This post can help you with information on how to apply for an Australian tourist visa in the Philippines. The first step is to figure out what kind of visa you need. This post is specific to the Visitor visa or Subclass 600. This visa is for temporary entry of people for tourism or business visitor purposes.
VISA FEE: AUD $130
Visitor: Tourist Stream visa (subclass 600)
HOW TO APPLY:
You have 3 ways to submit your application. (1) You can do it online but you will need a credit card for this process. (2) You can also go to VFS Global to submit your application personally or through a representative. (3) The third option is mailing it to them. For more details, here’s the link for personal submission and mailing it in:
Online lodgement for Visitor Visas – subclass 600
From 1 August 2014, the Australian Government is providing online access to nationals of several countries to apply for a Visitor Visa (visa subclass 600).
The online visa lodgement system is available to applicants at their convenience, seven days a week, without the need to apply in person or send in application forms by mail. Applications can be made at www.immi.gov.au (see: Online Services). Please note that you will need access to a credit card to pay for an online application. A third party may complete an online application on your behalf with your consent.
To ensure the timely processing of your visa applications, please ensure that you upload all relevant supporting documents to your application. For applicants in the Philippines applying to visit Australia for tourism and/or business purposes, please refer to our application checklist for information on what to include with your application, see: http://www.philippines.embassy.gov.au/mnla/Application_checklists.html.
For more information about online visas and which nationalities are eligible to make online applications, see:
For online applications, you would need to register first on this website, click on visitor visa and click on Visitor e600 visa online application:
Then you click on Start an application, another window will appear and it will allow you to register.
Once, you’re inside, you would have to fill in the information it would be asking you. At the end, you will still have a chance to review it and change things if necessary.
NOTE: I was going on this trip with my cousin but we had to submit two separate applications online. While you input your application, you can actually put a group name on it so that the other person can also put that group name on their application just so they would know that you will be traveling together. :)
After you’re done filling in your application, you finalize the submission of your information. Then it will give you the option to make the payment. There is actually a surcharge of $1.40 for using a credit card so the total at the end is $131.40. They also email you an invoice which looks something like this.
Once your payment is completed, only then are you allowed to upload the necessary documents. It took me around 2 days to complete uploading all the documents that were required. I used a program to consolidate some scans so that they would only be one pdf file.
After that, we waited one full month before we got our results which comes in paper form. They won’t even ask for your passport which was very convenient since I was travelling while my application was being processed. They just email you the Grant Notification. It looks something like this. We were given a single entry visa with 3 months validity.
NOTE: When we landed in Sydney, I gave them my passport and also the visa grant notice. The officer gave the visa grant notice back to me and told me he didn’t need it. I assume that it’s already in their system. I’m not recommending that you don’t bring it with you. Always bring a copy because you never know. When you leave, they don’t automatically stamp your passport. If you want a departure stamp, you have to ask the Immigration officer. The one we were on had to bring out his small box and bring out his stamp, he even asked which page I wanted it on. 🙂
YOU CAN ALSO READ ABOUT MY SYDNEY TRAVELS HERE