Australian visitor visa becomes easier for Indians, here’s how

The government announced an online visitor visa facility for the people that will start functioning from July 1. The online facility seeks to streamline and fasten the visa approval process while reducing the inconvenience caused to applicants.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: June 19, 2017 1:09 pm
australia immigration, australia refugees, australia immigration rules, australia iranian refugees, australian visa, australia news, world news, latest news, indian express The online visitor visa process will provide services like e-payment, live status check of application and ease of access.

Wth Australia becoming an increasingly popular holiday destination, the Australian government has announced that Indian visitors can now apply for a visitor’s visa online.  The online visa facility, which seeks to streamline and fasten the visa approval process, will start functioning from July 1.

Benefits of this facility

Users will have to create an ImmiAccount on the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) department’s portal (

The account will offer several one-stop facilities like easy access, e-payments for visa application charge, status-check of the lodged application, etc. One of the major supplementary benefits is that the real-time tracking will help people plan their visits better, book their flights and travel arrangements with more certainty and much in advance — that might even save some money. The move comes after several cases of delays in obtaining visitor visas for Australia and it would seem this facility will do more to address the issue.

Till April this year, the DIPB had granted around 65,000 visitor visas to Indians. PTI quoted Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Alex Hawke as saying: “Indian nationals wishing to visit Australia will soon be able to apply for a visitor visa in a more convenient and accessible manner.”

He said the online process would make applying for Australian visitor visas more convenient and it would also enhance the visitor experience for Indians.

“Online lodgement for visitor visa applications is a significant enhancement that will benefit Indian applicants seeking to visit Australia as tourists or business visitors, or those wanting to reconnect with family and friends,” Hawke said.

DIBP says the rising popularity of Australia as a holiday destination has been seen from Indians and thereby there has been a substantial increase in the demand for Australian visas by Indians.

(With PTI inputs)

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  1. Preeti Yadav
    Sep 16, 2017 at 11:52 am
    Here we will discuss about Information about Australian Visa for Indian. Passport valid at least 6 month 1 visa form (48r) 1 Visa form (956) 1 visa form ( 54) 2 photographs with white background 35x45mm Covering letter for stating purpose of visit Bank statements last six months Income Tax returns last three years Hotel confirmation If Visit for Honeymoon: Marriage card from husband and wife and engagement or marriage photographs If Self Employed: Company bank statements and Tax returns also If Visiting Relatives: Invitation letter from Australia, invitee passport and visa copy, Certificate of registration if permanent residence, banks statements, Tax returns. According to the latest reports, 75 percent of the applications are processed in less than 4 months if the documentation is correct. At MK Travel Services, visas are processed at the minimum time as we are authorized Australia visa agents. MK Travel will help in easy Australian Visa for Indian Students and citizens.
    1. r
      Jun 22, 2017 at 9:29 am
      Saying a person whose whole nation first settlers were convicts.Tony check your Ancestory record .May be you will find what blood really runs in your viens.
      1. T
        Jun 19, 2017 at 6:02 pm
        The last thing Australia needs is more indians as we have seen how they try to take advantage of Australians either by working illegally or they are raping Australian women, and even have murdered a few Australians. If it were up to me I would do a donald and ban them visiting and then expel the ones who live here
        1. kk
          Jun 20, 2017 at 7:50 pm
          That's why its not upto you.