Just called the Australian Embassy Visa Call Centre to book my VISA requirement for pick up to be lodged. I’ve read that calling the hotline cost alot…640 worth of Globe credit for 16 minutes which still got me cut off and I had to call back again.
When calling to lodge your application, please prepare the following before calling so you utilize every minute of the call.
– Application Form
Please note the form type so for tourist 48R and the design date which is located at the bottom right hand corner. Always use the latest form or inquiry in the Embassy hotline the latest form available.
The Operator will get the following details:
01. Passport #
02. Given Name
03. Last Name
04. Issue Date
05. Expiration Date
06. Place of Issuance
07. # of Days Travel in Australia
08. Marital Status
09. Born in the Philippines?
11. Mobile #
12. Landline with area code
14. Question 14: Address has to be address for pick up/ delivery
They will provide you with a reference # to be indicated outside the sealed envelope with the Applicant Name plus “Australian Embassy” since the company picking up (in my expreience is Air21 but it might change overtime) the requirements also handle other VISA application of different embassies.
TOURIST Visa Application fee I paid for is Php 5,100 but of course this might change so please call their hotline. Php 320 courier fee for pick up of requirement & delivery of documents back. Any additional document would cost Php 160 so make sure you check your requirements before you send them (Call the Australian VISA Inquiry Hotline at (+63-2) 845-9200 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Weekdays and 8:00 AM to 12:00 NN for Saturdays)
Another thing to note if you are applying for STUDENT VISA, they prefer bank cert from Commercial Banks this is what the inquiry hotline told me when I called them regarding BPI Family Savings Bank saying there was a previous incident that the embassy denied to acknowledge the Bank Cert. Please call the inquiry hotline when you are applying since this may change in time.
Another thing to note, I know for some they see a good promo on the AirAsia or Scoot, please note that lodging is preferred 3 months prior to your departure. Cause they said they might issue a VISA less than the period from the time if and when you get your VISA approved. I don’t really understand it though if you bought tickets for a specific date that can’t you lodge it in advance to be valid till your date of travel.
Also note, the embassy doesn’t encourage people booking & buying tickets before the VISA lodge in any case the VISA application is not approve. They are not liable for any cost incurred for cancellation, rebooking of airline tickets & accommodation.
Since requirements may change overnight please contact the VIA Center for information.
FOR NSO REQUIREMENTS APPLY HERE: https://www.ecensus.com.ph/Default.aspx
FOR AUSTRALIAN VISA APPLICATION FORM: Form 48R
FOR AUSTRALIA VISA REQUIREMENT CHECKLIST: CHECKLIST
VISA CHARGES: VISA FEES
FOR MORE DETAILS ON LODGING: http://www.via.ph/
FAQ ON APPLYING FOR VISA: Australian Embassy Philippines
UPDATE AS OF JUN-15-2012: I lodge my application last May-25-2012, 20-days later got a CI call from the Australian Embassy. So when you’re in a relationship with someone, I guess it’s better to put a photo of you together with the application. But I guess this is non-relevant to those applying for the purpose of just touring and have no one to visit in AU.
These were the questions asked to me:
01. How did we meet?
02. How long have you known him/ her?
03. Have you physically met? Provide details.
04. How often do you talk or communicate with him/ her?
05. Am I paying for everything (Since in this case I am I said Yes and I also indicated that in my application that)
UPDATE AS OF JUN-19-2012: I got a text this morning that my documents/ passport has been dispatch minutes later Air21 courier was here to deliver it. Remember if you’re not there to receive it always leave a authorization letter. Don’t expect that there would be a VISA label on your passport…cause you won’t have it.
Here’s a what the VISA Grant Notice looks like of course it might change over time in the discretion of the Australian Embassy.
One of my friend whose application was lodge the same time got her VISA the same time as me and her sister whose also my friend got hers VISA dispatch Wednesday but was approved yesterday (we got ours Tuesday but was approved Friday)
Both of them didn’t have 8503, since they are both married and they have families to go back to and for its cause my boyfriend is Aussie.
NOTE: All this details are based upon my own experience and I am in no way affiliated to the Australian Embassy or the Commonwealth of Australia.