How To Get An Australian Tourist Visa From The Philippines (Online Application)

I’ve been to Australia thrice, and I’ve always been meaning to write this post as I know a lot of you are wanting to know how to get an Australian Tourist Visa from the Philippines. So here it is.

DISCLAIMER:

This post will focus primarily on how to submit an application online as I’ve never experienced going through VFS Global. Also, this post rely heavily on my own experience of applying for a tourist visa. I am not an immigration expert, I’m merely someone who wants to share the process I had gone through when I submitted my own application.

Below are the steps and some tips on filing an online application for Australian Tourist Visa to help you get a high probability of application approval:

1.Know the right type of visa to apply for. If you are visiting Australia temporarily as a tourist, or to visit family for a short period, you need a Visitor Visa Subclass 600. If you’re still unsure, you can check out this website. (This post will be about the Visitor Visa Subclass 600)

2. Have your passport ready. When applying for a visa online, you will be asked a lot of information about your identity. It is good to have your passport with you as of course, you can’t have mistakes when applying for a visa. I mean you could, but having to amend some things later could be a hassle or worse, you could get denied a visa!

3. Create a new application. Log on to the ImmiAccount website. The link to the website is: https://online.immi.gov.au/lusc/login. If you don’t have an account, you need to create one to lodge an application. Once you login, you can now click on New Application to begin the process.

The application consists of several parts, but they are pretty straightforward. You will be asked about the following (not necessarily in the same order):

  • Passport details
  • Location
  • Identity
  • Traveling companions
  • Residential and contact information
  • Visit details
  • Relatives or contacts in Australia
  • Your employment status
  • Funding
  • Health, character, and general declarations (you will be asked questions)
  • Visa history

I might have left out a few other small things, but the above list pretty much sums up the entire application form.

4. Review the application form. Once you’ve gone through all the pages in the application, you will be asked to review. I suggest printing it out so you can get a better look. It’s very important that you don’t leave out any questions, and that you’ve answered honestly in all of them. Double check your personal details like your name (God forbid you make a mistake on that one!), and your passport number. It just pays to be careful.

5. Upload supporting documents. When you get to the part where you can upload your documents, it would tell you right away which ones are required to be submitted. They may differ depending on the application, but usually, they are:

  • Proof of identification
  • Travel documents
  • Proof of previous travels
  • Financing
  • Employment

You can submit more that what is asked if you think it will support your application. You can upload a maximum of 60 files (if I’m not mistaken). The following are the things I’ve submitted for my previous applications:

  • Scans of travel stamps on current and old passports
  • Copy of passport (ID page)
  • Bank certificates and bank account statements
  • Payslips
  • Certificate of employment
  • Letter from employer
  • Copy of other visas
  • Business name registration
  • Birth certificate
  • Letter of invitation from my sister
  • My sister’s employment contract, proof of residence, IMMI Grant (she is a permanent resident)

I’ve read that some people actually have their documents notarized before scanning and uploading. I didn’t do that but was still given a visa. I don’t know if it has any merit to doing it whatsoever. If it makes you more comfortable, you are welcome to do so.

6. Pay for your application. Once you’ve uploaded all the required and supporting documents, you can proceed to payment. You can use a credit card to pay for the visa fee of AUD140.

7. Submit your application. When you’re done with payment, you can proceed to submit your application. Once you do, you will be sent an automated email saying that an application was submitted and that it will be reviewed by an officer.

Turnaround time

I’ve read so many stories about turnaround times and they vary depending on the application. Sometimes they’re longer (up to about a month or more), sometimes, they go as fast as 4 days. In my experience, the longest I’ve waited was 10 days, and the shortest waiting time was 5 days. I guess they get faster if you’ve already gotten a visa before and did not violate any visa rules or anything, or if you have existing visas from other countries like the US (my parents have a US visa and they got approved in 5 days on their first application).

Easy peasy

The Australian tourist visa online application is so easy and hassle-free. You just need to prepare all the documents and go online to submit your application.

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Getting Around Seoul, South Korea

Before traveling, one of the things I do is research on local transportation. It gives me a sense of confidence getting around Seoul, or tackling the streets of a foreign country knowing I know even just a little bit about what modes of transportation are available to me and how much they usually cost. This also allows me to set aside a more realistic budget and plan a more hassle-free trip. I was particularly more thorough during my South Korea trip, because OMG SEOUL! I felt like this was a long overdue trip (like, a decade overdue), and I wanted to be prepared for it as much as I could.

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TRAVEL DIARY: TRIP TO SOUTH KOREA PART 3 – MYEONGDONG

Busy MyeongDong Market

Hate crowds? Don’t go to MyeongDong. It is one of the major shopping districts in Seoul where tourists and locals flock to get some serious shopping done. But. If you love shopping and would want to experience Korean street food and get souvenirs on the cheap (and not-so-cheap), MyeongDong is heaven on earth.

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Revisiting my 2017 resolutions

So, how good had I been in 2017?

Considering all factors, really good. My 2017 was so great, it’s really hard not to be excited about how much better my 2018 is going to be if I keep the momentum. I went back to my resolutions post last year and these are what I listed:

  • Move
  • Save
  • Create
  • Grow

I have done 2 out of the 4, and I am more than happy about that. I am still working on the other two, and 2018 is going to be the year I do them, while maintaining my progress on those I’d done in 2017.

 

2018 Resolution/s

This year, I’m writing only one: I will be more mindful of my actions in the sense that everything I do must have a contribution to what I want myself to become. If I don’t see a benefit to a particular activity, I won’t do it. It sounds so simple, yet it’s probably one of the hardest things I will ever do. We do so many things everyday and sometimes, we have gotten used to living in the present that it’s hard to look a few steps forward (especially me). I guess the first step is defining who I want to become, and then I’ll go from there.

Wish me luck! Happy New Year, everyone!

2018 Itinerary

So, I revisited my 2017 itinerary, and out of all the places listed on there, I only went to two. There were so many unplanned trips last year that I had to forego some of what I initially listed. For the sake of tradition, I am listing the places I really wish to visit this year.

Domestic

  • Siargao
  • Ilocos Norte / Sur
  • Zamboanga

International

  • Japan
  • Hongkong
  • Australia
  • United States

 

My Top 5 Favorite Beaches in the Philippines

I must be crazy for attempting to pick just 5 favorite beaches in the Philippines. I’m sure this is just going to be part 1, and there will be more parts to this post in the future. Even though it’s a fact that our country boasts of hundreds of beautiful beaches, I’ve only been to a few, so my selection is not as extensive as I’d like them to be. But still, even with just a few beaches to choose from, this is going to be a tough post to write. Let’s begin. Continue reading

Travel Diary: Trip to South Korea Part 2 – N Seoul Tower

View of the N Seoul Tower from below.

Raise your hand if you’re watching Legend of the Blue Sea or have watched any Koreanovela before. I know I have, many times! They’re the best at creating romantic scenes with beautiful cinematography. This is partly the reason why I wanted to visit South Korea. Who wouldn’t? The places are just so pretty! Now I get double the ‘kilig’ when I watch a Korean series and they were shot in places I’ve already been to. One such place is the Namsan Tower or N Seoul Tower.

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Travel Diary: Trip to South Korea Part 1 – Arrival

If I were to list all my dream destinations, South Korea would be up there in the top 5. I’d always wanted to go there but never really made it a reality because I thought the visa process was much too complicated (It’s totally the opposite though! I blogged about my visa application process here.)

A couple of months ago, on my birthday week, I finally realized my dream and spent 6 days in Korea. 6 days is too short to fully enjoy the place, but that’s all I had so I had to make do.

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2017 Itinerary

Since I have acquired a new job, one that requires me to report at an actual office, my longer travels will significantly become less frequent. No more staying abroad for months. At most, I can spend two weeks away, but that is if I decide to take my vacation leaves all in one go, which is kind of not possible. Now before I regret my decision of leaving my work-from-home job, I give you the list of places I want to visit this year.

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Hello, 2017! I’m Ready.

Argh! I was supposed to have a week-long break. I was supposed to be doing nothing, getting a much-needed rest before going back to being a corporate slave. Except for my long afternoon nap from the other day, I haven’t done much resting at all. I’ve been busy getting a new job, processing employment requirements, the holidays, working on the THS website, and catching up on blog posts. Sigh.

But with that said, I know I’m doing all this to make way for a better 2017, so I’m pretty much fine with it. After months of feeling inadequate, I found myself some much-needed motivation to become a better me in the coming year. And as 2016 comes to an end, I am writing down my resolutions for 2017. It’s a rather short list this time as I’m trying to set realistic goals.

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