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Immigration, Visas and Citizenship
The visa office at the Australian High Commission Colombo processes visa and citizenship by descent applications for all those resident in Sri Lanka or the Maldives.Travellers of all nationalities, except citizens of Australia and New Zealand, will need to obtain a visa before travelling to Australia.
If you are unsure which visa fits your circumstances, the Visa Wizard << http://www.immi.gov.au/visawizard/ >>can help you
FACILITY TO APPLY ONLINE - FOR SUBCLASS 600 AND SUBCLASS 400
From 18 April 2015, the Australian Government is providing online access to passport holders of Sri Lanka to apply for a Visitor visa (visa subclass 600) and Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (visa subclass 400).
The online visa lodgement system is available to applicants at their convenience, seven days a week, without the need to apply in person or send in application forms by mail. Applications can be made at www.immi.gov.au (see: Online Services). Please note, once an online application is submitted, clients will be contacted by email and asked to visit VFS Global to provide their biometrics (facial image and finger prints).
You are required to provide scanned copies of documents as part of your online application. Please ensure you provide complete applications and refer to the “Subclass 600” checklist. Further information can be found at the following link to ensure that all required information is provided: http://www.srilanka.embassy.gov.au/clmb/120120VisitandShortStayBusinessvisas.html.
Please note, your visa application may be refused if insufficient documentary evidence is provided.
Changes to Visa Application Charges
From 1 January 2015 our visa charges have changed. Current charges are available here: http://www.immi.gov.au/Visas/Pages/Pricing-Estimator.aspx
Caution: Do not make travel commitments
- You should not book flights or make travel commitments until you have a visa to travel to Australia. The Department of Iimmigration and Border Protection will not be liable for any financial loss incurred by any client whose visa application was finalised later than expected or where an application is unsuccessful.
Beware of Maritime Crew Visa scams
- Have you been offered a job to work on a ship travelling to Australia?
Have you been offered a job to work on a ship in Australia?
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has been made aware of a scam where a person is contacted by phone or receives an email with a job offer from a scammer alleging to be able to arrange an employment contract and visa for employment on maritime vessels travelling to or working in Australia. Read more.
Changes affecting the family of boat arrivals to Australia
- To discourage those thinking about travelling illegally to Australia by boat, the Australian government has now decided that “Family Stream” visa applications (for example, applications for partner/spouse and child visas) sponsored by “illegal maritime arrivals” (IMAs) will now be given the lowest possible processing priority. This means that these applications will not be processed for several years, and that families will not be able to reunite in Australia for many years. This lowest processing priority does not apply if your sponsor is an Australian citizen.
For more information on this change, please refer to the following:
Changes to Health processing Arrangements
- Not all visa applicants are required to undertake health clearances, but if you do, you can now commence your visa health clearance process before lodging your visa application. This will facilitate faster visa processing times by ensuring that all necessary clearances are available to us as soon as we receive your visa application. To take advantage of this facility, follow these links:
To find out if you need to do a health examination: http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/health-requirements/health-exam.htm
To start your health clearance process: http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/health-requirements/my-health-declarations.htm
Three Year Ban for Fraud
- Public Interest Criterion (PIC) 4020 applies to most visa applications and provides for a visa to be refused if bogus documents or false and misleading information have been provided in support of a visa application. Applicants who are refused under PIC 4020 may also be subject to a three year visa ban.
Notification of Decisions
- The decision made on your visa application will be notified in writing. If you provide us with your email address, we will email your decision to you. The department cannot send decision letters by email if you have not authorised electronic communication.
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