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

[UPDATE October 13, 2015] Here’s a guide on how you can easily, quickly, and cheaply apply for an Australian tourist visa online

[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.

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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.

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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.

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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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  1. Hi goodevening’ just share and ask kc po na grant jan.20 yung visa q and i just print it the grant notice, ask qlng po kung anu ang dapat kung dalhin beside passport and visa grant notice?? Kc yung agent q hnd qna mkontack busy na ata xa ang flight q baka last week of feb. Or 1st week of march, at tanong q nlang din po kc ang visa q state na pwd aqng mag aral anu kayang short course ang maganda pero hnd expensive?? Thanks po godbless sheryl here

    1. Hello Mga sis,ask ko Lang if Pwede ako mag lodge Kahit Di pa umaalis bf ko at Wala pa exit stamp ung passport Nya,just entry,and ung mga docs Nya ,thanks Mga sis

  2. Hi mga sis, 1st time ko po magaapply ng TV pero were planning na mgapply po sana ng Partner Visa (subclass 820) habang nasa australia po ako, ano po ba ang mga kaylangan or any tips sa pag apply po ng PV onshore? Thank you.

      1. Hi Sis Ai, I miss you. Sa wakas nakita na kita dito sa blog again. Nag viber ako gamit ang Philippine number ko sis, pero parang matagal na hindi muna ginamit viber mo. Pagbalik ko sa Oz tatawagan kita. Mga March balik ako if maawa ang embassy e grant tv ko sis Ai.Cheers!

      2. Hi sis Jo… Nag change kc AQ ng cp at new number kaya new install q un Viber..oo nakikita KO sa contacts Gary baker ba un?, ani number mo add kita dun sa vibe .
        Ingat lage and God bless..

  3. Hi po hihingi lang po sana aq ng advice sa inyo? since madami na po sa inyo dito ang my experience sa pagapply ng visa me and my husband were planning to apply TV this feb at kung mg grant man po sana yung visa plano sana namin mgappply ng Partner Visa (subclass 820) ano po ba ang requirements or any tips po sa pag aaply ng PV onshore? Thank you po…

  4. Hello mga sis ask ko lng may nbabasa kase ako na tinatawagan.. CO ba ang tumatawag sa inyo? Katakot naman pero atleast ng uupdate sila sayo. Wow Pinoy lng din ba mga CO?

      1. Thanks sis MGC.. got my visa granted na just an hour. Diaz yung sakin hindi naman tumawag thru email lng. At least lumabas na.. 14 days process kasama na weekends

      2. Melbourne sis.. sinabi ko kay bf agad book daw siya ticket this week. My goodness eh balak ko pa naman sana end of Summer na dun hahaha excited siguro siya lol sabi wag daw ako kontra haha di mkpag hintay

    1. Hi mga sis.. Musta mga application nyo..?? Buti pa iba dito bilis na Grant. . Ako mag 2 weeks na wala pa.. kina kabahan ako.. sana ma Grant din ako.

  5. Hi Sis sigie, chel, josephine – base on the information I got here mas maganda punta dun as Tourist Visa(TV) muna then pakasal while on 3mos TV holder ka. Before maexpired TV mo dpat mkapglodge ka na ng Temporary/Permamnent Visa or spouse visa on shore or habang andun ka para hind ka na uuwi pa dito habang nghihintay ka ng result in 9-12mos kc bridging visa ang ibibigay nila sau. Good thing is pwede kpng mkpgwork n while waiting.

    1. Hi sis kate26 oo nga ganda na opportunity. Pero tourist2 muna ako kasi my anak ako dito sa Pinas. Kahit kasal pa cguro kami ng darling ko, tourist2 muna hehe. Yon din suggestion ni sis Ai. Hello sis Ai , miss you. Nakaka stress mag hintay sa tv ko hehe.kinabahan ako joke. Buti pa yong ka sis natin dito sa blog ang bilis na grant visa nila. Ang nila nyo sis. Cheers!!!

    2. hello sis kate26…yon nalang ang gagawin ko sis. Para di na ako pabalik balik d2 sa pinas. at my chance pang maka pag work doon sa oz.. thank you sis.. Godbless!

  6. hi sis can i ask? i applied tourist last year around august but sadly na denied kasi it was our fault din hndi kasi nagkulang sa papers namin and di pa kami nagkita ng bf so walang proof of relationship and rxact detail sa itinerary…. how many months po bah pwedi mag apply ulit?? and if unemployed po bah they said medyo mahirap kasi baka ang documents mabigay kunti lang tumutulong labg ako mag manage ng business namin but i have bank statement/credit card and some proof of billing..and this time we are sure na complete documents na ..hopefully ma grant tourist visa ko…am just really scared baka ma deny ako ulit

    1. Hi sis Kay, we have the same problem.i applied for tourist last December and kulang din docs ko so Na refused and Di pa rin Kami nagkita ng bf ko but he is coming this March and mg file daw Kami together Sa vfs,please let me know what docs ilo lodge u ha.mga sis Na may the same situations please help us naman thank you

    2. Hi kay, ano docs ang kulang sayo? Bkit denied? Marami akong kilala nglodged ng tv app di pa cla ngkita bf nila. I personnally helped one, awa ng Diyos granted namn..i just helped my friend today also to lodged online pero hindi pa rin ako confident.

      1. sis Angie u have viber? so i could txt u? or anyone of u sis have viber? gonna ask lang sana po about applying the TV ..thank u sissies ?

      2. Hi sis Meee, sorry i dont know my viber , heres my number 09283461030..just text me na lng, hindi ko kasi alam number ko sa viber. Give mo na lng viber ako na lng messge sau

  7. hi mga sis unemployed ako just helping managing our business but i have bank account/ credit card/proof
    of gonna make a letter po din bah the reason that i will really come back??sis do we really need to notarise my documents and my partner’s documents??kasi noon i did not pass a letter na dapat ako bumalik kasi kala ko yung partner ko lang mag pass..dami
    din kulang na documents namin nuon.. i really just wanna be sure this time kasi medyo natakkot nako nung na refuse ako once and gonna apply for second time..thank :)

    1. You can ask your parents to write letter sis, ask them to write on the letter na tumutulong ka sa pag manage ng business and ok lang sakanila na mag travel ka sa Australia. Need mo din ng proof ng business niyo. And yes you need to make an intent Letter stating that you’ll go back before the expiration of your visa. Hindi mo need pa-notarized yung mga documents. Photocopy/scanned is ok. Goodluck!

      1. sis ok lang bah if we put money on our bank accounts. and then ask for bank statement or bank certificate after we put the money?? kasi they said it should be last 3 months bank cert or statements sis….

      2. Morning aebsh, should be 3 months prior to your application. If mag lodge ka na next month dapat last year ka pa nag open ng account mo. Invalid din yung mag open ka ng account then lagay ka money then ask for bank statement. If sponsor ka naman ng Australian Citizen you don’t need bank account na, ask them to provide na lang their bank statement/payslip. Goodluck!

  8. Hello po sa lahat dito ask kulang po kung Sino po sa inyo ang nakapag medical exam na anu anu po ba ang ginagawa kung nag medical exam na po at magkanu Saan po mas mura dito po kasi ako sa agusan del sur nakatera.salamat po

    1. Tama sis sis Josephine, you need to wait if you need medical. If you apply for tourist visa 3 months no need for medical. Need lang ng medical if 6 months or 9 months na stay ka sa Australia. If 3 months stay ka lang, no need for medical. Goodluck! :)

      1. By May ang travel date namin ng bf ko. I will be lodging mine probably by next week. Do you work in government sis? I included in my cover letter na reason ko for going back to Phils is my job and also to help my sister on her wedding. Don’t know if nid pa magpasa ng pics ko wid my family or my sister who will get married soon.

      2. By next week ka na po magaapply? Paupdate po ako if magrant na po kayo ng visa :)

        Balak ko rin po ilagay sa cover letter na babalikan ko is may job ako at nandito family ko. Inistate mo po ba sa application form mo na kasama mo po bf mo papuntang Australia?

        Mas matagal po ba processing online?

    1. Hello sis rose basi sa experience ko sa Australia for my extension tv. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection or DIBP, mag e email yan cla sayo kung kailangan mo ng medical exam. Nakalagay doon saan pwdi. Just wait sa emails nila kung mag undergo kaba . Cheers!!!

  9. hi po ask ko lang po pupunta bf ko nextweek and its our first time to meet and after he comes here we gonna apply ryt away for tourist visa… hndi po bah sila magduda first time mag meet namn then am
    gonna apply for tourist in Aus? thank u

    1. Sa Pharmacy sis meee or kaya download mo send mo sa kanya then send balik sayo thru scan pero available naman yan sa pharmacies.. alam nila yan statutory Declaration

      1. Pharmacy sa Australia.. pwede mo din naman download sa internet pero may binibenta yan sa pharmacies sa Australia… alam nila yun

    2. Helle sis Mee, download ka ng statutory declaration at e print mo. Tpz kung my kilala na chemist darling mo cla authorized mag signature to prove kilala nila hubby mo at etc. Its free bsta kilala lang nila ang Chemist. Thanks

    1. May instructions naman dun sis.. search mo sa google may sample dun bsta may mga questions naman dun. Statutory Declaration Australia.. sa pharmacy din na bibilhan nya meron naman instructions dun or ask nya yung mg sign nun..

      1. hi everyone!

        sino po ba nakapag lodge sa immi online? kasi I already lodged last January16 after receiving my receipt and acknowledgement I don’t received any update yet.I’m worried.

    1. hello lloyd… opo pwede pong mag apply ng tourist visa ..kahit walang properties na ipapakita… kagaya ko wala namang ipinasa na properties documents. na grant nman tv ko

      1. Hello Sigie, san ka sa Australia?

        Llyod.. pwede nmn mg apply kahit walang properties… ako nga walang work or property granted nmn.. Just provide evidence na uuwi ka sa Pinas before your visa expire especially your family ties. Good luck sayo!

    2. Hello mga sisters , kumusta na kayo jan. Nakaka nervous na. Mag two weeks na ngayong friday ala pa result sa tourist visa ko. 2nd time ko na apply dito sa Pinas. First time ko it takes 34 days ang result at granted naman. Sa extension ko it takes 30 days . 2nd ngayon dito . Sana naman ma granted ulit. Huhuhu, nakakatakot mag hintay haha. Lucky talaga ksyo mga sis yong mga sis dito na mabilis na grant.

    3. Hello mga sis, ask ko lang.sino naka experience dito na nag email ang DIBP for online Survey? Sa akin kasi last monday, nag email ang DIBP for online Survey . 2nd time ko na ito. Yong pag apply ko din ng tv extension after ng medical ko sa BUPA MEDICAL VISA SERVICES NG PERTH nag email din sila for assessment or online survey…

      1. Nka receive din ako nyan sis, it doesnt hurt nmn cguro if you take the survey. I did! Im just happy to take part coz all my tv granted plus my recent app for partner visa .

      2. Hello mga sis good morning and to miss nina fuentes good morning also. Ganun ba sis. At this time hindi ako nag click sa survey sis Angie mahina kasi signal ko sa internet. Thanks sa reply. GOD BLESS!!!

  10. Hi sisses i just wanna share my happiness i’ve got an email yesterday from my co at 4pm and my application was granted…i lodged last january 27 through vfs office and got my grant visa yesterday february 2….thanks so much to our Almighty God He always listens to our prayer…..

    To all sisses who are still waiting just keep praying guys i’m sure yours will be next….

    Good luck and God Bless!

    1. Wow ang bilis naman na grant sayo sis ashi. Pang ilang apply mo na yan sis? Congrats. Mine wala pa. January 22 pa yon na received sa embassy. Hope e grant naman ni Lord. Congrats again sis

      1. Thanks sis josephine di ko rin nga akalain na mgrant ng ganun kabilis sobrang kabado nga ako kahit png 4 na apply ko na to sis bale png 5 beses ko na to visit australia plan namin ni partner dapat this march ako alis kaya lang wait ko muna graduation ng daughter ko bago ako umalis….

        Just keep praying sis susunod na ung sayo….

      2. Hi sis ashi ang lucky mo talaga. Walk in ka nag submit ng apps mo sis thru vfs? Kinabahan na ako sa akin sis, kasi sa inyo ang bilis hehe. Congrats again. Oo pray talaga.

      3. Sis ashi and sis MGC bilis talaga na grant sa inyo. Sana po para Hindi na ako mag woworry. Thanks sa inyo sis. And congrats as inyo both and to all mga sis na grant na.

    1. Hi Sis Shanel, saken i just used my Single name. Just been granted PArtner visa 309 last Jan.27..goodluck sau.. If u wanna ask more info you can message me. 09283461030

      1. hi sis angie gud day can i message u on ur number may mga questions din sana ako ako bout PV since my partner and I are palnning to apply PV soon….thanks sis

  11. hello sis heather..

    Sa Victoria at Perth ako sis…tiga Perth ang fiance ko at Victoria nman ang relatives ko.. ikaw saan ka sa oz sis? Godbless’

  12. Hi miss nina thanks ur blog is back….just wanna thank you the for this blog it helped me a lot since i started applying for my tv and now its my 4th time and got a grant visa again….your blog is very informative miss nina and do help a lot of applicants…..thanks again and god bless!

      1. oo sis malapit lng tayo…..may mga pinoy ba sa area nyo sis dun kc sa area namin wala ako makitang pinoy hehehe…bute sa kogarah sis sa place ng cousin ko madami pinoy dun….

  13. Miss Nina… Thank you at bumalik na ang site! Dito pa nmn ako tumatambay lagi at madami akong naging friends dito. Thank you sa lahat ng tulong and tips sa site na ito… nalungkot ako ilan days ko hindi ma access.. but thank you bumalik! So happy… sa lahat ng waiting lalabas din ang mga visa natin.. God bless us all

    1. Hi sis shane i fell same im so glad na naaccess na ulit tong blog…..felt sad din nung ilang araw na nag error ung site….glad its back….

      Anyways sis kelan ka ng lodge ng application mo?

    1. Di ko pa alam sis hindi pa ako ngbook… pero sa Sydney yung flight ko.. Kaw kelan? sana mgkasabay tayo or may kasabay ako kase first time ko mg travel

  14. It’s almost 1week since they received my application to the manila vfs and I’m really worried hope there’s any result or request to do a medical exam so that I can really prepared my self to do medical its our first time to apply tourist visa hope everything will be fine.

    1. Hi miss Nina pls allowed me to comment again in your nice blog. Sis rose almost a week pa naman pala hehehe. Remember its your first time to apply a touri
      st visa. The processing time is one month. Mine nga pangalawa ko na tong apply almost two weeks na wala pang result hehehe. At why kailangan mong mag prepare for medical. It 3 months tourist visa lang wala napo yang medical , unless you apply for 6 months tv. Good luck sa ating lahat na nag hihintay ng tv natin. God help us!!!

      1. Hi sis Josephine thanks for your reply will I really think I need to do medical cause we apply up to 12months cuz while we stay there were going to meet an Australian migration agent for our permanent stay I put that to my application

      2. Hi sis rose, so you mean your sponsor both of your tv is your husband. Good luck sis. Just wait sis , they email to you if you need a medical. Anyway its almost a week pa naman. Cheers!!!

  15. Ok sis Josephine thank you I use travel agent to do my application when I read my application she just put her contact number and there’s no email address.but anyway thank you..where you will go to Australia?and when you will fly there if you will grant your visa

    1. Hi sis rose Western Australia ako sis. Perth.. mga March pa ako pero bf ko gusto niya if ma grant na visa ko, Feb gusto niya fly na ako. Pero sabi ko dependi nalang sa kanya if kaya niya plane ticket hehehe. Good luck sa ating lahat na nag hihintay sa tv natin. Hope ma grant na.

      1. Hello miss nina and to all mga sis here in the blog. Thanks God my visa granted today. The Australian officer tumawag sa akin for a small talk. Kasi karatating ko lang last December at ka uuwi lang ng bf ko sa Australia. Nag tanong lang siya sa akin kung okay lang ba daw na 3 months lang binigay niya na grant. Hindi niya maibigay ang 6 months kasi ka uuwi lang ng bf ko sa Australia. He suggests na mag apply ako ng spouse visa sabi ko yes sir later nalang. Sabi ko okay lang yang 3 months sir. Yeheh thank you so much. God is good. Tumawag pala sino nuh. Hehehe. I share my happiness.thanks God.

  16. Hello sino mgtravel first timer? Kase I am so scared wala me work… kaka grant lng visa ko sa Sydney ang flight ko.. pwede ba mgtravel kahit unemployed? Anu mga ask sa immigration baka himatayin ako ahahaha wag nmn sana lol. Thank you

    1. January 22 na received sa embassy akin sis Sg . But still being processed pa. Plus holiday pa ngayon. Ikaw sis Sg granted naba sayo? Cheers

      1. Hi sis sg , ganun ba sis. Maganda na place din yang Mandurah sis. Madami population. Kami 30 mins lang going to Perth City by car. Kasi walang train sa lugar nila sa Kalamunda

      1. Hi sis jelly… Kinakabhn nga din ako.. Nag submit kaba ng pictures nyo sis???malapit na mag 1 month… First time mo din ba? Mssge mo ako sis..if my viber ka sis…09177565682 yan sis.. Mssge mo ako if na my update na ung say sis :). Gudluck satin

  17. Hello mga sis…. Ng apply friend ko nun Jan 21 lumabas ng ilan days 5 days lng ata.. sana ako din…. nkakakaba maghintay… Sino Brisbane dito?

  18. Hi, sino po dito naglodged online last January 18? It’s been 22 days till now wala pa update or any change of status ng application ko. But hoping and praying na this week may decision na. And positive thinking din. God bless us all! :)

    1. Hindi talaga mag change yun unless napadala na sa email mo yung notice ng application mo and they will not update you about your application. Just be patient sis, I’m sure granted yan, wala pa naman one month eh. Case to case basis kasi talaga yan. Goodluck! :)

      1. Kasi yung iba sis 2 weeks lang or days nagrant na agad kaya kinabahan ako. 23 days na since naglodged ako online. Hoping and praying sis granted kasi complete naman requirements ko. Thank you emcy. Ü

    2. Hi sis Anna nag lodged din ako last January16 ,wala ding update,worried din ako kasi mali ang na bigay ko na e-mail ad pero na correct ko nmn sa update us.yong aknowledgement ko sa immi ko na lang na basa wala akong na receive na e-mail from them.

      1. Hello jelly! Nauna ka pala magapply sakin. First time applicant? Okay lang naman ata if ever mali email. Makikita mo naman sa immiaccount. Update us kapag may decision na yung sayo ah. (: God bless us. Positive lang sis. And have faith. Hehe

      2. Pag online ata sis medyo matagal… pero 1 month naman ang waiting period pero case to case basis.. sa akin is 2 weeks lng lumabas na visa ko thru pick up yun kase I am from Mindanao

      3. Hi Alison , yes 1 month nga according to their service standard but my cousin received it only 20 days pero kasi alis agad pero ako tentative ko April 12 pa. Thank you for the encouragement sis.

      4. Hi sis..jelly… Same tau sis.. Kaso medyo late sakin kasi my isng need na dijo nasubmit agad… Maya parang January 22 ko na na complete sakin… Wala paba result ung sa into.. Viber nyo ako mga sis..09177565682

    3. Yes Anna it’s my first time ,Kaya nga when you posted parang naka kita ako ng kakampi kasi mas na una lng ako ng 2 days then we both lodged online. Mostly kasi through VFA . where are you in Mindanao ? I’m here in Gensan. Good luck for both of Us! ??

  19. Hi gud day. Ask ko lang sana kasi nasa oz ako ngayon and bblik na ako sa pinas sa saturday. Gusto p sana ng bf ko mg extend but kailangan ko muna bumalik s pinas. Ask ko sna if pwede na ba ako mg apply ulit ng visa after 1 month? Thank you.

      1. Hi ate Kim, same tayo kakauwi ko lang last year December then after a month nag lodged ako ng TV ulit and I request for multiple entry and they granted it naman after 6 days. Good luck! ??

    1. Hi sis Kim good evening. Pwdi ka naman apply sis.kasi ako stay ako Australia 6 months.then umuwi kami Pinas December 1. Balik bf ko Aus December 17. Tpz apply ako January 22 at na granted viss ko Feb 8. Thanks God. Then flight ko na bukas pa Australia.
      Pero yon lang, last monday feb 8, tumawag ang Australian officer sa akin to inform us na okay lang ba daw sa akin 3 months lang ang e grant ng visa ko. Kasi request kami ng 6 months. Kaya lang kararating ko lang daw at balik na naman kaagad ako. Kaya 3 months lang e grant ni sir Manny sa akin parang ginawa nalang daw namin defacto relationship natin sa Australia . Then nag suggest si sir manny apply kami ng spouse visa. Sabi ko later nalang sir. Yon, ang dahilan kaya tumawag siya to inform us na 3 months lang e ga grant.
      So todo pasalamat ako atleast granted visa ko kahit 3 months lang.atleast tinanong niya ako kung okay lang sa akin.

      1. Ahhh gnun ba. Plan ko kasi multiple entry n irequest ko. Gusto ko kasi mag stay ng mtgal gya ng 6 months kaya lang ndi pwede kasi my anak ako s pinas. So pinaka mtgal n yun 2 months siguro kun ma approve yun multiple entry kahit twice ako bumalik ok n sakin. Kkaba kasi pg apply ng apply ng visa haha. Anyway thank you. And god bless. San k pla sa oz?

  20. Hi everyone! Question lang po,

    If magaapply po ako sa VFS, do I still need to attach pictures of my family?
    I’ll be travelling with my friend (from another country) kasi kaya natatakot ako baka hindi magrant yung visa dahil dun. Pero may babalikan naman ako dito kasi I have work here. Magtotour lang kami dun for a week. And need ba na may proof like pictures with my friend para masabi na kakilala ko talaga siya.

      1. Hi sis!
        Most likely by April pa po kasi waiting for my boss to approve my LOA. Balak kasi namin ng friend ko sa July yung punta to Australia.
        Ikaw po sis?

      2. By May ang flight namin ng bf ko pa Sydney.nilagay ko s cover letter ko na reasons for coming back in Phils are my job and wedding of my sister. No idea also if need ko pa mag attach ng pictures. Sa nlng ako mag aapply pra no processing fee.

      3. By next week ka na po magaapply? Paupdate po ako if magrant na po kayo ng visa :)

        Balak ko rin po ilagay sa cover letter na babalikan ko is may job ako at nandito family ko. Inistate mo po ba sa application form mo na kasama mo po bf mo papuntang Australia?

        Mas matagal po ba processing online?

      4. When ka po maglolodge? Paupdate po ako if nagrant ka na ng visa. And if needed ng pictures. Sayang kasi bayad sa application if yun yung reason kung bakit nadecline.

        Mas ok po ba online? Nabasa ko kasi sa iba na mas mabilis daw pag personal sa VFS.

      5. Wala din po. sinuggest lang ng friend ko na dun pumunta. Kaya natatakot ako ilagay na solo travel (para hindi na istate na may kasama akong taga ibang bansa) kasi baka magduda sila kung kaya ba yun.

      6. Ah. Marami naman sis nagtatravel ng solo so I think wala naman problem dun ska if you are already on your 20’s and up and may work na rin, sa tingin ko okay na yun ksi you have the capacity to support yourself na.

  21. Hi I’m in Perth getting married sa May na. Tanong ko lang eh pano un pag name change tas mag apply ng bagong passport under married name? Pag uuwi ba ko Pinas eh kailangan ko ulit ng CFO sticker? Kasi gusto ko uwi after mag apply ng Partner visa onshore sana for 2 weeks tas balik dito.


      1. Hi! Oo nga eh napansin ko ren eh ayaw ata nila dito kasi mainit hehe. Tiga Coogee ako pero lipat kami Hugh Wycombe malapit airport soon. Kaw, tiga san ka dito?

      1. 25 days na sakin today sis jelly. Hoping and praying. At ng matapos na din ang kaba in waiting for the decision. Congrats ulit sis!

  22. Wahhhhh. Granted na mga sis. 25 days of waiting. Thanks to God! So happy. ??? Thank you to this blog also. Pray lang talaga and wait patiently.

    Online application: January 18, 2016. Visa grant notice: Feb 12, 2016

    1. Hello sa lahat sino ang taga Canberra dito? Hope to meet someone.. hehe madami akong naging friends dito kaso puro Perth and Melbourne madalang ang Canberra. Sana merong mga Pinay dun! Congrats sa lahat na granted… :)

  23. Wanna share my happiness mga sis.. Sobrang kaba ko as in .. Keep checking and then nag mssge cla sa email ko… Grant ako today.. Thank you Lord.. God is good tlaga… Super happy sis..

      1. Hi sis jelly thanks. Akala ko nga di ako ma Grant.. kasi nung nabasa ko mga come t nyo dito na Grant na kau tapos ako wala pa.. hehe.. cheers mate… haha

  24. Hello sa lahat sino ang taga Canberra dito? Hope to meet someone.. hehe madami akong naging friends dito kaso puro Perth and Melbourne madalang ang Canberra. Sana merong mga Pinay dun! Congrats sa lahat na granted… :)

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