How to Apply for Australian Tourist Visa for Filipinos

Travel Tuesdays with me and my favorite Aunt Lulu in Sydney back in March 2014.

Hi, everyone! I am updating this post on a regular basis to update all of you on how to apply for Australian tourist visa in the Philippines. :) I submitted my application through VFS Global and here are the steps I followed:

1. Prepare ₱5,000 (or AUD135, rate valid until December 2016) application fee by requesting for a (local bank) managers check payable to the Australian Embassy. Please do not forget to call the VFS toll-free hotline for the latest rate at telephone no: +632 790 4900

2. Prepare 2 pcs. of recent passport size photograph, must have collar and white background. One will be attached to the application form while the other will be attached to the checklist form.

3. Download and fill up the subclass 600 (form 1419) visa application and checklist forms. Make sure to fill up all spaces. If not applicable, just write NA. I printed mine on A4 sized paper.

4. Gather supporting documents:
  • Certified copy (notarized by a lawyer) of the biographical pages of the current passport. Yes, you don't need to include/submit your passport to the embassy. -- Just photocopy the "profile page" of your passport (the page where you have your complete details as well as passport photo) and have it notarized as certified copy.
  • Photocopy of latest birth certificate issued by NSO.
  • Latest copy of bank certificate/statement.
  • Employment certificate issued by your employer.
  • Latest Income Tax Return (BIR Form 2316).
  • Sample itinerary of your trip to Australia.
For other supporting documents, you may present the following:
  • Affidavit of Support from parents/guardian with their Income Tax Return, Business Certificates, and Bank Certificates
  • Photocopies of old Australian visas
  • Attach any existing visas from OECD countries
  • Attach copies of your round-trip tickets. (Optional)
FOR DETAILED CHECKLIST, CLICK HERE. If you have questions, you may call the toll-free VFS hotline at (632) 790 4900.

VFS Global is the service delivery partner of the Australian Embassy here in the Philippines. There are 3 options for application, through walk-in, lodging, or online. The service fee for walk-ins is ₱625 and can be paid by cash. If you prefer to have your documents picked up by courier (lodging) then please prepare another check worth ₱1,115 (one-way) payable to VFS Services Philippines Private Inc.

Since I'm from Taguig, I directly submitted my application at the VFS Global office in Ecoplaza building, Chino Roces Ave., Makati City. Please take note that there's VFS Global in Cebu. So what can you expect upon entry?

1. Bags/cell phones are not allowed inside (they do have an area where you can deposit items for safety keeping) so I suggest you just bring all documents needed in a long brown envelope plus the ₱625 handling fee.

2. Once inside, you'll be given a number and form that you need to fill up and submit to counter number 3. Counter numbers 4-8 will be the one to check your documents so you need to wait for your name to be called.

3. Agents will double check your forms and documents so make sure they're complete. You'll be given options on how you'd like to know the result of your application. Mine was to be sent via email (it's free, no extra charge) so that I no longer need to come back the VFS Global office.

If you prefer to save time then I suggest you lodge your application. Once you've gathered all supporting documents, place them inside a long brown envelope and seal with your signature. You need to call for schedule of pick-up. Couriers do not accept cash so you need to prepare another manager's check worth ₱1,740 (₱625 for handling and ₱1,115 for one-way courier fee) payable to VFS Services Philippines Private Inc.

It takes 10-40 working days to process a visa application which excludes weekends and PH/AU holidays. I remember waiting almost a month for the result via email.

Here's a copy of my old and new Australian visa.

If you want an actual visa label on your passport, you need to add AUD70.00 for that but please be reminded it is not required. It is best to just keep a soft/hard copy of your grant notice when traveling.

P.S. This application is for Filipinos currently based in the Philippines only. If you have any questions, just 'LIKE' my Facebook page and you may send me a PM there. Thanks! :)

116 comments:

  1. Hi,

    If self employed no need for ITR thing?

    Thanks in advance

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    1. Hey April,

      You still need to present an ITR even if self employed but since I failed to file mine before the year ended (didn't work for 2013) I had no choice but to ask for my parents.

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  2. Hi Czarina Maye!

    I am planning to lodge an application this Saturday for the AU visa.

    I read in the Australian Embassy website that the NSO certificates (birth, marriage) should be delivered directly by NSO to the embassy as part of your visa application (Case Ref ID process).

    I was wondering if you did the above, or did you provide the NSO birth certificate yourself? I obtained mine through SM Business Center just last January 2014 and I was thinking if this can be used. (Or the rule above -strictly- applies?)

    Thank you!

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    1. Hello there!

      Hmmm. Not really sure, I just followed this list provided by the embassy: http://www.immi.gov.au/visas/visitor/_pdf/600-document-checklist.pdf

      I got mine directly from NSO and yes you may use it together with the other required documents.

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  3. Hello Czarina! This is so informative! May I ask how much show money did you prepare at the time you obtain a bank certification?

    Thanks:)

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    1. Hi Sheila,

      If I'm not mistaken my parents presented a bank cert with more or less around Php500k in the account. But I think it's not that important if how much is your savings. Siguro Php100k is ok na. ;) Besides, they're not strict in issuing visas now. So i suggest you apply na. ;)

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  4. Thank you very much Czarina :) this is sooooooo helpful :)
    I'll lodge my application next week

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    1. Glad to be of help, Janelle! ;) Goodluck!

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  5. Hi Czarina, I'm planning to go to AU embassy next week to obtain a Visa for my training in Sydney (sponsored by Company). Could you please explain the details on how did you get this document?
    "Certified copy (notarized by a lawyer) of the biographical pages of the current passport. Yes, you don't need to include/submit your passport to the embassy."

    Also, since it's a company sponsored trip, do you think I still need to provide bank statements? Coz honestly I don't have savings at all :( Thank you so much in advance :D

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    1. Hi Nalen!

      "Certified copy (notarized by a lawyer) of the biographical pages of the current passport. Yes, you don't need to include/submit your passport to the embassy." means you just need to photocopy the first page of your passport (as in the profile page area) and have it notarized as a certified copy by a lawyer. Kasi di ba you don't need to present passport? Certified photocopy will do.

      As for the bank statement, not exactly sure if you need to present one if it's a sponsored trip. I guess you'll just have to ask for proof of sponsorship from the company mismo.

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    2. Hi Czarina, I was able to lodge my visa application yesterday in VIA. I hope everything's gonna be fine from there. Thanks for the response. Your blog is really helpful :D

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    3. Hello again! :) Wishing you the best of luck, Nalen. Please do update us with your application. ;)

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    4. Thanks Czarina. I got my visa already and I'm scheduled to go to Sydney next week. :) Are you currently in Australia?

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    5. Hey Nalen,

      Nope, currently back in Manila for now but I do plan to go back in Australia soon. Congrats on your visa! Did your company provide all the required papers like sponsorship, etc? And did you present your personal bank statement or di na? ;)

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    6. Thanks Czarina :) My employer gave me an invitation letter stating that they will provide allowance for my 3 months stay there and that's what I've presented. I've also presented my Offer Letter, Employment Agreement, TOR and NBI. Plus of course my NSO birth cert (which they returned along with my visa) and CTC of Passport. I didn't present any personal bank statements at all. Good luck on your trip soon and hopefully we can meet there :)

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  6. hi good eve po ate maye, tanong ko lng what if narefused yung visa ko pwede pa ba mag apply? kasi nglodge ako nung May 7 tapos nareceive ko nung May 14 tapos reusal notice nakalagay eh :'( thanks...

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    1. Hi Mary Ann,

      Apologies for the late reply and so sorry to hear about the refusal of your Australian visa application. :(

      If I'm not mistaken, you need to wait a few months to a year before you can apply again. But according to Australia's Immigration, you may apply to have the decision reviewed by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).

      For more details, please go to this link: https://www.immi.gov.au/FAQs/Pages/what-if-my-visa-application-is-refused-or-my-visa-is-cancelled.aspx

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  7. hello po ate maye.ask ko lng po pano kung unemployed po aq..pero ung brother ko po nawowork sa australia and gusto nya mag visit po aq dun..ano po ang pede pang ibng supporting docs. for unemployed like me..thank you..and god bless

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    1. Hello Aspire,

      Ask for affidavit of support from your parents as well as their ITR and bank certificates. :)

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    2. Hi Ms. Czarina.. If I may interrupt.. To "Aspire" if your unemployed and have a brother in Australia, you have better chance of getting Au tourist visa rather than those who don't have relatives in Oz, your brother can just sponsor you on a Family sponsored tourist visa stream. Be mindful your brother might have to put bond to Au Immigration probably around $20 thousand dollars. The purpose of the bond is to make sure your not going to breach your tourist visa condition, otherwise the bond that your brother have put in will be forfeited. ty...

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  8. Hi Czarina, is it possible to apply tourist visa early this year nd use it next year march coz im gonna b attending a wedding ceremony during tht time.. nd im planning to book my ticket early as well... kinda confused tho.. ; (

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    1. Hi Jessica!

      I think it's too early to apply for visa now. Take note that the visa they give out has a minimum validity of 3 months. I suggest you lodge your application by January/February 2015. As for the ticket, it's better to book in advanced so that you'll be able to get cheaper fares from seat sales of airlines. Goodluck! ;)

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    2. Hello Czarina I just wanna add a bit of info as to Jessica's inquiry. One thing is very important never ever buy a ticket till your visa application is granted. otherwise your heading for a big disaster incase your visa is refused. DIAC website says that if u browse Ms.Jessica. Also tourist visa is valid for 1 year from the date of issue..it means if you were granted 3 months tourist visa last Jan 1,2014 then you should enter Australia before Jan 1,2015. If you depart Philippines Sept 5,2014 and arrived in OZ Sept. 6 then the duration of ya stay starts to count at Sept 6 and you must leave Aust before Dec. 6,2014 (3mos.). TY

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    3. Thanks for clearing this out sir, appreciate it! :)

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  9. Hi Czarina, just wanna ask if need pa ba ng invitation letter from my friend or ok la ba na ilagay ko lan un details nya sa application form ko. medto hesitant kasi sya na magbigay ng invitation e.

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    1. Hi Shennz,

      Less hassle for both parties if walang invitation. Yes, you may provide her details since one of the questions sa application form is if may friend or relative ka living in Australia. Di naman necessarily kailangan ng invitation unless he/she sponsors your trip.

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  10. Hi Czarina Maye,

    I plan to apply for a tourist visa this july for planned visit to australia on September. I am 28 yrs old currently working as an accountant in a private company for 8 mos, previously I worked as auditor in an auditing firm for 3 years? Do you think the fact that I just transferred work would affect my application. I already got regularized in my new job and able to get a coe from my current employer stating my approved vacation leave dates. I will also submit my bank cert with around 300k php savings, bank statements and credit card statements. I plan to do a diy trip but plan to avail some day trips using viator tours. I also plan to have my mom join me in the trip and shoulder some of her expenses. She’s a housewife and will submit my father’s documents as support. Do you think we have chances of getting approved? Thanks really appreciate you response.

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    1. Hello Ms. Silva,

      According to the documents you have now, I have a feeling that your visa application will be approved. ;) And yes, if you're leaving for September you may submit your application now. Most visas are valid for use within the next 6 months and have 3 months minimum stay.

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  11. Hi Czarina,

    This is good information! I would like to enquire about the self-employed / unemployed part if that's okay. If self-employed but haven't file the ITR...is there a Affidavit of Support form that the Australian Embassy uses? Or your parents have to prepare it by themselves? And also, all the Certify True Copy and Affidavit of Support documents, can it be done by lawyers outside of Philippines (I have family lawyer friends but staying in Malaysia) or it has to be inside of the Philippines?

    So eventhough let's say I have to show my bank certificate (is there a minimum sufficient fund a day for Australia), I still need to show my parent's bank certificate too? Because I would like to go to Australia to attend a wedding in Perth and maybe go and visit Melbourne before flying back to the Philippines. And what's the earliest I can start applying since the processing time takes a long time!

    Appreciate your response so I can understand better.

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    1. Hi Devina,

      Let me answer your question one by one:

      1. is there a Affidavit of Support form that the Australian Embassy uses? Or your parents have to prepare it by themselves? --- None, we prepared our own copy and had it certified by a lawyer.

      2. all the Certify True Copy and Affidavit of Support documents, can it be done by lawyers outside of Philippines or it has to be inside of the Philippines? --- I suggest you get your papers done here instead of asking your friends to mail the certified copies from Malaysia to Manila. Less hassle for both parties.

      3. let's say I have to show my bank certificate (is there a minimum sufficient fund a day for Australia), I still need to show my parent's bank certificate too? --- No, minimum fund a day. Just present both your and your parents bank certificates.

      4. what's the earliest I can start applying since the processing time takes a long time! --- Mine took almost a week to process. Just make sure your papers are complete. I suggest applying 2-3 months before departure date.

      P.S. If you're attending a wedding, better ask the couple from down under to send you an invitation and use that as additional document to be presented upon application. ;) Goodluck!

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  12. hi. Do you know how much is the application fee for tourist visa subclass 600 - tourist stream? Does it really cost AUD 335? (this is based from the visa pricing estimator). I hope it just costs AUD 130 just like the other 3 streams under subclass 600. TIA.

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    1. Hi there,

      A friend sent his application directly to the Australian embassy last July and paid AUD130. But just to be sure why not give a call to the VFA hotline to ask? (632) 845 9200. If you're sending your applications through an agency then it's normal to pay higher than the usual rate so I really suggest doing the application by yourself to save money. :)

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  13. Hi Czarina Maye!

    Good day to you!..hmmm nkpglodge na po ako ng TV application ko xa VFS cebu last july 28 and now when i track the status of my application sa website ng VFS it says that 'no details found in the input values'..ano kaya ibig sabihin nun?

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    1. Hey Aiza! :)

      Best to call na lang VFS Cebu to check the status. I haven't lodged my renewal/application of visa, hopefully anytime next week. ;)

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  14. Hi czarina good day to you
    Do you think i still need to attach an invitation letter coming from my friend who will support my financial and accomdation for the rest of my stay there?
    Best regards and thanks in advance

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    1. Hi Anonymous!

      Yes, there's a bigger chance of approval if your friend from down under sends you an invitation letter. If I'm not mistaken he also needs to present proof such as financial income, etc that you'll need together with your application. :)

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  15. Hello again Czarina Maye!

    You know tnry ko itrack ulit khpn ang status ng application xa vfs web and it says 'processed application is ready for collecting at avac..kaya lang wala ako nreceive na email frm them and nung tinawagan ko nmn d ko mcontact...do u think andun na ang result xa application ko xa vfs cebu?

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    1. Hello Aiza!

      Hmm, I think so. :) I mean, di naman nila u-update yun na ready na for pick-up unless wala pa sa kanila yung result di ba? Anyway, how much processing fee in Cebu? Same lang ba na Php1,220 (inclusive of handling and shipping)?

      Anyway, goodluck with your visa! :)

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    2. Thank you! I hope lang positive ang result..(fingers crossed()

      Oh btw 620 pesos lng nbyaran ko for processing fee..

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    3. Same lang pala. Update us once you get the results! ;)

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    4. Hello Maye!..

      Yey so happy kasi VISA GRANT NOTICE ang ntanggap ko and ung pics ng bf namin ng bf un lang binalik sa akin..di ko tlga expect un kasi baka may mali sa form or kulang ung documents na ipinasa ko pero ANSWERED PRAYER tlga...

      Anyways ive read na nkpgsubmit kna..Good luck w/ ur visa!...

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  16. Hi,

    I got a refusal notice for my visa - apparently made a mistake in the app form eep. I re-applied the very next day and the time between the date i lodged my app and my travel to australia is exactly 15 working days. (less than a month). Do you think they would take that into consideration and provide me with a notice before or at least on the day of my departure? Or will they take more time since I've been refused before? My first app took 15 working days, I got my notice on the 16th day. Fingers crossed I get accepted! I don't know what else I can do to present a stronger case that I will NOT go off marrying a white guy or start working and migrate there. ;-) Thanks.

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    1. Hello anonymous!

      What exactly was the mistake you did in the application form? Sinasabi pala nila if ano ang mali. Anyway, I'm not exactly sure how long you need to wait before sending your application. If I'm not mistaken it takes around 6 months to a year before you can apply again. But please let me know how it goes. Thanks and goodluck!

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  17. I am quite forlorn (what a word). Due to some unfortunate circumstances, I have never traveled outside the Philippines... And I am 41 years old, single, with no kids. The truth is, I do not have much as well, no personal property, no cars, nothing. I just have a partner and a job. The thing is, my employer wants me to go to AU for a short visit to our Sydney office next month for about 2 days (so that means 3 -4 days on AU soil). I do not know anyone in AU (I wouldn't survive there). I know I have a slim chance of getting a visa (will be submitting mine the coming week). But I am still hoping.

    But anyway, how long was your visa processed? Hoping to get mine before month's end.

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    1. Hello Princess,

      I see nothing wrong in traveling at your age, you're still young and I'm sure you'll love it! ;)

      Since you're sponsored by your company I guess there'll be no problems with your application. Processing takes about a month (minimum) but my old visa was granted in a week. Anyway, it's easy if you're traveling to Sydney for the first time. Australians are very very friendly and helpful too in case a problem occurs. ;)

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  18. Hi Czarina!

    My Visitor - Visa application documents are scheduled for pick-up tomorrow, Aug 18, 2014.

    Here are the documents I included in my application:
    * A copy of my passport and stamps
    * COE with compensation
    * A letter from my immediate superior confirming my leaves
    * Bank certificate
    * Payslips
    * ITR
    - all certified true copies
    and birth certificate

    I also included a letter of support from my brother stating that he will pay for my roundtrip tickest if I get granted a visitor visa, a copy of his passport and seaman's book, and payslips. Will it matter if these documents were only taken with his camera phone and I just printed them since this is the fastest way he could send the copies?

    Thanks & best regards!

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    1. Hi VidaAlma!

      Honestly, I have no idea. Personally, I prefer getting legal docs in scanned form but I hope the embassy accepts them. Apart from payslips, you could've added bank certificate as additional proof that your brother can sponsor your trip.

      I hope you could share with us the process of lodging your application. :) Goodluck!

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    2. Thanks, Czarina. My brother is currently on board a vessel, that's why. I forgot to mention that my Aunt in Australia will provide for my food and accommodation. I hope all is well with my application and the embassy will be considerate.

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  19. Hello Maye!..

    Hmmm my tv was granted and sept 9 na ang byahe ko via PAL then connecting frm ceb-mnl-mel....

    Favor nmn pls tell me/us the procedures on what to do pdagdating sa airport para may idea na kami...thanks in advance!

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    1. Hey Aiza!

      Congrats with your approved visa application! :) Anyway, upon arrival same procedures lang din naman sila. But I noticed that while I wait for my bags, may mga immigration officers na nag iikot asking questions. SOP lang siguro sa kanila yun.

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    2. Thanks Maye!..

      And good luck din sau..:)

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    3. Hi Aiza just a tip, on your flight to Oz, the flight attendant will give you declaration card. A lot of people fill it up not seriously. Well I tell u what it is very important and u should read it carefully and answer it truthfully it might just be a card but it is a legal document and can lead to big fines and even prosecution if you got caught not declaring stuff you have. ex. if you have more than 50 cigarettes, 50 means 50 pcs not packs. or if you have cooked or uncooked food. or if you have medicinal, herbal or any medication... that sort of stuff have to be declared because when u arrived in Oz airport there are Customs and Immigration officer conducting random checks with sniff dogs, also Customs officer will asked that declaration card you filled up before your luggage, bags, will undergo xray machine check, and if theres any discrepancy they can find between your declaration card and the contents of your bag, you will be held and interrogated. Don't be scared I am just saving your from future problem and frustration. :)

      Ms. A here!

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    4. Hi Ms. A!

      Thank you for the tips!

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    5. Hello Ms. A!

      Thanks a lot...


      @Miss Maye: how about xa travel insurance?

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  20. Hi maye,

    Good day. Nakapag apply ako online (family sponsored stream) at na refused. medyo confusing kasi pag online kasi pag fill out ko nang application form pwede namang piliin ang cousin as one of those who can sponsor, kaso sa requirement pala nang 1149 hindi naman pala pwede ang cousin( 'yon yung reason nang refusal). anyway, ang tanong ko lang kaung pwede akong maka pag lodge nang paper application(ano kaya ang effect nang refusal?considering na hindi pa ako naka pag attach nang kahit anong docs?). Tanon ko lang din paano mag lodge kung kasama ko ang asawa ko? at ang docs (photocopy of passport, marriage cert, etc. na i-sesend nang cousin ko kailnagn din bang notaryado?? SALAMAT nang marami Maye.

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    1. Hi anonymous,

      Apologies for the late reply. I registered online hoping that it's easier to apply. Kaso lang hindi pa ata siya puwede for Philippine residents.

      Anyway, you need separate application forms for you and hubby. As far as i'm concerned, yung biographical page lang ng passport ang dapat notaryado. :) The rest hindi na.

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  21. Hi czarina maye,
    i just want to ask when is the best time to apply for a visa? kasi im planning to apply but my flight is on february 2015 pa to Gold Coast. i noticed that they only give you 6 months validity. is it their minimum grants from the issued date?

    Thank you

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    1. Hi Ferdinand!

      Since you're leaving pa ng February 2015, ok na siguro mag apply ka by first week of December. :) Minimum validity ng visa nila ay 3 months, longest na ang 1 year. If your application gets approved, may nakalagay doon na Last Date to Arrive. Please see the sample copy of my visa. So if dumating ako halimbawa ng July 21, 2014, I can stay for next 3 months. Validity will depend if kailan ang pasok mo sa Australia. :)

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    2. Hi Maye,

      Thanks sa info. it really helps. nakaka excite lang kasi mag apply ng visa. haha
      one more thing, which one is better? to lodge the application or to do it online?
      thank you..

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    3. I haven't tried online visa applications, lodging and walk-ins lang. Since medyo mahal na ang singil nila through lodging (Php1,220), nag walk-in na lang ako (Php620) since I live near Pasong Tamo Extn naman. :)

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    4. Hi Maye,
      thanks sa infos. in your opinion, is it ok to declare na may relatives ka sa australia pero hindi mo naman sila bibisitahin? i mean, kasi sa perth sila and yung trip ko is gold coast-sydney-melbourne. masyado na silang malayo kaya hindi na kaya i visit. makak apekto ba un kapag dineclare mo o hindi? thanks a lot.

      regards,

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    5. Hello again! :)

      If close mo yung relatives I say go. But if not and wala ka plans to visit, wag na lang. Besides, di naman nila sponsored trip mo. As long as honest ang content ng visa application mo I see no problem with it. ;)

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    6. Hi Ferdinand.. just want to tell you it's very important to declare if you have relatives in Australia even if your not visiting them or not sponsoring you. The reason behind they ask if you have relatives is to assess your application whether your a genuine tourist or not. Immigration officers doesn't expect everybody to visit their relatives when they come to Australia but they expect someone to be honest with their details. Not disclosing important details if caught can lead to 1 to 3 yrs exclusion, banned from applying any Australian visas. Ty.

      Ms A here

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    7. Hi czarina, its nice to know that they give you a multiple entry visa. i also applied yesterday kasi excited lang, and i used online submission, and nagulat ako after a day, approved na. they give me until march 2015 pasok padin for feb. hayst.. salamats..

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    8. i just to thak you guys for the advices. it really really helps..

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    9. Hey Ferdinand, congrats on your visa! :) Do you mind sharing to us the steps on how you applied online? Please send me an email at mayemariano AT gmail DOT com.

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  22. Miss maye..and miss Aiza pnu ba e track yung status application? by the way I been in Australia already and I like it there I am planning to move there for good but for the mean time I renew my tourist viss last August 07 and until now I am waiting for the result. This is my last tourist visa I am going to apply a different visa next time and live in Australia thnx

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    1. Hi Anonymous,

      If you lodged your application with VFS, go to this address: http://www.vfsglobal.com/australia/philippines/track_application.html and enter the tracking no provided by their agents. :)

      I tracked mine as of the moment and they're still processing the application I lodged last Aug 15, 2014. :)

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  23. Hi can i a question? I got my Visa already and i'm leaving tonight but it worry me that i dont have a stamp on Paspport is it ok? Please let me know

    Thank u

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    1. Hi Audrey,

      As in the visa stamp? They do not require the visa label on the passport anymore but I suggest you have a soft/hard copy of the approved visa. :)

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  24. Hi Czarina,

    Thank you for posting this blog entry. Very informative and up-to-date! :)

    I would just like to ask if the 3/6/12 months validity of visa will start on the day you are approved by the embassy or at the very moment you enter Australia?

    And would you happen to know about multiple entries visa as well? Because my mom and I are planning to go to New Zealand for Christmas & New Year. Our plan is to get Manila-Sydney-Manila flights from CebuPac para cheaper and no direct flights to NZ din kasi. So once in Sydney (maybe we will stay for 5 days) then fly to NZ via Jetstar then return to Sydney again via Jetstar then fly back to Manila via CebuPac. So basically we need to enter Australia twice. Do you think this is doable? Hehe. I can't find much info about multiple entries kasi eh. Hope to hear from you soon!

    Thank you,
    Jamie.

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    1. Hi Jamie!

      Thanks for visiting my blog. :) I try my best to keep it updated for all travel enthusiasts like me and you. Hehe ;)

      Validity niya as soon as you enter Australia. About multiple entries, I have no idea about it so far coz I'm still waiting for processing of my new visa application (I'm hoping to be given a multiple entry for this one this time around).

      Regarding your AUS-NZ trip, mukhang very normal naman na most travelers come from Australia before heading to NZ bilang mas mura ang tickets. So yes very doable siya as long as you have a multiple-entry visa.

      Will update this entry as soon as I get feedback from the embassy. Praying for multiple-entry as well, wish me luck! :)

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    2. Thank you for that very quick response, Czarina--really appreciate it! Yes I hope you get that multiple entries visa! Can't wait for your update. :)

      Thanks again,
      Jamie.

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    3. hi Czarina...

      Hi Jamie, I want to give you a bit of info about multiple entry tourist visa in Australia. Are you a Philippine passport holder? if so, it is very unlikely you will get multiple entry tourist visa to Australia, unless you are a family sponsored tourist visa and even some family sponsored doesn't get multiple entry. You mention about planning to visit NZ too, did you have New Zealand tourist visa too? if you have you can visit NZ if you don't have then you need to apply NZ tourist visa as well. .. Australia and New Zealand are two different countries.

      If you only hold Philippine passport then you dont qualify for Visa-waiver country.. example if u hold British passport then you can visit NZ for period of 3-6mos without visa. if you hold USA passport then you dont need visa for 3 months or less.. Unfortunately Philippines is not included in the list of Visa-waiver country.

      Only Australian citizen and permanent residents can visit, stay, work or live in New Zealand indefinitely without the need of Visa

      Australian tourist visa is not also New Zealand Tourist visa and vice versa..
      Philippine passport holder can only land to NZ airport without visa if they are transiting to and from Australia for 8 to 24 hours within Transit terminal area only. and in your case you need NZ Tourist visa to visit NZ and Australian Tourist visa to visit Australia... TY

      Ms. A

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  25. Hellow ,,ahm ,,plano kuh pumunta ng Aus,invite kc akuh ng boyfriend kuh....may documents na po akuh galing sakanya,like ng bank statement,accomodation receipt,and the copy of his passport,and the rest is my documents,ok,na po b yun?please reply ,,first time kuh po kc ,,mag ayos ng papers,,,ehhh

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    1. Hello Anonymous,

      Is that a sponsored trip by your boyfriend? Not exactly sure how sponsored trip works but I think you need to ask for an affidavit of support from your boyfriend as a proof that he wants you to come there.

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    2. Hello Anonymous,

      I don't think your documents is good enough. Also have you ever met your bf personally?(I mean not just on internet) if not is very unlikely you'll get tourist visa. Your current documents are fine but you should provide more proof. As you stated your bf will invite you and probably fund your travel to Oz and that's fine. You need to apply the usual tourist visa and NOT the sponsored tourist stream. You are being invited by him, but He is not a sponsor. (Immigration terms)

      Sponsorship is only applicable if the applicant itself is a family of an eligible sponsor (ex. parents, nieces, nephews, siblings etc..) Apparently a gf is not considered as family.
      In your case you can apply for subclass 600 ordinary tourist visa and since you are invited. Your bf needs to write a letter/statement dated and signed by him stating how he met you, why he is inviting you for a holiday, what is his plan if ever you get visa to see him, and he need to state in his letter that he will cover all the cost and expenses while you are in Oz. Also he need to show proof like current bank statement(with money), if he rents a place, then the leased terms, if he owned a home then the Rates Notice(tax he paid for owning a home) can be presented.
      In Australia there's no such thing as Affidavit of Support. If your bf want to fund your trip what he need to get is a Statutory Declaration signed by the Justice of Peace( promising that he will cover all the cost, accommodation, food, tickets, medical if needed and your other personal needs). Affidavit of support is only applicable if the person funding the trip is a Filipino resident.

      Lastly, you also need to write your own letter/statement the same as your bf. You need to state how did you met him, and when was the first time you met him personally ex. if he already visit u in Phils,) also you should state what are the places you would like to visit if ever you get granted a Tvisa, and how long you think your gonna stay in Oz, and very importantly explain in your letter how committed you are to return in Philippines before your visa expired, and that you are a genuine tourist and your intention is only visit a friend and purely holiday. Of course you need to prove your claim that you have reason to return in Phils. Example is if you have business( Buiness permit/ITR etc.), if your a student (proof of registration and Enrollment), if you have property if phils, (certified copy of Land or House and Lot title), if you are employed (certificate of current employment and approved leave from your employer) these are just examples.
      Be mindful stating a reason to return to Phils because you have family left there, like parents,children, or husband, is not considered by Au Immigration to be guarantee that the person will likely to return before their visa expired. Because Filipinos are known by Australian Immigration as prepared to leave their families to work abroad like OFW(which is fine) but as for the purpose of Tourist visa, a persons intention is being assessed. I am not saying you and others are not genuine, I am just explaining why Australia are very critical to Filipinos and other Asian countries when they applied for visas. This might give you idea how to prepare your application thoroughly and avoid being refused. Being refused entry is not very impressive to your immigration records. Now a days 1st world countries shared infos and details. If you will apply a visa in USA later let say, they will know you have been refused in the past in Australia. It is what it is. Goodluck to ya and I hope you'll get idea from my post and be successful in getting a visa.. Cheers!

      Ms. A

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  26. Hi maye
    Ask ko lamg hindi ba sila mahigpit sa customs sa dala mong food ? Tapos pati shoes ba iddeclare?

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    1. Hi Michelle!

      If I'm not mistaken medyo mahigpit sila when it comes to food, naalala ko kasi nung di nila pinadaan yung dala kong hopia noong 2004, hehe. About naman sa shoes, as in may dala ka new shoes na parang pasalubong from Manila? Wala naman siguro problem with that. Ang importante lang is dapat declared lahat. Kasi kahit paglabas mo customs malaki possibility na lapitan ka pa rin ng guards coz napansin ko na nagtatanong talaga sila kahit na inaantay mo na lang bags mo lumabas.

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  27. Thank you,,ahm ,,binisita na po nya kuh,,,,then may mga photo din kme,as proof,,,then may invatition letter po akuh gling sa knya with his signature,,,,,then ,,he support me financially almost 1 year na po,,,,,,babalik po sha ngayong November ulit to visit me again,,,,,,,,lahat may documents na kuh gling sa knya ,,i have already his divorce paper,,,,,its enough na po b?

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  28. Hi there anonymous,

    The document u have from him is fine, however you don't need his divorced paper because your only applying for Tourist visa. Divorced paper is only used if your applying for Partner visas( like PMV, Spouse visa or De Facto visa). It may help in your tourist application if you can also include about 4 photos of you together and photocopy of his visa if he has or entry stamp on his passport( foreigner who visit Philippines had their passport entry stamp at NAIA airport immigration when they arrived in Philippines) The reason why you add this document into your application for tourist visa is to prove to Australian immigration that you and him had already met and you knew him already for a period of time.

    Now that you have at least most of his(bf) document. Question is what about your documents? Do you have your own letter/statement? Did you have your Bank account statement? are your Employed? Unemployed? Self Employed? or a Student? If you are Unemployed then it's a bit of a big problem to be honest! if you are Self employed( ITR/BUSINESS PERMIT ETC..) if your a student ( Enrollment and registration certificate or letter) if you are employed (Certificate of employment and approved leave).

    Do you have property in Philippines, like house and lot, or a Land, Unit, townhouse, or a vehicle, (submit certified copy of land title, or vehicle registration, or any legal document proving u owned unit or townhouse). Check DIAC manila websites so you can see their current tourist visa checklist. The list doesn't mean you have to provide all the documents they suggest. Only provide documents that is applicable in your situation. PLEASE BE NOTED that your documents should be much reliable and sufficient rather than your bf documents. Because YOU are the one applying for a Tourist visa and NOT Him.

    To convinced Au Immigration that you meet the "Genuine Tourist criteria" is probably the hardest part of applying tourist visa from Philippines. Especially if the person doesn't have family in Australia to sponsor him/her.
    It's very hard to say whether your documents are enough or not as I do not know your real situation and history. Visas are decided based on each person's circumstances/ capacity and meeting the criteria and a little bit of luck!Lol. Some people even says it is a bit of a lottery.

    If your not confident with your documents and ability to do it your own, I suggest you see a REGISTERED migration agent/lawyer to give you further advice. (Only if u want)
    Using a Registered Agent is an Option, NOT Mandatory.

    I am not an Expert and I am NOT affiliated to any Australian immigration services, but my knowledge about immigration matters comes from my experienced applying different visa to Australia. I have had applied multiple different visas in the past previous years alone without the help of others. I had spent a lot of time (as in) reading immigration booklets and I personally made inquiry to the immigration department if something confuses me. TY

    Ms.A

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  29. Thanks for this blog and the comments, you guys are awesome! I'm about to lodge my app this sept. And planning to be in Aus 1st week of Nov. Documents are all ready, my bf is going to sponsor my trip. I have cert of employment and payslips. I would just like to ask if it's possible NO LETTER OF LEAVE/assurance of return From my EMployer , boss and supervisor because they dont want to issue. Thanks a lot xoxo

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    1. Hi Jea,

      I think as long as you have the certificate of employment, no need to provide the letter of leave. You may provide your roundtrip tickets as proof that you're going back to the PH.

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  30. Thank you,,,,:),,yup ,,,meron na kuh lahat ng documents kuh,,,,and all my bf documents ,,,,,,,but ,,about the divorce paper,,,i need also that ,,,,for my status of my bf,,,,kc i have a friend there in ,,Queensland ,,,pareho kme,,,situation,,,,,,hinanap siya ng divorce paper ng bf nya,,,,,:),,mas maganda ng yung prepared in case hanapan kah ,,,,,,,,,,anyway thank you,,,,,,:)

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    1. It's impossible immigration will asked your friend divorced paper if she is on tourist visa. Unless she's attempting to marry an Australian inside Australia or either she wasn't telling you the whole truth why someone in Australia would asked her to provide divorced paper. Your bf marital status is none of anyone's business in Australia not even immigration, unless the guy is trying to marry.
      I agree to the Anonymous posters here that you don't need divorced paper of your bf because your only coming as a tourist. The word itself "Tourist" means your coming for holiday, visiting friend or family. If you get caught at Australian airport by immigration officers and they found out you have documents that you shouldn't have as a tourist, it might put you into a lot of trouble. They will strongly suspect your coming to marry an Australian bf and then apply for onshore residency visa, which immigration really is very displeased this kind of scenario. Because they will think and feel that you used your tourist visa more than what is intended to. Now you might be genuine tourist and not intending to marry inside Australia and that is something you have to explain to them if you get detained for interrogation at the airport, and if they're not satisfy and convinced to your answer they can just simply give you a "Notice of Intention To Cancel your Visa" on the grounds of not being a genuine tourist and you will be returned to the Philippines on the next available flight. if you don't believed me watch this videos of Filipinos held at Australian airport.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJnISVZhrcw

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPbkJQB4OZ8

      I am not saying your not genuine tourist, but it's awful to think that some Filipinos especially first time traveler doesn't have a clue what they're trying to do and how it would affect them. Australia is a liberal country, someone civil status is not a big deal. a married man can just simply leave his wife and live with some other woman without getting divorced, its Allowed. It is not like in Philippines that you'll be charged with adultery, or whatever. But that's beside the point, the point here is immigration might suspect your going to marry your bf and then apply for residency onshore..

      Think about this " If you go to Boracay with your bf or friends for a holiday. Would you bring your bf divorced paper?? Does it make sense to you? really??

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  31. Is it OK to type in the details in the form 1419 rather than write it? I can then print and sign the document afterwards. Has anyone used this method? Also, I'm travelling with my family and wanted to know if I have my document picked up at the office. Will they be in one envelope or separate? and how will they be processed? If so do they need to have a certified copy of my bank statement? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Anonymous,


      Yes, it is ok to type in the details. And yes it is ok to request for pickup at the office, just not sure if its ok to place all application in one envelope (since you're applying with the whole fam) or separately. Call the VFS hotline for instructions. Minimum processing takes about a month and yes you also need to provide copy of bank certs or statement.

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  32. Hello Czarina. Any news with your visa application? This is my second one. The first time I lodged mine it only took them a day to grant me a visa. That was last December. Now, it's been almost a month and I haven't got it yet. I lodged it last Aug. 12. Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks.

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    1. Hi Sakura,


      I submitted my application last Aug 15, 2014 and I haven't received mine as well. :( Update us if ever you get the results ha.

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    2. Last time my co called me the following day after she got my application. Did you get a call already? And did your co called you last time you lodged your application? Thanks. Yes I'll definitely update you. Goodluck. So frustrating to wait.

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  33. Have you received any email or text informing you that they have your papers already? Last time I got a text and an email. Now, no nothing. But I'm still tracking it from time to time.

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    1. Hi Sakura,

      No calls yet from VFS but I'm hoping for a positive result. Good things come to those who wait! ;)

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    2. Yes indeed. :) so let's just hope and pray. ;) thanks.

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  34. Hi Czarina,

    Wow congrats on your visa! So happy for you! :) Remember me? I was the one asking about the multiple entries. Did you specify on your documents that you need to enter Australia more than once? Could you please share the details. I'd really appreciate it! :)

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    1. Hi Jamie!

      Please check question number 4 on the application form: http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/pdf/1419.pdf

      I answered yes and gave them details why I wanted to come back. My reason was to take a short course on digital media and provided them details of the school, etc. Anyway, how was your application? :) Any updates?

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  35. Ahhh ok,thank you , actually,,,,i wait your response ,,,,,thank you so much,,,,,,,,for the info.,,,,can i ask you ,,something ,,about the application form, anuh b dapat kuh isagot sa relationship status,,kc wala nman po single ,dun,,ehh ,,please help me again,thank you

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    1. If you're single, just tick the 'Never married...'

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    2. Ok,,thank you,,,,i thought mali yung tick kuh,,,thank you again

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  36. hi, i will be going to australia to take a written examination. may i just make things clear that all you did was to photocopy the documents and had it CTC by a Public Notary and no need for Red Ribbon. are the other documents needed to be CTC? thank you

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    1. Hi Anon,

      Yes, no need for the red ribbon thingamajig. Only the passport profile page/copy needs to be notarized.

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  37. Hi Maye! Just started my business last Sept 2nd, do I still need to submit my ITR for my travel visa application? I'm planning to apply in October. Thanks a lot!

    Eds

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    1. Hi Eds,

      I think so? Basta the latest ITR mo na lang siguro ang submit mo. But call pa rin the VFS hotline to be sure. :)

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  38. Hi czarina. I got a call last Thursday. My co asked for additional docs. How's yours going?

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  39. Do you have a sponsor in Australia? Thanks.

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    1. Hi Sakura,

      Got my visa already and no I don't have any sponsor. :)

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  40. Hi Ms. Czarina. Ask ko lng sana my mom has a pending application for tourist visa 600 which was lodged July 22, 2014. Until now wala pa rin decision and it' s almost 9 weeks already. First time nia to apply. But she was already done with the medical last August 7 then after wala na kaming narinig. Nag apply siya through agency. And sabi ng agency finofollowup nman daw nila and sabi lng is to wait. Is there any other way to contact the embassy other than sa email. ? Thanks

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    1. Hi Anonymous,

      Hmmm. Saang agency mo dinala? Hindi kasi ako sa travel agencies nag apply, direct lang with VFS Global with is the authorized service delivery partner of the Australian embassy in the Philippines. Usually 1 month before you get the results so I suggest kulitin mo na yung travel agency for updates or directly call the Immigration and Visa Office of Australia at : (02) 757 8340

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  41. Hi czarina
    ask ko lang ang father ko ay pr na sa australia nong 2012 pa ksama mader ko sa aplication kya lng nadeny ung tourist visa nya na inaplay ng agency. D daw kse nmin nmit ung requirements na kelngan bumalik pa mader ko dito kse tourist visa aplay nya accorrding sa agency d na daw bbalik mader ko dito kse pr na aplay nya don. Kelangan kse mader ko don before ilabas ang decision ng pr so to cut the story short hndi na cnma ng agency ang mader ko sa pr application kse nadeny tourist vis nyA w/c is fault ng agency kse dpat my mga form na pinasign sa knya pra mkbalik sya dito after ng trip nya don. Ngaun po kse gusto ng fader ko wag na kmi mag agency kmi na lng mag aayos ng docs, tama po ba na form 1418 ang isasubmit ng mader ko at form 1149 sa fader ko. Nklagay din kse don na sa australia isasubmit un. Mlaki po kse ang bond na nklagay bka d nmin kyanin my other option po ba ang mader ko na pmunta don na hndi form 1418 at form 1149 ang ggmitin. Tnx po

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    1. Hi Anonymous,

      To be honest, mas prefer ko mag apply on my own kesa sa mga travel agencies bilang mas makakamura ako if ako na lang mismo gagawa kesa magbayad pa ng service fee sa iba. Anyway, regarding your concern, medyo nalilito ako. If your parents plan to stay and work in Australia, hindi ba dapat working visa ang i-apply nila?

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  42. hi, we've also applied for tourist visa for my mother-in-law for 6 months. Application was received by embassy last aug8 but until now they have not given the results yet. did they require you for a medical since you'll be staying for more than 3 months? Was there any change in the visa approval? Because my mother and sister got their visa approval only after a week of their application. just wandering why the approval now is longer. any idea?

    thanks...

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    1. Hi Anne,

      Nope, hindi naman ako hiningan ng medical certificate coz my reason for the application was I plan to study/take a short course lang for 3 months. In regards naman sa approval, usually 1 month talaga minimum waiting time. Baka kasi nung time na nag-apply ako medyo maraming kasabay kaya matagal din na-process.

      But if you'll check the comments section in this post, one of the readers applied online and got a multiple-entry visa the day after. Mas mabilis siguro ang processing for online applications. :)

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  43. Hi ask ko lang po ang form 1418 at form 1149 sa au ba dpat ifile

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    1. Hi Anonymous,

      Form 1418 ay visitor/tourist visa for those with sponsors na based in Australia.
      Form 1419 ay tourist visa for those who can afford to go to Australia on their own na walang tulong kahit na may kamag-anak ka pa or friends living down under.

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  44. UPDATE as of Sept. 15, 2014: Hi everyone, I am closing the comments section for this post since I really can't keep up with all the inquiries posted. If you have questions, you may call the toll-free VFS hotline at (632) 790 4900 or the Australian Embassy Immigration and Visa Office at (632) 757 8340. Thank you so much for the time and goodluck with your future applications. :)

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