less than 30 minutes to payment (as you’re not required any biometrics) — and wait for an email as a Yes or No to your application.
Please note that Australian embassy does not stamp their visa in your passport, you come to know about their decision in an email. You print out the confirmed email and carry it along with you while travelling to Australia.
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