The Australian government declared that Indian nationals can apply for a visitor visa online starting July 1, on Monday. Australia’s Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Alex Hawke, said the online application would make applying for the country’s visitor visas easier. It will also enhance the experience for Indians, he added.
There has been a noteworthy upsurge in demand for Australian visas in India. Australia is among popular holiday destination, an official statement said. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection gave over 65,000 visitor visas to Indian nationals in just first four months of 2017.
“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,” Hawke said.
It will offer assistances like 24/7 accessibility, electronic payment of the visa application charge and the capacity to check the status of applications lodged online, all through the department’s ImmiAccount portal.
“Being able to check the status of an application online, as soon as it is finalized, will allow Indian applicants to finalize their travel arrangements as soon as possible,” he said.