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.
Compared 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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6 Steps for Getting an Australian Visa for Filipinos
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.
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.
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.
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.