News and Notices
9 April 2014: Kolkata Visa Application Centre Relocation

Dear Applicants / Travel Agents / Representatives
Please note that the VFS Australia Visa Application Centre Kolkata is relocating to a new premise and will be functional at the below mentioned address with effect from 14 April 2014.

Address: Australia Visa Application Centre
VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd.
Rene Tower, Building No. 1842, Rajdanga Main Road, Rajdanga,
Landmark: Near Geetanjali Stadium Kolkata, 700107, India
   
3 April 2014: Chennai Visa Application Centre Relocation

Dear Applicants / Travel Agents / Representatives
Please note that the VFS Australia Visa Application Centre is relocating to a new premise and will be functional at the below mentioned address with effect from 21 April 2014.

Address: Fagun Towers, Second Floor,
No 74,Ethiraj Salai, Egmore,
Chennai - 600 008
Land Mark: Ethiraj College
   
2 April 2014: All India VAC Closure

Dear Applicant /Travel Agent/ Representative
Please be informed that all Australia Visa Application Center will remain closed on the following dates due to Lok Sabha election.
Application Center Name Polling dates
New Delhi Thursday, 10 April 2014
Chandigarh Thursday, 10 April 2014
Call-Centre Thursday, 10 April 2014
Cochin Thursday, 10 April 2014
Kolkata Monday, 12 May 2014
Hyderabad Wednesday, 30 April 2014
Bangalore Thursday, 17 April 2014
Chennai Thursday, 24 April 2014
Mumbai Thursday, 24 April 2014
Ahmedabad Wednesday, 30 April 2014
   
31 March 2014 : @rediffmail.com email account holders

Please be informed due to technical and security reasons, the DIBP are unable to receive or send emails to @rediffmail.com email accounts.
Click here for more details.
   
18 March 2014: Chennai Visa Application Centre Relocation

Dear Applicants / Travel Agents / Representatives
Please note that the VFS Australia Visa Application Centre is relocating to a new premise and will be functional at the below mentioned address with effect from 7 April 2014.

Address: Fagun Towers, Second Floor,
No 74,Ethiraj Salai, Egmore,
Chennai - 600 008
Land Mark: Ethiraj College
   
4 March 2014: Mumbai Visa Application Centre Relocation

Dear Applicants / Travel Agents / Representatives
Please note that the VFS Australia Visa Application Centre is relocating to a new premise and will be functional at the below mentioned address with effect from 10 March 2014.

Address: Trade Centre,
5th Floor, Bandra Kurla Complex
Bandra (East),
Mumbai – 400051
   
30 December 2013:  New Visa Charges from 1 January 2014. Please be informed that from 1 January 2014 the visa fees will be applicable as per given below visa pricing currency table.

Visa Pricing Currency Table
   
25 November 2013: Please be informed that the Australia Visa Application Center, New Delhi will remain closed on 4 December 2013 due to Delhi Legislative assembly election.
   
18 November 2013: Please be informed that the Australia Visa Application Center Nepal will remain close on 19 November 2013 due to CA election.We regret for any inconvenience caused.
   
13 November 2013: Document order for Migration applications
Applicants are requested to follow the below document order in case of Prospective Marriage and Partner Migration category:

Cover letter of agent or client.
All Evidences docs of applicant ( job experience of applicant, copy of e-mail, copy of phone call details etc
Evidence of contact documents (copy of phone details, e-mail, etc)
Copy of other certificates such as birth certificate/baptism certificate/police clearance certificates
Copy of Marriage Certificate
Statutory Declaration from friends and relatives/form 888
History of Relationship of applicant and sponsor
Birth certificate/citizenship of Sponsor
Copy of Passport of applicants and sponsor
Form 1221 (additional particulars form) and other DIAC forms such as Form 80
Form 956 (declaration of authorized recipient)
Form 40SP (application form)
Form 47SP (sponsorship form, attach copy of fee receipt)
   
13 November 2013: Change of locations for Postal Application

Applicants applying for Australia Visa can send the visa applications directly through post/courier at the mentioned VFS Australia Visa Application Centres in India except for New Delhi centre. Kindly refer the below Postal Application link for the applicable VFS centers addresses.

http://www.vfs-au-in.com/postalapplication.html
   
1 October 2013: Change of Submission Hours of Australia VFS Visa application centers at Nepal and India other than Delhi center.
This is to inform that the Submission timings for Visa application at the VFS center in Nepal and India except for Delhi would be changed effective 1 Oct 2013. Following are the new timings:

Working Hours:

Locations Individuals Agents/Representatives/Consultants Agent-Bulk Submissions
Delhi- VFS Application Centre 8am-4pm 8am-1pm 8am-11am
Centers other than Delhi in India 9am-4pm 9am-1pm 9am-11am
Kathmandu 8am-3pm 8am-12pm 8am-11am

For Group applications the process remain same for agents, consultants and representatives to submit the applications with prior intimation to Australian High Commission and further seeking an appointment by calling on VFS helpline number.
   
30 August 2013 : Revised Visa fees with effect from 1 September 2013

Visa Pricing Currency Table
   
1 July 2013: Single Demand draft for Visa fee Payment

Visa application charge would be accepted through single demand draft only.
   
1 July 2013: Postal Applications Acceptance

From 1 July 2013, postal applications can be accepted at all the VFS Australia Visa application centers across India. Please refer the contact us page for application centers addresses.
   
New Visa Charges from 1 July 2013

From 1 July 2013, new visa pricing arrangements will be introduced, changing visa applications charges from a single charge at the time of application to a charge per applicant in an individual or combined application.

New Visa Application Charges

What is the visa application charge?
The visa application charge is the amount of money in Australian dollars (AUD) that must be paid for a visa application, unless there is an exemption. The visa application charge might be broken into installments, with one part payable at the time of application, and another before grant.
Depending on your circumstances, there will be different types of charges included in the total visa application charge amount that is payable at the time of lodging a visa application. The new charges that apply from 1 July 2013 will introduce charges for additional applicants in a combined application, subsequent temporary applications applied for in Australia and a single charge for certain visa applications that are not lodged through our online service.

What are the new visa application charges applicable from 1 July 2013?
From 1 July 2013 a number of components might make up the total first installment visa application charge.
First installment
To make a valid visa application after 1 July 2013, the following components might apply :
the base application charge
an additional applicant charge
a non-internet application charge
a subsequent temporary application charge.

The first installment of the visa application charge is the total of all of the components that must be paid for your visa application.
Second installment
In addition, for some visas you might also have to pay a further visa application charge. This can be paid after you have made your application but before the visa can be granted. This second installment will not be required if your application is refused.

What is the base application charge?
Every visa application will have a base application charge, unless there is an exemption or in the case of the base application charge is nil. If an application includes more than one applicant, known as a combined application, then the base application charge will only be paid by the main applicant.

What is the additional applicant charge?
The additional applicant charge will be paid for each additional visa applicant when there is more than one visa applicant in a combined visa application, unless there is an exemption. The amount of the additional applicant charge will depend on the visa type and the age of the applicant.
Not all visas will allow additional applicants to be included with or added to the visa application.
The additional applicant charge will only be for people who are applying for the visa with you. Some visa applications will ask you to list everyone in your family unit, even if they are not migrating with you. You will not have to pay the additional charge for non-migrating family members.
The charge will not be paid for newborns that are born after you lodge you application but before we have made a decision on the application. If you have a newborn we will advise you to contact us.

What is the non-Internet application charge?
The non-internet application charge will be paid once even if there is more than one applicant in a visa application. This charge will need to be paid if you could lodge your visa application online through our eVisa service, but:
you choose to apply using a paper form and lodge it by post, courier, fax, email, or in person. This includes lodging at Service Delivery Partners (SDPs) outside Australia,
or
you choose apply for a Resident Return visa application by telephone or in person. You should check www.immi.gov.au on 1 July 2013 to find out if this charge must be paid if you do not lodge your visa application through our website.

Subsequent temporary application charge
A subsequent temporary application charge is a charge that you might need to pay when you lodge a visa application for certain temporary visas when you are in Australia. This charge will apply to the first visa that is granted when you are in Australia. This charge will be paid by each person in an application and is based on your individual temporary visa history. This charge will be paid in addition to any other visa charges that apply to your visa application at the time of lodgement. You should check www.immi.gov.au on 1 July 2013 to find out if this charge will need to be paid when you lodge your visa application.
This charge will not need to be paid for:
bridging visa applications, criminal justice visas or enforcement visas or
permanent visa applications.

How will changes to visa application charge affect my application?
The cost of the first installment of the visa application charge is dependent on when the application is received by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship. If you lodge and pay the total first installment charge for your visa application and it is received by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship before 1 July 2013, then these new charges will not apply to your application.
If the visa application charge or foreign currency rate changes in the time it takes for your application to be received by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship, you might have to pay any difference in charges.
Examples of when you might need to pay a difference in charge include:
you pay for your visa application in Australia before 1 July and lodge your application with an Australian Mission outside Australia on or after 1 July
you send your visa application with the visa application charge before 1 July, but we do not receive your application until on or after 1 July
you send your visa application charge in a foreign currency with your visa application to an Australian Mission outside Australia before 1 July, but we do not receive your application until on or after 1 July.

What happens if I have not paid the correct amount?
Your visa application is not valid until the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship receive the total first instalment of the visa application charge. If less than the correct total amount is paid, we cannot commence the processing of your visa application until the correct amount is received.
We might contact you regarding outstanding amounts that need to be paid or we might return your application to you and you will need to lodge your application again with the correct amount.
Important: If you pay by credit card, you must have enough funds to pay the total amount of your visa application charge for the transaction to be successful.

Further information
If you are paying by credit card in Australian dollars you might be charged banking and currency conversion fees. These fees are separate to the fees and charges you need to pay us. Information on visa application charges including how to pay and the amounts payable in a foreign currency, can be obtained from any of our offices or can be found on our website
See:
http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/990i/how-to-pay.htm
http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/990i/converter.htm
department’s offices (http://www.immi.gov.au/contacts/offices.htm)

Frequently Asked Questions
   
20 March 2013: Important Notice for Visitor and Business Visitor applicants

As per Instructions given by The Australian High Commission, Australia visa application centre in Cochin and Katmandu will not accept application lodged under subclass 676, 456, 675 and 685 with effect from 20 March 2013.

Australia Visa application centers in the below mentioned cities will not accept applications lodged under subclass 676,456,675,685 with effect from 21 March 2013 Delhi,Chandigarh,Mumbai,Hyderabad,Chennai,Bangalore,Ahemadabad,Kolkata

Applicants planning to lodge an application for tourism ,business visit or a short period of specialized work are advised to obtain the new application forms and lodge a valid application on Monday ,25 March 2013.

For Further information regarding the new subclasses and new application forms please visit the link :-
   
08 January 2013 - Change in Travel Agent/Consultants/Representatives from Shipping Companies submission timings for Australia Visa Application centers across India w.e.f Monday, 14 January 2013 Please note the change in Travel Agent/Consultants submission timings, for new timings please click on the link http://www.vfs-au-in.com/contactus.html
   
01 October 2012 :Implementation of Label Free Visa Processing
  Applicants will no longer require submitting the original passport along with the Visa application with the introduction of Label free Visa regime.

See: http://www.india.embassy.gov.au/ndli/vmol1.html
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