How To Apply for Australian Visitor Visa Online for Filipinos

Please note that this entry is based on my own application for visitor visa online, and may not apply to other types of visas and non-Filipino residents of the Philippines.

Step 1: Research, Research, Research.

I cannot stress enough how important it is to get information from other Filipinos who have applied for Australian Visitor Visa in the past.

Visitor visa (subclass 600) Information, Features and Requirements – Why subclass 600? Filipinos are not eligible for the eVisitor visa.  This website gives you information on Australia’s different types of visitor visas and who are eligible.

The embassy does not conduct interviews so be as thorough and as concise as possible.

Step 2: Gather all necessary documents.

This should be a helpful guide: Visitor visa (subclass 600) Application document checklist

I submitted the following documents:

a. Invitation Letter from my friend in Australia along with a copy of his passport, copy of his Driver’s License, copy of his employment ID, and copy of his Tenancy Agreement.  I included a copy of his tenancy agreement as proof that he can sponsor my accommodation while in Australia.  You may refer to my invitation letter here.

b. Bank Certification.
TIP: get your certification from the bank where you’ve been with the longest. I have a friend who works in a bank and she mentioned that for visa applications, it is important that you’ve been with the bank for a long time so as to avoid being questioned. BPI charges P100 per certification. Good thing about it is that you can get it right away and from any branch.

How much show money should you have in your bank account? It depends and I’m in no position to say how much. If your trip is sponsored by your Australian contact, you can present his/her financial documents.  Since I’m travelling on my own, I had to prove to the embassy that I can support myself during the entire time I’m in Australia so I had about 6 figures in the bank during the time when I lodged my application. (no longer 6 figures. That’s why it’s called show money. harhar.)

d. Credit Card Statements (3months) – proof of financial capacity
e. Income Tax Return (3 years) – proof of financial capacity and employment history
f. certified true copies of Payslip (6months) – proof of financial capacity
g. Certificate of Employment – proof that I have a reason to return to the Philippines
h. Letter of Leave of Absence from my manager – proof that I am required to return to the Philippines
i. Driver’s License – proof of identity
j. Passport Copy – proof of identity
k. USA Visa – proof of identity
l. Life Insurance – proof that the Australian government will not incur costs during my stay
m. Personal Accident Insurance -proof that the Australian government will not incur costs during my stay. I don’t think it is really required to have 2 insurance policies. However, this personal accident insurance was given to me during an event I took part of so I included this to my application.
n. Proof of Travel (passport stamps) – I enumerated the countries I’ve visited in the last 5 years
o. Roundtrip Plane Ticket – proof that I will return to the Philippines
p. Passport Photo – required

Step 3: Lodge your application online

Why online? Because it’s the cheapest and most convenient way to apply for a visa. You don’t have to pay for courier charges, agency fees, and long distance calls.

Here’s the website: https://online.immi.gov.au/lusc/login

Upon setting up your account through this website, you will need to answer a couple of questions about yourself (applicant). I believe that this process is equivalent to filling out Form 1419 because it has the same sets of questions as the Form 1419.  Form 1419 is a downloadable form that you need to submit to the embassy should you opt for the paper application instead of online application.

Don’t worry, the website is very user-friendly and you’ll be guided all throughout. All you need to do is answer every question truthfully. If you can’t finish filling out the form, you can always save it and go back where you left off.

Another good thing about online application is that you will have a record of your correspondence online. Yup, everything is on your online account.

Step 4: Payment

Still on your online profile on https://online.immi.gov.au/lusc/login

Upon successfully setting up your profile (and everything’s correct), you will need to click “Submit” and then proceed to the payment of your application. Online application only accepts payments through credit cards.  The charge was AUD 130 + 1.40 surchage.  All in all, I paid AUD 131.40.

A receipt was then be generated.

Step 5: Attach documents

Still on your online profile on https://online.immi.gov.au/lusc/login

Attach all your documents from step 2.  You will also be given a list of all recommended and optional documents. Easy.

It should look like this.

Documents Attached

If you need to submit other documents that are not on the list, you will also see an “Attach Documents” button on the right side of the website.

Step 6. Wait

Apparently, the waiting game was the most painful of all. harhar.  Initially, I read that their standard processing time is one month for this type of visa since Philippines is under “High Risk” list of countries. I got my visa grant one week after I lodged my application.

Please click here to see the list of  Visitor Visa Processing Times.

The visa grant was sent to my email. A copy of the visa grant can also be found on your online profile account.  The visa grant should look like the screenshots below.  It has all the information regarding your visa grant, conditions of your visa, including period of validity and entry requirements.

 

Australian Visitor Visa Grant Letter
Australian Visitor Visa Grant Notice

Question: Should I wait for my visa sticker?

No.  Australia is now visa label-free. This means you do not need a visa sticker in your passport to travel to, enter or stay in Australia.

BUT, if you really wish to have a visa label on your passport, you can request for a visa evidence for a whooping AUD 150.00.  Requests can be made using this form.

Visa Evidence Charge (VEC) changes

“You do not need to have an Australian visa label in your passport and visa holders are no longer routinely issued visa labels. From 1 July 2014 the charge for a visa label is $150.”

 

More information on visa labels can be found here.

Question:  Where do I check status of my Visa?

You can check everything on Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO).

So, I hope you found this helpful. 🙂

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4 thoughts on “How To Apply for Australian Visitor Visa Online for Filipinos

  1. Hi! I have a question. I was told I need to notarize a few things from the document checklist and I’m not sure which ones I should (like my passport). Would you kindly list the documents you had to notarize (or your employer?). I have tried googling around and I dont trust some answers that I found. Thank you for your help!

    1. Hello! I wasn’t required to notarize any of my documents. I have applied for the AU visa twice and I just submitted what I had. Both times, I was approved.

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