How to apply for an Australian visa

[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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6,657 Responses to How to apply for an Australian visa

  1. Rhea says:

    Hello everyone i hope someone will answer my question here..last year ko pa lang nerereview tong site na to and its very informative talaga, tanong ko lang pwede ba magsponsor sakin yung boyfriend ko hindi sya kac oz citizen??
    his just working there for 5 years i think his from scotland and he wants me to go there for tourist visa..

  2. em says:

    Hello sis HellenK.Today tumawag skn ang tga australian embassy.Lalaki xa.Sbi nya bkt dw ang bilis q nag apply ng tv ulit since kakauwi q plang.Usually dw k dapat 2 months after bgo ulit mag apply.Asked nya q kung ilang taon n kmi ni hubby q na magkakila2,so sb q almost 2 years na.Sb nya ok since nareview n dw nya ung applications & dos q,iggrant nya dw ung visa q.So I am hoping next week my result na & nasa allegro makati n cgro ung docs q for pick up.Kmusta ang application mo sis HellenK ?? Hope u have a great day! xx

    • hellenK says:

      Sis, i was messaging u on ym. nag txt na sila. na out na daw ung dox ko for delivery na. baka mabagal lng pag send if nasa province ung location ng applicant. I called air21 sa branch office nila dito. nasa manila pa daw ung dox ko nasa hub nila. dko alam kelan dito darating sa province. hoping it was granted wala nmn kac ako news narinig from them for almost 2wks. btw congrats in advance alam mo na ung result nung application mo.

  3. Kc says:

    Hello mga sis, ask ko lang kung ano gagawin ko nag lodge ako ng tv visa last feb.28 tinawagan nila ako para mag medical nong march 19 pagkatapos ko mag medical sabi nila tawagan daw nila ako after 3days kung may problema sa medical ko but until now wala pa rin akong na recieved na balita about sa tv visa ko…. Help me mga sis… Saan ako dapat mag inquired about sa visa? Godbless u all

  4. jenny says:

    hello everyone.. this blog is really helpful with regards to all necessary documents needed in applying an australian tourist visa, even the procedures were detailed here.
    and i hope you can also help me. my situation is, i am invited to visit brisbane. he will support me financially. but the thing is, he is a permanent resident of New Zealand. he’s supposed to visit me here in manila so that we can know each other deeper but he just moved to Brisbane for a month now and new to his work. do you think his invitation and support can be granted/considered by the embassy for the approval of my application?

    • marjorie says:

      hi po mag kano po buh talaga ang laman ng manager’s check
      ? 5900 po buh o 5600? may call center po buh na pwedee mag bayad lng ako para mkatwag sa embasy?mahal kasi masyado ang sa cellphone almost 1k

      • belle says:

        Hi marjorie! the amount for the manager’s cheque is 5600. And here is the number of the embassy call center for your general inquiries (02) 8459200 :)

    • hellenK says:

      Hi Jenny, it would be better if you call the numbers on this site

      http://www.philippines.embassy.gov.au/mnla/Contact_Us2.html

      They will answer your queries regarding the status of your sponsor, im pretty sure of that. Good luck! :))

      • jenny says:

        Hi Ms. Hellen.. Thank you fot the response. I was misinformed. He’s actually a citizen in New Zealand who current moved to Australua.

        Is it alright to ask the embassy if his supporting letter to my visa application is a scanned copy?

  5. hellenK says:

    mga sis, anyone here who’s flying out on the 3rd wk of april going to Adelaide?

  6. jenny says:

    Pasensya na po.. Isang tanong pa.. When applying for a toursist visa, anong docs ang kailangan ipanotarize? Or ok lang po kung photocopy lang talaga? Thank you.

    • Mabel says:

      Hi Ms. Jenny, hindi mo n need panotarized un mga docs mo. Dapa lahat original copy un submit mo.

    • belle says:

      Hi sis Jenny. with regard sa documents mo, need talagang ipa-notarize ang biopage ng passport mo including the stamps therein. No need to submit the original passport. You can submit original copies of all the documents if you want since ibabalik din naman nila yun after magrant ang visa mo.

      • jenny says:

        Thank you po for all your response :)
        Dalhin ko na lang po lahat ng original pagwalk-in ko sa VIA Center. Mag-aadvise din naman po sila for the best things to do diba?.. Hehe.. Feeling nervous and excited lang..

    • hellenK says:

      Sorry for the late response. Yep, sis Mabel was right no need to notarize your docs. I haven’t had any of my docs notarized including my new and old passport biopages and pages with stamps. When I called the via center for pick-up, I was advised not to include the original passport. scanned or photocopy would do. Visa grant comes in a piece of paper it means no visa label on ur passport. You can later apply if you want. Not sure of the process though.That’s the next assignment. I am planning to have my visa stamped on my passport too. Good luck!

      • Ces says:

        Hi sis hellenk, every time I got my visa granted I always request for visa stamp in my passport. Like wise of applying for a visa, you need to fill up form 1405 then payment is also thru MC, lodge at the centre or can be pick up by air 21, waitin period is 3-5 days.

  7. hellenK says:

    U can either send the original copy or certified true copy. All of my docs were photocopied. Pag original ung docs ibabalik din nmn I think sau yan. I had the biopage of my passport scanned and ung pages na may stamp.

    • Em says:

      Tama si Sis HellenK.Yung skn orig NSO birthcert At NBI ang pinasa q pero binalik dn nmn skn ung original docs q.

      • hellenK says:

        amblis mo sumagot sis andyan ka rin pala :)) nag msg pala ako sau sa YM. kelan pala ung alis mo?

      • Em says:

        Hehe ou sis kc nag aapear sa phone q via emails.hehe Nextweek n sis ang flight q.Thurs ang booking q..Cge open aq ng ym now to see ur msg there :)

    • jenny says:

      Kung scanned copy po ng biopage ng passport ko at nung nag-invite sakin, need pa rin ba ipanotarize?.. Tsaka po yung invitation letter or support letter nya sa intent letter ko, pwede po bang scanned copy din? Or need ko hintayin yung original copy?

      • Mabel says:

        Hi Jenny. Un passport mo ok lng na scan copy. Un sa nag invite sau need ipa signed sa justice of peace sa Australia. Much better if wait mo un mga original copy ng invitation letter and copy of passport ng sponsor mo. Isama mo n rin un mailing envelope na may stamp pag nagsubmit k ng mga documents :D

        Yan kc ginawa ko :D result Grant Visa Notice :D

      • jenny says:

        ilang days po kaya ang mail nun?

      • Mabel says:

        I think 1 week pero worth it nman :D don’t forget to submit un pictures nyo dalawa ng sponsor mo (w/caption). If meron kau travel with flight details/ hotel reservations isama mo din. Lahat ng pede magpatunay na magkakilala na kau isama mo sa application :D

      • jenny says:

        Tourist visa lang po ang i-apply ko.. We haven’t met pa po, and sya ang dapat na pupunta dito pero kakastart nya lang sa work so ako na lang ang iniinvite nya na pumunta dun..

        Sa purpose ko kasi, our feeling started to develop but we agreed to see each other first before we enter into a serious commitment.

      • Mabel says:

        O ok, need kc iproved nyo na magkakilala kau ng sponsor mo :D

      • jenny says:

        Pwede kaya yung mga screenshots ng skype conversations namin yung proof na nag-uusap talaga kami “face to face” kahit over the monitor?

        Kaya ang purpose ng visit ko is for us to meet personally. He will send me money before hand na isasama ko din sa application ko as proof na sasagutin nya nga lahat ng expenses..

      • Mabel says:

        It would help, as long u could provide/show proof na babalik ka ng Pilipinas. As tourist kc un ang mahalaga un maconvince mo un Officer na babalik ka.

      • jenny says:

        For the proof of coming back, i think i have enough reasons to come back. May coe with approved leave, tight family bond, and church service cert.

  8. hellenK says:

    Hi sis Ces. Opo! It was granted a wk ago. I had sent a message here po not sure though dko na rin makita previous msgs ng thread. Maraming thank u uli sa pagsagot ng mga tanong ko po at sa lahat ng nag take time sumagot. Lalo na din k sis Em kahit ang kulit ko at madaming tanong palagi. Kelan po alis mo sis Ces?

    • Em says:

      No worries sis HellenK.Masarap sa pakiramdam ang nakakatulong tau at nkakatuwa lng dahil tau taung mga pinay d2 tulong2 at nagshasharing.Have a safe travel sis HellenK xoxo

      • stella says:

        hi em i agree with u. sna lahat ay masipag sumagot at tumulong sa mga nag tatanung. by the way sis em how can we have a multiple entry? pang 2nd time pa lang kc namin pumunta ng sydney at multiple entry na sna ang gusto ko para sa amin ng anak ko. can any one here also can answer me about how to have a multiple entry to australia. thank u so much. keep blessed.

    • Ces says:

      Sis Em is right! Ciemp were all family here, sama-sama, tulong-tulong! Sis hellenK im here now at sydney just arrived last sunday. Congrats ulit and have a safe flight! God bless us all

    • belle says:

      hello sis hellenK…visitor visa ka ba? How many weeks bago nagrant ang visa mo? Salamat :)

      • hellenK says:

        it exactly took 20 days, depende pa rin sa case officer who checks your documents. excluding the pick up and transit. Count day 1 right in when the embassy received your application.

  9. marjorie says:

    ok nas po buh ito na mga docs. para ,a grant po ako??

    Sponsor’s Documents:
    • Evidence of Business Registration
    • Picture of Market Business
    • Certified copy of Home Loan
    • Certified copy of Australian Passport
    • Certified copy of Driver License
    • Certified copy of my Bother in Law’s ( Allan Auckram) Pay slip and travel statement
    • Certified copy of my Bother in Law’s ( Allan Auckram) Working Accommodation • Certified copy of Bank Statement

    Checklist: Tourist Visa Applicant Documents
    • Application for a Visitor Visa – Form 1419 •
    Intent Letter • Certified copy of NBI Clearance
    • Certified copy of SSS ID and E-1
    • Certified copy of PRC Certificate • Certified copy of Police Clearance
    • Certified copy of father’s (Mr. Rustico Ocon) BFP monthly pension
    • Certified copy of NSO Birth Certificate
    • Certified copy of Bank Account Statement
    • Certified copy of Phil. Passport • Family Pictures

  10. marjori says:

    ok nas po buh ito na mga docs. para ,a grant po ako??

    Sponsor’s Documents:
    • Evidence of Business Registration
    • Picture of Market Business
    • Certified copy of Home Loan
    • Certified copy of Australian Passport
    • Certified copy of Driver License
    • Certified copy of my Bother in Law’s ( Allan Auckram) Pay slip and travel statement
    • Certified copy of my Bother in Law’s ( Allan Auckram) Working Accommodation • Certified copy of Bank Statement

    Checklist: Tourist Visa Applicant Documents
    • Application for a Visitor Visa – Form 1419 •
    Intent Letter • Certified copy of NBI Clearance
    • Certified copy of SSS ID and E-1
    • Certified copy of PRC Certificate • Certified copy of Police Clearance
    • Certified copy of father’s (Mr. Rustico Ocon) BFP monthly pension
    • Certified copy of NSO Birth Certificate
    • Certified copy of Bank Account Statement

    • stella says:

      marjorie did somebody answered your inquiries already? i just want to know coz i read it in 2 different dates. that is why i was curios if u got an answer already hope somebody had helped u with it. keep blessed sis. stella

  11. aries28 says:

    hi magandang araw po, sa lahat , super thanks a lot sa blogs na to specially to miss nina, my tanong sana ako , pwedi ba maka kuha ng tv, kahit di pa kami ng meet in person sa chat lng po, at balak nmin mgmeet sa oz, galing na ako ng oz last year for just one month, tv, at ngaun my na meet ako sa site taga oz din at balak nmn mg meet s oz, magrant kaya tv ko kahit wala kmi pictures together?

    • jenny says:

      Hi aries, yan din ang case ko. Havent met him in person. Buti ka nga nagrant ka na ng tv dati, aq kasi 1st time ko talaga. I’m just praying na ma-grant :) God bless satin..

      • aries28 says:

        hi jenny pls add my ym babeitang@yahoo.co para chat tau doon saan ka sa oz?ng lodge kana ba

      • aries28 says:

        oo nga eh ng lodge kana ba jenny

      • jenny says:

        Naku sis wala akong ym.. kik na lang :) jeanycula po i.d ko.. Next week plan namin maglodge sis, may kinukumpleto pa kaming other docs..

      • aries28 says:

        ok jenny taga saan ka pala balak ko rin next week, txt mo ko 09478250264

      • Jean says:

        jenny dont worry ma grant then yan yong visa mo basta complete lang yong documents na binigay mo. granted yong friend ko na nang apply din ng tv kahit di pa cla nagmemet ng bf nya

      • jenny says:

        Hi jean.. Thank you for the encouragement :)
        I’m praying talaga na magrant ang visa ko, it’s gonna be a start of our forever.. Hehe.. Nilagay ko kasi sa letter of intent that we decided to meet in person first before we enter into a serious commitment.. And this is important to us because our feeling has developed already..

      • jean says:

        no worries :) kailan ka nag lodge ng application? at san ka sa australia patungo?

      • jenny says:

        Jean, maglalodge pa lang ako.. Waiting pa sa remittance na padala nya.. Uhm isang tanong pa pala, which is more approriate word to use sa “relationship to you” — boyfriend or partner?

      • Jean says:

        just use boyfriend… im going to lodge my application this coming friday :) sana granted naman :) gusto ko ma experience yong winter doon… ung bf ko ayaw bumalik ng di ako kasama… sabay daw kaming pupunta doon :)

  12. aries28 says:

    hello mga sis, and to miss nina how are u guys, my tanong lang sana ako, pwedi ba ako makakuha nag tv, kahit hindi pa kami ng meet in person? galing na ako ng oz last year i was there for one month, 7 months na ako dto sa pinas, new sponsor and mg invite po sa akin di pa kmi ng meet in person, pwedi kaya ako mg lodge ng tv, at ok kaya yun? im going to apply for sydney, sana naman po ma advice nyo po ako kung pwedi ba thanks a lot po.
    sana naman my maka reply sa message ko dito

    have a nice day all

    • Jean says:

      Aries pwede ka mag apply ng tv kahit di pa kau nagmemet in person, just provide the complete documents needed. i have a friend also same case as you, she applied visa last year kahit di pa sila nagkikita ng bf nya na grant young visa nya…

  13. Isabella says:

    Hi mga sis. Ask ko lang kung sino dito kinasal sa oz and naglodge ng onshore partner visa dito? Ask ko lang kung ano yung mga documents and saan ilolodge ang mga papers? Help sis. Thank you.

  14. rose:) says:

    congrats angel

  15. Maia says:

    Hi. My cousin po lives in Australia, and my daughter, teenager pa (16 years old), gusto niya sanang mag vacation doon and we can afford naman. Paano po yung mga financial documents such as credit cards and the like, sa parents po bang documents kasi minor pa siya? She’d be travelling alone lang, she tried naman din many times na like in Singapore and other places. Ang concern ko lang dito ay yun documents. Thanks!

    • Nina says:

      One of my nieces also applied when she was still a minor and was traveling to Australia alone. Her parents submitted their financial documents as support to her application.

  16. Jean says:

    Hi Guys, :) im back :) read all your posts, by the way i would like to thanks Miss nina for this site, twas a very helpful blog… my visa was grant last year because of this site and traveled Australia last year :) thank you so much… and now im going to apply a tv again but this time i will apply for 1 year, hope they will grant my visa…. for those first timer here, just provide a complete documents and it surely granted… :) like mine… good luck to all of us :)

  17. ross says:

    gud pm po…tanong ko lang po sana tungkol sa Managers Check…ano po bang ilalagay ko dun sa Payee…plano ko na po kasing mag lodge ng papers ko this week…at magkano po ung bayad…

  18. delilah says:

    Hi… Im lodging my visa by next week.i called the call center hotline and asked regarding the payment and where i can settle it, sabi “in any commercial bank” daw. sino na naka-bayad sa bank here ng 5600? ano sasabihin or ilalagay or what? pls give me details. thanks :)

  19. marjorie says:

    and here i goes again,… I was Denied :(

    • jenny says:

      Ayy :( ano reason bakit ka nadeny ng visa?

      • marjorie says:

        wala daw akong napuntahan na ibang country. nag show money na nga ako sis ng 400k. ung sponsor ko complete namna ung docs. cguro dahil wala din akong work .. :( 2nd time ko na

      • Mabel says:

        Hi Marj, nde kc cla particular if how much un show money . You need to convince them na babalik ka d2 sa atin. And plus factor if matagal mo na rin kakilala un sponsor mo… 2nd time ko na rin nag lodge ng application and it was granted. Ng submit ako ng Credit Card and Bank Statement ko (print-out thru online only) un latest 3 months. Makikita kc dun un bank transaction mo. And if meron ka mga assets like house & lot, car na nakapangalan sau submit mo din. Pictures nyo together, itinerary & hotel reservations if nagvacation kau pareho d2 s pinas. Itago mo lng un mga documents n isinoli sau ng Embassy, magagamit mo rin yan s next application mo. Don’t be upset, apply uli :D

  20. marjorie says:

    hi sis mabel. i dont have bf po na aussie hahahha.yung ate ko po ung sponsor ko po.. maybe isa din sa pinaka mhirap ala ako bf na aussie kaya hindi nila ma grant.
    :( cgruro po apply uli ako pero need ko muna lng mag work dto sa Atin :)

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