EDIT: Tobias (my boyfriend) and I thoroughly enjoyed our one-month trip to Australia. We campervanned from Sydney all the way to Cairns. Look out for our detailed itinerary and expenses on Among Fernweh, a blog that we started this year.
This guide solely focuses on how to apply for Australia tourist visa online for Filipinos, which means your physical presence or physical submission of the requirements are not needed. The good thing about applying for Australian visa, it does not require you to present a travel itinerary, hotel booking, and all those stressful requirements other developed countries imposed.
My visa application was approved within 24 hours, much to my surprise! The online application was easy as long as you have all the documents needed.
But if you prefer to submit all the requirements physically and you are based in Cebu, you can go to
VFS Global Services Philippines Private Inc.,
9th Floor, Keppel Center, Unit 905, Samar Loop
cor. Cardinal Rosales Avenue,
Cebu Business Park, Cebu City 6000 (This is near Ayala Cebu; it is the maroon building across from Sun Life Building. Japan consulate is also in the same building.)
TAKE NOTE: Applying via VFS takes more time and entails more requirements. You cannot pay by cash or credit card. There is a need to get a manager’s cheque to pay for your visa application. Check Lilliane of Wanderlass’ visa application guide to Australia via VFS.
(In my case, I prepared and scanned all the following documents.)
✔️Scan the page that has your photo and passport information
✔️Scan all pages that have stamps [to establish your travel history]
✔️ Bank Certificate [IMPORTANT READ: Why you must have a separate travel fund bank account. The amount in your bank account should be proportional to the number of days you are staying in Australia. It took me two years to reach my Php180K, my initial travel fund for my year-long trip with Tobias]
✔️Certificate of Employment [For freelancer, I advise you to ask for a certificate of employment from your regular client. Ask them to indicate the amount you earned from them.]
✔️Income Tax Return [Can be foregone as long as you have an established travel history and enough supporting documents to prove that you can fund your trip]
✔️Monthly Pay Slip
✔️Latest Credit Card Statement (I included two credit cards)
✔️My Sunlife VUL (If you have land titles, life insurance, investment, include them here.)
Mode of Payment
I used a credit card for the visa application fee ($135, roughly Php5000.00). Debit card and Paypal are now accepted as well.
✔️Make sure you have a stable Internet connection
✔️Create an Immi Account, the online visa application system of Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection
✔️Start your application. There are 18 pages to fill up. The documents mentioned above will be uploaded on the last part.
✔️Review all the pages before you click the submit button.
✔️Pay the online visa application fee.
✔️You will receive an acknowledgement email that your application has been received.
You will also receive an email if your visa is granted or rejected. If it is granted, all you have to do is to print the PDF and bring it with you once you travel to Australia. If you want to have a visa stamped on your passport, you have to pay extra for that. And personally, I do not want to. A visa stamp eats up an entire passport page.
The application process can last up to a month. Ayn got his within a week. Edcel and Sheena got theirs after three weeks.
As I said, my application is granted within 24 hours. Perhaps because all my documents are complete. I got a multiple entry visa valid until October 20, 2017.
Odd though that Australia’s multiple entry visa can only last a year, unlike Japan’s or the USA’s.
Here is hoping you find this entry helpful!
As you can see, it is not as hard as thought it would be. The online application and transaction is easy and fast. Poor but want to travel abroad? You might want to read this.
Should I get a single or multiple entry visa?
It solely depends on your purpose. I got a multiple entry visa, valid for a year. My partner and I traveled to Papua New Guinea for two weeks, located north of Australia. One of the possible exits from PNG is the land down under. And, Australia might also be a possible entry for our trip to South America. I stated these reasons in one of the many pages of the application forms.
Should I book my flights and hotels before I process the visa?
Nope. Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection does not require its possible visitors to do so.
Should I have a health checkup?
If you are applying for a tourist visa and you’re only staying for 3 months max, you don’t have to. Check the different types of visa Australia has.
Do I have to show up for the interview?
Nope, you don’t. That’s the good thing about Australia, compared to other developed countries, it is less taxing to process the visa.
Do I need a notarized document from the ambassador of Australia?
Nope, you don’t. I listed all the requirements above.
Can I apply an Australia tourist visa online for a group?
Yes, you can. You will be asked if you’re applying online for an individual or for a group.
Do I need to present an itinerary of your Australia trip?
Nope, you don’t have to. But you will be asked for your Australia address instead once you made it in Australia. Simply give the address of the hotel you’re staying for the first few days. Or if you are staying with a friend or relative, just indicate their address.
My boyfriend sponsors my trip. How to process the needed papers online?
I could not help you with this aspect. I made this guide out of my own experience. So please check other resources online that detail the process that you need for this.
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