In response to the growing number of Indian tourists, the Australian High Commission and Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection announced that Indian citizens will be able to apply for a tourist visa online starting July 1, 2017.
More than 2,650,000 Indian visitors arrived in Australia from July 2016-March 2017 - an increase of 15.4% compared to the same period the year before. More than 65,000 visas were granted to Indian nationals between January-April 2017.
“The online application option will make applying for visitor visas easier and more convenient for Indian visitors to Australia,” said Acting Australian High Commissioner to India, Chris Elstoft.
The time it takes to process visas for Indian visitors will thus be significantly reduced, as both applications and any supporting documentation would immediately be available to the processing office. Previously, processing a visa application could take anywhere from 48 hours to 20 days.
“This is good news for every Indian visitor, whether they are travelling for business or pleasure,” continued High Commissioner Elstoft.
Being able to process an Australian visa application online offers many benefits. These include having the application available online around the clock, paying the visa fees electronically, and being able to check the status of submitted applications. Moreover, and perhaps most importantly, Indian citizens will be able to finalize their travel arrangements earlier as they will have the certainty of possessing the necessary visa to enter Australia.
After July 1, eligible Indian citizens will be able to apply for an online visa through the Australian Immigration Department’s ImmiAccount portal.
“The online application option will make applying for visitor visas easier and more convenient for Indian visitors to Australia,” said High Commissioner Elstoft.