How to Get an Australian Tourist Visa for Filipinos with Philippines Passport

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor September 6th, 2019 Posted in Australia & Oceania, Travel Guides, VISA Application Guides, Visa Home Page 476 Comments

How to Get an Australian Tourist Visa for Filipinos with Philippines Passport?

Australia is an extremely efficient country so you won’t have difficulty getting an Australian visa from The Philippines. For starters, the entire application process for Filipinos is online – very easy, simple, and convenient. It is a task you can certainly do yourself, which is a lot welcome if you are trying to avoid extra fees from outside facilitators.

In addition, the process is quick. It takes one day to lodge a complete application form given you have all the necessary documents on hand. In my experience, I was contacted by Immigration two days after submission and I was asked to proceed with my health exam. Another two days after I finished the medical, I received my Australian visa. Indeed, it is a grief-free process that you should not avoid or fear.

how-to-get-an-australian-visa-from-the-philippinesCompared to any other Western country, Australia is very welcoming and allows incredible ease for individuals to get their visa applications in. If you are planning to head over, work on your Australian visa application today and who knows, you might squeeze that trip in before the year ends!

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To make it even easier for you, we have provided an extensive guide below to walk you through the entire process. All the best!

1. Determine what kind of visa you need.

Use the Visa Finder to see what options are available to you. The purpose of your travel determines the appropriate visa application. Options include Visitor visa (subclass 600), Carer via (subclass 116), and Partner visa (subclasses 820 and 801) among many others. An eligibility criteria is set for each to better help you identify which fits your situation best.

2. Create an ImmiAccount.

Access the online services of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection by creating an ImmiAccount to facilitate your application. This will be your primary contact point where you will submit, process, and get updates on your application. The interface is user-friendly and you will not have a lot of trouble navigating the platform.

3. Fill out the online application form.

Fill out the form inside your ImmiAccount. Provide all the information needed to complete your Australian visa application. This involves pertinent details like personal information, desired travel dates, financial capabilities, and so on.

Also, if you are visiting a partner, friend, or family, you will be required to put in information about them too, such as their name, address, and other contact details. The form is very thorough. Just answer it to the best of your abilities. Add all necessary details and be as specific as you can.

4. Attach the required documents.

Several documents are needed to support your application. Mostly, it is concerned with providing evidence on how you are going to fund your travel to Australia. To meet the requirements, scan copies of your bank statements and assets and attach it to your ImmiAccount. If you have a separate payroll and savings account, scan copies of both. As for assets, this includes a land or house title, mortgage, or investments that you have. Even if your trip will be funded in full by another person, there is no going around showing your assets.

You will also be asked for a scanned copy of your birth certificate, as well as your current passport along with the pages detailing your travel history. If you have a new passport and have travelled before, send a copy of your old passport with the stamped pages, too. Other Filipinos who have applied for an Australian visa say they forwarded an NSO copy of their birth certificate but I only submitted one from the civil registrar and I did not have problems with my application.

5. Pay.

Review your application form and attachments then proceed to payment. Again, it is a hassle-free online transaction. The cost will vary depending on the visa that you are seeking and the exchange rate for the day. Credit card fees apply, too.

6. Download the health assessment endorsement.

The health exam is only applicable if you plan to stay longer than 3 months and/or depending your age.

In the summary of your application, there is a button on health assessment. You can click on it to generate a HAP ID and download your referral letter for a health exam. Hold on to this document until Immigration contacts you via e-mail instructing you to proceed with the medical.

Once you receive this confirmation, print out your referral letter and go to an accredited medical institution. You have two options: Nationwide Health Systems Aux, Inc. in Salcedo St. Legaspi Village, Makati or St Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

The health exam is the last piece of your application. After this is completed, a decision will be rendered. If successful, your Australian visa grant will be sent to you via e-mail.

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Quick Guide to your health exam:

I visited NHS in Makati because it is near my apartment despite old negative reviews on Google. The clinic is definitely okay, orderly and quick in processing the health exam. No appointment necessary. For more ease, download the NHS form and fill it out before visiting.

Remember to bring your valid passport and referral letter from the Australian Embassy. You need the HAP ID to lodge the results of your health exam. Take any relevant medical record or certificate, too. Also, for female applicants, schedule your exam at least a week after menstruation. There is a timeframe for which you must finish the health exam so plan accordingly. The cost of the medical is PHP 6,000. Repeat tests are not covered and additional fees apply.

The clinic will forward the results to Immigration. It does not take long. I received my Australian visa grant for a stay of up to 12 months just two days after I completed all the requirements.

Further notes:

A plane ticket is not required to apply for a visa; in fact, it is recommended that you obtain your visa first before booking any flights. However, in these times of promo fares, you may consider taking a chance and securing cheaper tickets ahead of time. Just make sure you allow plenty of time before your departure date to process your Australian visa application.


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476 thoughts on “How to Get an Australian Tourist Visa for Filipinos with Philippines Passport

  1. Got my parents grant visa emailed this morning at 8:57 from immigration manila.
    Lodged thru VFS manila
    Grant date-Dec. 11
    55 days i think to be exact not included weekends.
    I also contacted home and affairs yesterday noon to follow up the status of their visa,but since they applied it offshore i was not allowed to know the details but the one i spoke to said that if i filled up the form 956 to follow up on my parents behalf, they could have try to check it to their system. Anyway,i was about to do that this morning but im glad the visa arrived;not on time because they suppose to come here on Nov 22 but its fine atleast they got the grant multiple visa. To everyone, i wish you get yours too very soon.This year is different wherein everyone are waiting for long not unlike before that it will only take 2days to weeks only. Just be patient,good luck and advance merry xmas everyone!thank u as well to the owner of this site 👍.cheers!

      1. Hi Ria, congrats! And sorry about your other companion. Anyway, was there a reason provided why they got refused and is it their first time to apply for the visa? I lodge mine last November and it’s still on received status, not in a hurry though since my planned trip will still be on Feb. But I’m a first time applicant and I’m a bit anxious while waiting for it! Lol

  2. Hi everyone, I applied on Nov 8 and since then I’m still waiting. Does anybody know why is taking them so long? I’m concerned. Please share your experience

    1. The delays have been happening since September. If you go through the thread, most of the applications lodged took more or less a month or so. We attributed it due to the bulk of applications due to the upcoming holiday. I lodged my application October 2, we got granted our visa Nov 4. I did send an online inquiry on October 30. Fortunately, our trip is still end of December.
      Good luck on ur application..i hope it gets granted on time

  3. Hi guys..i am new in this forum. I lodged my visa app last nov 10 and still waiting. Do you guys happen to know if there is any number in australia where i can call to follow up my visa application? Thank u in advance

    1. If you applied online you can send an inquiry through their website.

      They are some dudes here who applied and receive their grants after almost a month.

      It depends on your case, the country you are from, and you have to be patient

      1. Yeah, i submitted my application online. And i did it here in philippines. I checked my immi account for their email address so i can email them, but i cannot find any address that can be use to email my follow up or inquiry. That is why i am asking maybe someone here knew a way to contact them.

        1. Sheh, I just heard that you can send an inquiry but I don’t really know how to do that.

          A friend of mine submitted around 45 papers to his tourist visa application and got the grant after 37 days.

          I just thought maybe the higher number of documents may prolong the processing time, how many documents did you upload?

          1. I submitted only 24 pages out of 60. I was thinking it was very less comparing to others. But i was specific i submitted only those docs that i thought was necessary.

        2. I think you just have to wait couple of days, if they wanted to reject your visa they could have done it already.

          24 pages are good if they include everything necessary.

          I don’t know if they grant visas on weekends. You don’t have to get worried, if there isn’t grant for today or tomorrow.

  4. Hi guys, I got my visa yesterday. Exactly 23 days, I think there’s no within 5 days now.
    Applied Nov 12, 2019
    Visa grant Dec 5, 2019
    Immigration must have changed their system and strictly implemented the processing duration from 18-28 days. Just be patient and pray more

    1. Hi guys..i am new in this forum. I lodged my visa app last nov 10 and still waiting. Do you guys happen to know if there is any number in australia where i can call to follow up my visa application? Thank u in advance

      1. Shen, same as me except I applied on Nov 9, still waiting, where are you from?

        I’m from Philippines. It may depend on the country

        1. Hi hizzi, i am also from philippines. I am worried coz my class will start o january 6, and until now i dont have my visa. I also heard that holiday there will start early,like dec. 20 and will resume on january 5. I confirmed it with my aussie friend. I also knew some people from dubai and saudi who got their visa after only a week.

      2. Hi Sheh. I called up this number +612 61960196 but the guy I spoke to cannot give the exact stages of my visa. He said on process. And told me to wait and check with the email and IMMI Account. Then after so many hours I got my visa. But the visa approval have nothing to do with my call. I just wasted my time and money for the long distance call.

        1. Hi zeny, actually i called the same number, it was given by my friend,and yeah, they dont know anything. They just gave me the same info that I already know and told me that they cannot do anything to speed up the process, just wait for the approval. I also reiterated that the processing time given already lapsed but she just told they cannot do anything and i only have to wait. It is so frustrating.

  5. hi, I lodged my aplication last Nov 12 and we got our grant notification this evening, Dec 5. Your posts was very helpful. It took 23 calendar days which is around 18 working days to be exact, to be granted the visa. For those who are about to apply, I suggest you apply 2 months before your intended flight, it would be good for your peace of mind. God Bless you, thank you.

    1. Hi we have similar status. First time-date lodged Nov 13. Today was my flight but I rebooked it for next week dec 11. I hope it does not take beyond 27 procesdding days as what they’ve stated in the immiaccount website.

    2. Some have granted the visa within 10 days other it took them almost a month, all have applied in November this year.

      It may depend on the country that you are from, it may depend on the complicity of your case. Just hope for the best

    1. Hi, I applied on Nov 9 and no response yet. Still “received”. I started to worry now. Please tell me if you got approved or anyone else

      1. Still received as well. Last couple of times I applied I was able to get it in 4 and 5 days. Does anyone know if they send grants even at night?

          1. Hi Hizzi. Yes I did last night around 8:17 PM Lodged November 11 and granted Dec 5 around 8:17 PM. I’m from the Philippines.

  6. Hi,

    Thanks for this information. I will fund my travel except for the accommodation which will is at my partner’s mom’s and grandparents’ houses (both aussies). Do I need to submit a document/proof to support this? What are the documents? Looking forward to hear your insights about this. Thanks a lot.

    1. ohhh and another thing, is it necessary to include photos of me and my boyfriend (aussie)? Which part of the list of documents should it be attached? Thanks

  7. Does anybody know how much time does the processing take these days?

    Mine lodged Nov 9 and no response yet. I’m stressed my flight is very soon

    Can we expect a response on Saturday or Sunday? Or no work at weekends

        1. hi im a Philippine passport holder but I am here in brunei as ofw, I lodge my tourist visa application subclass 600 December 6, my flight is on Jan. 22,2020

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