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    01 August 2017

    Thank you for your interest in the Work and Holiday (subclass 462) programme. All current places in the Singapore Work and Holiday programme have been taken. The next release of places will be 01 October 2017

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    20 July 2017

    Update of Work and Holiday Visa Programme Singapore

    Follow the link here for Frequently Asked Questions

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    01 July 2017

    Australia Visa Fee Change

    Effective 1 July 2017, the Australia Visa fee structure is changing.

    Please note that the cost of visas changes from time to time. The cost of your visa is dependent on the date we receive your application. If there is a price increase between the date you lodge your application and the date we receive your application, you will need to pay the new application charge.

    Follow the link here on 1 July 2017 for the updated list of Visa Fees.

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    05 June 2017

    New visa options to boost tourism and business ties with Singapore

    The Australian Prime Minister, the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, has announced two new visa options for Singapore citizens.

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    01 June 2017

    Scam Alert:

    Government departments like DFAT and DIBP (the Department of Immigration and Border Protection) will never ask for wire transfers as a payment option. Click here for more information.

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    22 May 2017

    British nationals (Overseas) can avail the service of ETA

    Effective 23 May 2017 British nationals (overseas) can avail the service of applying for ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) visa at the AVAC in Singapore.

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    10 March 2017

    Taiwanese nationals can avail the service of apply for ETA

    Effective 13 March 2017 Taiwanese nationals can avail the service of apply for ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) visa at the AVAC in Singapore.

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    15 November 2016

    From 19 November 2016, changes to the temporary activity visa framework are coming into effect.

    Under the new temporary visa framework there would be four temporary activity visa subclasses:

    • Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) (subclass 400) visa;
    • Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403) visa;
    • Training (subclass 407) visa; and
    • Temporary Activity (subclass 408) visa.

    The subclass 400, 407 and 408 visas can only be lodged online. Paper applications lodged from this date for these visa subclasses will be considered invalid and returned to the applicant together with payment of the visa application charge; Paper applications for the subclass 401 and subclass 402 visas will also be considered invalid; and Only the subclass 403 visa can be lodged both online and by paper.

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    11 November 2016

    HOAX ALERT: Visa Free visit to Australia from January 2017

    The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) is aware of a hoax news/blog site suggesting new visa-free arrangements are coming into effect for individuals intending to travel to Australia. The hoax stories, which have so far named Fiji, the Philippines, Oman and Pakistan, suggest that Australia has entered into visa agreements with visa-free travel commencing from January 2017. These stories are false and Australia maintains a universal non-discriminatory visa regime. There has been no change to Australia’s approach. All non-citizens seeking to enter and stay in Australia require a valid visa.

    Travellers should continue to check the Department’s website, www.border.gov.au, for the latest information on visa requirements for Australia. Any changes to visa conditions or processes are publicised on the Department’s website. The Department is reminding travellers who are intending to visit Australia, that there are important things they should know. This includes what visas to apply for, requirements for the visa application, obligations while in Australia and information about complying with the conditions of your visa.

    For reliable information on visa processes and charges information, please refer to Visiting Australia.

  • 01 July 2016

    Student Visa Online Data Entry Service effective 1 July 2016

    Effective 1st July 2016, all student visa applications are required to be lodged online. VFS Global can assist applicants by completing the data entry of an application and upload the supporting documents Online on their behalf under VFS’s Online IMMI Account by charging the approved rates.

    The service will be available with prior appointment through the call centre. Applicants are required to bring in their Credit Card as payment for Visa can only be made Online in AUD (Australian Dollar) and under phase 1, VFS will not be able to offer the payment through its own cards.

    Applicants are encouraged to bring along all the information and supporting documents at the time of their appointment to avoid any delays.

    For any further information, please call or visit your nearest Australian Visa Application centre.

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    03 June 2016

    Student Visa Programme changes effective 1 July 2016

    From 1 July 2016 all student visa applications must be lodged online through ImmiAccount.
    Paper student visa applications lodged on or after 1 July 2016, including applications that were mailed to the Post prior to 1 July and received at the Post on or after 1 July will be considered invalid and returned to the applicant together with payment of the student visa application charge.

    Australia will make a number of changes to its student visa processes. These changes include the introduction of a simplified student visa framework (SSVF).

    From 1 July, under the SSVF:

    • all international students will now apply for a single Student visa (subclass 500), regardless of their chosen course of study
    • all international students will be required to apply for their student visa online
    • a new immigration risk framework will be used to guide the evidence of English language and financial capacity that a student needs to provide with their visa application.

    Why the Australian Government is making these changes

    The SSVF will support the sustainable growth of Australia’s international education sector by making the process of applying for a student visa simpler to navigate for genuine students, delivering a more targeted approach to immigration integrity and reducing red tape for business.

    If you hold a student visa with subclass numbers 570 to 576, your visa will remain valid and your visa conditions will not change after 1 July 2016.

    Family members of existing student visa holders (subclasses 570-576) will need to apply for a subclass 500 visa if they do not currently hold a student visa and want to join their family member in Australia.

    Please note that paper applications for a student visa lodged from 1 July 2016 will be considered invalid and returned to the applicant together with payment of the student visa application charge.

    You can find more information on the changes to the student visa programme and documents you need to provide with your student visa application at http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Stud/changes-student-visa

     

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    15 February 2016

    Starting 16 February 2016, all applicants under the age of 5 years need to have a facial photograph taken by the SDP, but must not have their fingerprints collected

    The parent or guardian of an applicant who is under 5 is to be present when the photograph is taken. If an applicant under 15 years of age attends the Australia Visa Application Center without a parent or guardian, the application may not accepted as the parent or guardian must be present for the photograph and fingerprints to be taken for the biometrics.