How to apply for an Australian Tourist Visa (2013 edition)

[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.

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 April 2013. This is geared towards applicants who holds a Philippine passport, though the preparation can be applied for other nationalities as well. 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 I can’t answer all your questions. If you ask a question I’ve already answered in the post, I will ignore you.

Australian tourist visa

After almost seven years, I finally have an update to my now epic How to Apply for an Australian Tourist Visa series. I have written two posts on the topic, both garnering over a thousand comments, with one getting over 4,500! I have stopped replying to comments, since I don’t think I’m not the best person to be talking about it, as my knowledge of the visa process is largely obsolete, so the visitors have taken upon themselves to answer each other’s questions, with successful applicants coming back to share their good news and help others. It has become a mini forum of sorts and I have to admit I’m happy it turned out that way. I found it to be a great help when I took another chance to apply for an Australian tourist visa once more.

Before I get to the visa application process, here’s some background about me and my circumstances: I am a Philippine passport holder, and have applied and received a visa from Australia before. I have a valid US Visa, with used tourist visas to Canada, Japan, and Myanmar. I also have more than 70 arrival and departure stamps from various countries, and that’s just in one passport. I am single and have my own company registered with the DTI. I have a bank account and a couple of credit cards, and I have two sisters who live in Australia, one of which is a temporary resident and the other a citizen. My intention to visit was for a short break from life in Manila, and to hopefully visit places I missed during my first two trips to the Australia.

Step 1: Download and read the necessary pages, documents, and forms.

This is very important, I can’t stress that enough. It won’t do to just ask questions without reading these web pages and documents first, because you’ll look like an idiot. Majority of your questions would likely be answered by the information written in these files. All these are available for download at the Australian Immigration website,, and they are all free.

There is no need to print all of those pages or forms (unless you prefer to read them off the computer), but the one thing you should print is the visa application form. It’s a fillable form, wherein you can type in your answers on the form itself and print it afterwards. If you use Adobe Reader to open it, it will not save the changes to the form, so fill it out only when you are ready to print and submit. However, if you’re using Foxit PDF Reader, it can save the changes to the form, so you can fill it out and edit it later on before printing.

Step 2: Gather the required documents

Page 15 of Form 1419, Part M is actually an application check list. The column on the left lists all the required documents, while the column on the right lists the additional documents you may submit.

Here are the documents I submitted:

  • Certified true copy of the identity page and pages with visa stamps of my valid passport
  • Recent passport photo taken within the last six months
  • Visa application charge in manager’s or cashier’s check

The Australian embassy do not affix visa labels anymore, so there’s no need to send your passport when you apply, unless you specify that you want a visa label. I would have done this, but the label costs AU$70.

Step 3: Gather your supporting documents

Here are the supporting documents I submitted. Remember that this vary depending on your circumstance. You’re not required to submit all of these, but it is advised that you submit as much supporting documents as you can to prove that you can fund your trip to Australia, and that you have a strong reason to come back to the Philippines.

  • Birth certificate printed on security paper
  • Certified true copy of my DTI Registration
  • Certified true copy of my BIR Registration (Form 2303)
  • Certified true copy of my Income Tax Return (From 1701)
  • Certified true copy of the invitation letter from my sister
  • Certified true copy of my sister’s pay slip
  • Certified true copy of my sister’s passport bio page and employee ID
  • NBI Clearance
  • Bank statement
  • Credit card statement
  • Itinerary

The Australian immigration require that all photocopied documents you submit are certified true copies. You can do this by going to the Notary Public.

If you look at the form, it doesn’t list the birth certificate as part of the documents needed. I included it anyway, since I have an extra copy. Also, when I called to have my document picked up, they mentioned something about the NSO and I asked if I still need to get another since I already have a SECPA copy. They said I can include my copy instead of getting a new one.

Supplementary reading: How to apply for birth, death, and marriage documents in the Philippines – National Statistics Office (NSO)

The NBI clearance isn’t really required either, but I included it since I have it anyway. I got it because it was required in the previous form, 48R. A medical isn’t required, but you may be required to get one if you are applying for a 6-month visa, or if you’re over 75 years old. The medical is only done through accredited clinics. From what I understand, you have to submit your application and use the reference code the embassy will give you when you go for your medical.

I also included a cover letter [Download sample of intent letter] explaining the purpose of my trip and that I wish to get a multiple-entry visa, since I want to make a side trip to New Zealand. This isn’t really necessary, since the form now asks for your trip’s purpose. You are also asked to provide an itinerary of your trip, though you are not required nor advised to make any bookings until your visa is approved.

Step 4: Buy a manager’s check for the visa fee

The visa fee is AU$115, which is Php 5,100, based on the conversion rate at the time. Please double check the fees and the conversion rate, as this can change anytime. I bought my manager’s check from BDO, since I have an account there. Based on the comments in the previous blog posts, there are banks that would not let you buy a manager’s check if you don’t have an account with them. Best to call and inquire with the banks in your area if they’ll let you buy a manager’s check from them even if you don’t have an account.


Step 5: Lodge your application

Required reading: Where to Apply

You don’t have to go to the embassy to submit your application. There are two ways to submit: you can either call the embassy hotline and have them pick up your documents or submit them in person at the VIA Center.

I opted to go with the call center, since it was summer and don’t want to be away for too long from my electric fan. Calling the hotline costs Php 32 per minute, not including the charges from your network provider, if you are calling from a mobile phone. My phone call took about 10 minutes (which included a long wait for them to finish a spiel, and another wait for an operator to be available), and cost me Php 339.29. If you’re going this route, listen closely at the start of the spiel, because there is an option to skip that and go directly to request for a pick up.

The courier fee for Metro Manila is Php 320, paid directly to the messenger who will pick up your documents. This fee covers both pick up and delivery after your application as been processed.

VIA Center have offices in Makati and Cebu.

Step 6: Wait for your visa

Visa processing takes about ten days all the way to 30 days. I called to have my documents picked up on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. It was almost 5pm when I called, and was told that they have already reached the quota for pick up the follwing day. My documents were picked up on Thursday, April 4. I received a text from the embassy that my documents were received on Monday, April 8.

By the third week of April, I was wondering what’s happening to my application. Someone who commented on my previous post said her application was received around the same time and she already has her visa. I started worrying when someone who submitted a week after I did said she already got her visa grant. That’s when I also found out that the embassy conducts phone interviews.

Apparently, they don’t do this to all applicants, only for those they feel they need to clarify certain answers to the application form. Worry changed to distress when I missed not one, but FOUR calls from the embassy. The first call was to our house phone, and my sister gave them my mobile number since I was out of the house. The first call to my mobile came while I was struggling to get off a packed LRT, so I had to cancel it. The next two came when the phone was in silent mode because I was at an event. You can just imagine how frantic I was.

I ended up calling the number, but it was the consulate’s trunkline number. I was told to just call the visa information number (845 9200). Because I do not know how to follow instructions, I called the hotline instead, and was told to send them an e-mail, which can be found on the immigration website. I sent an e-mail using the contact form there, and did not receive any response.

On May 7, just a day shy of one month since they received my documents, I called the hotline again, after getting no response or call from the embassy. The operator took pity and gave me a number to contact, which is the consulate hotline. I wasn’t able to talk to anybody, but I did get an e-mail address. I sent another e-mail, which again did not receive any response.

I finally got a text on May 14 that my documents have been dispatched to the courier for delivery. It did not mention if my visa was granted or not. My documents came the following day, and I was so relieved that my application was granted. It wasn’t a multiple entry visa, as I was hoping for. The visa was granted on May 10, and since it was a long weekend, it wasn’t dispatched until after election day.

Unlike before, the embassy not just issue visa grant letters for tourists. You need to bring this when you leave Manila, as the local immigration would ask for your visa before they stamp you out of the country. Also, instead of having a one-year validity, my Australian tourist visa is only valid until November 2013.

Supplementary reading: Frequently Asked Question – Australian Embassy Manila

I hope you find this helpful. I would also suggest you check the previous entries, How to apply for an Australian visa and Applying for an Australian tourist visa, because the discussions over there are a great resource, as it have inputs from applicants with different circumstances.

You’re welcome to post your questions here, but please read the entire blog post and read all the documents I linked to before asking. Did you apply for an Australian tourist visa recently? How was your experience?

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3,191 thoughts on “How to apply for an Australian Tourist Visa (2013 edition)”

  1. Hi Ai and josephine,
    These are the requirements for partner:
    For the sponsor:
    Marriage Certificate from birth,marriage and deaths in australia if your married there
    Divorce paper if husband is divorced before
    Australian birth certificate
    Passport biopage
    Evidence of income
    Passport photos
    Form 888 filled up and signed at least 3 Aussie friends who know you both in Australia
    Letter of support

    Filipina applicant:
    Passport biopage copy
    Passport size photos
    Nbi clearance
    NSO birth certificate
    Police clearance from the country youve worked before for more than a year
    Communication history such as
    Skype logs,yahoo mail,messenger,phone or texts messages
    Relationship evidence like
    Hotel receipts,w/u money transfer,travel iteneraries,
    Photos of you together
    Statutory declaration of relationship(history of your relationship how u started)both of you should make atleast three pages.

  2. Forgot to include entry and exit stamps of your passport,form 47sp for applicant and 40sp from sponsor.and notice of intended marriage from a marriage celebrant in australia.

    1. Hi Martha ,thanks for the information regarding P visa. . I’m applying for tourist visa pero until now wala parin. Nag one month na last May 16. Thanks

      1. Welcome Josephine,ako din na lodge application ko multiple tourist visa together with partner visa expect ko ma approve kaagad ang multiple tourist ko pero until now im still waiting for the outcome.

  3. Hi Martha

    Good day. Ask ko lang po kung ano mga requirements for multiple visa entry? How much? And gaano po katagal ang processing? Nkapunta na po ko Aussie twice but I just applied tourist visa, this time kc gusto ng bf ko na mag stay ako ng mas matagal. So balak ko po mag apply this month or next month ng multiple visa. Ano po mga kylangan ko? Sana po matulungan nyo ko. Thank you , god bless

    1. Hi Danica,
      Same lng requirements ng single entry tourist visa sa requirements ng multiple visa req.depende na kasi yan sa australian embassy if they grant you multiple..

      1. Hi po! Ask ko lang if all applicants for tourist visa 6-12 months are required to undergo medical po? May alam po ba kau? Thank you!

      2. Hi Martha,

        Thanks for the respond. Sorry late now ko lang nbasa. Anyway how much for multiple visa? Same lang ba ng single entry? Ska gnun din ba ktgal ang processing tulad ng single entry?
        Worried kc ako now, nag aalangan ako mag apply ng multiple visa bka ndi nila igrant. Balak ko pumunta ng Oz sa Aug. kung single entry lng visa ko kylangan ko bumalik dito sa pinas ng nov. Then mag aaply ulit ako another visa pra sa dec.mkbalik ulit ako oz.gusto kc ng bf ko dun ulit ako mag xmas and new year . Kung multiple visa sna wla n kmeng problemahin pwde n ko mgstay till jan.or feb next year.

    1. Hi ai, gawin mo din kaya ung ginawa ni martha lodge ur tourist visa at the same time PV visa pra hnd kn bbalik pa dito pra kumuha ulit ng tourist visa. Pwede po un at ganun din gagawin ko pagbalik ni hubby this year. Then ung anak mo from previous applyan u n ng child visa that valid in 5years at ung sponsor nun is ung hubby mo.

      1. Hi kate.. Thanks for your advice..
        Dati p tlga when i had multiple tv that time q tlga balak onshore mag apply ng PV kso naalangan aq mag apply na d ko dala anak ko from previous..kya this time balak ko dalhin to oz..pra if ever dun na kami mag PV onshore..isahang apply lng..
        Pero depende na kung ano result ng TV ko bka dito n lng din mag PV kung hindi mn e grant na isama ko child from prev . xa nga pla.. Required ba na ang passport q e apelyido na ng asawa ko pag apply ng PV??

      1. Wow nmn Mich..gratz to u.. God’s will tlga. Alis k na nyan…sna din akin soon :(
        I miss sydney na sa 8 times back and forth :D also miss ko n nag ama ko :(
        Ingat ka mich at keep us posted for ur PV .

      2. Hi ilang beses kana pabalik pabalik ng australia ok lang ba na kahit tourist lang pabalik balik after mag expire ng visa apply agad ok lang ba? Kasi pang lima kana ngaun mag aaply ulit ako tourits visa. Lahat naman ng apat granted ako. Ask ko lang if kung ok lang ba sa immigration na puro tourist

      3. Hi po! Ask ko lang if all applicants for tourist visa 6-12 months are required to undergo medical po? May alam po ba kau? How much po ang fee and anu ano po ung mga ggawin? Thank you!

  4. kung kasal kn dapat apelyido na nya kaya magpalit kn ng passport. Kung hindi p naman,s pagkkaalam ko eh malaki padin chance mo maapproved s PV mo kc may anak kau. Same case skin though hnd pme nglolodge.

    1. Hi kate.. Oo nga gusto din hub ko change ko n apelyido kaso need pla e report ang marriage dun kmi kinasal..dun lng kmi registered d aq mkakuha sa nso …
      Oo positive nmn aq sa PV in the future ..
      Ikaw when u apply b? At nag tv u ba?

      1. This year plng kmi ikakasal and yes 2013 andun ako sknya. Kaya target nmin next year makabalik nme.Actually pde nmn ung marriage cert u isubmit dito eh kaso pla once n naapproved un bblik kn nmn dito ksi hnd nla iaapproved kpg outside k ng Phil. Kung saan k nglodge ng application dun din ang place ng approval.

      2. Hi Kate.. Oo ung marriage cert namin pwde for embassy but for changing my passport im required to get from nso a reported marriage cert..
        Ganun kahirap dito :(
        Regarding nmn sa visa yea if u aplied offshore u hve to be in phili..thats why i regret not applying P.V when i was waiting for TV..gusto ko lng tlga dun n mag P.V kahit pano mas madali at easy to contact them.
        Dito lng b kau ikakasal?

  5. hello mga sis finally the long wait is over grant na yung visa ko multiple entry good for one year sana sa inyo then mga sis the processing time took 1 month and 1 week pero atleast tapos na xa,,

    1. Wow sis, Congratulations , multiple entry talaga sis ang bait ni God sis. Sa akin Hindi ko pa alam sis. Same tayo sis , one month and one week the result. Tinawagan ko ang 2go , Baka Bukas padaw mag dating sa akin. Sana e grant and Visa ko xxx

    2. Hi Michelle

      Ask ko lang po kung same lng ng requirements ang single and multiple visa? Nkapunta na ko Oz twice pero single entry lng visa ko. This time I want to try multiple visa. Kylangan pa ba ng medical if I apply multiple visa? And how much for multiple visa? Sna matulungan mo ako. Thank you and Godbless… Btw congrats nga pla nagrant visa mo

  6. Hi MD 3d times ko na apply was granted multiple.thats why i used up the whole year validity.. I exited like 1 extended nag 6 months aq..supposedly kc mag PV aq onshore kaso naisip ko isabay anak ko sa application..kaya plan ko this time sabay na..ok namn ata TV as long as merun u good reason..i believe they will inform u if u hve to change ur visa type..
    Keep us posted for ur app :)

    1. Ai, oo much better pa nga na dun ka na lng pra madali na sau. Meron nmn dun renewal ng philippine passport eh.Tska pla hind b automatic n ngfoforward ung aus govt nla dito stin like ung marriage,birth at death pra c NSO maprocess un. My nabasa me n ngfoforward cla eh.try to check…Yes girl dito kmi kkasal kaso prng iniisip ko f dyn nlng din.makukuha b kaagad ung marriage contract like in one week lang? Nga pla isasama mo n anak mo this coming visa approve/flight mo?

      1. Hi Kate,
        Kailangan tayo talaga ang mgrereport ng marriage natin from Australia to Philippine consulate,in Sydney di ngfoforward automatically ang aus.govt,ng marriage certificate dito sa Nso unless if you reported your sa Australia ka mgpakasal two weeks lng kuha mo na agad ang marriage certificate mo.
        To Ai,In your case pwede kang mg apply ng PV dito including your child in your application..not necessary to change your surname in your passport..just provide marriage advice is better to get multiple tourist too at the same time when u apply PV

      2. Hi Kate yes pwdi din dun na mag renew ng pp..i already applied for nso but no result…so i dont think they have a record here..yup makuha agad ung cert.mabait kc un nagkasal samin..submit nya agad un papel nmin sa registry same day ng kasal namin kya pinadala agad nila ang cert namin..this time pag alis ko plan ko na isama..gusto din ng hub ko sama na pra d na aq pabalik balik kc matagal n nya gusto mag .p.v kami kaso umayaw aq..mas nagustohan ko dun na kami ikinasal kc kahit pano iba process dun..medyo quick at no hassle…
        Congratz sa coming wedding u..where u b dito pinas?nag apply u na b ng T.v? What visa are u waiting ba?

  7. Hi Martha, galing kn din b s AU at what type ng visa’s ang nalodge mo n?
    Hi Ai,Dito lng me s Rizal at working me s Q.C. Oo galing nme dun nung 2013 in TV 3mos kaso nabuntis me dito ko pinili manganak kc first time smin pareho f paano magalaga ng bata kc both parents wala n sya at malayo din mga kamaganak nila atleast dito c mama ko ngaalaga ng bata kpg ppsok me s office.My daughter is a Citizen by Descent kya Au citizen ndn sy. My bf visited twice a year here.Kya nga pgbalik nya n dito ng July we will get married n then after makuha ung M.C (i think 3-4mos) p ata tsk plng me apply ng PV at TV at the same time pra whie waiting ung approval ng PV which is 9mos onward atleast ma-approve man lng ung TV ko ng multiple. Where kayo s Au?

    1. Hello mga Sis, good afternoon. It takes one month and one week to wait, finally Grant na ang Visa ko. Thanks God. Hope as inyo din xxx

    2. Thank you so much dito na website , malaki tulong sa akin Kung ano mga requirements sa Tourist Visa… God Bless us sa ating lahat xxx

      1. Hello mga sis, ask lang ako , yong Grant Visa lang ba Tingnan SA immigration sa airport at Saka yong flight ticket po? Maraming Salamat

      2. Hello mga sis good evening sa lahat. Ask lang ako, passport , grant visa at Saka flight ticket lang ba kailangan Tingnan SA Immigration sa Airport po? Kasi first time Kung mag Travel pa Australia , hanggang Bali lang po kasi napunrahan ko . Thanks

    3. Hi Kate,
      3 times single entry tourist visa.then just recently i applied multiple tourist visa/ partner visa..i got married november last year in Australia.

      1. Hi kate, dependi na un sa immig kung e grant nila…kc base sa 3rd apply ko last 2013, d nman aq nag request for multiple ..pero sila na ang kusang nag grant sakin..binabasihan din ata nila yan sa sitwasyon at sa records u..merun un dun sa form if u remember na question( if u plan to travel for more than one occasion ) ..oo dun na mn mga in laws ko lagi nag assist sa hub ko..even fiancee ng bro in law ko nag visit din sa bby ko kc ka friendship kmi :D san b inyo? Kung NSW u lng sana in the future meet tau dun ;)
        D u pa ba apply visa now?

      2. Hi Martha ask ko lang db s sydney ung Philippine Consulate? F tau talaga mgforward dun ng MC ntin gaano katagal nla mapdala dito or maprocess ng NSO.I am thinking n kc f dun nlng din kaya me pakasal.

      3. Hello mga sis good afternoon , ask lang ako mga sis if magkano ang mabayaran sa airport Manila going to Australia please? Same parin ba yong terminal fee na 550 ? Thanks a lot

      4. hi josephine.. merun u bayaran tax 1,600 plus ata un..
        depende na sa pag book u ng ticket if sinama u bayaran kc nasa PAL pwde isama u na pag bayad..
        ingat ka..

      5. Hi ai, thanks sa info. Dati pag puntA ko sa Bali Indonesia Hindi na ako nagbayad ng travel tax. PAL KASI SA AKIN BOUGHT OVERSEAS. Thanks Ai.
        To Salome, sa akin hand written ko lang ang application form ko for tvisa at sa awa ni Lord Grant naman Visa ko

      1. Talaga kayo lang? Buti marunong sya magalaga to think n sanggol p un. My mga kmaganak nmn ata sya dun or yaya db? 6hrs away from sydney kmi pero part pdin ng NSW.

      2. Ah un pla ibig sabihin nun. Parang namiss ko n tuloy ung Au at gusto ko n ulit bumalik dun ah. Bka s july mglodge me for tourist visa. Pde po ba text u me eto number ko 09169217547 madami p sana me ttanong at kwentuhan ndin.

    1. Hello Mykee taga Gensan ako part ng Mindanao. No need kana puntA ng Manila, mag email ka nalang sa to inquire them or call ka sa Australian Visa Center 02-790-4900
      Ang IPA certified thru copy mo sa DFA yong photo copy ng front page ng passport mo or yong DFA mag advice sau ano dapat IPA photo copy mo at e certified nila. Yong ibang documents no need na IPA notarized , photo copy lang kailangan ng embassy . Except yong certificate if employment and approved leave letter ko kasi original ang sina submit ko . HOPE NAKA TULONG AKO. Last May 19 lang na approved visa ko processing time one month and two days. Thanks and God Bless Us!!!

      1. Hi josephine .. Buti nmn sau 1 month 2 days.kasama n ba un sa delivery days??.ka michelle b 1 month 1 week?sakin kc april 30 nila n received sa embassy app ko…

      2. Hi Ai, na recieved ko grant Notice ng Visa ko May 21 na Via courier kasi , na dispatched nila visa application ko May 20, pag 21 kopa na received. Same lang kami ni Michelle short cut nalang namin na one month and one week. Pero pagbasihan, one month talaga approval nila kasi my mga holiday kasi yon. Thanks

      3. Hi Ai, malapit na pala ung Visa mo. San ka nagpakasal ng Hubby mo Ai , dito as Pinas or sa Australia na? Ano mga requirements if doon sa Australia mag pakasal? Thank you and God Bless!!!

      4. hi josephine.. oo nga malapit na sana positive hope dingging ni papa God..
        sa oz n kami nag pakasal.. passport ang na submit ko..un lng nag fill up kami ng forms..
        when ka alis?o nka alis ka na?

      5. Hi Ai, yes mas okay talaga if be positive tau, with the help of our Almighty Father. SA 29 pa ako alis kasi yong 15 ko na departure , napa rebook kasi wala pa Visa ko. Atleast next week maka fly na ako. Thanks God. Anyway, Hindi pala strikto ang Aussie Government about documents sa pagpapakasal doon. Thanks as Info Ai.

      6. hi josephine ,,positive mind lng :) buti nmn paalis ka na.. ung hubby u nag hihintay na sau :) oo strict din nmn sila in other things.. passport is valid n kc un.kaya un talga required kung sino divorce sa inyo mag provide ng cert.. ang kagandahan nga ng system nila is d marami requirements like satin..
        ikakasal u n ba?san u sa oz?

      7. Thank you so much, Josephine. May proper na lalagyan ba ang mga documents? yes try ko din pumunta ng city hall may mga murang Atty. naman na ngsstamp ng documents or baka mka libre din. Salamat! .

      8. Hi Mykee yes, ang VFS mag advice sau Kung Saan mo dapat I lagay , sa long brown envelope. Tpz naka sealed talaga pag okay na lahat documents mo . Sa akin arrange ko pa, nilagay ko sa clear book then pagka tpz sa brown long envelope. Dapat yong passport photo copy mo ang IPA notarized mo yong front bio page at sa likod . But if ur going to DFA for certified copy, sila na mag advice Kung ano dapat IPA photo copy mo at Paano. . If naka entry kana ng ibang country isama mo rin attached , entry and exit.. Malaking tulong yon . Ako first time din ako nag apply

  8. Guys.. taga Mindanao kase ako.. di ko alam panu ipapasa ang documents.. sana may mkahelp? need ko pa ba pumunta ng manila para ipasa dun? thank you po… first timer ako sa lahat ..

  9. hello ladies and gentlemen, i was issued an Australia visa i mean work visa as a sailor but no company name appeared on my visa and i was scared that they might send me back from the point of entry at the airport or boarder in case i wanna come with ship, i confirm this visa it was well confirm but my fear is no company name or information on this visa what do i do

    1. Hi Ai good evening. Yes , thanks God malapit na ako makaalis at hinintay na ako ng darling ko. Hindi pa cguro kasi tourist lang ang Visa ko

      1. Hello sis Josephine.. goodluck sayo at sa biyahe.. pwede patulong kung panu mg apply ng visa.. first timer ako..

  10. Hello everyone, gladly I found this site to help me… I hope meron makatulong… anyways, pwede ba mg apply ng visa kahit di pa nagkita? I really don’t know what to do talaga.. help me po.. tsaka anu mga need na dapat kailangan. I am at the very bottom right now. Thank you

    1. Hi Gwen , andyan na lahat info as blog na Ito . Basahin mo nalang Gwen. . Photo copy lang kailangan as Embassy except sa passport natin kailangan EPA certified thru copy pa natin sa DFA BASI SA PAPERS KO. At Saka yong cert. of employment ko at approved leave letter ko original talaga ang sina submit ko Pati NSO birth cert, and NBI clearance ko. Thanks. At pwede ata Kahit Hindi pa kayo nag meet Basta completo lang mga papers you. Thanks

  11. Hello po, my name is Belle. Ask ko lang po sana if how much po ba dapat ang nasa bank account ko if ever i apply for a tourist visa for australia?

    1. Kung on your own pocket atleast 70k above base s mga nabasa ko n pocket money nila. But if someone will sponsoring you He/She will be responsible everything kaya no need ng bank details mo.Just take note that both info need supporting documents that you are coming back since you only applying tourist visa. Proof such as house and land title,business SEC and DTI certificate if u have buss, Employment cert and leave form if you are employed. And of course family picture showing how you ties.

  12. ai says:
    Sunday, 24 May 2015 at 13:48

    Hi kate.. Dun sa nso 3 months tsaka mka request ng report of mc from the date mag report u.

    @Ai almost same din pla kc pg dito nmn kinasal waiting din ng 3mos onwards pra makuha MC at dun plang pde magstart mkpgprocess ng passport under new surname. Girl since dun k kinasal dun kn din b kukuha s AU ng renewal of Philippine Passport u under your new surname?

    1. Hi kate.. Oo plano ko dun na pero.. New ang passport ko .n lost kc pp ko pag uwi ko this march.kya 5 yrs p validity..pero pag change ko oo dun na..kc d agad aq nakakuha ng MC sa nso..

      1. I see! ok medyo ngkkaroon nme ng enlightenment. Ung TV mo dont worry darating n yan hintay klng. Gurl ano FB mo? Add kita pra by next year will see you there . Thanks

  13. Patulong po sana ako. My boyfriend po is coming here in the Philippines and he wants me to process a tourist visa for australia para sabay na daw kami magtravel pabalik sa kanila. First time ko po kasi. Employed po ako as of the moment, ask ko lang po sana anong requirements pwd kung masubmit? And how much should be in my bank account to show that im able to support myself there? And lastly, kailangan ko pa ba po ng letter of invitation from him or hindi na? Thank you po sa assistance. :)

  14. Thank you miss kate. So hindi ko na pla kelangan magsubmit ng bank statement upon application of my tourist visa as long someone can sponsor me? Ok lang ba na boyfriend ko po yung magsponsor and magmemeet pa kami this coming august for the first time? Thanks for the assistance.

    1. yEs ok lng as long as he can give you statutory declaration. Ofcourse still needed ung invitation letter ndin from him kahit handwritten nya. Some info and requirements is in here n. So better mgback read kn lng po. Thanks.

  15. Hi. Thank you for writing about your visa application experience. I just want to ask if an itinerary is necessary. I lodged my application online two weeks ago for Tourist Stream 600 visa and the status remains “Application Received”.

    Now I am wondering if:

    1. I should still submit an itinerary, and if I did, wouldn’t it delay my application or put me at the bottom of the list?
    2. Is itinerary an absolute must for the visitor stream visa application? I only have a vague idea of my itinerary since I am only spending a time with my boyfriend with some activities planned, though not much of the touristy bits. I am visiting him only so we could spend time together in his town and for me to have a glimpse of life in Australia.

    I hope you could provide some answers, as I am also worried that my application hasn’t changed status since submitting it online a fortnight ago.

    1. Based on what has been shared here, the processing time for the tourist visa is taking a lot longer recently (up to 6-7 weeks). Just wait for any feedback from the embassy if you need to submit any additional documents.

      1. Thanks for answering my query, Nina!
        It looks like we have to manage our expectations, then :(
        It’s been 3 weeks of waiting for me and counting, and I haven’t received any info or request for more info/documents from Immigration (I submitted online) to support my application.

  16. @Martha sis what does it mean?? 47sp for applicant and 40sp from sponsor. Thanks I’ve just back read some comments kase nabasa ko sayo.

  17. Hi sa lahat… ask ko lng if anu ang proper process para mgsubmitt ng documents. In order ba ang papers? Please reply I badly need your help! Thank you very much and God bless

    1. What do you mean proper process? all u have to do is collate your documents base on the list that you have or info that you gain from here,just do back read.

      1. Hi Kate, thanks for replying.. no, I mean proper order ang papers/documents para ipasa. Which is first, forms-letter-supporting docs. In order ba or basta clean lng pag organize? Thanks

  18. Anyone here na grant ang visa kahit di pa ng meet? I have a friend kase na di pa sila ng meet then ng apply ng visa..denied ng agent pa sila.. On my part same scenario di pa ng meet kaso my bf ask me to be there with him dahil sobrang busy sa work and no time para mgbakasyon…. I am scared na tuloy! Sana may sumagot at mabawasan ang kaba ko.. planning to lodge my visa na.. parang gusto ko mg backout! :(

    1. Mas mabuti talagang nag meet na kayo ng sponsor mo. Or meron kayonh history na talagang nag papatunay ng relationship mo sa sponsor. Madami nadin kasing case na nababasa ko dto na nadedenied..

      1. Just show proof of your relationship with your sponsor like emails,phone calls,viber messages.Plus invitation letter from your bf me tatak ng Jp ,his bank statements,statutory declaration ,his passport copy and drivers license,his work certificate.
        About you,are you self employed or what?you have to prove that you will comeback.

  19. Thanks lene and MD. Anyways, yung letter lang ba may tatak ng jp or lahat ng documents? As of now I am unemployed kase end of contract na.

  20. Hi guys, jz wanna ask if ok lng ba na wlng ticket muna when i lodge my visa application for tourist visa and im an OFW but currently dont hv work now, what wil be my possible ties to show that im going back home once my visa expire? im a single mom, will it be a better proof that im voing back hir, my fiance will sponsor my tour..hope sum1 hir will help me, thanks

  21. Hi lene, or anyone… wala akong work for now and no title or business.. pero ako ngbabayad sa expenses namin like water and internet bills under my name.. pwede ko ba attached yun?

    1. Bf mo p lng b can?better show proffered of your strong family ties here like pic nyo ng anak mo if me anak na you then pic nyo nung bf mo kung na meet na kau to prove na mag bf nga kayo.Para di icipin na di ka na bblik dto ng emboss better submit din any property you have like land and title,or/cr ng car

    1. Dun s Au pakuhain mo c bf s centrelink ata meron nun ask mo sya. Or meron ding ndodownload s google.Tapos susulatan ny un then ppatatak s justice of peace(JP)

  22. My tourist visa is already one month nah but still not come, I’m just using trough agency.
    Sometimes I can’t understand why its really hard time to wait. I hope it will be granted then.

    1. 1 month talaga kasi ung processing time and dapat po at hindi hassle na pag aaply nag eexpect tayo ng 2 months na ma grant ang visa. Lalo na sa mga first timer. Para hindi masyadong stress. And kung tama naman po ung documents na sinabmit nio at kompleto no worries naman po kasi granted yan..

    1. I did not use agency to apply for tourist visa. Hindi nman po kasi porket nag agency is mas mabilis ma grant base na po sa nababasa ko dto… From my experience i get my grant visa notice 1 day process po basta make sure lang na kompleto lahat ng requirements mo positive ang result. Ako nun tyinaga ko lang basahin ang lahat ng naka post dito. Big help ang site na ito..

  23. Good day!

    This is Fatima from Cebu, i already applied for Australian Visa last year and it was granted. I applied again for another visa submitted the documents May 20 through an agency same as last time. How long is it really to wait before i get my Visa? the agency told me it will take 1 month. Is faster if i will just applied and sumbotted directly the documents through VFS?

    1. Hi fatima this is ynnej from cebu too.
      I just apply for a tourist visa trough agency and its my first time to apply.
      My visa its already one month but still not update yet or still not come.
      Maybe the processing time is 6 weeks to 7 weeks.
      Its really hard time and long to wait.
      And hope will be granted then.
      So I can fly second week of june.

  24. hi kate, how are u?
    anyone here waiting for TV result? keep us posted..
    still waiting here, 30th april immig received my app.. i been counting since then :(
    hope any of u will keep us posted as well.

  25. why do we need statutory declaration for tourist visa? db ang statutory declaration use lng xa for partner visa like pmv subclass 300, 820/801,tsaka ung sa de facto, sa tourist b nided din un, as far as i know invitation letter lng from sponsor and other requirements ng sponsor pede na. statutory declaration para sa witness ng relationship nyo, marriage even sa child if applying for child visa too, which is to be filled up by two aus citizen/aus PR/eligble new zealand .but if u hv no aus citizen u cannot fill up this form, u can have statements fom ur witnesses and have it witness and sign by a lawyer or any notary public authorized by law…sa stat.dec. sa aus ung form 888 my list xa ng pedeng mga witness u can read the partner migration booklet coz everything is written there. ung form ng statutory declaration can be downloaded through aus immigration website or thru google that is FORM 888

  26. Hello everyone Fatima here, i just want to ask. How can we check online if the Agency already lodge the documents to the Embassy? do they get any code or verification?

    Thank you!

  27. hi this may from cebu, apply po ako for tourist visa! my bf is aussie! pls paki help! stressed na tlaga ako! unemployed po ako ngayon i dont have any assets, pwo meron akong naipon sa bank ko,! wla din akong ma ipapakita na babalik talaga ako pinas.. any ways? na ano ma i suggest nyu na proof na tlagang babalik ako pinas? thank so much!

  28. Hi, I am planning to extend kase.. do I need to have a return ticket? or strict ba ang immigration now or baka i-hold ka or something pag wala.. any advice?

    1. Hi Nadia!

      Base on my own experience, last year nag extend ako through immiaccount they inly ask me to do an x-ray and thats it. Just make sure you will extend your visa 2 weeks prior to your expiration of your visa.

      Good luck!

    2. Hard to answer your question kasi u did not mentioned if your visa is single entry or multiple and as what u said you are planning to extend. Ang pag aaply po ng extension of visa kung walang naka indicate na NO FURTHER STAY sa visa condition mo pwede mag file ng extension. Tapos kung single entry lang ang visa mo you need to provide round trip ticket kasi i experience ung first time ko pumunta ng australia i only got 3 months tourist visa i did not have round trip ticket so nag ka aberya ako i need to book online on the spot kasi hindi ako pinapaalis and questionable talaga un. But if you are holding multiple entree visa pwede kahit 1 way lang

  29. Thanks, MD. Yes, single entry lng sakin, so I need to provide round trip nalang talaga and just re-book it if I am going to extend! Thanks again

  30. Any advice na may chance na grant ang visa and sample na babalik ako ng Pinas? I don’t have work and properties then I am also single. Thanks!

  31. Guy pwede pa help… aside from no work and properties… any tip or example na pwedeng i-reason na babalik ng Pinas?! Thank you.. Even just like samples lng.. thank a lot

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