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Visas and Immigration - Pacific Region
Welcome to the home of the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) in New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and French dependencies (Francais), Solomon Is, Kiribati, Nauru, Federated States of Micronesia, Northern Mariana Is, Tuvalu, Marshall Is, Palau, Guam and Pitcairn.
ADVICE FOR APPLICANTS FOR TEMPORARY VISAS
The standard processing time for temporary visa applications is 30 days (1 month). We aim to process most applications within this timeframe, however some do take longer for example if further documents or checks are required.
To ensure all applicants are treated fairly and equitably, all applications are processed in order of date of lodgement. The only exceptions are for unexpected circumstances such as urgent medical treatment; or for critical need to travel for example to attend a family funeral.
Visa applicants should not pay for tickets, or enter into commitments based on their travel plans unless they hold a valid visa. The department will not be liable for any financial loss incurred by clients whose visa application was finalised later than expected or where an application is unsuccessful.
The standard processing time for group visa applications is 30 days (1 month). We aim to process most group visa applications within this timeframe, however some do take longer for example if further documents or checks are required.
To ensure the intended travel date is met, it is very important for the group visa applications to be lodged 30 days (1 month) prior to the intended date of the travel. To ensure all applicants are treated fairly and equitably, all applications are processed in order of date of lodgement.
Please be reminded that group visa applicants should not pay for tickets, or enter into commitments based on their travel plans unless they hold a valid visa to Australia. The department will not be liable for any financial loss incurred by group visa applicants whose visa application was finalised later than expected or where an application is unsuccessful.
If you are in New Zealand and applying for an Australian visa,please use the link below which will advise you of the requirements. http://www.fiji.embassy.gov.au/suva/01PacRegNZ.html If you are a New Zealand citizen, do not have tuberculosis nor a criminal conviction, you can live and work in Australia without applying for a visa in advance. You will be eligible for a Special Category Visa (SCV) which is granted on arrival. See: Frequently Asked Questions
Online lodgement for Visitor visas (subclass 600) from 09 May 2014
From 09 May 2014, the Australian Government is providing online access to nationals of Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu to apply for a Visitor Visa (visa subclass 600).
The online visa lodgement system is available to applicants at their convenience, seven days a week, without the need to apply in person or send in application forms by mail. Applications can be made at www.border.gov.au (see: Online Services).
To start an application, you will first need to create your own online account, known as ImmiAccount. ImmiAccount lets you create and manage all your online visa applications in one place. You can use your account to:
• lodge and pay for your visa application
• continue a saved application
• attach documents if required, and
• check the progress of your application.
Please note that you will need access to a credit card to pay for an online application. A third party may complete an online application on your behalf with your consent.
If your visa is granted, you will not require a visa label in your passport, as your visa details will be stored electronically. You can check your visa conditions before you travel to Australia using the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) system. See: Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
For more information about online visas and which nationalities are eligible to make online applications, see www.border.gov.au
Fiji Travel Sanctions
On 31 March 2014, the Australian Government lifted all travel restrictions on Fiji. The application checklist has been updated and individuals are no longer required to complete Travel Sanction Forms.
Traveller Facilitation for Nauru Passport Holders
Australia would like to extend privileges to Nauruan travellers to recognise the close relationship between the two countries.
From 20th September 2013, Australia will provide Nauru passport holders with access to the new electronic Visitor Visa (subclass e600).
Offering visa applicants a 24/7 internet lodgement facility, this will mean faster lodgement and faster visa assessment for Nauruan nationals who have access to the internet. The visa is also available for paper-based applications where there is no access to the internet.
For previous Australian visa holders who complied with their visa conditions, we will also simplify the documentary requirements for both the electronic and paper-based Visitor visa application. This will mean they will only need to lodge the application form, a copy of the biographical page of their passport, and pay the visa application charge.Importantly, the Visitor visa enables multiple entry and multiple year visa grants to those applicants considered low risk and propose regular travel to Australia.
For applications lodged at the AVAC service fee is still applicable.
Application of Public Interest Criterion (PIC) 4020 to family visas
From 1 July 2013 Public Interest Criterion (PIC) 4020 applies to all Family Stream visas. PIC 4020 will apply to all new applications and also to applications lodged prior to 1 July 2013 which have not yet been finally determined.
PIC 4020 enables a visa to be refused if bogus documentation or false and misleading information have been provided as part of the visa application. Applicants who are refused under PIC 4020 may also be subject to a three year bar on any visa that includes PIC 4020.
See: Application of Public Interest Criterion 4020 across all Family Stream visas
Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands and Palau
From 1 July 2013 the Australian Embassy in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, will stop accepting all visa applications and enquiries.
The Australian Government is making it quicker and easier to apply for many Australian visas. A number of new countries have been included in an expansion of access to online Visitor visa applications. If you hold a Federated States of Micronesia passport, you might be able to apply to visit Australia through our website.
Paper applications and enquiries can be directed to your nearest Australian Visa Application Centre See:Australian Visa Application Centres - Pacific Region
From 21st March 2013,TT Services Samoa will not accept cash as a mode of payment.All payments are required to be in the form of Bank Cheques
Central Police Station
PO Box 8
Residents: Apply in person or by post to Officer-In-Charge of Criminal Record (OIC) to the address above.
Application to include: proof of identity or residence status in Tonga (such as a certified copy of your birth certificate and/or passport).
You can obtain the application form from the Australian High Commission in Nuku’alofa.
Non-residents: Apply by post to the Officer-In-Charge of Criminal Record to request a certificate.
Note: You must ensure your police certificate includes full-disclosure of any spent convictions. The Department is authorised under law to require this information for the purposes of assessing your visa application.
Important Notice - Inquiries Regarding Online Visa Applications
If you have lodged an online visa application through the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website, please note that TT Services cannot provide any information regarding the status of your application, nor do they have access to DIBP systems.
Please go to www.border.gov.au for further information.
Applying for a Visa to Australia
For details on how to lodge an application for an Australia Visa in the Pacific Region please see:Australian Visa Application Centres - Pacific Region
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