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Visas to Australia

15 May 2015 by News Desk

map_australia01All travellers who are not Australian citizens need to obtain a valid visa or authority to enter Australia. This must be obtained before travelling to Australia. Special provisions apply to most New Zealand citizens, and to people eligible to transit Australia without a visa.

You may travel to Australia on a temporary visa while you are waiting for your permanent visa to be finalised. However, as with all visas, you must meet the criteria for that visa and ensure that your entry and stay in Australia comply with the relevant conditions of that visa.

You should not book flights or make travel commitments until you have a visa to travel to Australia. The immigration Department will not be liable for any financial loss incurred by clients whose visa application was finalised later than expected or unsuccessful.

The immigration Department publishes processing time service standards for all visa and citizenship products. Service standard processing times are aspirational and are not a guarantee that your application will be processed in the time listed. Actual processing times may vary depending on a range of factors.

Family Migration – As a result of agreed planning levels, the average processing times for Family Migration cases in the Europe Region vary from the advertised Departmental service standards.

Partner and Prospective Marriage: 10-14 months
Child Migration: 8-12 months
Last Remaining Relative: Capped and queued
Carer: Capped and queued

Citizenship processing – The immigration Department aims to process 80% of complete applications within citizenship service standard processing times. Complete applications are considered those that include all supporting documents and information requested on individual application pages. Supporting documents required for a visa application may vary depending on your country of residence.

Applications are processed in the order they are received and there is little scope to process applications earlier. In very rare cases, processing can be brought forward on the basis of compelling and compassionate circumstances. This is only done when there are circumstances which are significantly more compelling than those which would generally be encountered within the usual visa criteria.

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