The Australian Immigration Office in Pretoria is entering its peak period where application volumes triple in the lead up to the Christmas Holiday period.
Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection, which is responsible for immigration and border policy, recently replaced visa service standard times with global visa and citizenship processing times.
The Department is no longer bound by visa processing service standards, and it is therefore important to lodge applications on behalf of your clients as early as possible.
The High Commission has warned it also doesn’t have the capacity to request standard information required to support poorly prepared visa applications. In circumstances were insufficient information has been provided and the application is refused, there are no grounds for appeal and your clients will not be eligible for a refund of the visa application charge.
Below are links to checklists for the common temporary entry visa subclasses. More information and checklists can be found using the Australian Government’s Visa Finder tool.
• Tourist Visitor Visa (subclass 600) – Document Checklist
• Business Visitor Visa (subclass 600) – Document Checklist
• Temporary Work Short Stay Specialist (subclass 400) – Document Checklist (under Follow these steps tab)
• Temporary Activity Visa (subclass 408) – Applicant Document Checklist and Sponsor Document Checklist
• Transit Visa (subclass 771) – Document Checklist (under Follow these steps tab)