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How To Get Your Australian Tourist Visa Online via ImmiAccount in 2019

How To Get Your Australian Tourist Visa With Your Philippine Passport

Dan Travels How To Get Your Australian Tourist Visa Online via ImmiAccount in 2019

By DAN FORTEZA

Visiting Australia is one of the most memorable trips of my life. The Bondi beach, the Opera House, the scenic Harbor bridge area, the 12 Apostles, etc. Without a doubt, Australia is definitely worth visiting! If you’re here looking for a guide on how to apply for your Australian Tourist Visa or what commonly known as the ‘Visitor Visa’, then you’re in the right place.

Dan Travels How To Get Your Australian Tourist Visa Online via ImmiAccount in 2019
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But before I give you the details, I’d like to start off by saying that no one can give you the guarantee of your Australian visa’s approval – not me, not even a lawyer or a travel agent. If anyone does, is most likely a scammer.

As a travel blogger, what I can offer you here is just a guide with helpful tips to increase your chances of getting that Australian tourist visa. =)

Now, there are two ways to get your Australian tourist visa:

1. via VFS Global
2. via ImmiAccount (Australia’s Department of Home Affairs’s online services).

VFS Global is a third party agency that handles visa application for Australia and other countries. However, I do not find applying to VFS Global convenient as you will be paying their Service Fee on top of the actual visa fee. You also need to submit printed copies of your documents.

In this blog, I will only be particular on applying directly ONLINE via ImmiAccount. If your visa is approved, your visa will be sent to you via email as a letter-sized paper. It can either be 3-month or 1-year valid. I got mine with 1-year validity and with multiple entry as well.

Anyway, enough of that and let’s get started!

WHEN TO APPLY via IMMIACCOUNT

I suggest you apply at least 6 weeks before your intended flight. The processing time could be up to 4 weeks after submittal! Some have gotten their results as early as 2 days (wow!). I got mine 16 days after submitting my application.

STEP 1: CREATE AN IMMIACCOUNT

Go to this link. Click the ‘Create ImmiAccount’ button at the left bottom corner to start creating your account.

Dan Travels How To Get Your Australian Tourist Visa Online via ImmiAccount in 2019

STEP 2: CREATE NEW APPLICATION.

Once you have created your account and you’re logged in, just simply click NEW APPLICATION, and then look for VISITOR VISA (600).

Dan Travels How To Get Your Australian Tourist Visa Online via ImmiAccount in 2019

It will direct you to the online form application. You need answer it truthfully. Put N/A if the item is NOT applicable to you. 

Dan Travels How To Get Your Australian Tourist Visa Online via ImmiAccount in 2019

STEP 3. UPLOAD THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

Next stage of the application is attaching and uploading the documents . There are two sections – REQUIRED and RECOMMENDED. Sometimes, the required and recommended documents can vary from one applicant to another. So you gotta really pay attention to what is required and recommended for you.

Dan Travels How To Get Your Australian Tourist Visa Online via ImmiAccount in 2019

REQUIRED:

1. Photo – A passport size photo, save it as jpg format (I think other photo formats will do as well).

2. Travel Document – This is basically just a scanned page of your passport’s bio page. Save it as pdf format.

3. Evidence of applicant’s previous travels – these are scanned pages of your passport with stamped on it to show your travel history; include also your old passport if you have one. Save it as pdf format.

RECOMMENDED:

4. Family register and composition form – We Filipinos do not have this one but it is recommended to attach the NSO birth certificate. The birth certificate is considered the equivalent document for this requirement. Scan it and save it as pdf format.

You can request an original copy of this through online via PSA website. I got my mine which was home-delivered after three (3) working days. Click HERE for the link.

5. Evidence of planned tourism activities in Australia – I included my day-to-day itinerary, my confirmed flight tickets, and my hostel bookings to comply with this requirement. Saved them in pdf formats.

I can also share my day-to-day itinerary template, just leave a comment on the comment section below. I can send it to you via email.

TIP: I usually book my hostel accommodation at booking.com. Thus, I recommend you guys trying it as well.  Room accommodation ranges from cheap hostels to luxury hotels.

Book hostels through booking.com as they have free cancellation or pay-at-the-hotel option. 

Use my link to book your hostel and you’ll get 10% of your booking back after your stay. Click this link to get that discount.

Or try Airbnb in finding comfy and cozy rooms! I have used Airbnb on some of my other trips and I loved it!

Have you tried Airbnb? Sign up with my link and you will get up to 42 USD (2,200 Php) off your first stay. Click this link to get that discount.

NOTE: I also included travel insurance. This is optional for Australian visa but applying for a Turkish visa and Schengen visa, this is required. Just to be sure, I bought one from the World Nomads where most travelers get their travel insurances.

Go to this link to get to your World Nomads travel insurance.

6. Evidence of the financial status and funding for visit – Any document that can prove you can sustain and fund your travel, attach it! I have attached my Bank Certificates, Bank’s passbook, Income Tax Return (ITR), as well as my insurances/investments. Saved as pdf.

7. Evidence of current employment or self employment – You should attach your Certificate of Employment (COE) here. I actually did not attach my COE but instead I added my Employment Contract, Payslips, and Employment ID which I think suffice the requirement. Saved as pdf. (If you’re self-employed, upload your business permit, SEC or DTI registration.)

8. Exceptional reasons for extended stay in Australia – If you see this as part of your recommended documents, you can ignore this if you’re not staying for more than 12 months in Australia.

Below snapshot is how I prepared and grouped the attachments.

Dan Travels How To Get Your Australian Tourist Visa Online via ImmiAccount in 2019

TIP: I know most of us do not own a scanner, so I recommended you to use a mobile app called “CAMSCANNER”. It is available in both Android and iPhone. Just take a picture of the file and it can be saved as pdf. I use it myself and it appears just like a normal scanned document!

STEP 4. PAY THE VISA FEE

Review your application form and the attached documents thoroughly. Make sure you don’t miss anything out. Then, pay the visa fees of AUD 140 payable via Credit Card or Paypal.

STEP 5. WAIT AND PRAY!

Once you’re done with uploading and payment, it is time for the WAITING GAME. Result of your visa application will be emailed to you.

It is frustrating that you will not be given a specific date to see the results. So you have to wait. From what I read on other blogs, it could take as early as 3 days but up to month also! You’ll be lucky if you receive yours in a week!

MY EXPERIENCE:

Waiting for my visa got me so frustrated. Imagine I have to wait up to a month without certainty to whether it is approved or not. I have my flight tickets confirmed, my hostel bookings ready…just really need the visa email notification I am wanting to receive!

On the 16th day from the day I submitted my application online, I finally received an email visa notification.

My application status is GRANTED! The email has with attached Australian tourist visa (see snapshot below). Woo hoo!

Dan Travels How To Get Your Australian Tourist Visa Online via ImmiAccount in 2019

SUMMARY:

Visa Type: Visitor Visa (600)
Visa Validity: 1 Year
Entry type: Multiple Entry
Visa Fee: 140 AUD

RECOMMENDED PACKAGE TOURS

In case you’re also looking for package tours to justify your tourism activity in Russia for either visa purposes or simply jumpstarting your actual itinerary, I highly recommend booking tours through Viator which is perfect for your Russian itinerary. See tours and packages I personally handpicked for you:

(you may choose one or more tours that suit your travel needs)

BOOKING ESSENTIALS

  • Hotel / Hostel
    • Booking.com. I usually book my hostel accommodation at booking.com. Thus, I recommend you guys trying it as well.  Room accommodation ranges from cheap hostels to luxury hotels. Book hostels through booking.com as they have free cancellation or pay-at-the-hotel option.

Use my link to book your hostel and you’ll get 10% of your booking back after your stay. Click this link to get that discount.

    • Airbnb. Try Airbnb in finding comfy and cozy rooms! I have used Airbnb on some of my other trips and I loved it!

Have you tried Airbnb? Sign up with my link and you will get up to 42 USD (2,200 Php) off your first stay. Click this link to get that discount.

  • Flights
    • KAYAK. All of my flight bookings are all from KAYAK. Kayak is one of the world’s leading travel search engines and searches hundreds of travel sites.

I suggest you check Kayak (click HERE) as they usually offer cheap fare rates compared to other booking sites.

  •  Travel Insurance
    • World Nomads. If you don’t have travel insurance when times get tough, basically you are screwed. Traveling always comes with inherent risks attached. Whether you are trekking in the Nepalese mountains or wandering the streets of Sydney, unforeseen events can suddenly upend your world. Generally speaking, travel insurance covers you for the following: Medical Costs – hospital visits, emergencies, evacuations; Property Loss – luggage and their contents; Travel Issues – accommodation and transportation expenses. Thus, I highly recommend you guys getting a travel insurance. I bought one from the World Nomads (available in 130+ countries) where most travelers get their travel insurances.

Go to this link to get to your World Nomads travel insurance.

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Angelou Calma

Hi good morning, can you send me your day-to-day itinerary template? Big help pls. Thank you so much! 🥰 God bless you.

Judicel
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Judicel

Good day po.. thanks for this very informative blog. Sir ask lang po..i was granted to have a cruise sa australia this coming OCT. When po kaya ako pwede kumuha ng on line visa i mean anong month ako pwde kumuha ng Visa thru online sa Immi.com?

sweeny
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sweeny

Good noon,Your blog is a big help sir Dan.Ask ko lang po kung saan na category pwede iUpload ang UMID?

Sasi
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Sasi

Hi Dan… Ur page is much informative, tq. I m struggling with how to upload my photo in online application, pls help me with dat. Should I upload in jpg or PDF format? Also how to include both front and back side side? Pls share me d sample format with photo how u did… Thanks in advance..

Angelo
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Angelo

Was that 16 working days or 16 calendar days? Thank you!

Benedick
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Benedick

Hi Sir Dan,
Can you share your day-to-day itinerary, the one you used during your Australian visa application.
Thank you po!

Noah Ocampo
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Noah Ocampo

Hello Sir may I see your sample itinerary template too? Thanks 🙂

Chris
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Chris

Hi Dan, kudos to a very helpful and well-written Au visa guide! Can you please share your day-to-day itinerary template? Thanks very much!

Renz
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Renz

Hi Dan, how about if u are applying as a group like family? Is there an option for that or would need to do it separately? Can u send me ur sample itinerary?

Jenny Palma
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Jenny Palma

Hi goodafternoon po! Can you also send me a sample itinerary template please? Thank you!

amin
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amin

hi
thank you very much for explaining every basic things in details. i would love to see what was your travel itinerary, because Australia is soo big i dont know where to start.

again thank you

Abigail A. Odchimar
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Abigail A. Odchimar

Hi good afternoon 🙂 , can you send me your day-to-day itinerary and cover letter template ?very Big help pls. Thank you so much! 🥰 God bless you.

Marina
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Marina

Hi! Thank you for sharing your experiences with the visa application proccess.
Can you please send me your day-to-day itinerary? Thank you in advance!
Marina

Ivana
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Ivana

Hi Dan,

Thanks for your super helpful article. Are you please able to share your itinerary with me? Thank you so much!

Ivana

Yusselle
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Yusselle

Hi Dan!
Just reading your Blog atm!
Thank you for sharing ..
May I have a copy of your day to day itinerary please..

Hoping for a positive feedback!

Take good care as always in your trip!
Godbless you Dan 😊

-Z xxx

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