Australia issues new information for Chinese visa applicants
Australia has issued new brochures in Chinese to help potential arrivals from China apply for an Australian visa.
In a joint initiative the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Austrade and Tourism Australia have developed a series of bilingual promotional flyers to provide access to helpful and accurate information on visa arrangements.
The first brochure concentrates on how easy it is to apply for Australian visitor visas in China, while the second provides facts about Australian visitor visas in China.
The information points out that Australia has reduced documentary requirements, so the application process is easier and faster and applicants to not need to attend an interview.
It also points out that there are Australian Visa Application Centres (AVACs) conveniently located close to public transport in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, with long opening hours to accept visa applications and answer questions.
It is not always necessary to provide originals of documents needed for a visa application. For example, if you lodge an application in person at an AVAC, you don’t need your original passport. Australia is also currently piloting electronic lodgement of visitor visa applications in China.
For tourists, a multiple-entry visa is usually available for numerous visits to Australia within one year, with a stay period of up to three months on each entry. A longer period of stay may be granted depending on your personal circumstances.
All visa applications are processed by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and applicants are encouraged to provide a secure email address, since once a decision has been made on an application officials can sent out the result directly.
'While visitors are in Australia, they are covered by Australia’s consumer protection laws which require all businesses to treat consumers fairly. The Australian Government provides information on consumer rights to ensure that consumers are aware of their rights when purchasing products or services during their visit to Australia,' said a DIBP spokesman.
Travellers who believe they have been treated unfairly by a business while in Australia can lodge a complaint with a consumer protection agency in Australia,’ the spokesman added.