How to apply for an Australian visa

[Update: September 15, 2014] Philippine passport holders can now apply for an Australian tourist visa online through the IMMI website. Application fee must be paid via credit card. You can still apply in person through VFS.

[UPDATE May 19, 2013: I have an updated Australian tourist visa application guide.

I am not a visa officer, nor am I migration agent. I am in no way affiliated with the Australian Embassy Manila nor with the Australian government. This post comes from my experience with preparing and submitting visa applications for family members and for myself. Also note that this entry pertains to my experience in applying for an Australian tourist visa in October 2006. The Australian immigration update their forms every 3 months. I will try to answer your questions the best way that I can, but bear in mind that a lot has changed since 2006. If you ask a question I’ve already answered in the post, I will ignore you.

One of the questions people ask me when I tell them I’ve been to Australia is if it’s easy to get a tourist visa. Almost everybody in Manila have heard of stories of how hard it is to obtain a US tourist visa: compiling documents like birth certificate, bank statements, even land titles O_O, paying a high application fee, waiting in line for hours for an interview. Is it as hard to get a tourist visa for Australia as it is for the US?

Actually, it’s not whether it’s harder on not, but it really boils down to how complete your documents are. I believe all embassies would be very meticulous about all the applications they receive, and it is really important to send them all the required documents.

Be it the Australian embassy, the US embassy or the Chinese embassy, they all want to know the same thing: that you are who you say you are, that you have the means to fund your trip in their country, and that you will be returning to your home country.

Proof of identity
This of course, is your passport and your birth certificate.

Proof of sufficient funds
Bank statements, credit card documents stating your credit limit, payslip

Proof that you’re not going to be an illegal immigrant
Certificate of employment if you’re already working or certificate of enrollment if you’re still studying

If you’re thinking of visiting Australia anytime soon, head on to the Australian Immigration website to learn more about the Australian tourist visa, as well as download the necessary forms. Here are some helpful links to get you started:
Tourist Visa (Subclass 676)
Tourist Visa Charges
Visa application checklist (PDF file)
Application form 48R (PDF file)

[UPDATE April 5, 2013] Please note that as of March 23, 2013, the visa subclass for Australian tourist visa is subclass 600 and the application form is now form 1419.

Coming up next: How I went about applying for my Australian tourist visa

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  1. hello PO sino PO dito nkpgtry mag TV n ksma anak.nila NA sa pinoy. NA grant PO BA kayo?plan q PO IX maglodge ulit ng TV pang 2ng time q PO Ito pero gusto q isama anak q Yong oz bf q PO sponsor nmin

    • hi jm25 ako nakapunta na ksama ang anak ko tv ang visa namin, wala naman problema kung ksama mo anak mo basta tama ang mga documents na isusubmit mo. anu ang puede ko maitulong sau just email me and i will coach u how to go about it here is my email or u can talk to me on skype ano skype name mo i will add you into my contacts. keep blessed. stella

    • hi jm25 i was granted a tourist visa with my son. ilan taon na yun anak mo? ito email ad ko, puede mo ko email and im willing to coach you anu ang dapat mo gawin. hope to hear from you. have a blessed day. stella

  2. Hello po my visa granted june11 maraming salamat po my ask ulit po aq about namnaman po sa ticket like po kc ng sister ko dun cla bili ng ticket jetstar po pwde po b un andto aq stin wla po ba mgiging prblm un s airport bka po kc dmi hingin skin eh at wla rn po kc aq pera kng my mngyring prblm s ticket hnd agd aq mkkbli s airport at nttkot po aq first time ko sskay ng airplane hahahahaha cno po b jan my flight ng june hahaha bka my mksby aq thank you……

    • hi abie this is stella congratulations sis, ang bilis mo nkuha ang visa mo Praise God. wala naman problema kung dun manggaling ticket mo basta kailangan 2 way na ang bi2lihin nya kc nka tourist visa ka. saan ka nga pla sa oz pupunta? sna magkasabay tayo. sis can u please email to me kung anu mga isinubmit mo documents sa part mo at yun galing sa nag invite sau (sister mo ba sya)? kc meron ako friend sister din ang mag invite pra masabi ko sa kanya. here is my email thank u. keep blessed.

      • hi stella san punta mo?alis aq august 30 ang punta q brisbane first tym ko mg travel..nervous sna sbay nlng tau…ano bng hahanapin pg nsa airport n bka kc marami png hnapin skin ang mero. lng aq ung visa ko,pasport,ticket..un lng…if ok lng meron kb facebook? wait ko reply mo.tnx!

      • hi maria dati sa sydney kmi nagpunta sa pnsan ko, now sa melbourne airport na ang baba namin ng anak ko, kc sa victoria ang punta namin sa boyfriend ko. sis puede pki bigay mo sa kin email ad mo pra email ko sau fb name ko at skype name. kung gusto mo naman bigay mo sa kin fb name mo ako na ang mag ad sau. wait ko reply mo. thank u. God bless u alwys.

    • hi abie, kelan pla tau first time aalis punta ko brisbane..ung ticket ko galing din dun ipa print ko nlng ba galing email? if ok sau bka.meron ka facebook


    • hello kate this is stella would u know how much is the return ticket manila sydney with that cebu pacific promo? hope to hear from you. and thank u so much for the info. keep blessed sis.

      • hello mga sis, yes meron pero bago lang sya Sydney pa lang.. ung price depends on the availability nun promo.. If you already have your Visa better book before the promo’s the link nun cebupac: promo ends on June 19 less than 15k lang ang round trip.

      • hello kate stella here, thank u for taking time to reply, yes i have seen it but im not so familiar about promo fare, well that is really cheap, 15k included na ang travel tax and other charges dyan? hope to hear from u again. thank u. keep blessed sis.

  3. Hello everyone.. This may be a “bit” off topic, but its somehow related.
    Has anyone here married a New Zealand Citizen living in Australia?
    My bf said, his friend who is a New Zealand Citizen living in Melbourne will marry a filipina. The girl was granted a TV and they will get marry once she come to Melbourne. And they will just get a New Zealand passport for the girl to be able to enter australia without applying for the PMV because its expensive to get PMV right?
    Bf wants us to do the same, but I can’t research any details if thats possible or a detailed requirements or qualification in obtaining a New Zealand passport for someone who didnt even lived there. Hope someone can help. Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Jenny,
      My boyfriend is a new zealand citizen who is living here in australia we been together for 10 years and im applying for defacto relationship andto ako ngaun sa australia as a tourist visa. Parang hindi ata ganun kadali makakuha ng nz passport lalo na ikakasal palang sila she needs to be a nz citizen before she can get a passport. Kailangan niya padin mag apply ng visa before siya makapunta dto sa oz and mahaba pang process bago niya makuha ang passport ng nz its not because kasal ka sa isang nz citizen eh automatic makaka enter ka ng australia without visa.. Like me i been into relationship for 10 years but still everytime i need to enter i australia nag apply ako ng visa

      • Hi M.Sleeman, sorry for the very late reply.. Palagay ko nga talaga hindi ganun kadali kasi masyadong strict ang Australian border proctection.. But have you considered visa 461 sis? We learned na yun pala ang plano nila kunin para less requirements.. I read the visa description ang pwede nga ata sis..

  4. naguguluhan po ako about dun sa manager check , san po ba banko un pwede anykind po ba,? by august p kse ako apply pero my application for visitor visa na ako and ready to submit nlang, thanks

  5. naguguluhan po ako about dun sa manager check , san po ba banko un pwede anykind po ba,? by august p kse ako apply pero my application for visitor visa na ako and ready to submit nlang, thanks

    • kung san ka may account dun ka mag-apply.just tell them na magpapagawa ka ng mc payable to australian embassy. ngayon kasi 5,600 ang cost ng processing fee..

      • Hi sis Anne, would like to ask walk in ka ba or courier? Nagpaschedule k b for an appointment or direct ka na nagpunta ng vsf? At saan pla un sis? Ty and good luck sa application mo.

      • hi ces this is stella i read your queries to anne, just want to be of help to u. here is the address of VFS MO1 Mezzanine floor 2305 Ecoplaza Bldg., Chino Roces Ave. extension. pareho din ng street ng PIASI, kung sa edsa ka galing lampas siya ng PIASI, just tell the driver Ecoplaza Bldg., puede pa rin ang walk in, galing kmi dun nung monday nag lodge ng application at walk in lang kmi. We hope and claim that God will grant us visa again and this time we wish its multiple entry pra mas maganda. God bless us all sisters.

      • Hi,Anne! Anung latest update ng visa mo? Next week pa plan ko mag lodge ng application ko if ma grant sa Brisbane din punta ko.

    • Ces, nagpacourier lang ako eh..kapag walk in kasi eh along magallanes xa. sa ecoplaza building makati….ang charge ay 620 kpag walk in kasi..mine kasi is 1,330 including the courier fee at yung sms update daw kaso hindi naman ako i called them up then they just gave me the VLN tracking number which you can use sa website ng VFS…here’s the link ……I lodged mine only lastweek eh…

      • Hi Anne,I’m belle i lodged my TV application last July 22 actually my second time.I was granted the first time last Dec 2013 it took only 5 days they grant my visa.(with the help of immigration agent in Australia).So this time I did my own self lodggement through courier and until now still checking my tracking number and it say still processing it took already 3 weeks.Anyone in here have a the same issues.thank you.

  6. Hi..could anyone please help me i am planning to lodge my tv application nextweek..pero i am worried na baka di ma grant visa ko kc ofw ako dati pero bago na passport ko now will they still trace up na i worked abroad last 2012 or pwede ba na wag ko na lng e declare na ofw ako dati.. may business ako now and i have a son na babalikan ko dito sa pinas.Kung meron sa inyo na same with my situation please help me.

    • better tell them the truth kasi they have their way talaga para malaman ang totoo, tska it doesn’t matter eh sa gusto mong bumalik eh tska basta kaya mong isupport sarili mo dun.

      • Hi,Anne! I have a boyfriend in Brisbane dapat kasi nung December ako mag aaply but I was too lazy to gather all my docs. We registered at migration xpert before to process my papers and he paid for it pero di ko na submit docs ko and he got upset cause he really wanted me to spend xmas with him and he felt that i am not interested to spend time with him kaya nawalan sya ng gana but we still keep in touch sa fb and minsan skype so i decided to lodge my docs nextweek kasi i wanted to surprise him .NZ citizen din sya.Sigurado naman pagdating ko ng oz he will support me sa lahat ng needs ko pero since di nya alam na im coming over there so wala ako hiningi sa kanya but I would still write his name in my application..sana nga ma grant visa ko.

  7. Hi Nav thanks for the info, ikaw nag attend ka naba ng cfo? my co for my pv is eamiling to me that she will grant my visa until I leave aus, im here for tv multiple entry but i will have to rebook my flight to be in the phils sooner. kailangan ba talaga tayo mag cfo or ok lang kahit hindi na mag attend? thanks Mary

    • Hi everyone! sino po dito nka try my apply ng PMV/Fiance visa na may agent? gaano po ba katagal ang mag hintay ng result.? pls. help me. i’ll wait po sa reply ninyo. salamat

      • Hi nav im from mindanao, sa cebu sana ako baka hindi ako makakuha ng slot of the day, so sa manila is for sure kc mag register ka appointment online. so nag email na sila sa akin with my info and reference number punta nalang ako sa aug 18 1 hour before mag start ang seminar then on the next day fly ako to Aus with my son. sabay tayo mary mag register ka sa online

      • i see,,thats good,, tapos na,,ako,,,mag cfo,,, vsa nlng tlga ang hinihntay,,ko,, cebu to sg ako,,thn sg to brsbne,,,sayang,,,,d tayu,,mag ka sabay,,

  8. @rhea, di ko pa alam kung san ako ako sa brisbane. pwede rin ako sa goldcoast. basta kumuha lang ako ng visa eh at yun nga gusto kong mamasyal.

  9. Hello there.. I just want to ask paano ba ang procedure to apply TV from KSA Jeddah to Sydney AU? May relatives kasi ako dun then they invite me to take my vacation there. hindi ko kc alam kung saan ako mag sisimula.. Thank u sa mga sasagot.

  10. Ces,
    are u applying for australian partner visa? kasi i been in that process and kakaalis ko lang ng pinas this july lang wala namang CFO na hinanap. and u said yung friend mo is USA pumunta siguro in US visa they need it but in australia wala naman.. just to clear things kasi some people are reading this site wala pong CFO na hinahanap in immigration both australia and philippines bago ka umalis ng pinas and pumasok ng australia. the best way is mag basa kau ng CHECHLIST before applying the PMV or any partner visa. i been process all the visa start from tourist, pmv, partner and now pr, wala naman.. kasi if u will read all the stories from the start meron dito kasabayan ko noon na nag take ng seminar and things like what she hear to get the visa granted pero na denied ung application niya. Most case officer tumatawag kung merong needed. and ung site ng embassy me mga note and reminder sila. if me visa change

  11. Good day sa lahat..
    I need help for applying a tourist visa extension. Nandito ako sa Brisbane ngayon. Naguguluhan ako kung ano exactly ang mga steps/process/requirements para sa pag-aapply.. Wala kasi akong makita sa website.

      • congrats mary,,, am so happy to hear u pv get grant,,, wanna ask,,kailn ka,,nag apply?it took,,exact9months,,pls,,replyy,,,tanx

      • hi nav thanks, more than 9 months kasi every time my additional doc. request nila nasa aus ako so pag uwi na maasikaso, but atleast now i can breath freely , all the nervous and worries disappered. Thanks God , we both granted me and my son and stated multiple entries so I can travel anytime end and out to Aus. kailan ka nag apply? sana grant din and sayo Goodluck nav. I will be attending CFO sa manila naka pag book na rin ako ng appointment..

      • woww,,,congratulation,,, so,,happy to hear that good news were really same mayrun din akng depndnt hehe same son,,lol.. he is turning 3,, ok,, sa mnila pala,,sa inyu i though bisaya ka day,, ok,, maybe u apply around octobr,,,ang sa kin mybe next week,, nvmbr 25,2013″ako,,g apply pv

      • hi mary, are you in melb now? congratz in getting PV visa, im planning to get one too, can i ask you regarding the process? thanks.

  12. Thank you ms Nina for the acknowledgement , I followed your blogs since I applied for tv, and was granted 5 times. last was multiple entry then now got my temporary residence, thank you very much your sites helps me a lot, more blessings more travels.. you’ve done a great job.

  13. hi annamarie. kumusta ka na, are you back to Au now? kumusta ang fv app mo? miss our chat here before with rose. its mojs. nag cfo ka rin ba?

    • hello mojs , yah namissed ko talaga conversation natin dito…. kinasal na c rose last june this year at may trabaho na sya sa age care…hindi pa ako nakabalik kasi hindi pa na grant yung pmv ko, hindi pa ako naka cfo…

      • hi ana, im happy for Rose ikaw kailan balik mo sa Au? ah hintayin muna nalang visa mo bago ka mag cfo para deretso na diba dika na pabalikbalik…goodluck Rose keep in touch here,

  14. hi ana, I supposed to be granted last June but when they call me I was in Australia so my Co nag call sa akin na as long as I will depart au she will grant my Visa, my multiple entry kc ako na Tv supposed to be sept ist week pa uwi ko so pina rebook ko ang ticket ko ng july 27, then next day nag inform ako na i arrived na sa Ph so grant na visa ko, thanks God, im so happy and i will fly to au next week…

  15. Hello mga sis, sino po dito nag lodge ng spouse dito sa australia? PlAn ko kasi dito mag lodge , ano po ang mga requirements? Help me guys…. Thank you …. Godbless

    • Hi ladies,I’m leaving this coming Aug 30 to Australia. My second TV application granted last week and its multiple entries good for a yr. And hoping next time I can bring my 4 yrs old son during his school vacation.
      God is good and God bless us all.

  16. Hello po, ask lang po ako ng help nag apply po kasi ako student visa sino po dto gumawa na ng purpose letter. Pede po ako makahingi sample? Salamat po sa help..

  17. Hello everyone! Thank you to this site sobra. It helped me a lot with my previous visa and my visa now. It has been so long since I made a comment here but since sisters here are very keen to help everyone , I just want to share my experience. ILL start with my first visa tourist visa for 3 months…mabilis ang process last year airline was jetstar, no problem. Manila to sg and sg to melbourne. I went there oct and came back to phil with my boyfriend and his mate. My boyfriend who is an aussie had problems at sg since his mum bought his ticket as a gift. Jetstar is telling him na they need the credit card holder or the card itself…We managed to convince the lady so we checked in. Months after that i applied again for multiple entry visa and was quick a quick process(5 days) but my co called me and asked me questions and told me shell approve 3 month multiple entry visa. Aside from aussie visa i applied for.japanese visa too and to tell u what they are very strict problema andami got my passport 2 days before my departure to oz. Now this is a hard part I went to manila to check in for jetstar the lady told me they need the card holder and the owner but since boyfriend ko naloka ako..i told her this hasnt happend to me before she said new system daw..nganga!. She told me what i can do is to buy a ticket in cash or my bf will verify the card.Nasa work and bf ko at that time and naloka din xa but unfortunately the check im counter is closed so i missed it. Bf bought another flight..and of course we know it will happen in sg he sent me money just in case so i can pay my flight sg to oz. Nashuang ko kakahanap ng western union. Taas na ng msg ko mga sisies nxt time na yung story ko…sorry po taas na ng story ko pang mmk..ingat kayo. Amping mo..

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