Apply for Australian Tourist Visa Online for Filipinos, Requirements, Approved in 5 Working Days, Fees, and Some Travel Tips

Filipinos can easily apply for Australian Tourist Visa online in 2018 and be approved in a matter of 5 working days (based on our experience), at least after we have completed submitting all the requirements (required scanned documents) online.

We are a family of 3 with a 10 year old boy, and currently staying in Singapore. We also lodge our Australian tourist visa application (visitor visa subclass 600) online while here in SG through www.border.gov.au. Fortunately, our application was approved within 5 working days.

australia tourist visa application for Filipinos

Image credits to www.australia.com

Visitor Visa (Subclass 600) approved applicants are granted 3 months, 6 months, or 12 months multiple entries. In our case, each of us was granted multiple entry visa in Australia for 1 year from October 2016 to October 2017, and each arrival enables us to stay for period of 1 month. The process is probably the same even when you are in the Philippines since the application can be done online or through VFS Global (www.vfsglobal.com/australia/philippines/how_to_apply.html).

Read: How to Apply for US Visa for Filipinos in 2018

What I am going to share here is our experience in applying online for Australian tourist visa, application cost per head, prepared scanned documents, 9D8N sample itinerary, Australia tourist visa cover letter sample, the budget airline company where we bought our tickets, hotel where we stayed for 9 days and 8 nights, and the step-by-step application process.

Aside from aforementioned, I will also share here some cost saving tips which we have utilized during our tour around Sydney, Blue Mountains, and other cities in Australia. Hopefully, this post would help lessen the stress (if there is any) which you might encounter during the processing of your application.

Australia Visa Application Fees (Cost per Person)

The cost per application per applicant is 135AUD plus surcharge or roughly 5,033 in Philippine Peso plus surcharge. Payments are made after you have completed filling up all the needed information. You can pay using credit / debit card online.

Australia Tourist Visa Online Application Process for Filipinos

1. Create an ImmiAccount at https://online.immi.gov.au/lusc/login. Supply the needed information such as surname, given name, phone numbers, and email address. Check your email for the confirmation.

2. Login to your ImmiAccount with your username and password that you have given when you created your immi account.

3. Go to the New Application link to start with your application process. Supply all the information as honest and as complete as possible. Your personal details should be entered the same way as it appeared on your passport. Your first name should include your middle name.

Note: If travelling in a group and you are the main applicant, you only need to login to your IMMI account. Next is go to the new application link to lodge another application for each group member. Under ‘Group Processing’ you need to supply the Group ID and Group name also for each application.

So for example, you are family of 3 or more, you only need to create one immi account for your group. Complete first the application of the main applicant, then lodge 2 more application for the remaining family members or dependents.

4. After you have supplied all the needed information. Upload all the scanned copy of needed documents (supporting evidences). Our documents were neither notarized nor certified true copy when we upload it online.

Australian Tourist Visa Document Requirements for Applicants (Scanned copy in JPG format)

– Old and new passport which shows previous travel
– Cover letter and sample itinerary
– NSO Birth certificate
– Evidence of funds (personal bank statements / savings account, payslip, credit / debit card statements)
– NSO Marriage Certificate (if married)
– Certification Letter from school for your son / daughter (if they are studying)
– Certificate of Employment (if employed)

Note: Before you upload all your documents, I suggest that you organize the file name for each scanned copy so the assessor can easily track the arrangement of your documents.
Example:
– Juan dela Cruz old passport page 1, Juan dela Cruz old passport page 2, Juan dela Cruz old passport Nth page
– Emma dela Cruz new passport page 1,  Emma dela Cruz new passport page 2, Emma dela Cruz new passport Nth page
– Juan and Emma dela Cruz Marriage certificate page 1, Juan and Emma dela Cruz married certificate page 2
– Evidence of funds page 1, evidence of funds page 2, evidence of funds page 3
– Bank statement month 1, bank statement month 2, bank statement month 3

You can read the complete checklist here https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/600-/Visitor-visa-(subclass-600)-Tourist-Stream-document-checklist.

5. Biometrics collection. For Filipinos staying in Singapore you can schedule an appointment at VFS Global for your biometrics collection. Take note that VFS Global collects service fee.

For those who are applying for Australian tourist visa in the Philippines, they should inquire to VFS Global if they need to schedule appoint for biometrics collection. Here is their website www.vfsglobal.com/Australia/Philippines/. To know more details you can also visit Australian Embassy in the Philippines website.

6. Check your email regularly for the update on your Australian tourist visa application. I think the supplied documents are being screened manually by a representative from Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Australian High Commission. I got contacted by their representative twice thru email because they are asking for additional scanned documents which I have to upload on my application

After uploading any additional documents asked, all you have to do next is wait. If the Visa application is lodged outside Australia the maximum processing time is 1 month from the time you completed your application and paid the needed fees.

In our case we were approved in matter of 5 working days. We received the visa thru email. Basically, it is an electronic -Visa. We printed it and bring it with us in case the airline company staff asked for physical copy of our tourist Visa for Australia.

Please see our VISA Grant Notice below:

australian tourist visa grant sample for philippine passport holders

Suggested Budget Airline Company

We booked a return flight from Scoot Airlines here in Singapore. It costs us around 1600SGD or roughly Php 60,000  for 3 passengers (2 adults and 1 child). We were able to avail a promo during our booking time.

Note: It is not recommended to purchase airline ticket prior to visa application. You should buy tickets only after your tourist visa was granted.

Read: How to Fill up Schengen Visa Application Form for Philippine Passport Holders

Arriving in Sydney, Australia

Assuming Australia immigration has granted you tourist Visa, and you have arrived at Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. The first thing you need to do is purchase an OPAL card at the news agency inside the airport. There are two types of opal card: for adult, and for child. The card is similar to EZ-link in Singapore, and LRT-MRT Beep Card in the Metro Manila, Philippines.

opal card new south wales australia

It will be used to pay all kinds of transportation available in NEW SOUTH WALES Australia such as bus, train, tram, and ferry. Asked the staff at the news agency, they know how much should be topped-up depending on your duration of stay in AUS. Since we stayed in Sydney for 9 days and 8 nights, we topped-up 40AUD per adult, and 20AUD for kid.

From Sydney Airport, you can ride train to reach the central business district (CBD) area and you can use your OPAL card to pay for the fare. Although I suggest that you ride taxi for comfort since for sure, you have heavy luggage with you. During our time the taxi rate is around 50 Australian dollars from international airport to CBD. From domestic airport, the cost is around 36 Australian dollars.

Affordable Prepaid Sim Card with Data Bundle

If you want to stay connected online even when you are on tour, the second thing you need to purchase is a prepaid SIM card with data bundle. During our visit, I purchased an Optus Yes prepaid SIM card for 30AUD. In my opinion it offers the cheapest because I was able to avail their promo of unlimited local text, local calls, and 6GB data which has 28 days expiry. It is much cheaper if compared to data roaming charges which is usually on pay-per-use terms.

If you need an online map, but you want to save cost on data. Getting a prepaid sim with data is a must.

optus yes australia

Recommended Hotel in Sydney, Australia

If you will be staying in Sydney, you can check out Cambridge Hotel / Hotel Abey in Surry Hills. We stayed in Abey Hotel for 5 nights, and 3 nights in Cambridge Hotel. I can say that we were satisfied with our stay in both hotels. Our room was clean, although, they should have better soundproofing in between rooms because sometimes we can hear guests’ conversation from rooms next to ours.

cheap hotel sydney australia

The location is OK for us since a bus stop is probably 2 minutes walk and the central train station is 10 minutes walk from the hotel. I recommended that you booked a room through agoda.com or booking.com for cheaper rates.

Book a hotel, maybe 1 month prior to your arrival so the cost per night is still low. Anyway, there are promotions where, booking cancellation is free of charge. Just keep in mind the cancellation deadline so your card will not be charged for some minor mistakes such as forgetting to cancel your booking.

Foreign Exchange Suggestion

Based on our experience, we suggest that you do not change your currency in stalls inside Sydney airport, because I think it is not value for your money. Aside from the exchange rate when you buy Australian dollar, they also charge you with service fee which range from 8 to 12AUD per transaction. As much as possible change your currency from the airport where you are coming from. If you are flying from NAIA Philippines, change your peso to dollar in there.

Australia Tourist Visa Application Sample Cover Letter and Sample Itinerary

This is our sample cover letter with our sample itinerary when we applied for our tourist visa for Australia. You can use this as a pattern when you make your own cover letter. I just alter the details for our privacy.

australia tourist visa itinerary

12 August 2020

Australian High Commission
Address of the embassy here

To The Honorable Consul:

I am Juan Dela Cruz, 41 years old, Filipino with passport number JD1234567 and currently residing in Singapore. I work as an Astronaut at National Aeronautics and Space Administration Sentosa Island Singapore. Accompanying me with this visit are the following:

1. Maria Clara Sangria – my wife, 40 years old, unemployed, passport number: MC1234567
2. Juan Chrisostomo Ibarra – my son, 12 years old, student, passport number: JC7654321

Both of them are living in Singapore and holding a dependent pass.

I wish to express my intent to visit Australia this November 2020. The main purpose of this trip is to go for a 10-day holiday to explore Sydney, Australia from 20 November to 30 November 2020.

The reason is that my son’s school holiday will start in November and I will also be taking a short break from work for a holiday before starting my Zero Gravity Space Training (funded by NASA) that will commence this 1st week of December.

Hence, even if the preparation for this tourist visit is a short of a notice I and my family are humbly requesting your good office for a tourist visa to make our travel plans possible.

Below is the list of our itinerary:

Day 1: 21 November 2020: Arrived at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport from Singapore

Day 2: 22 November 2020: Start the day with a complimentary breakfast in the hotel.

Explore the surroundings of Darling Harbour. Visit Wild Life Sydney Zoo and Sea Life Aquarium. Go for a lunch cruise at the Sydney Tall Ships and experience the exciting Mast Climb. Spend the rest of the afternoon at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

Day 3: 23 November 2020: Aboard Captain Cook Cruise, for the sight seeing of Manly Bay, Watson Bay, Fort Denison and alight at Taronga Park Zoo stop. Spend the entire day at the Taronga Zoo. Visit the Royal Botanic Garden before going back to the hotel.

Day 4 and 5: 24 – 25 November 2020: Explore Sydney by Sydney and Bondi Hop –on and Hop – off Bus Tour

Day 6: 26 November 2020: Join the Blue Mountains and Wildlife Day tour

Day 7: 27 November 2020: Attend mass in the morning at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Join the tour group to explore the Sydney Opera House. Go to the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Tower Eye.

Day 8: 28 November 2020: Stay at Hunter Valley for 2 days and 1 night

Day 9: 29 November 2020: Back to Sydney in the afternoon

Day 10: 30 November 2016: Departure from Sydney and going back to Singapore

Thank you for your kind consideration.

Respectfully yours,

Juan Dela Cruz

How to Fill Out Form 956 for Tourist Visa to Australia Application

This is based on our experience only. In this part, I will share with you how we fill out the Form 956. This form is needed if the person applying for tourist visa to Australia needs an authorized representative to communicate with the department of immigration through different medium such as fax, email, or other electronic means.

We need to fill up this form for our son which at the time is a minor and has no capability to apply for his own visa to travel with us to Sydney.

The form has 3 parts and composed of 3 pages. Part A is for the details of migration agent or authorized representative of the applicant. Part B the ending appointment. Part C is the Declarations. We only filled out the details and ticked boxes which we think is needed. If you look at the image, you will see the check mark on boxes, and the details were marked in red.

Australia form 956 page 1australia form 956 page 2form 956 page 3

Purchase an I-Venture Card (Optional)

If you plan to try every attraction in Sydney, or in other cities, I suggest that you purchase an I-Venture card.
i venture card australia pictureThe card allows you to enjoy single entry to all of Sydney’s top attractions. It offers up to 40% savings on entry fees to tours (like Sydney sightseeing tour, Blue Mountains explorer bus), guided walks (The Rocks Walking Tour), museums, cruises (like Captain Cook Hop-on Hop-off) and wildlife attractions (Sydney Sea Life Aquarium), Sydney Opera House Tour, and much more.

That’s all! I hope this post helps during the processing of your Australian tourist visa application in the Philippines, and in Singapore, and also when you are already touring Sydney.

181 comments… add one
  • Rechelle Dionisio May 20, 2017, 2:17 pm

    Hi! Good day!

    I would just like to ask a question. I want to apply for a tourist visa in Australia, but I will not stay with on the hotel. I will be staying in my cousin’s house in Sydney and my friend’s house in Melbourne. Do you think my visa will be granted if I will not present hotel accommodation?

    • Adam July 31, 2017, 5:25 am

      Sorry Maam Rechelle I do not have idea because in our case we applied for visa with a pre-booked hotel accommodation.

  • Melanie June 27, 2017, 3:17 am

    Hi! May I ask if the documents you attached (passport bio, entry/exit stamps, visas and birth certificate) were certified/notarized copies or just the scans of the original? Thank you!

    • Adam July 31, 2017, 5:23 am

      For the passport we scanned every page of it that has an entry and exit stamps. If you recently updated your passport you also need to scan its bio, entry, exit pages. We just submit the scans of original. We were not asked for the certified notarized copies.

      • Mariz November 2, 2017, 7:17 am

        May I just add, when you applied for an australian visa does it says that you have to submit a certified copy? I was about to attached some documents when I clicked the blue button with question mark it says that I have to submit a certified copy of my birth certificate and other travel documents.

        • Adam November 11, 2017, 5:55 pm

          Hi Mariz,

          In our case we just scanned all the documents then submit it online. We scanned the data pages of our passport, NSO birth certificate, NSO marriage certificate then submit it online.

  • Mel Dalog July 4, 2017, 11:05 am

    Hello. I’ll be applying for a tourist visa with my grandma. I already created my ImmiAccount. I just want to ask if my grandma should also make her own immiaccount for her application or I can include her with my application via my immiaccount. Thanks.

    • Adam July 31, 2017, 5:20 am

      As I remember we only created 1 immiaccount for the main applicant, while logged in you can create multiple visa application for your companions.

  • Mia July 27, 2017, 8:07 am

    Hi,
    I read that you applied with your kids. I am trying to apply for me, my husband and toddler. May i ask kung anong nilagay mo dun sa application ng anak mo dun sa question na “who will fund your staybib australia”. Did you put self funded or others? Nilagay ko kasi dun sa app ng anak ko “others” and then i input my name as her parent. I’m wondering lang kasi bakit hinihingan ng invitation letter yung application ng anak ko. Yung samin ni hubby wala naman ganun requirement. I guess lumitaw yun dahil di self funded linagay ko sa kanya.. Di ko kasi nilagay na self funded kasi 2 year old palang yung bata.

    Tapos may required documents din na “consent for travel if a child under the age of 18” and “form 1257 undertaking declaration”… Were you asked for these also? Did you submit? Kasi both of us her parents are traveling with her naman.

    • Adam July 31, 2017, 4:59 am

      Hi Mia, for the question of “who will fund your stay in Australia?” I also put ‘others’ for my son’s application then I attached our bank statement with the file name “bank statement of his parents.”

      Regarding the form “consent for travel if a child under the age of 18” and “form 1257 undertaking declaration” I remember we also have to fill up a form like that but for us we filled up yung “Form 956A Appointment of Withdrawal of an authorized recipient (ito yung hinanap sa amin if I remember it correctly) for our son.” We included it on his list of attachments.

    • anne March 8, 2018, 12:53 pm

      Hi Mia.
      We have a similar case. For our daughter, me and my hubby made a a guarantee / sponsorship / authorization letter to grant a AU visa to our child (less than 2 y.o.) explainjng the child will be travelling and living with both parents during the au vacation. Also we filled up the form 1229 if I remeber correctly. This support were upload as other documents in my child application.

      • Adam March 12, 2018, 2:15 pm

        Thanks Anne for sharing your experience.

      • subclass600 September 27, 2018, 8:46 am

        HEllo anne, did you attached any documents concerning the form1229?
        Because in my email I need to attached a certified copy of my passport and other valid ID.

  • sam October 13, 2017, 1:25 pm

    We are planing to apply for 3 Australian tourist (family) VISA on 16-10-2017.
    We are planing to travel on 3-11-2017. Only 18 days left.
    We can travel only if we get VISA with in 17 days.
    Let see what will happen.

    • Adam October 15, 2017, 2:37 pm

      Good luck Sam!

  • bing October 22, 2017, 1:30 am

    hi,
    I want to ask if you have idea if I want to travel to oz and a friend wants to support me can I apply for visa 600 on that?

    • Adam October 22, 2017, 10:51 am

      Hi Bing, sorry I do not have an idea about your concern.

  • Rose November 1, 2017, 12:46 pm

    Hi,
    Good Evening,

    I would like to ask if it is possible to apply a tourist visa to Australia and find a job there.

    Many thanks
    Rose

    • Adam November 1, 2017, 2:24 pm

      Hi Rose, sorry but I do not have an idea.

      • Coco Raymundo November 21, 2017, 12:36 am

        Hi Rose, if you are 18-30 years old you can apply for a working holiday visa, its for one year.

    • Wayne April 13, 2018, 5:27 pm

      No. You cannot work in Australia on a tourist visa.

  • Lea November 4, 2017, 1:39 pm

    Hi,

    The checklist states Certified True Copy of Passport Data page. Did you provide a certified true copy or a colored scan will be fine?

    Thanks

    • Adam November 11, 2017, 5:50 pm

      Hi Lea, in our case we just scan the passport data pages then submit it online.

  • JUANITO November 9, 2017, 3:27 am

    Hi Adam, Pinoy here in Singapore too and planning to go Australia by late February 2018. I am working on my documentation for submission next month. I was wondering about the bank statement if I can easily retrieve such from the branch (my bank is UOB) or a copy of the passbook pages is enough? I can’t see a way to download such statement with proper letterhead online, Excel file lang and nadownload… :| Any more tips? Salamat!

    • Adam November 11, 2017, 5:46 pm

      Hi Sir, I think you can request for bank statement directly at your UOB branch. You can ask the teller to provide you your 3 months bank statement for visa application. You should request for 3 consecutive months bank statement prior to your documents submission as it is the requirement.

  • Hazel November 19, 2017, 3:05 am

    Hi thank you for this very informative article. I want to go to Australia and currently residing here in Singapore but I am not a PR. I want to attend the Hillsong Conference in 2018, I have a few questions to ask.
    1. Do I need to purchase the conference ticket even if I am still applying for a tourist Visa to show proof that I am really attending the conference?
    2. Do I need to book return flights to prove that I am only there for the conference?
    3. Do I need to book a hotel to show where Im staying?
    4. will my 3 months payslip will be enough as an evidence of fund?
    Thank you for your help!

    • Adam November 19, 2017, 7:20 am

      Hi Hazel,

      Good day here are my answers to your question.

      1. Do I need to purchase the conference ticket even if I am still applying for a tourist Visa to show proof that I am really attending the conference?

      – Sorry, I do not have any idea regarding this.

      2. Do I need to book return flights to prove that I am only there for the conference?

      – You should provide flight itinerary not ticket. It is NOT advisable to purchase return flights and also I remember we did not purchase air ticket prior to visa application. It is stated in the Visitor Visa (Tourist Stream) (Subclass 600) Checklist that they do not recommend purchasing air ticket. We purchase the ticket after we received the visa grant documents.

      3. Do I need to book a hotel to show where Im staying?

      -We did not book a hotel prior to visa application. We booked after our visa was granted. However, if you want to book a hotel for additional weight to your visa application you can go to booking.com. They have free cancellation policy. You do not need to pay anything.

      4. will my 3 months payslip will be enough as an evidence of fund?

      – I think it is not enough you should also request your company of your employment certificate stating your work details. You should also include your 3 months bank statement. You can request your bank to give you copy of your 3 months statement of account.

      I hope this helps maam :-)

  • Koleen December 27, 2017, 8:07 am

    Hi! I am the middle of gathering my documents for Australian TV. I’m planning to lodge my application January 2018. It will be a sponsored trip by my boyfriend. I just have a few things to clarify. Under funding details sa online application, I believe only relatives can be your sponsor so I ticked self funded instead of “supported by other person” kasi wala naman po dun sa option yung boyfriend. Pero I explained naman po dun sa box that he will sponsor my trip. Did I do the right thing? Hehe Also Pwede na po ba one bank certificate/statement and 3 recent payslips? Thank you for all the answers!

    • Adam January 1, 2018, 10:13 am

      Hi Koleen, I think the requirement is recent 3 months bank statement but the 3 recent payslips is an added weight as proof that you have enough financial capacity to stay in Australia. I think it would be better to not include your boyfriend to the story kasi medyo gugulo lang and also contradicting since you declared that your trip is self funded but it turns out that it is your boyfriend who’ll fund your travel.

    • M August 13, 2018, 4:39 am

      Hi Koleen! May i ask how your application went? I am on the same boat right now thou I ticked ‘others’ and explained that the trip will be sponsored by my boyfriend. I will just submit his bank statements along with mind

      • Koleen September 5, 2018, 1:55 am

        Hi M! I just saw this. My TV was granted after 4 days. 1 year, multiple entry :)

  • Zhelle January 2, 2018, 4:56 pm

    Hi! I have a planned visit to Singapore. Is it possible to get a tourist visa for Australia coming from Singapore as a tourist din?

    • Adam January 3, 2018, 12:21 am

      Hi Zhelle, I’m sorry but I haven’t tried that one to go to a country as a tourist and then from there apply for an Australian tourist visa.

      • Zhelle January 4, 2018, 4:07 pm

        Thanks for the info! :)

        • Niel May 26, 2018, 8:36 pm

          Hi Zhell,

          Did you try to go in SG as tourist and apply from there to Australia? any update Thank you!

          • Adam May 27, 2018, 8:08 am

            Hi Niel,

            Australian tourist visa is processed online. You do not need to go to SG to apply for your visa.

  • Michelle January 4, 2018, 10:14 am

    Hello,
    I created online account for tourist visa online in australia. Saan ko e insert application ng husband ko at anak.? Kasi ako yung main applicant? Gagawa ulit ako ng new applicant for my husband and my son?

    • Adam January 6, 2018, 5:54 pm

      Hi Michelle,

      You can login to your Immiaccount and lodge new application in the new application link for your husband and for your son. There is a part in the application form about ‘Group Processing’ where we were asked this question ‘Is this application being lodged as part of a group of applications?’

      You should tick YES then you need to supply the GROUP ID and GROUP Name in your husband and son’s application form. This simply means that you guys are together and will be assessed as one group.

  • Melissa February 7, 2018, 8:17 am

    Hi,

    May I know how you answered “Authorised Recipient” part for your spouse and child?

    Thank you.

    • Adam February 12, 2018, 2:03 am

      Hi Melissa,

      If you are the main applicant, might as well you become the authorized recipient for your husband and child. You put in the “authorized person” your first name and surname, your postal address and contact numbers.

  • Lei February 21, 2018, 5:02 pm

    There is this question po kc na “will the applicant visit any relatives, friends or contacts while in australia?” Can i put 2 or 3 friends? Should i provide a letter of invitation coming from these friends pa po ba? Or kahit hindi na po? And if its possible to stay sa place ng friend po for accommodation for the whole duration of stay kasi nag offer po? The trip is self funded po kasi. I dont have any idea if pwde po yung ganon?

    • Adam February 23, 2018, 12:58 am

      If you will be visiting friends in Australia, you can declare it. If there is a question about accommodation like about staying with friend’s house then you should also declare it.

      • Lei February 24, 2018, 5:58 am

        Should i ask a letter of invitation from friends if i put their names po? Thank you

        • Adam February 24, 2018, 8:47 am

          It would be better to prepare for an invitation letter just in case your visa application assessor would ask for it. The assessor sometimes will contact you via email if they need additional documents from you.

  • strider February 26, 2018, 10:18 am

    Hi Matt,

    My questions:

    1. Do we need to submit our original passport? concern ko lang meron pa akong ibang trips so I need diskartihan kung kelan ako mag apply.

    2. For the form question under Non-accompanying members of the family unit,
    Does the applicant have any members of their family unit not travelling to Australia who are not Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents? — Need po ba ilagay lahat ng family members? pano po kung single or defacto?

    Thanks for posting this. BIG help! :)

    • Adam February 26, 2018, 4:18 pm

      Hi Strider

      My Answers:
      1. You do not need to submit your passport when you apply for Australian visa as the latter is more of E-visa type. Unlike when you apply for a Schengen visa which the embassy collect all your passports so the visa (sticker type) can be attached unto it.

      2. You only need to indicate the immediate family members who will not be travelling with you to Australia. Regarding single or defacto, I do not have idea on this one.

      • strider February 27, 2018, 2:03 am

        Noted. Thanks for your reply! :)

  • noel March 1, 2018, 6:54 am

    Hello,
    your blog was really an eye opening,im applying here in Singapore,my concerns are:
    1. flight itinerary po ba meaning nun is choosing an airline then try to book and fill everything then prior to the payment section screen grab lang then thats the one you will send to them?
    2.the itinerary you used is the one in this article?I made one but may mga timeline,Do I need to put these times or just the places that I will be going to on that specified date?
    3. and last one,Naguluhan po ako since my boyfriend works in Australia and he also will share in our travels expenses there,but in the option in the tourist visa about financial support will I click the self or supported by others or self and ill just specify in the comment box that my bf will also fund and attach the salary of my Bf in the uploading of documents?
    thank you So much!

    • Adam March 2, 2018, 6:15 am

      Hi Sir Noel,

      Here are my response po:
      1. No sir, based on our experience, it is more of your cover letter with travel itinerary on it. Example po ng itinerary is the one included in the post, or my answer for question 2. You should NOT purchase airfare tickets. It is stated in the Visitor Visa (Tourist Stream) (Subclass 600) Checklist that it is not recommended purchasing air ticket prior to visa application.

      2. Yes sir, we just included the actual date. For example:

      Day 1- 18 November 2017: Arrive in Sydney from Singapore
      Day 2- 19 November 2017: Explore Sydney, go to Opera House
      Day 3- 20 November 2017: Aboard Captain Cook Cruise, for the sight seeing of Manly Bay, Watson Bay, Fort Denison and alight at Taronga Park Zoo stop.
      Day 4-5: 21 to 22 December 2017: Bondi Hop –on and Hop – off Bus Tour

      3. It would be easier to tick the “self” then submit / upload the supporting documents which is your own bank statement and pay slip. Then if ever your boyfriend will share the travel expenses then it would be better to arranged it with him.

      • noel March 8, 2018, 2:26 am

        thanks for replying…ive lodge my application but still pending,it says initial assessment, and it shows processing time 20 to 33days?did that also happen to your application?is it really that long for it to process?just worried I’ve lodge my application since march 2

        • Adam March 12, 2018, 2:20 pm

          Hi Sir Noel,

          In our case, our visa application was approved in 5 working days after we were able to complete and submit all the requirements. The visa grant was sent to our email.

  • noel March 8, 2018, 2:34 am

    btw they sent me an email that I need to go for biometrics?is that correct?before they can approve my visa?

    • Adam March 12, 2018, 2:18 pm

      Yes you need to go for biometrics. Here in Singapore we went to VFS global for our biometrics.

      • Zel September 27, 2018, 4:05 am

        After submission of online application, how long did you wait for their reply asking for biometrics? Will they reply right away?

        • Matt September 27, 2018, 9:50 am

          Based on my email, it took them 1 day to reply to my application regarding biometrics and other documents.

          • Zel September 27, 2018, 11:30 am

            Thank you so much

          • Matt September 27, 2018, 1:21 pm

            Welcome and Good luck with your application!!!

          • Zel October 18, 2018, 12:53 am

            Hi, I was granted with 1 year multiple entry visa. Thank you so much! Now, I want to ask if how much money can you recommend for me to stay for a week including food, transportation, entrance fees to some attractions.

          • Matt October 18, 2018, 2:09 pm

            Hi Zel,

            Congratz, its nice to know that your visa was granted. I do not have any idea on how much would be your budget for 1 week. But I would like to share that when we had our tour in Sydney for 10 days 9 nights we spent roughly 7000 Australian dollars. It includes airfare, hotel, food, and entrance tickets to tourist attractions. We are family of 3 (2 adult and 1 child). Maybe for you roughly 2000 to 2500 AUD just to be safe. Anyway, if there are excess AUD after your tour, you can always exchange it back to peso or SG.

            Change your peso / SGD in NAIA or in Changi because its a lot cheaper than exchanging it in SYDNEY. Please read my foreign exchange suggestion. I am sure it will be helpful for you.

  • edna March 16, 2018, 11:52 am

    who will get a visa if someone from australia invite to come in their country?

    • Adam March 16, 2018, 3:22 pm

      Hi Edna,

      It is still you, who will need to process the visa.

  • KIT March 18, 2018, 2:37 pm

    Hello,
    Tanong ko lang po, dependant pass po kasi ako unemployed. Si hubby ko po maggagastos sa trip po namin. Kelangan po bang gumawa ng sponsor letter si hubby ko po or pwede na po yong bank statement niya po? Thank you po.

    • Adam March 18, 2018, 4:01 pm

      His bank statement will do maam. He needs to produce 3 months bank statements as it is the requirements.

  • Lily March 31, 2018, 2:39 am

    Hello po, i have few questions as below:
    – ano ang format ng cover letter na ginamit ninyo? can I have a copy po?
    – di na po ba kayo nag pass ng invitation letter from a friend sa OZ?

    thank you po.

    • Adam March 31, 2018, 3:31 am

      Hi Maam Lily,

      – You can search for cover letter formats online.
      – You do not need any invitation letter to get a tourist visa for Australia (I know because we did not submit any), and yet we were still granted a visa. Just prepare the documents asked, submit it, and that’t it :-). Make sure maam that your documents are complete otherwise, the evaluating officer will send you an email about the additional requirements.

  • Dinia April 2, 2018, 7:41 am

    Is it possible to search for a job while on a tourist visa to Australia?

    • Adam April 3, 2018, 2:05 pm

      Hi Maam Dinia,

      Sorry but I do not have any idea.

      Update:
      According to Wayne (see reply below), you are not allowed and you should not apply for a job while on tourist visa.

      • Wayne April 13, 2018, 5:36 pm

        No. You should be very cautious about working on a tourist visa. It is strictly enforced. You state that you are travelling for holiday and if you work then basically you have lied and the Australian Border Force will not hesitate to arrest you.
        Further, makes it harder for genuine tourists to get their Visa because others have not kept to their word.

        • Adam April 14, 2018, 3:25 am

          Thanks for the reply Wayne, I appreciate it.

  • Ave April 9, 2018, 2:42 am

    Pwede po pasample ng phone format? Ayaw po tanggapin ng +63 9123456789.thanks

    • Adam April 10, 2018, 5:49 pm

      you can try removing the plus sign to just make it 639123456789.

  • Wayne April 13, 2018, 4:58 pm

    Hi.
    I am an Australian living in Australia but well travelled to and from Manila. Hope it is ok to add.
    It is not so easy to apply for Aust. Visa and I know some including myself tried to bring Filipina to Australia and have been unsuccessful. The main hurdle is the Aussie Govt. fanatical about Filipino arriving to work or stay without adequate funds. Also, they require a reason for you to go home after your visit.
    I would be most interested if others could add to that from experience.
    From last year, the Manila Immigration required Filipina travelling to have to go to Bangkok
    -A hotel name
    – someone supporting them and I was called by Immigration via cell. Best to have a copy of hotel booking and enough cash to get you to the hotel.
    They required a copied passport VISA entry showing I had landed in Thailand.
    – A letter of request from me.
    – a sight seeing plan
    I strongly suggest that and Filipina travelling on International flights out of Manila make sure they have “done the course” so that you can show you have all the documents and everything checked off.
    There are many who will tell you they were literally stopped just before the flight and had details checked and Immigration pulled them from the flight.

    • Adam April 14, 2018, 3:27 am

      Thanks Wayne for sharing your experience.

    • Slick August 13, 2018, 4:48 am

      Hi Wayne!

      May I ask if the Filipina you tried to invite to Aus had travel history prior to application?

      I’ve been to Aus in 2016 and have been to several countries like the US, Canada, Japan, some European countries, etc.,
      The situation is different now as I am currently jobless and now that I am applying for a new visit visit, I declared that it will be my oz partner who will finance the trip. I’ve provided his invitation letter and his proof of income. Thou quite nervous because of my unemployment status here in the Ph.

  • Wayne April 13, 2018, 5:22 pm

    1/ Budget airlines. I have found that it is best to use a search engine to compare flight costs. They compare hundreds. I use Jetcost but others like Webjet also work fine. Try to be flexible to get the best deals. I usually get around 500 to 550 Aust. dollar return flights but I think from there cheaper than that.
    2/ Landing in Sydney.
    If you are staying in Sydney, it is truly horrendously expensive. Especially accomodation. I recommend again a search engine. Trivago or Booking or I use Agoda. Have an idea of where you want to stay. I suggest at least 100$ Aust. for a taxi as better to have more than less cash. Most taxis in Australia have credit/debit card facilities in the taxi but always check first.
    3/ Flights also go direct to other cities in Australia. It is always best to have enough to cover a taxi to your hotel before you leave. There are no easy ways to get public transport from the airports generally.
    4/ OPAL is Sydney only. So far as I know, and I have never seen it, each major capital city has their own system.
    5/ SIM card id a good idea. 30$ should get you started for a month. Optus and Telstra best. If you are staying longer, the major supermarkets like Coles or Woolworths offer discounted Sim cards and you can recharge online or in the Supermarket. Check if not buying Telstra or Optus. If you are heading out of the major city, Telstra gives the best coverage.
    6/ The I-Venture Card is not valid outside The Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmania. Basically, only some parts of the main cities on the East Coast of Australia. Check if it is useful to you first.

    • Adam April 14, 2018, 3:31 am

      Hi Wayne,

      Thanks for sharing!

  • Nikki April 20, 2018, 5:51 am

    Hi, do we put our middle name (which is our mother’s maiden name, in Philippines) under Given names? Thank you.

    • Adam April 27, 2018, 10:29 am

      I remember we put our middle name together with our first names.

  • ariel May 24, 2018, 2:43 pm

    Hi Adam,

    Good day and hope all is well with you,
    i have a question we already lodge my application as tourist visa in australia using agent here for how long does it take para maaapprove? i nonotify ba ako via email regardless if its approve or not? and also i declared na friend ko po sya which is ndi naman talaga ok lang ba yun? pero we already submitted it with complete requirements needed including invitation letter.

    Thanks and more power

    Ariel

    • Adam May 25, 2018, 2:12 am

      Based on our experience our visa was granted in just 5 working days. It is an e-visa so the document will be sent through email if the visa is granted. There is no sticker that will be attached on your passport.

      I apologize but I do not know if you will be notified if your visa is disapproved because I also have not experienced that.

      Regarding applying a visa through an agent. I apologize but I do not have any idea since we lodge our application on our own.

  • KATYA May 27, 2018, 7:03 am

    Hi there I was wondering if you know the answer to my questions. I would like to go to Australia in December but I want to apply the visa this June for me to know if will be approve or not then I can purchase cheaper tickets ahead. I was wondering if I apply in June I was granted a visa in July is the validity will last until December? Do I have the option to use the visa until December? I am currently living in Tokyo. Thank you

    • Adam May 27, 2018, 8:07 am

      Hi Katya, I do not know the answer to your question but allow me to share to you our experience. We applied for our Australian visa on October 1 2016, it is granted on the same month lets say October 5 2016. We were give 1 year multiple entry visa to Australia until October 5 2017. With the visa we are allowed to stay in Australia for 1 month from the date of each arrival.

      So if your visa will be granted in June 2018, it is possible that your visa will be valid until June 2019. That is if the immigration officer will give you 1 year multiple entry visa to Australia.

  • carmel June 6, 2018, 12:28 pm

    Hi.

    First off, very helpful site. I’ve submitted my visa application just today and it says processing time is 17-29 days. I’ve already had a Visa before but at that time processing took longer compared to the recent visa grants. Did yours give about the same time line and just released early too? Thanks

    • Adam June 7, 2018, 2:51 am

      Hi Carmel,

      After submitting all the documents, the electronic visa grant was sent to our email after 5 days.

      • carmel June 7, 2018, 7:08 am

        Thanks for your swift reply Adam. Do you remember if there was a note saying how long the release was after lodging your application? It’s kind of making me praning. haha. Thanks

        • Adam June 8, 2018, 4:19 am

          Hi Carmel,

          There is no note as to when our visa to Australia will be granted. We are also surprised that it took only 5 working days for our application to be approved.

    • Slick August 13, 2018, 4:53 am

      Hi Carmel!

      May I ask how long it took for you to receive your visa in the end? :)

  • Joyce Monakil June 10, 2018, 10:21 am

    Hi! I would just like to ask if the documents to be attached on the application must be (scanned) certified true copies/notarized documents? Or can we just attach the scanned copies of the original documents that we have?

    • Adam June 10, 2018, 10:29 am

      Hi Joyce, in our case, our documents was neither notarized nor certified true copy. We just scanned the documents and attached it to our application.

  • anna June 12, 2018, 7:21 am

    Hi! My family and I are travelling to Australia this coming September. I’m fixing the tourist visa for my parents. I already created an immiaccount with my email address, as well as a group account including my parents’ visa application. Since my parents don’t have email addresses, I will be the one in charge of filling and receiving documents. Does that mean that in my parent’s account Form 956A Appointment or withdrawal of an authorised recipient, should be submitted? Did you also submit a Form 956 for your child?

    Thank you so much. I would really appreciate your answer!

    • Adam June 12, 2018, 8:35 am

      Yes, you can submit 956 for your parents since you are the authorized recipient. Yes, we also submitted a 956 form for our child. Good luck!

      • anna June 14, 2018, 5:15 am

        Hello Adam,

        Thank you so much for your reply, it was really helpful. I’m still confused regarding what form to submit. Is it the form 956A or 956 only? :)

        Thank you again.

        • Adam June 14, 2018, 3:29 pm

          Hi Anna, upon reviewing my scanned documents, I submitted Form 956 for my son. Your parents also need to fill out Form 956 if they will assign you to collect their documents.

          *I edited my first reply

          • anna June 20, 2018, 12:11 pm

            Thank you so much!!! :)

          • anna July 6, 2018, 6:13 am

            Hi Adam! It’s me again!

            Good news: our visa request were granted in less than a week! :) Would you know if Biometrics would be asked? My sister who is staying in Singapore, told me that when she applied for Australian Visa in Singapore, biometrics were required. So she went to the embassy to give her biometrics. Upon email of our granted visas, no instructions were given regarding biometrics.

            I also have a bad news, my cousin, who was, at that time, unemployed, had refusal of Australian visa. The reason was due to lack of economic ties in the Philippines. Currently he is already employed and we have a proof for that. My question is, do you happen to know if you can apply for Australian visa again anytime/ several times after being denied?

          • Adam July 6, 2018, 8:22 am

            Hi Anna,

            Wow that’s really good news. In our case we were also asked to go to VFS Global here in Singapore for our Biometrics. I do not know why your biometrics were not taken. If you want you can inquire to Australian Embassy PH or in VFS Global office there in the Philippines for that matter.

            Regarding your cousin, he can re-apply for a tourist visa unless it is stated that he can’t apply anymore, or stated that he is allowed to re-apply after certain number of months. If the reason his visa was rejected because of lack of economic ties in the Philippines, then probably that is because he is unemployed. He should try to apply again especially now that he already has a job. Maybe this time his visa application will be granted. This however still depends of the immigration officer evaluating his application.

            Good luck and enjoy your tour!

  • Kate June 12, 2018, 12:44 pm

    Hello. Is online registration faster rather than lodging personally? I lodged my visa here in the philippines at vfs global, unfortunately they mailed me that my medical reqts is incomplete I still need to undergo some tests since i would be studying there in healthcare. My schooling will start on June 25 and I need to be in Aus on June 23, do you have any idea how long will the pocessing of visa take after I finished my la tests ny tomorow? Thank you!

    • Adam June 12, 2018, 1:29 pm

      Hi Kate,

      I think there is a different application process and requirements if you will go in Australia as a student. Unfortunately, I am not familiar with the said process.

      For tourist visa, based on our experience, it is fast since we received our grant 5 days after we submitted all the required documents.

  • Kath June 19, 2018, 11:06 am

    Hi Adam! My mum and I will be travelling to AUS for my cousin’s wedding. I already created a group but there was a part in the form that says that I need to create a mew account for travelling companion. Thus, I created an account for my mum using a different email address but still under the same group. Is that okay?

    Another question, would a bank certificate be enough for financial docs or must it be a bank statement?

    Thanks so much!

    • Adam June 19, 2018, 2:48 pm

      Hi Kath,

      I created an account for my mum using a different email address but still under the same group. Is that okay? —– Yes you can do this. My wife and I have different email account but we belong to the same group when we apply for our visa.

      Another question, would a bank certificate be enough for financial docs or must it be a bank statement? —- One of the requirements is recent 3 months bank statement, you need to submit it. We also submitted bank certificate as proof that our bank account existed years ago for our savings and not for the purpose of the AUS visa application.

      Good luck!

      • Kath June 21, 2018, 6:00 am

        Thanks Adam!

        Additional question. For the “other identity documents” would you know where to find the “identification number”? eg. birth certificate, marriage certificate etc..

        • Adam June 21, 2018, 7:05 am

          Hi Kath,

          I do not have idea regarding ‘identification number.’ What we did with birth certificate, and marriage certificate is to have it scanned and upload it as part of list of attachments.

  • Elize June 22, 2018, 3:29 am

    Hello! I just want to confirm in filling out the application, do we really need to put our middle name under the “Given Name”? And what if I’m going to have this trip together with a friend but we applied the visa individually or separately, do I need to indicate that I will travel with this person? I was just thinking to ask before I submit the application. Thanks!?

    • Adam June 22, 2018, 4:57 am

      Hi Elize,

      In our case we put the middle name together with given name. For example if your given name is Jose Protasio Rizal where Protasio is the middle name, you will write Jose Protasio under the given name.

      You applied the visa individually, I think there is no need to indicate that you will travel with another person.

      • Elize June 22, 2018, 6:59 am

        Ok! Thank you so much for your response. I Appreciate it….?

        • Adam June 22, 2018, 11:08 am

          Welcome and Good Luck!!!

          • Elize July 2, 2018, 5:36 pm

            Hi again! I have submitted my application recently and they eMail me which says they require my Biometrics. When scheduling appoinment I saw a ‘purpose of travel’ box, should I put there for “Biometrics Collection Only”? And one more thing, during this appointment are they going to take/hold on to my Passport and return it for quite sometime?

          • Matt July 3, 2018, 1:09 am

            Hi Elize, they will not collect your passport as Australian visa is an electronic type meaning your data is stored on their system. They will not put any visa sticker in your passport.

            For the purpose of travel box I can’t remember what I put there sorry.

          • Elize July 17, 2018, 2:30 am

            Hi!!! My visa was granted. Yay! Thanks for answering my questions. I got one last question.. I purchased, an iVenture Card Flexi Pass Attraction – 7 ticket. Can I use it for my 7day stay in sydney as long as I enter 7 attraction only? Like can I visit one or two attraction per day then plan to use the card some other days? Any tips of where to go or visit in Sydney?

          • Adam July 18, 2018, 3:36 am

            Hi Elize,

            Wow, and nice to know about that. I do not have idea regarding your iventure flexi pass because during our tour we bought I think unli visit to attractions for certain number of days. But here is what you can do, you can ask the staff on the first attraction you plan to visit for sure they know about it.

            Regarding the places we visited, I have included in this post our itinerary during the tour but we focused visiting attractions for kids since we travel as family.

            Among the places we visited, blue mountains is a must. You can also aboard the captain cook cruise at darling harbour for sightseeing of Manly Bay, Watson Bay, Fort Denison.

            Good luck and enjoy your tour!

  • Phiy June 30, 2018, 9:15 am

    Hello, I will visit my husband in Au and he has a temporary working visa for 3 months. Do you think i still need an invitation letter from him? I am also thinking if i need to book a separate hotel. Thank you!

    • Matt June 30, 2018, 10:09 am

      Hi Phiy,

      You can apply for Australian visa. You only need to provide all the documents and proof of your financial capacity and intention to return to the Philippines once your allowed days of stay expired. You can also ask for an invitation letter from your husband as added weight for your application.

      You do not need to book a hotel prior to your application. It is not needed.

  • Connie July 2, 2018, 2:32 am

    Hi , i just want to ask with regards on the conditions , i saw on yr screenshot of yr visa grant that you don’t have the 8503 conditions which is NO FURTHER STAY. I just applied my tourist visa subclass 600 last April 2018 thru AVAC here in Singaporeas well & was approved the next day but i have this 8503 conditon. My visa is almost the same as yours but the only difference is the 8503 condition. I’ve travelled to Australia just this June . I want to go back there again around end of Aug or early Sept but i prefer to stay longer than 1 month. So i plan to apply another visa hoping to get a grant again without this 8503 condition. Do you have any idea on how to obtain this visa ? Any other more documents to attached except those on their checklist.

    Hope somebody can help to give me an idea on this.

    Thank you.
    Connie

    • Matt July 2, 2018, 4:15 am

      Hi Connie,

      I think it is the Australian immigration that decide what will be the visa condition. You can check the homeaffairs.gov.au/about/corporate/information/fact-sheets/fact-sheet-52b for more details.

      • Connie July 3, 2018, 12:20 am

        Hi Matt,

        Thank you for your reply.

        Connie

  • Janella July 2, 2018, 1:51 pm

    Hello,

    Would you know if i can i arrive earlier than the dates i inputted in the planned arrival date in the form? Thank you!

    • Matt July 2, 2018, 4:01 pm

      It is possible. The visa effectivity depends on the date the visa was granted and not on your inputted planned arrival date.

      So for example, your inputted arrival date is December 15 but you applied your tourist visa on September 1 and the grant was released on September 5. It means that you can travel to Australia starting September 5 and onward.

  • Reena July 12, 2018, 1:14 am

    hi po, ask ko lang. okay lang ba if yung dad ko yung main gagawa ng immiaccount then under sa kana is 4 persona na, 20+ years old? applicable pa rin yung ganun set up?

    • Matt July 12, 2018, 1:42 am

      Hi Reena,

      Yes, it is applicable. Especially if you guys are traveling as a family.

      • Reena July 12, 2018, 5:06 am

        that’s great to hear. thank you! :)

  • grace July 20, 2018, 2:15 pm

    hello po, Me and my husband are planning to visit Australia. He is German and we are living now here in Germany. My question is do we have to make both our own immiaccount or we can make it as a group?Thank you

    • Matt July 20, 2018, 2:43 pm

      Hi Grace,

      You only need to make one immiaccount for whole family. Fill up first the main applicant’s form along the way you will encounter question about if the applicant is travelling as a group, choose YES then take note of the group’s code. The dependents need to input that code in the form when he / she encounter the same question.

      Also if your husband is a German national, it is advisable to verify if he needs an Australian tourist visa.

  • Patrick July 26, 2018, 12:00 pm

    Hi there! My Filipino girlfriend is applying for visa and she is going to stay for only 1 week, She will be staying with me for her visit. In her application it’s asking for details about sponsor support either financial or accommodation. It states that the person providing the support needs to give documents to prove their offered support. Any idea what I actually need to give to her so she can complete her application?

    Thank you for your help.

    • Matt July 26, 2018, 3:34 pm

      Hi Patrick,

      This is only my opinion. You can make an invitation letter stating that you are inviting her to stay with you for 1 week. The letter can include your contact details and your home address where she will stay for 1 week. Aside from that, you can give here copy of your bank statement as proof of your financial capacity.

      I hope this help. Good luck!

  • maria July 29, 2018, 4:55 am

    Hi Matt,
    Sorry for my being dense, but I just want to be sure, the photo that is required will be scanned & uploaded, right?
    Second question, I will be going to Aus with my sister whose expenses I will be paying for. Do you have an idea what documents my sister need? She will process her visa in Manila (I live in HK but we will fly together).
    Thank you very much.

    • Matt July 29, 2018, 9:01 am

      Hi Maria,

      If you are talking about the documents, yes you need to have it scanned and uploaded to your immiaccount application. If you are talking about your photo, it is taken when you have your biometrics. Usually, evidence of funds is being asked when filling up the immiaccount application form, so you can provide your sister scanned copy of your latest 3 months bank statements have it scanned and upload it with her application.

  • maria July 29, 2018, 11:23 am

    Hi Matt,
    Thanks very much.

    • Matt July 30, 2018, 12:13 am

      Welcome and good luck Maria!

  • alma August 3, 2018, 2:06 am

    Hi, Matt! I already created an Immi Account. My entire family (hubby & 3 teenage kids) will fly to Sydney on October 26 until November 4.
    Questions:
    1. While the Immi Account is on my name, can I have my husband to be the main applicant since I am a homemaker/housewife?

    2. If yes, and having accomplished his application first, the next 4 New Application will then be lodged under Group Processing, right? Or should the first application (whether me or my husband), I should declare Group Processing already?

    3. What should I put in the Group ID/Group Name?

    Hope to hear from you soon. I can’t continue to process our applications because of these. Thanks!

    • Matt August 4, 2018, 8:45 am

      Hi Alma,

      1st. I can’t give an idea about it because in our case the one who created the immiaccount is also the main applicant.

      2nd. The first application should already indicate that it will be lodge under the group processing.

      3rd. As i remember the group id /name is computer generated. Take note of it as it will be asked when the remaining family member fill up their own application under the same immiaccount.

      • alma August 6, 2018, 2:14 am

        Thanks for your reply, Matt. True, the group ID & name were computer generated.
        One more question: should I finish all applications for the 5 of us before sending/lodging them in? Or should it be sent one after the other (once done)?

        Thanks again!

        • Matt August 6, 2018, 4:35 am

          You can lodge them all at once or one at a time. It will still be treated as group application.

          • alma August 6, 2018, 10:59 am

            Thanks again, Matt!

  • Jan August 10, 2018, 7:02 am

    Ask ko lng po what are the requirements for the biometrics collection? Do I need to bring all the original copies ng mga documents na sinumbit online? Or just a copy of request letter and passport?

    • Matt August 11, 2018, 2:26 am

      I would suggest that you bring all original copy of the documents you have submitted so you are prepared if it will be asked by the staff who will take your biometrics.

  • Crizzy August 14, 2018, 6:15 am

    Hi Matt,

    I just wanted to know, after i submitted my application online today, i received an email for biometrics. So should i wait for the result of the visa or do the biometrics first? Thanks in advance!

    Best regards,
    Crizzy

    • Matt August 14, 2018, 9:43 am

      Hi Crizzy, I think you should go for biometrics if that is the instruction sent to your email by the Australian High Commission. Good luck!!!

  • Xhebangz September 3, 2018, 7:29 am

    I applied online and submitted already. And also went to VFS for biometrics collection. But my immi account is not updated. It still say arrange for biometrics collection. When you had your biometrics taken did it instantly reflect on your immi account? Thanks

    • Matt September 3, 2018, 1:12 pm

      I think it is better to wait for awhile for your immi account to be updated. You can also ask VFS why the immiaccount was not updated yet. Maybe they have an idea since they are the one who have taken your biometrics.

  • Roni L September 4, 2018, 11:59 pm

    Hello,
    I think my question has not been asked yet by anyone. I am a Philippine passport holder residing in PH, I applied for a Visa last August and it was granted. Travel date will be Nov. 2018. It’s originally for a solo travel until recently I asked my mom to come with me, and now I am planning to apply a Visa for her. My mother is employed and can finance her travel, I am just wondering if I should create an application for her using my own profile (although I have not really checked if that option is available) or if I should just ask her (my mom) to submit a separate/solo visa application just like what I did. Thanks, any help is appreciated.

    • Matt September 5, 2018, 1:36 am

      You can do either sir Roni, but I would suggest that you applied visa for her under your immi account since she is your relative.

      • Koleen September 5, 2018, 2:00 am

        Hi Matt! I have a question, my TV was granted and is valid until January 2019. I am planning to apply for another tourist visa after it expires however, I am planning to quit work soon. In place of COE, what other documents can I submit that will prove that I’m coming to PH. Also, how recent should the COE be? 3 months pwede pa ba?

        • Matt September 5, 2018, 2:23 am

          hi Koleen,

          I won’t be able to give you details since I haven’t experience. Although I think, in one of the comments in this post, I remember it became an issue why his visa was not approve, because of lacking in reason to comeback to the Philippines since he does not have work at the time of application. Certificate of employment should be current I guess only.

          • Koleen September 5, 2018, 2:38 am

            Is it possible to apply for another tourist visa before my current one expires? I don’t have the “no further stay” condition in my TV. If yes, how soon can I do it?

          • Matt September 5, 2018, 6:38 am

            Hi Koleen,

            I am not sure if it is possible that there will be overlap in your tourist visa.

  • Donna September 11, 2018, 3:10 pm

    hi there.would i know what additional documents did they ask from you.thanks.

    • Matt September 11, 2018, 4:18 pm

      Hi Donna,

      The list of needed documents I’ve submitted during my application is in the post. You can also read the comments for additional information.

  • myline September 16, 2018, 4:49 pm

    Hi! I’m planning to travel to Aus. on 22 October to 5 Nov 2018…
    IF mag lodge ako ng document sa 21 September 2018. May pag-asa ba na makahabo ako sa schedule?
    Thanks

    • Matt September 17, 2018, 7:32 am

      Hi Myline,

      I think Yes since you still have one month prior to your travel. Just make sure that you have complete documents when you apply. Good luck!

  • Aicky September 21, 2018, 4:17 pm

    Hi Matt,
    I just wanna ask if I can use my immi account to apply a visa for my bf. We will be travelling together on May 2019. Can I just click on the “add” button or does he nned to make his own immi account?

    • Matt September 22, 2018, 2:33 am

      Hi Aicky,

      I do not have idea since I have not tried that, sorry. I use my IMMI account to lodge Australian visa for my immediate family / relative.

  • dex September 26, 2018, 8:35 am

    Hi Matt,

    I would like to share my experience with the Au visa application. We are Philippine Passport holders and residing here in Sg also. I applied online with the immi account for my family (me, husband and 4 kids aged 15, 13, 9 and 4) at first, I find the process tedious because we are a family of six and I need to do it individually, but if you have scanned all the proper documents and supporting papers, you just need to upload it to the file one by one. Btw, I was the main applicant and so I asked my husband to fill up the Form 956A Appointment of an Authorised Recipient so I can receive documents / emails on his behalf, as for the kids since they are all below 16 years of age, I am the authorised recipient since I am one of the parent. It took me like 1 week to upload all the documents, paid $148 Sgd and submitted everything online. After that I made an appointment for Biometrics which is $52 Sgd (Cash only) to VFS.
    Timeline – July 29 Submitted online / July 31 Biometrics / August 3 Visa granted, 3 years Multiple Entry
    All correspondences were made online/email except for the Biometrics.
    We just came from Au and visited Gold Coast and Sydney last August 29 to September 7, 2018 😊

    • Matt September 26, 2018, 1:28 pm

      Hi Dex,

      Wow, nice to know that you have 3 years multiple entry visa. I am happy for you!!!

    • DVE November 8, 2018, 7:03 am

      Hi Dex,

      Did you fill out Form 956 and attached it to your application?
      I will also be providing Form 956A for my husband as I will do the application on his behalf.
      For my kids, ages 13 and 12, do I need to provide Form 956A as well or the Form 956 which i will be attaching to my own application enough?
      I am quite confused with these forms.
      Hope you can provide some enlightenment.
      Thank you.

  • Nikki October 9, 2018, 2:40 am

    Hi Matt. Just want to ask if Manila office approved your visa or SG. I’m living in US with Permanent resident status and I lodged my application last Sept 26 but status is still received. Thank you so much!

    • Matt October 9, 2018, 3:48 am

      Maam Nikki,

      My visa was approved online, though I lodge my application here in Singapore.

  • Nikki October 9, 2018, 5:58 am

    But the grant notice uses the Manila address footer?

  • Nikki October 9, 2018, 6:00 am

    Or the Manila letterhead? Btw, what’s your status in SG?

    • Matt October 9, 2018, 8:10 am

      HI Maam Nikki,

      I am a pass holder here in SG. The grant notice does not have any address but only says “Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection.” I have attached in the post photo of my actual Australia visa grant notice.

  • Nikki October 9, 2018, 2:30 pm

    Ok. Thank you Matt!

  • Nikki October 9, 2018, 6:55 pm

    Got my grant notice 5 minutes ago!!! Thank you Matt!

    • Matt October 10, 2018, 5:14 am

      Hi Maam Nikki,

      Congratulations po, enjoy your tour!!!

  • Matt October 11, 2018, 3:31 am

    Maybe you just need to wait for a while since your family which is your dependents was already approved.

  • Pau October 12, 2018, 7:44 am

    Hi! I’m planning to visit australia also. Is medical examination required? We will just be staying there for 2 weeks. Thank you.

    • Matt October 12, 2018, 12:21 pm

      Medical examination is not required when you apply for a tourist visa for Australia.

      • Pau November 5, 2018, 4:55 am

        Sorry for the late response. Thank you Matt! I just lodged my application last Nov 3. I’ll provide an update once I got the results.

  • emlyn October 31, 2018, 6:22 am

    hi I am a domestic helper here in Singapore. Am applying for Australian tourist visa for 2019. I have relatives in Australia but I am concerned if a payslip will do from my employer or will I be required to produce a bank statement? Am planning to open a bank account here to have enough fund to submit and pay my application.

    • Matt October 31, 2018, 8:34 am

      Hi Emlyn, you can submit both payslip and bank statement during your application.

      • emlyn October 31, 2018, 9:41 am

        thank you.

  • emlyn November 2, 2018, 7:30 am

    Am not sure if my employer will give a certificate of employment, would employment contract do suffice?

    • Matt November 2, 2018, 7:31 am

      Hi Emlyn,

      Yes, it would

      • emlyn November 2, 2018, 7:57 am

        Thanks so much..

  • AMITOJ SINGH SUDAN November 19, 2018, 8:53 am

    Hi , I Amitoj sudan , an Indian citizen working in kuala lumpur , malaysia and staying with my wife and 3 year old daughter, I have recently applied for my tourist visa online
    for australia, As i would need biometrics and i have taken appointment on 29 nov 2018.
    My question is once I give my biometrics on 29 nov , should i need to attach that biometric attachment via online or what ? I m still confused . please advise from your prior experience… Thanks

    • Matt November 19, 2018, 1:30 pm

      Hi Sir,

      Biometrics is usually submitted by the accredited agency (who took it from you) to the Australian High Commission.

      • Amitoj November 20, 2018, 2:03 am

        It means I don’t need to do it from my side . Thanks a lot for your advise .. much appreciated

        • Matt November 20, 2018, 2:19 am

          Yes, correct. Good luck Sir!

  • amitoj singh November 21, 2018, 2:31 am

    hi there, I need to check with you , As i got a form 1234i in my attachment , do u know about this or do i need to fill it up . It says your personal identyfying information but there is no form where i can filled it up . Is it says biometric requirement only which i need to give later on . Thanks

    • Matt November 21, 2018, 2:34 am

      Hi, I do not know about the 1234i attachment. We did not use it during the visa application. Sorry.

  • Amitoj November 21, 2018, 4:25 am

    Thanks for your swift reply

  • emlyn November 24, 2018, 7:21 am

    sorry for another concern, if in case I dont have a bank statement but my grandmother who is an australian citizen will provide everything for my tour attaching her statutory declaration etc, is it still a possible grant?

    • Matt November 24, 2018, 7:36 am

      Hi Emlyn, sorry I do not have an idea since I haven’t experienced the same situation as yours.

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