Source: News Bharati English19 Jun 2017 16:55:48

Canberra, June 19: The Australian High Commission and Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection announced that all Indian nationals will be able to lodge visa applications for Australia online from 1 July 2017.

The Acting Australian High Commissioner to India, Chris Elstoft, said eligible Indian nationals can now apply online for a visa through the Department’s Immi account portal. “The online application option will make applying for visas easier and more convenient for Indian visitors to Australia,” Elstoft said.

Online lodgement offers benefits such as 24/7 accessibility, electronic payment of the visa application charge and the ability to check the status of applications lodged online. With the applicant’s permission, the online form can be completed by a third party such as a family member here or in Australia, a travel agent, or our contracted visa application centre, VFS. 

“We are an immigration nation, but the fact remains: Australian workers must have priority for Australian jobs,” said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

“Processing times for these visas will now be faster, as both applications and supporting documentation are immediately available to the processing office,” Elstoft said. “This is good news for every Indian visitor to Australia, whether they are travelling for business or pleasure.”

Being able to check the status of an application online, as soon as it is finalised, will allow Indian applicants to finalise their travel arrangements as soon as possible, confident that they have first obtained the necessary visa for their visit. “With the rising popularity of Australia as a holiday destination, there has been a significant rise in demand for Australian visas in India,” Elstoft said.