Australia is one among the top destinations in the world. It offers plenty of opportunity for the new immigrants in the country and also for those visiting on tourist visa, Business visa etc. Attracting immigrants and visitors because of its cultural variety, high employment opportunities with remarkable payment, attractive cities, fusion food and attractions of varying interests, there is no surprise why Australia is on the top of everyone’s list of awesome countries.
To visit Australia you require a visa. Read this blog and get in touch with Arooha to begin the process of applying for a Australia visa from India.
Type of Visa
Suitable for all entrepreneurs, business people and investors visiting Australia for trade,investment or Business reasons
This visa caters to individuals visiting Australia for tourism purposes and permits the individual with a temporary entry.
This visa allows people to visit Australia for a holiday or recreation, or to visit family and/or friends for a stay up to three or six or twelve months. This visa may also be used for other short-term non-work purposes.
Supporting documents to apply for an Australia visa
For a successful Australia visa application process from India, the Australian Embassy requires the applicant to hand over the following supporting documents along with the visa application form.
- If self employed proof of income, assets, tax payments, documents proving ownership of property or business.
- Your travel itinerary and/or other explanation about your planned trip.
- If employed, a letter from employer stating your designation, monthly salary, employed duration, authorized vacation duration and the business reason (if any).
- Court or criminal records relating to any conviction or arrest even if the sentence was completed or it was pardoned.
Depending on your purpose of travel, the following additional supporting documents should be included :
Latest school results, transcripts and degrees/diplomas.
Proof of financial support (fixed deposit slips, monthly bank statements,etc.
an employment letter from your employer and pay slips from the most recent three months.
Business visitors and company directors
evidence of your position in the company and remuneration.
Visiting a relative
Photocopies of relatives residency status, eg Valid visa, Green Card, Naturalization certificate, etc.
Previous visitors to the United States
If you were previously in Australia, any documents attesting to your immigration or visa status.
Australia Visa price
Two criteria that cause price fluctuations of your Australia visa are the applicant’s age and the visa type they are applying for.
The visa fee has to be paid to get an Australia visa and will not be refunded at any cost even if the visa gets rejected. Additionally, there is INR.2500/- as service charge for assistance throughout the visa process.
Australia Visa processing
What is the usual procedure when applying for an Australia visa?
The listed supporting documents should be handed over to the Arooha visa consultant who is helping you with the Australia visa. The below mentioned procedures will be followed upon submission of supporting documents.
- Pay the Australia visa fee and the visa consultation fee, both of which are compulsory.
- Your documents will be checked by the visa consultant. You can also ask any questions you have and discuss about the most suitable visa type for you.
- The Australia visa application form will be filled, signed by you and all documents will be rechecked.
- You will receive an appointment date to submit the visa application and the supporting documents to the Australia Embassy.
- The visa issue phase begins and will also anywhere between 25 to 30 working days.
- In case of rejection & subsequent reapplication the above mentioned charges has to be repeated.
The processing duration may fluctuate between 20 to 25 working days. In case of heavy rush processing time may be further delayed.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How soon should I apply for my appointment?
Most applicants receive their visa within few business days, some applicant’s are delayed their visa because of administrative processing. We cannot predict in advance which applications will require administrative processing, nor do we know how long it will take. Make sure to submit your application a minimum of 6 to 8 weeks prior to your planned travel date. Additionally, don’t book flight tickets or make hotel reservations until you have received the visa.
How can I find out what kind of visa to apply for?
The category of visa you wish to apply for depends on the purpose of your visit. You can utilize the Find Visa facility which is available on the website of Department of Home Affairs. There are details which will help you decide which visa type you should apply for and the requirements for that visa type.
How long does my passport have to be valid in order to apply for an Australia visa?
To be able to apply for an Australia visa your passport should have a minimum validity of six months counting from the date of scheduled return from Australia (unless country- specific agreements provide exemptions).
What is the processing time for visa applications?
The processing time for visa applications depends on various factors. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that an application is complete and accompanied by full and relevant information. If the application is incomplete and/or the absence of required supporting documents, the visa process might get delayed or in some instances rejected.
My passport has expired, but the Australia visa in it is still valid. Do I need to apply for a new visa?
No. If your visa is valid and unmarked or undamaged, you can travel with your two passports together (old and new), if the purpose of your travel matches your current non-immigrant visa. Additionally, the name on other personal details in both passport’s should be identical. Both passports should be of the same country and same category (both should be either tourist passports or diplomatic passports)
Is hotel booking and insurance mandatory for getting an Australia visa?
Yes, both are compulsory. Hotel booking is an important criteria for your visa to go through processing. Insurance is important for the applicant’s safety to cover in case of sudden injuries or natural disasters while in Australia.
Can the visa fee be refunded if the visa gets rejected?
No, the visa fee is not refundable.
How will my passport be returned to me?
You can opt to retrieve your passport in any of the below mentioned ways:
- Collect your passport in person or send an authorised representative
- The passport will be returned to mentioned office or home address via Courier service.
An additional fees will be charged for these services.