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Faster visa processing for Indians traveling to Australia

Staff Writer |
From July 1, 2017, all Indian passport holders will have the option of lodging Visitor visa applications online.

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The move will see faster processing of visitor visa applications in India, and will also give the applicants the ability to monitor the status of their application.

The Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Alex Hawke, said the online application option would make applying for Australian Visitor visas easier and ultimately enhance the visitor experience for Indian citizens.

Already, Indian applicants can lodge Sponsored Family Visitor, Student, Temporary Work, Training, Temporary Activity, Partner, Prospective Marriage, Resident Return and Maritime Crew visa applications online, and visitor visa will be added to this list on July 1, 2017.

“Indian nationals wishing to visit Australia will soon be able to apply for a Visitor visa in a more convenient and accessible manner,” Mr Hawke said.

“Online lodgement for visitor visa applications is a significant enhancement that will benefit Indian applicants seeking to visit Australia as tourists or business visitors, or those wanting to reconnect with family and friends.”

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