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 205 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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205 thoughts on “How to Get an Australian Tourist Visa for Filipinos with Philippines Passport

  1. I created IMMI Account for myself and another for my husband. But unfortunately the application form to be filled up is not enable or no application form attached to be filled up. So I submitted only my name and my email address.

    Where can I find the application form? Thanks.

    1. Hi! It can be found po doon mismo sa ImmiAccount. If you already have an account, log-in ka lang po then NEW APPLICATION tapos start ka na po sa pag-fi-fill-up.

  2. Maybe just to share, although work filed it via VSF (and there were delays internally), got an appointment in VSF by 15th Oct Tuesday, got my Visa today 18th Oct Friday before 9am via email for a flight tomorrow 19th Oct Saturday. When I called VSF, the embassy just got it by 16th Oct Wednesday and still status ‘received’. I sent a follow up email to local embassy here in Manila yesterday 5:00PM and approval went through this morning with Visa! Waiting for visa is stressful, even if it’s for work – I know I will get it because it’s company sponsored but timing if I’ll get it before flight. My understanding is if it’s via VSF, it goes to the embassy in Manila, but immi account, the bottom part of the letters say an AU address, so following up via email might not work? If you email the embassy in Manila if you filed it via online (not sure!)

    1. Hi Rica,

      I got the same situation here currently waiting for my visa. My flight is supposed to be in 2 weeks time. I had my visa filled around 3 weeks ago already and still haven’t heard. My agent in Australia says it’s the same with their other applicant as it may be due to Christmas season coming up. I’d like to know what did you email them and how you followed up? Because It’s gonna be very hard if it doesn’t get approved soon.
      Thanks!

    2. Thanks Rica. I am in the same situation. I processed mine online via IMMI account on 30th September. Until now the status is still showing as “Received”. VFS can’t help me because I didn’t apply through them. What email address did you use for the Aus embassy follow up? I couldn’t find one – only VFS.

      1. Lodged my application Oct 2 thru my immi account together with my husband. No updates until now. I expected that applying online personally makes the process faster (like they said,online applications are processed 2x as faster) but now I regret it. At least with VFS, you know who you’ll contact to follow up ur application. I dont know who to contact to ask about my online application

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