This step-by-step Australian visa guide covers both Tourist and Business streams, the visa requirements, and the entire online application process. We recently updated this to reflect the changes we encountered when we applied for the second time. Last updated: June 2018.

One sure way to make us smile is to mention Australia. Whenever a friend asks us a simple question about our time there, we can’t seem to stop talking passionately. Australia is incredible. It may be the world’s smallest continent, but it is teeming with adventures.

Within a month, we were able to visit four cities (Darwin, Sydney, Cairns, and Brisbane), three towns (Alice Springs, Yulara, Airlie Beach), and five national parks (Litchfield, Kakadu, Wattarka, Kata Tjuta-Uluru, and the Great Barrier Reef). It is the most unforgettable trip we have been on to date, and we can’t wait for our readers to experience what the Land Down Under has to offer.

Fortunately, it is easy to get an Australian tourist visa. While you can still apply via VFS Global, a more hassle-free way is to do everything online.


This guide is for those applying for an Australian Visitor Visa (subclass 600) online. Under this visa, there are two streams: Tourist and Business.

  • Tourist Stream. According to VFS, a tourist is a person visiting Australia temporarily “for a holiday, for a visit to relatives or friends, or for other short-term non-work purposes, including study for less than three months.”
  • Business Stream. This type is for those who are flying to Australia for a business-related activity like attending a conference or meeting a client. This is different from a Work Visa, which we know nothing about.

If you’re eyeing another type (long-term study, work, residency visas), I’m afraid we can’t help you because we haven’t experienced it.


  1. Accomplished online application form. No need to print anything. You will be filling this out after creating an account. The form has 20 pages, so completing it can take a while, but it’s easy.
  2. Passport-size photo. Soft copy. White background.
  3. Copy of passport info page. Scanned. Must be clear.
  4. Evidence of financial capacity. Any or all of the following:
    – Personal bank statement
    – ITR or tax document
    – Payslips
    – Title deed
    – Retirement pension book
  5. Travel history. You’ll be asked to provide scanned copies of the pages of your OLD and CURRENT passports that have entry and exit stamps and visas.
  6. Evidence of employment or business ownership. For employees, it can be any or all of the following:
    – Certificate of employment, explaining your role in the company
    – Evidence of leave
    For self-employed individuals or business-owners, any or all of the following will be accepted:
    – Business registration documents
    – Finance sheets (profits and losses)
    For students
    – Certificate of enrolment
  7. Evidence of family composition (recommended). It can be any of the following:
    – Form 54 (Family Composition)
    – PSA Birth Certificate
  8. Evidence of Planned Tourism Activities. (For Tourist Stream ONLY)
    – Day-to-day itinerary (daily schedule showing the places you will visit and things you will do)
  9. Evidence of Business-Related Reason for Travel. (For Business Stream ONLY.) It can be any or all of the following:
    – Conference registration
    – Details of previous contacts with Australian company or organization
    – Letter from employer explaining the reason for traveling
  10. Visa Fee (AUD140). Credit card, debit card, PayPal, and UnionPay are accepted.

Here are more documents that I did not submit because these didn’t apply to me, but if they apply to you, make sure you have them.

  1. Letter of invitation. Only if you’re visiting a friend or relative. Best if you have photos with that friend and relative showing that you really know each other.
  2. Identification Documents of Sponsor. If you declare that your trip will be paid for by someone other than yourself.
  3. Evidence that your sponsor in Australia can financially support your trip. If you declare that your trip will be paid for by someone other than yourself.
  4. Marriage Certificate. If your current last name is different from your last name in your birth certificate.

Here are additional documents that are not required but I believe can help your application go smoothly. (I submitted the following for my first application.)

  1. Cover Letter. This isn’t required, but it would help you a lot if you upload a letter explaining why you want to visit. Make sure that the letter summarizes and supports everything else you’re submitting. Remember, there will be no interview so it is best to let them know what you plan to do in Oz.
  2. Roundtrip flight and hotel booking. You are actually discouraged to book flights and hotels before you’re granted a visa (so your money won’t go to waste should your application be denied), but in our case, we already had confirmed bookings so we thought we might as well submit them. This might be helpful if you snagged low fares via seat sale. But if you don’t have tickets yet, don’t book. Wait for your visa before making flight arrangements.

I know friends who also submitted their latest credit card statement. This is to show them that you have additional source of travel funds. I have a credit card but didn’t submit mine.


  • On the list above, I keep on writing “ANY or ALL of these documents.” Why? Because in theory, you can submit just one item per document type. But of course, the more relevant documents you upload, the higher your chances of your application being approved.
  • The following file types are accepted: jpg, bmp, png, pdf. PDF files must NOT be encrypted. Zip files are not allowed.
  • The size of each file must not exceed 5MB. If it’s bigger than that, you will need to reduce the size. If your PDF files are still over, recreate your files with Adobe Distiller and set to “lowest file size.” Jpeg files can be set to only 96 DPI (dots per inch).


1. Sign up for an ImmiAccount.

ImmiAccount means an account with, the Australian government’s official Immigration website. It is important to create an ImmiAccount because the whole process will be done on this website.

Australian Immigration Website Interface
Australian Immigration Website Interface

Important: Make sure you use a working email address. Any update about your application will be sent to this email (including the acknowledgment of receipt of your application and the actual visa grant). You will also get notified every time you log into your account.

To register, go to this site.

2. Accomplish the Application Form.

Once you have an account, you’ll receive a confirmation link via email. Check your inbox and follow the link.

Once confirmed, do the following:

  1. Click on NEW APPLICATION. Here, you’ll be asked what type of visa you want.
  2. Click on VISITOR. Then choose Visitor Visa (subclass 600). For tourists, this is the equivalent of Form 1419, except you don’t need to print this out.
  3. Continue filling out all 20 pages of the form.

What if you start accomplishing the form but can’t complete right then? It’s okay. You can SAVE the changes and continue editing in the future. As long as you SAVE it (and NOT SUBMIT), you can keep on editing the form.

DO NOT SUBMIT THE FORM if you’re not done yet.

3. Submit Supporting Documents.

The Document Attachment page for Business Stream Applicants. I applied for business the second time. First time, tourist.

On your application dashboard, you will find a field where you can upload the required and recommended documents. The key is to submit as many types as you can. Better safe than sorry.

You can see the list of requirements above.

That’s it! Once you have submitted your application, you should receive an Acknowledgment of Application Receipt in your email. I got mine on the same day of submission.

From here, it’s gonna be a nerve-racking waiting game. Note that they will never give you an update from the moment you submit until a decision is made. This means that the next email you’re going to receive from them will tell you whether you have been granted or denied a visa.

4. Pay the Application Fee.

Online payments are done via credit card only.

If you have one, good for you. The fee is now AUD 140 (PHP 5517). A credit card surcharge was also collected. (In my case, it was AUD 1.37.)

If you don’t have a credit card, you can ask a family member or a friend who has one. You can also use PayPal and UnionPay.


How long is the processing time for Australian Visa (Tourist or Business)?

The processing can take as short as 24 hours to as long as a month, depending on your case. The first time I applied, the process took almost a month. I submitted my application on May 9 and received my visa on June 5. This was in 2015.

The second time, it took 7 days. Submitted the application June 21 and got my visa on June 28. My teammates had it shorter. They got theirs in 5 days. Some of my friends got theirs in less than 24 hours. It’s pretty hard to predict.

How long is the validity of the Australian visa?

In my case, even though I applied for a 3-week stay, I was granted a visa valid for 3 months. I think that’s the standard length for non-working visas.

How early should I apply for an Australian visa?

Not earlier than 6 months before your trip. In the visa, the last day I can enter Australia was clearly specified: 6 months after the visa was granted. Again, I’m not sure if this is the case for everyone, but that’s what was indicated on mine.

How much money should I have in the bank to get approved?

No one knows exactly. They don’t explicitly say. But to give you an idea for a ballpark figure, the Embassy of France now requires from Schengen visa applicants EUR 120 per day of stay.

I’m traveling with family. Do all of us need to sign up for an Immi account?

One member can apply for the whole family.

According to the Immi website: “Yes. ImmiAccount will let you submit multiple online applications and pay for these applications at the same time. For example, if you and your family are applying for visitor visa applications, one member of the family can create and manage all the applications through their ImmiAccount, and pay for all these applications at once. Payment can be made by credit card in Australian Dollars (AUD) for all online applications submitted through ImmiAccount.”

What are the reasons why my application would be denied?

  • You can’t prove that you intend to return to the Philippines. You probably don’t have a stable job at this point or are newly employed or newly resigned, and it’s giving the impression that you plan on staying longer than your declared duration.
  • You can’t prove that you can financially support yourself on this trip. You or your sponsor may not be in good financial standing.
  • You seem to not know the details of your trip. You may have appeared as though you’re not really doing what you declared you would be doing, which may raise some red flags.
  • Your purpose in Australia is unclear. This is why it is best to be specific when you’re detailing the reasons for your visit.

What to answer to the part of the form about NON-ACCOMPANYING MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY UNIT?

On page 9 of the application form, you’ll be asked: “Does the applicant have family members of their family unit not travelling to Australia who are not Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents?”

According to the Australian Immigration website, a family unit is defined as a partner (married or de facto) and a dependent child below 23 years old.

If you’re single, just tick NO.

If you have a spouse or de facto partner or child, then choose YES and fill out the form that appears.

Siblings (brother, sister), parents (mother, father) and in-laws are not covered by this.

I usually just answer NO to that part since I’m single.

Do the documents have to be notarized?

When I applied in 2018, nothing in the list of requirements indicated that the documents have to be notarized. I didn’t have ours notarized. But our application still got approved.

You’ll know when you begin your application. It’s usually indicated on the application dashboard.

Does Australian Immigration still stamp passports? Can I request for an entry stamp?

By default, Australia no longer stamps passports. BUT you can request for it and they will give your passport a precious stamp. All you need to do is ask.

What does an Australian Visa look like?

Here’s what the Australian Visa looks like when you receive it online. It doesn’t get attached to the passport. Just bring a copy and show the Immigration Officer when you arrive:

If you have questions or something to add to this post, holler in the comments section below! :)

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  1. Backpacking Buds says:

    This is going to help us so much with sorting out our Aussie visas! Thanks for the informative post guys, much appreciated.

    Kyle :)

  2. Rcliza Mae Co says:

    Hi Yoshke,

    What is a notarized NSO birth certificae? Is it the yellow green document?

    Also, what is a notarized passport info page? Is it a certified true copy that should be requested from the DFA?


    • yoshke says:

      Hello! :)

      Yep, but I remember, we didn’t have ours notarized but they accepted it. (Updating the post now. Sorry for the trouble.)

      The passport info page is the first page of the passport. The one with your picture. :)

      • Jen says:


        Just a follow-up question, do you mean that this is just a photocopy of the first page of the passport and then notarized and scanned?


        • Elaine says:

          Scanned copy of your passport will do. That’s what I did in my application and they accepted it.

      • Shae says:

        Hi! Ive read through your article on AU visa and was wondering if having a Japan visa (recently expired) would be a plus?

  3. Law says:

    HI how much is the minimum funds for the bank statement? Do you have any idea? Cheers.

    • Elaine says:

      Depends on your situation: if you are self-funded or sponsored. Assuming that you are funding the trip, there’s no definite $$$ for as long as you can prove that you are financially capable and you have a good financial standing (bank acct should be atleast 3months old, stable source of income etc.). What I did was, I created an itinerary and estimated the cost of the entire trip. That should give you an idea of what amount should you have in your bank. :)

      • Benedic says:

        Hi, how about if someone’s going to sponsor you, with all yhe expenses such as tickets, accommodation and cost of living during visit period do you still need to show a bank statement? Or just the letter of invitation from your sponsor? Thanks!

      • Cindy says:

        If aussie citizen will sponsored my whole trip do i still a bank account??please need help..thanks

  4. Law says:

    Hi, Do you know the minimum or ideal amount of funds needed in the bank for the ‘show money’? Cheers.

  5. bubbydoll says:

    hi, im over 18 and my dad is my primary source of income. ive never had a job before. how can i present that on the application. also, the website advises the documents added to the app must be in .bmp format, what kind of format were your documents (birthcertificate, passport)? thank you.

    • Elaine says:

      You can state that your trip is funded by your dad. He needs to provide proof of income, etc. They allow pdf and jpeg as well.

  6. Erika Shrestha says:

    hi, i m a foreigner taking my masters degree in phillipines. i want to apply for australian tourist visa to visit my sister in australia during summer break. what additional documents do i need to submit? thank u po.

    • Elaine says:

      If she is sponsoring you, she has to write an invitation letter, copy of her passport, proof of assets (title of house and bank statements). Given that you are a student, I would suggest asking your sister to sponsor the whole trip or make it appear on your visa application.

  7. noelpuru says:

    how did you receive the visa? Are they gonna mail it to you? Or just email and you can print it? Thanks

  8. Ram says:

    Hi. Is there a chance that I will be given a visa if my reason is to only travel for a couple of days in aussie but will be flying to another country with a multiple entry? My proof of evidence will only be the visa of that country and PH employment certificate (given that I recently resigned)?

    • Elaine says:

      There is. Just make sure to create a comprehensive cover letter and include the details of your flights.

  9. ivy rose Javier says:

    Hello. I just want to confirm that the tourist visa is valid for 1 year upon approval. Thank you.

    • Tin Navarro says:

      Hi! Can i get a clarification… so the visa does not have a definite period, like from June 20,2017-August 20,2017? It will just say that the visa is good for so and so number of months? I am planning to apply for one soon, but would like to travel in December pa. Thanks!

    • Elaine says:

      Depends on the visa granted to you. I think, the minimum is 3 months validity (single or multiple entry). If you will apply for a 12 month visa, I think you have to undergo medical exam.

  10. mm says:

    Hello. Is it okay to not present ITR since I’ve just resigned from my job. And AU will just be a stopover since Im going to another country..

  11. Iris Lyn says:

    hello! should i just scan my passport including my past travels or do i have to photocopy it, notarized and then scan and upload on their website? thanks in advance.

    • Angela Celis says:

      I have the same question, is it necessary for the documents to be notarized? Or are colored scans good enough? thank you!

      • yoshke says:

        Hi Angela, when we applied, the list of requirements indicated that the passport has to be notarized. We didn’t have ours notarized, though. But our application still got approved. :)

  12. Ben Covina says:

    hello….do we need to get a travel insurance as well? is it a must/requirement?

  13. lara says:

    for the bank statement, how far historically should you show? 6 months? 1 year?

      • Camille Barretto says:

        Hi Sir Yoshke,

        My brother is applying for a tourist visa to join a competition in Aus. He is going to use my bank statement since he has no existing bank acct as of the moment. I was just wondering if you would know what other supporting documents do we need to submit just to be sure it gets accepted?

      • Chabelita Aranas says:

        Hi po! I’m a Grade 12 student. And I do have relatives in Australia. Ano po ba ang ibang evidence that can make sure na ma grant ang tourist visa? By the way, sila po mag sponsor sa akin. Thank you☺

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          Hi Chabelita. I’m not that familiar with the requirements for visiting a resident in Australia as my experience is restricted to tourist and business.

  14. Eleni says:

    Hi! Your blog post is very helpful, though I have few more questions! Haha When should one apply for a tourist visa? Can I apply 6 mos in advance or they have a rule that the earliest is 3 mos before like Schengen visa? I’ll be flying on Oct 28th this year, and I’m not really sure if I should book now or wait in August. I’m scared If I apply now valid pa din kaya visa ko sa october. Thank you so much :)

    • yoshke says:

      Hi Eleni! The visa we received must be used within 6 months of issuance. We applied in June and we needed to enter Australia before December.

  15. Seth says:

    Hi! If I’ll apply for a family visa (group of 5), should I create an ImmiAccount individually? Also, I’ll be flying on Nov this year and my passport will expire Feb 2018, can I apply for a visa now kahit sa September 2017 pa yung schedule for renewal ko?

  16. Jess Sebastian says:

    Hi Yosh, can I use a bank certificate instead of a bank statement? Thank you :)

  17. Patty says:

    Hi! I will be applying for an Australian visa next week. I am a student and okay lang ba if I show my bank certificate instead of bank statements as proof on how I can fund for my trip?

  18. Anonymous says:

    Hi! I will be applying for an Australian visa next week. I am a student and okay lang ba if I show my bank certificate instead of bank statements as proof of how I can fund for my trip? Also, how much should I show if I will be staying for 1 week?

    • Elaine says:

      I guess this comment is a week late, sorry. If you’re a student, how can you afford to go on a trip? Technically, you have no source of income. I would suggest asking your parents to declare sponsorship. Bank statement or certificate will do. As for the money, consider which state are you visiting. Some costs higher than the others. Check the hotel rates, activities you want to try and transportation. Make sure you have an extra money in case of emergencies.

  19. Jeff says:


    About the bank statement, did you just took a photo of your hard copy bank statement? Or is it okay to just take a screenshot of my online banking account?

  20. Nelle says:


    Thank you for the helpful blog! One question, though. The documents need to be scanned or can we just take photos of those and submit?

    Thanks and appreciate your response!

    • Elaine says:

      For as long as you can take a clear photo of the document, that should be alright. I would recommend scanning tho.

      • Grech says:

        With regards to required documents to be attached, there’s no limit per file?.. or is it required to have a minimum 500kb per file?..

  21. butch says:

    thanks for the info, but can i apply tourist visa without the bank statement? my aunt will shoulder all the expenses? thanks and I didn’t have a job can it be possible?

    • Elaine says:

      That is possible. If your aunt will cover all your expenses, your bank statement is not a problem. But if you have any amount in the bank, I would suggest that you include it no matter how little it is. As for the job, well, some people get their visa application denied because they have weak PH ties or not enough reason that you’ll go back to the PH.

  22. Clea says:

    Hi, I am planning to apply for tourist visa. I am currently staying in Singapore. Do I need to go for biometrics collection even though I would apply online? Thanks

  23. Kris says:

    Hello…..i just want to ask if same on mine ..i dont have any property or own a Business like having business permit…..i have only friend there in australia and hes the one paying for all ….what should i do…hope theres someone give some advice on me.

  24. Ime says:

    Hi hope u cud help me…. i am applying online and i am in the portion of attaching the files…. i scanned the documents using adobe and saved it in the icloud drive of my ipad…. however, i could not access or click on the files in my icloud drive to attach these… what could be the reason?…. i used the same procedure and files for my new zealand visa application and it was fine…. thank you in advance!

  25. Sally says:


    Can i ask you a favor to please send me an example of cover letter and itinerary you submit when you applied. Here is my email thank you in advanced and thanx for this wonderful blog you help so much specially for the first time traveller. Have a nice weekend and God Bless
    I will wait for ur reply.. thanx again

  26. kristian says:

    good evening, can i ask po kung paano process po ng pag bayad ng visa fee for tourist visa sub 600.. i am planning to apply my visa by next week.. thank you.

    by the way you can email me your answer:

    thank you in advance

  27. Ann says:

    Hello, I just want to ask because I don’t have any bank statements or any account is it okay because all my expenses will be shoulder to my Aussie boyfriend and his family, what should I do? Thanks
    or you can email me at

  28. Carlo says:

    Hi! Thanks for the useful info. Anyway, I’d like to ask if having a medical examination is strictly required in all cases? Will my application be denied if I didn’t take a medical examination? I’m just staying there for 6 days, yet the examination will cost me 6000 bucks. Thanks!

  29. Gian says:

    Hi there! I’m applying for tourist visa online. Where do I attach my passport size picture? Thanks

  30. Airica S. Catindoy says:

    Hi . ask lang ako if makakakuha ba akong ng visa sa Australia ? Unemployed po kasi akong as in sa bahay lang ? E yung friend ko sa Australia yinayaya akong magbaskyon ng 10days? Pero diko Alan paano ako makakakuha ng visa? Wala din akong pera sa bank account na malaki? Maibibigay ko lang is I.d and birth certificate … Pero yung nag invite sken na friends ko sagot nya lahat expenses ko dun roundtrip ticket ko as in lahat. Paano po ba ?? Help naman po…. Reply pls.

  31. Fhemie says:

    Hi Sir!
    I need your advice po Im planning to lodge my tourist visa to Oz soon. I’m self-employed ngayon, but i have yet to complete my business registration papers. Wala naman po kayang problem if ever newly-issued lang yung isa-submit kong documents? Also, aside from DTI and Mayor’s Permit, what other documents ang pwede pa po iattach? Thanks!!

    • Hi Fhemie, I think it would raise questions. But if you have other ways to prove that you’re earning (invoices, ITR, etc.), those would help.

  32. Chris says:

    Hi. I’m pretty much ok with my application. But they’re requiring past travel documents to be attached. The last time i travelled out of the country was back in 2010 to HK. Do you think it’s really required? Also I was declined for a US visa in 2010 as well. Should I declare that in my application?

    • Hi Chris! You can submit your HK trip even if it was in 2010.

      Regarding the US visa refusal, if they ask, you should tell the truth. (Not sure if they ask in the form.)

  33. Molly says:

    HI! applying visa next week, i would like to ask if you could help me or can i use your submitted cover letter as a pattern? And can u share your itinerary and hotel?

    Thanks alot!

  34. Shandy Cadungog says:

    Hii…..i would to know how to apply the visa… I born and lived in Malaysia but I am a Philippines pasport holder… how can i fill the visa requirement if i dont have Philippines birth certificate..Nso…bank statement and so so on

  35. Qirk says:

    Is this process applicable to all filipinos regardless where are you working right now (curretly working in mid east)??? Thank you

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Qirk. I think so. But not sure. If I remember correctly, they will be asking questions about your location on the IMMI website. (It’s been a while so I’m not sure I’m remembering it right.)

  36. Parrara says:

    Hi just want to ask if ok ba na isubmit ko yung 2 nso cert. Of my 2 kids just to make sure na i’ll come back? Wala kc akong work but i have credit cards extention of my mother in law in the states?

  37. Koleen says:

    Hi Yoshke! I hope you can help me. I have a question kasi. I’m filling out an online application form and I’m being asked what is the relationship between me and the one who will support my travel. Since my boyfriend is the one sponsoring my trip I was hoping I could choose “friend” to best describe the relationship. I could’t find friend on the drop down list. Do you know what could be the problem? Did I miss anything? This is page 13/20 on the form. Thank you!

      • Koleen says:

        It’s okay. Another question, is it okay if I submit 3 recent payslips instead of ITR and one bank certificate to establish that I am working and have a personal savings? Pang additional evidence lang. Thank you!

  38. Julie says:

    Hi koleen…where u able to get australian visa? Hows the process going? I want to ask what relationship did u put on ur application? Thanks.

  39. Julie says:

    Hi yoshke,
    Thank u for this useful blog…I want to ask if how much the minimum amount of money to show in the bank statement? How long u’ve got ur approval letter? And lastly, is it okay to put there 2weeks planning to stay in australia but my real intention is to stay for 2months? Would it matter? Since i didn’t saw ur visa letter the valid date
    Pls reply….thanks!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Julie! Here are my answers.

      how much the minimum amount of money to show in the bank statement?
      —- I dunno. They don’t explicitly say. But to give you an idea, the embassy of France requires 120 euro per day from Schengen applicants. Maybe you can use that as basis to get a ballpark figure?

      How long u’ve got ur approval letter?
      — Almost a month. But this was in 2015. It’s much shorter these days. Some get theirs in 1-2 days.

      Is it okay to put there 2weeks planning to stay in australia but my real intention is t stay for 2months?
      —- We always encourage being truthful in visa applications. But we applied for a 3-week stay and were granted a visa valid for 3 months.

  40. Ann says:

    Hi there! Would like to ask if screenshots ng credit card and bank statements pwede as attachments? Thank you

  41. Peter says:

    Hi, perhaps someone may be able to help me with this, I am an Australian, previously working and living in Malaysia and still currently residing , or staying there, (in Malaysia) for an extended holiday on a tourist visa. I wish to take my girlfriend, who is a Filipina and who is currently working in Malaysia (as a maid) though, not my maid, on a trip down to Australia. Obviously I will be financing the trip and all her expenses will be covered by me. Does anyone know from perhaps a similar situation whether there maybe difficulties in securing the visa.

    • jet says:

      Peter, better inquire or ask for assistance with your embassy or consular office in Malaysia.

  42. Rus says:

    Hi! I would be applying for tourist visa this month. I’m planning to lodge my application online without going thru an agency. I’ve scanned all the requirements. May i know what specific documents need to be notarized? Thanks!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Rus! There was a note that the passport copy had to be notarized when we applied. Not sure if that’s still true now. You’ll know when you begin your application. It’s usually indicated on the application dashboard.

  43. Aileen says:

    What if I have Australian sponson who is not living im Australia?
    I have Australian bf who wants me to travel with him to Australia for a holiday.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Aileen. Naku, we can only speak from experience so hindi namin alam pag ganyan ung case. :(

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Gie. Yes you can. The application is 100% done online (unless you’re summoned).

  44. Jane says:

    Hello, ask ko lang po kung paano ma.affix yong signature ng applicant through online application. Do they ask for medical if 3 or 6 months holiday only?

  45. Micah says:

    May I ask if to whom should I address the cover letter if I’ll be applying online?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      I addressed it to:

      Australian Embassy Manila
      Level 23-Tower 2 RCBC Plaza, 6819 Ayala Avenue 1200

      Not sure if that’s right, but that’s what I submitted. :)

  46. Liza says:

    Hi Yoshke, this article is very helpful! Thank you for writing this.

    Anyway, I have a few questions. I’m planning to visit my aunt in Australia in 2019 with my husband and baby (less than 2 years old). I’m working online as a freelancer and my only proof of income is my PayPal account – I get paid weekly via PayPal. Do you think I can I use that as my proof of income? I don’t have BIR yet. Just a note, my husband has a stable office job with good salary and I have a bank account with quite a good amount of savings, almost 1M. Do you think there’s a chance that we will be approved?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Liza, since your trip won’t be until 2019, you still have plenty of time to work on your BIR documents. This will make your chances better. :)

      • jet says:

        Liza, your hubby should be the Primary Applicant.

        1) will it be individual application in cases for family with kids? or husband and wife? or there is group application?
        2) if individual, there is a chance that one gets approved and other/s not.

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          One member can apply for the whole family.

          According to the Immi website: Yes. ImmiAccount will let you submit multiple online applications and pay for these applications at the same time. For example, if you and your family are applying for visitor visa applications, one member of the family can create and manage all the applications through their ImmiAccount, and pay for all these applications at once. Payment can be made by credit card in Australian Dollars (AUD) for all online applications submitted through ImmiAccount.

          • Liza says:

            Question po regarding this…kasama ko po kasi i-apply ang 2kids ko.may immi accnt npo ako…pero parang wla pong group application sa mga option.kaya nag individual po ako.pede po ba new application para sa 2kids ko..using my same immi accnt.naguguluhan po kasi ako.tnx po.truely appreciated po sa reply

          • Yoshke Dimen says:

            Hi Liza, as far as I know, you can make multiple applications using one Immi account. You can also create a group on the dashboard (just click on “new group” and then take note of the group code) and then when filling out the application form, at one point you will be asked if it’s part of a group, click yes and enter the group code.

  47. Lei says:

    Hi. Just want to ask po if ok lng ba ilagay names ng friends to visit/contact in australia? Should i still ask for a letter of invitation from them or any proof that i know them? This is a self funded trip po pero pano po kung nag offer din po ng accomodation sa place nila what document po ang ibbgay sa embassy? I hope you can help me po. Thank you so much!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Lei, if you’ll be staying at a friend’s house, it would be best to submit a letter of invitation talaga. Best if in the letter, maexplain ung details ng trip and how you know each other. And yes, you can also submit proof of your relationship.

  48. Shae says:


    Hi! Ive read through your article on AU visa and was wondering if having a Japan visa (recently expired) would be a plus? Coz I’m planning to reapply for a Japan visa as well, for the multiple entry.

    Hope to hear from you soon.

  49. Red says:

    Hi Yosh,

    Planning to take my parents to Oz. Never been there but I want to go with them. Problem is, they don’t have any proof of income, not even bank accounts. I am working abroad and of course would sponsor them as we travel. How do I apply for them?

    Also, is medical exam required upon application?

    Hope to hear from you! Thanks.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      No, medical exam isn’t required.

      How old are your parents? Are they senior citizens na?

  50. Mei says:

    Hi Po, been following your posts at dami ko nakukuha tips sa travels ko and thank you so much for that.
    We have plan to visit Australia come July 2018 with my husband, our 2 yo son and 2 of my friends.
    I am currently working overseas at yung husband ko nasa Pinas ngbusiness. May business permit naman. yung questions ko po;
    1. Separate immigaccount po ba yung sa husband ko? Di ba kami pwede magfamily application? At paano yung sa anak ko.
    2. Kaka-start lng kasi nung business last year, so it will appear sa ITR nya na masyadong mababa lang binayaran nya. Makakaapekto po ba ito sa application nya? Meron naman syang DTI, Mayor’s Permit, Business Permit, sufficient naba ito or need pa talaga ITR?
    3. May invitation kami from an Australian friend (former workmate -Pinay wife and also a good friend of ours) and we will be staying in their house in Perth, but after Perth mag-Sydney kami before going back home sa Philippines. Wala ba maging problema if ang invitation sa Perth lang?
    5. What about my 2 other friends, separate po ba application nila?
    6. Mga magkano po dapat nasa saving account for sure approval for 1 week trip to Australia?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      1. Group applications are allowed under 1 ImmiAccount lang.

      2. Hindi naman required ang ITR. It will be helpful kung meron pero di sya required-required. Since married kayo, I think okay lang, explain mo na lang in a letter na you’re working abroad and your husband stays at home to take care of your son and a business, and that this is a family trip.

      3. Up to you if you want to mention the Sydney part. Ideally, you have to declare that, but if you do, it would be great if you can also submit your day-to-day itinerary and hotel booking in Sydney.

      5. Not sure if okay lang isama sa group application pag hindi relatives. I haven’t tried.

      6. No one knows. They don’t say that explicitly.

      • Mei says:

        Hi. Thank you po sa response. Follow-up question lang po. In the online form meron po question about National Identity Card.
        “Does this applicant have a national identity card?”
        Ano po ba ibig sabihin nito? Ibang country po na na identiry card?

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          I don’t remember na pero I think NA lang nilagay ko dun kasi wala naman tayong national ID.

          • Mei says:

            Thank you po. What about this question?
            Non-accompanying members of the family unit
            Does the applicant have any members of their family unit not travelling to Australia who are not Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents?

            Pasensya na pero hind ko kasi macomprehend yung question.

          • Mei says:

            Thank you again. One last question po. What about this question po?
            Does the applicant have any members of their family unit not travelling to Australia who are not Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents?

          • Mei says:

            Yung Form 54 – Family Composition ay required din po ba?

  51. Jundee A Basilides says:

    Hi Sir,

    Your blog is very helpful. I used your guides sa mga trips ko abroad. Question ko lang po about Australian Visa through online application. Since walang visa stamp/sticker na bibigay ang embassy, what if let say mag apply ako ng VISA for Schengen, how will they know na nakarating na ako sa Australia? Confused lang ako. Thanks in advance po sa pagsagot.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      They will stamp your passport upon entering Australia naman. :)

      And you can also submit a copy of the visa (the letter stating you’ve been granted a visa) when you apply for Schengen visa. :)

      • PE Mont says:

        Pls update this post, as Australia no longer stamp passport upon entry nor exit . The only evidence of your Oz travel is copy of your boarding pass and ofcourse photos.

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          Hi! Yup, thanks for bringing this up. I just arrived from Australia last weekend and yeah, they don’t stamp entry or exit anymore.

  52. Elizabeth cruz says:

    I yoshke! Thank you for the blog. The family and i are planning on a trip to melbourne for my cousin’s wedding this october. May question lang po ako, invitations are already in order with my name as part of the entourage. In my passport meron akong “Ma. Elizabethl.” Pero sa NSO brth cert ko wala yung “Ma.”. ok la g ba if i submit along with my NSO birth cert yung baptismal cert and a notarized document of one and the same person? Thnak you for your reply.

  53. Aimee says:

    Hi po, My first travel was in Macau and HK. I am planning to travel again internationally in Australia using itinerary MNL-SIN-AU and going back to Manila to celebrate my birthday. But I don’t have any relative there in AU, can I ask what is second option in supporting documents for LOI? Please reply. Ty!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      If you don’t know anyone in Australia and you’re going there as a tourist, you don’t need to submit an LOI. If it doesn’t apply to you, don’t provide that doc.

  54. Aimee says:

    Maraming Salamat po, ano po kaya pwede Ko isubmit instead? Pwede po kaya yung mga itineraries na pupuntahan Ko na mga tourist spots? Please reply po.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      I’m not sure if you’ve read the post properly.

      If you’re not visiting anyone, you don’t need to provide a letter of invitation.

      And yes, you need to submit your daily itinerary if you’re applying as a tourist. It’s in the list of requirements I provided above. Please read.

  55. Ana says:

    I’m just wondering, do the documents have to be notarized or certified before submitting?
    I’m a bit confused because on their website it says:
    “Certified copies of the biographical pages of the current passport”
    “Certified copies of birth certificate”
    I don’t know what they mean by certified.

    I’m about to lodge my application, but this suddenly caught my attention. Thank you in advance for answering! :)

  56. kim edison says:

    Hi Sir,

    I just want to ask, Where will i submit the documents ? aside from the UPLOADED DOCUMENTS.,
    should i also need to get an appointment and submit the documents at VFS office Makati, after i fill-out my immiaccount?

    Thank you.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Kim. Not sure I understand your question. The application I explained above is done completely online. No need to schedule an appointment. All requirements have to be uploaded to the Immi website.

      What other documents are you referring to?

  57. red says:

    Hi Sir,

    My sister along with her husband and children is planning to apply australian visa online as a group, pwede b akong sumabay s group application nya?


  58. gab says:

    I read your article before lodging my application online, it helped me prepared for it. I just received the good news (just now!) that my visa application has been granted! I got it after 12days of waiting, 1-yr multiple entry, 3mos/entry.

      • gab says:

        Thanks! Your blog has been helpful in all my visa applications ^^,

    • nick says:

      Congrats! Did you lodge your application online? I am still waiting for my results and hopefully I’ll get a response soon.

    • Slick says:

      Hi Gab! may I ask, did you specifically state na you’re planning to go back to aus or requested for a multiple entry visa?

  59. Anno says:


    I read your article and I would like to ask po, My boyfriend sent me an invitation letter which his intend for me to travel is on May 1, which is today, However hind ko pa na lodge on time sa immiaccount ko kasi po nasa province ako and ang internet coverage is very slow sometimes wala po, Can i still lodge it kahit and naka lagay sa invitation is May 1 and most probably malodge ko lahat ng documents i think bukas? please help. Thank you.

    • Anno says:

      And also this is my second time napo, first nag ask ako ng help from travel agency and i was granted single entry, then i want to try this time online application kasi ang mahal po sa agency 25K, please help. salamat po.

      • gab says:

        Hi Anno,

        It may be too late to answer but for other people’s reference, my cousin’s invitation was dated in Feb but I lodged my application in April :)
        [It’s just one of the many documents I submitted], visa application was granted.

        • Ariel says:

          Hi Gab –

          ask ko lang po kasi nag apply na ako one time for tourist visa and i got refuse this is thru agency , even if i have an invitation letter coming from my bf in aussie, my question is ano po bang dapat gawin kasi po plan ko magapply sana how long do i have to wait to re apply ? and ano po dapat ko ipresent ulit? same po ba before na pinresent ko? kasi natatakot ako na baka madenied na naman , how much po is the minimum amount sa bank kahit may sponsor ka? ok lang po ba sa online na ilagay ko boyfriend ko sya? and do i need to submit po ba yung pics namen together? Please help me ndenied yung visa ko nung May 2018 —

          Thanks po sa tutulong


    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Anno, baka you can get another letter from your boyfriend. I think you can still lodge it naman but it just might raise some questions tapos mag-start ng doubt.

  60. Ghaby says:

    Hi Yoshke, I really like your post. Thank you so much. It is very helpful for my desire to visit Australia.
    Let me ask cuz I’m planning to go to Melbourne just for a week this Mid August, is my funds for 200,000 is enough for this do you think?
    And I will be doing the process this week.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      How long is your trip? If a few days lang, yep, enough na yan. :)

  61. andrea says:

    hi! how do u apply as a family? everyone should make an immi account?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Kahit 1 lang ang gumawa, tapos submit as a group na. :)

  62. Ghaby says:

    Oh Im so happy to get a reply. Thank you soo much. I’ll be there for just a week.

    • Ghaby says:

      Hi Yoshke Dimen,

      Thank you for your time in advance. I’m currently working now with my application. I have another question. I got BIR 2307 from my employer that shows my tax charges and the amount of salary too, Do you think this is enough? An ITR cant be served instead I need to ask it from BIR with a charge.
      Secondly, do I need to notarize the documents?
      Third, My passport name is maiden, with the DFA approval, I’ve separated 9 yrs now but not yet annulled by paper, do you think, the embassy still beed to check on that? This is something to do with IDs I am submitting, both under married and maiden names .

      Thank you in advace

      • Yoshke Dimen says:


        1. I don’t know if that’s enough. Visa application approval involves a lot of factors: funds, employment, rootedness. I think if you have plenty of other proof of income/employment/rootedness, okay lang yan.

        2. There was a note that the passport copy had to be notarized when we applied. Not sure if that’s still true now. You’ll know when you begin your application. It’s usually indicated on the application dashboard. In our case, we didn’t have our docs notarized but they were accepted.

        3. Usually, a quick remedy is just submit a copy of the marriage certificate to explain the different last names. I don’t know for sure coz I haven’t experienced it.

  63. luzviminda B. Sulit says:

    what is the longest visa we can get? can we get a multiple visa say 5 years or 10 years?

    • luzviminda B. Sulit says:

      Thank you for sharing your experiences in the beautiful places in AU and how to get the AU visa, We are visiting our kids who is studying in AU this July so we are now planning to apply the Visa this June
      what is the website for the immi account. Thanks

  64. jet says:

    Hi there, help please….
    i will be traveling with my wife. I have filled up the online application and was asked for my traveling companion. I end up until i submit my application.
    but i can’t see anything on how to attach the details for my wife.
    separate ba ang application nya in a separate IMMIACCOUNT??
    kindly email me your reply. i might not be able to return to your blog site.

    maraming salamat po.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi! Not sure exactly how to do group application because I haven’t tried it myself. I just know that it’s possible.

    • Dan anthony santos says:

      hope this will help…i was also confused with that travelling companion part….but when you click on yes and i believe it will ask you to enter the will indicate that a separate application needs to be submitted for that your case your wife..

  65. Dan anthony santos says:

    Just wanna share..since d agony of waiting for d visa is too much hehheh
    I submitted my application may 9 and just received the visa today may 18 and multiple entries was granted.
    I only have 5000aud sa bank..and hindi certified copy ang sinubmit ko.
    I only scanned my current and old passport….the rest of the documents,i only took photos /picture of long as clear naman yung copy…and screensht yung iba.maybe case to case basis.maybe ok lang kc they accepted it.

    • Tine says:

      Hi, okay lang kaya if screenshot lang un mga payslips and other paperless transactions?

      • Yoshke Dimen says:

        Hi Tine, yung sa akin downloaded na payslips, so halos same lang sya ng screenshots. Na-approve naman. Pero halos extra ko na lang yung payslips kasi meron din akong COE, ITR, bank cert, etc.

        • Tine says:

          Okay thanks!! Last question: is 200k enough for 2 adults, 1 infant for 8 days? Minus my plane ticket since my employer invited me.

          • Yoshke Dimen says:

            I think when I applied, nasa ganyan lang din yung laman ng account ko pero mag-isa lang ako. So it’s hard to say. :(

  66. Rovinni Tabares says:

    Hii, I have a question :)
    Will they send you an email if your visa has been granted? Or is it in the immi account?

  67. Eric says:

    Wow thats helpful, so I’ll just generate bank statements from my online account. I think that would do it.

  68. Ghaby says:

    Thank you so much for the reply. As always your ideas and knowledge are a good help. More power Yoshke Dimen!!!

  69. Raymond says:

    Hi Yoshke. Considered pa ba kami for a group family application kahit kaming magkakapatid ay 18 years and above o kelangang individual na kaming mag-aapply?
    Thank you.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Raymond, I’m not sure coz i haven’t tried group application myself. But I think pwede naman yan kasi immediate family pa rin. Again, not sure.

  70. Alexandra says:

    How do you know when a document is “required”? In my attach documents menu it just has “Additional documents” there isn’t a required documents menu, do you have a picture of what the menu looks like for required documents?

  71. Dan P. says:

    I would like to thank you for sharing useful tips in applying for an Australian tourist visa. I just got my e-mail notice from the Department of Home Affairs – Australian Government, saying that my tourist visa was granted. I will visit Australia on my birthday next month! :)

      • Anne says:

        Hello po., patulong naman po.. I’m applying for a tourist visa under sponsorship, I’m just confused saang field q po Ba i.attach ang cover letter q?

  72. Jacq says:


    Thank you so much for this blog it’s really helpful! I have a question po. My boyfriend and his family will cover the expenses (transportation, food), and accomodation (may house po sila dun) of my vacation in Australia this coming December. Pinoy po sila na citizen na dun. I’m a little confused po with the online application. Since sponsorship po is not available for friends/bf but only family lang, should I put “Self-Funded” ako and then just explain po dun sa explanation bar below about how I would support myself and that my bf and his family will support me? Or no need po to explain about my bf and his fam supporting me on that page and just attach documents and letter explaining that they would support my stay? Tho I would also showmoney po so basically, I could support myself in terms of buying souvenirs and food hehe.

    Also, do I really need to have all the documents notarized po? Including yung mga invitation letter and supporting documents ni bf and fam? I’m a little confused din po dito. Is it okay if all the supporting documents he will send me are soft/scanned copies? Of he needs to send it to me via courier pa before I could apply?

    Sorry po if I have a lot of questions. It’s my first time din kasi.

    Thank you!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Jacq, to be honest, I’m not that familiar with the requirements kapag invited by someone there kasi my experience is limited to tourism (self-funded) and business (sponsored by a company). I’m not sure what types of info they need kapag invited by someone. :(

      Sa visa applications in general, if may sufficient personal funds and proof of rootedness/employment ang applicant, mas madaling maapprove ang self-funded trips kasi it’s simpler.


      • Jacq says:

        Thanks for the response! Just an additional question. I’m not sure where to put my Cover Letter, plane tickets of future trips (since I could use these as a strong reason of going back to PH), our photos together of the person who will sponsor me. May I know which area I should upload all these? Thank you!

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          Hi Jacq, I would submit it under Evidence of Tourism Activities. I’ll mention in the letter my relationship with the sponsor and then also mention that you have other trips coming up and for which you are also attaching the tickets as proof. So I’ll compile the letter, the tickets, the day to day itinerary, and the photos in one file together. Unahin mo na lang yung letter so may explanation bakit may mga kasamang iba pang docs. :)

          • Jacq says:

            Thank you so much for these information! It’s all really helpful. I’ll follow your tips. Hopefully, I get to fly to Aussie soon

    • Slick says:

      Hi Jacq!

      May I ask how your application went? How long before na grant visa mo? :)

      Same situation ako right now thou I Still checked sponsored by others then explained dun sa box na it will be my Australian bf who will cover all the expenses

      • Jacq says:

        Hello Slick,

        I haven’t applied yet. I’m planning to do it by the end of September pa since I’m planning to fly on December pa naman. Did you lodge your application already? I talked to other people as well about this and I was informed that it’s okay to put Self-Funded and just explain dun sa “Details on how travel will be funded” that my bf will sponsor me.

  73. Michelle says:

    Hello. Can I ask how to apply online as a group (Family)? Thank you

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Just create an ImmiAccount and then make multiple applications using that account. You can also create a group on the dashboard (just click on “new group” and then take note of the group code) and then when filling out the application form, at one point you will be asked if it’s part of a group, click yes and enter the group code.

  74. Phiy says:

    Hello, I’ll be visiting my husband in Sydney who has a temporary working visa. (On shored by his company here in the Ph). We are planning to go back here in Ph together. Do I still need an Invitation letter from him? Thank you!

  75. Mara says:

    Hi, my mom and I are filing an application this July. My mom is already a senior citizen and wala naman kaming business, my question po is, mas okay po kaya mag dagdag ng cover letter ang mom ko na senior Na sya and walang work or okay lang Na bank cert Na lang ilalagay? Thank you

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      You can add a letter. You can even add a copy of her senior ID to prove it. Then bank cert din to prove funds.

  76. Mik Bautista says:

    Good Day. Visa grantee na kami last year pero expired na this year. mag aapply ulit kami and may mga kasama akong minors. need parin ba ng DSWD travel clearance kahit may mga passport na sila? They will travel without their parents parin, same thing last year. Thank you sa sagot.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Need pa rin ng Immigration ng DSWD Clearance basta walang parent na kasama.

      • Mik Bautista says:

        Thank you for the anwer Yoshke! Another thing is do we need to create individual immi acount or can I use my own account, make a group and apply their visa so i won’t need to open multi immi accounts upon application for our group. BTW I am our group coordinator that is why I will be doing all the application. Thanks in advance.

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          Hi Mik. As far as I know, you can use your own account. Just one account will do. I haven’t tried doing it in just one account though, so I’m not that sure. But I think it’s possible.

          • Mik Bautista says:

            I tried to add new application and seems fine but now i encounctered another problem, because there is no option “attached documents” under the application/name of my companion. What should I do with this? Am I the only one who needs to submit all the documents since we are applying as a group and I am the one who created it? Thank you

          • Yoshke Dimen says:

            Hi Mik. Hmmm, I dunno kasi I haven’t tried group. And parating may problem sa Immi website so hard to tell if glitch or something. Have you joined our Support Group on facebook yet? Our members are really helpful. Baka someone has experienced it before and can help. Just post about it. Here’s the link:

          • Mik Bautista says:

            Thank you very much. Nag send na ako ng request to koin the group.

  77. Jezz says:

    Hi Yoshke,

    Hi I have question my close friend(australian citizen) in Sydney Australia are planning to invite me on August 2018 for a Tourist Visa and they ask me to provide a Business Permit and bank Certificate with below 100k savings but I still don’t have ITR kasi kaka-open ko lang last January 2018 and they will be the one to sponsor all my expenses aside of my Ticket so is it possible I can enter australia without ITR? Please I need ur prompt response. Thanks

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Jezz,

      ITR is not required, but strongly recommended. However, if you really can’t provide, make sure you have other proof of employment and rootedness to submit.

  78. Candz says:

    Hello what if me and my husband will apply for visitors visa, do we need to apply separately? Is there a way that we can apply together?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Candz, you can create just one Immi account and create a group in the dashboard then take note of your group ID code. Then you’ll need to create an application for each of you and enter the group code when prompted. :)

  79. Candz says:

    I see thanks … one more question… if we plan to visit next year can we apply visit visa this year? Thanks so much

  80. Rain says:

    on the 20 page Elodgement page, medyo naguluhan lang ako sa significant dates. Kailangan ko din ba ilagay yung place kung nasaan ako on the significant dates?


    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hmmm I dunno what exactly ang dapat isulat, but basta ang nilagay ko is yung dates na dapat andun talaga ako sa Australia. For example, kung business visa kasi you’re attending the conference, sinulat ko something like this: July 2 – Press Conference

      Sa Tourist Stream naman, I don’t remember kung in-ask din ito, but if meron din, for example, the purpose of your stay is to attend a wedding, just type the date and a short description

      • Rain says:

        nag ask din sa tourism ng significant dates.
        purpose ko lang talaga is for vacation/tour. maybe pwede ko ilagay siguro yung individual date and kung saan ako pupunta.

        iba pa siguro yung pag nagpasa ka ng detailed itinerary?

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          I don’t know for sure, but I would probably do the same if that were me. haha

          • Rain says:

            Ganun na lang talaga gawin ko. date and places to visit. appreciate the help, thank you very much.

          • Yoshke Dimen says:

            No problem! Good luck with your application!

  81. Ju says:

    Hi there,

    Any idea if there is additional fee if multiple ang i rerequest? Kasi mag sside trip kami to NZ from Sydney. Tas after NZ, babalik kami Melbourne – any changes sa requirements or fees?

    thanks so much

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Ju. I’m not sure if merong additional fee pag multiple. I think same lang.

      If you’re applying for a multiple entry visa, just make sure that your requirements clearly show the need for multiple. For example, in your submitted itinerary, make sure it shows that you’re exiting Australia for New Zealand and going back again. This way, the need for multiple is justified.

  82. Patrick says:


    Kindly help me what is supposed to be included in the non-accompanying members of the family unit. I am already married. Am I still supposed to include the names of my siblings? Or is it no longer necessary? Thank you in advance.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Patrick, this is on the application form, right? Hmmm I never had to deal with that part of the form because I’m single but according to other forum sites, it refers to spouse and children only. So no need for siblings info.

      • Patrick says:

        Yes Yoshke. It is in the application form. Thank you for the response!

  83. Mark T says:

    If you have like 10 passports and a lot of travel within each passport, do you have to scan all of these pages? Thank you!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Ideally, yes. Although in my case, I may have skipped some pages. Haha.

  84. Mandy says:

    Hi.. im planning to apply for australian tourist visa this month.. as i read ir post its stated that we need to submit evidence of family composition.. does this mean i need to submit psa birth cert of my parents and siblings or just mine as the applicant? Thank you! Ur rsponse is highly appreciated.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi. It’s not required. I submitted just my birth certificate on two occasions. Both times, my application was approved.

  85. Michelle Lur says:

    Hello! Good Day..I wanna apply tourist visa and I’am going there with my parents. I just recently graduated and currently unemployed. I also don’t have a bank account yet. What papers do I need to submit for the requirements aside from my passport and birth certificate? Thank you :)

  86. Jhenny Salvador says:

    Hi! very helpful tips on how to apply visitor visa, i just want to ask a favor if you can make a cover letter for me, here’s my email add: . I really appreciate your help. Thank you.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Uhm, no. Best if you write the letter yourself because you know the details and the purpose of your trip better than anyone else.

  87. K says:

    Hi I would like know what did you put here?

    Other identity documents
    Does this applicant have other identity documents?

    It says there…
    Enter the details of any national identity documents issued by a government other than Australia.
    This includes any document which was issued by a government for the purpose of identification, such as:

    Alien registration number
    Birth certificate
    Drivers licence
    Marriage certificate
    National Identity document
    Social security card


  88. Aurora says:

    Hi there! Our family of 4 plans to apply for an Australian Visa. Do I need to create an Immiaccount for each us? Thank you.

      • Aurora says:

        Thank you. My sister and her family are now in Sydney but they are not yet permanent residents there. We will be staying in their rented apartment if we push through with the trip . My question is, would it be okay if I will submit an invitation letter from my sister upon applying for an Australian visa kahit hindi pa sila PR doon? Thanks.

  89. Ruel says:

    Hello There , Good evening to you , i already lodged my application online for my Visitor Visa Subclass 600 last June 30th and i am still waiting the result my only problem po bago yong passport ko at nakalimutan ko po na wala pa pala akong signature sa new passport ko .may idea po ba kayo ano dapat gawin?Just worried baka ma denied ako until now wala pa din silang update ..Thank you .

  90. Nelia says:

    Hello po.. Saan ko po ba pwede e attach yung Birth Certificate ko? Hindi naka specify kung sa required or recommended.. Salamat po

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Nelia, kami, sa family docs namin isinama (under Recommended).

  91. Nelia says:

    ok salamat po.. Kailangan pa po ba mag submit ng Form 54 Family Composition? :)

  92. Des says:

    Hi! Very informative post. Just wanna ask, since I don’t have any travel history abroad, I don’t have anything to attach to the previous travel part. Is it okay to leave it blank? :/

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Yep, you can still submit without it. But chances of getting approved are lower compared to when you have a travel history.

      • Des says:

        Hi again! Just wanna ask where I should attach all the docs of my sponsor? Thanks! :)

  93. Gly says:

    hi, I need some advice regarding applying for a tourist visa with my fiancee and we are currently working here in Qatar and we are planning to take vacation 20 -25 days to my brother in Melbourne is it possible I can apply together or accompanied by me?

  94. Kat says:

    Hello i have a query?? it necessary for the passport size pic to get notarized??

  95. Mike says:

    Hi! Thanks for the detailed info. Anyway, I just want to clarify the definition of ‘newly employed’ that you mentioned under ‘The reasons why my application would be denied’. Is it a month prior to your intended trip? I’ll move to a new company by next month and it is 5 – 6mos away from my trip. Would you know if it would/might affect my visa application? Thank you so much in advance!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Mike, I think you should be fine. How long have you been with your current company?

      What I meant by newly employed is when it’s the applicant’s first job. If your employment history shows you have been stable (or previously stayed with a company for years), even if you’re new at your job now, I don’t think it would matter much.

      • Mike says:

        Thank you so much, Yoshke! I’ve been with my company for 3 years now but prior to that, I kinda hopped from one job to the other and stayed for a year or less. I even worked overseas for a year so I’m not sure if this would affect? My current job is already my 4th. But I’ve stayed here the longest. Thank you so much for your help!

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          Hi Mike, I think that’s fine. My situation is similar to yours when I applied for Aussie visa for the first time. Mine was worse, I think. Haha. I was with my company then for less than a year. Prior to that, I was a freelancer, taking short-term jobs. So it shouldn’t be an issue, I guess. As long as the other requirements are sufficient and satisfactory.

          • Mike says:

            Thank you so much, Yoshke! Haha. That’s a huge relief! Haha. Couldn’t thank you enough for the tips!

          • Yoshke Dimen says:

            Uy, opinyon ko lang yan ha. Di ako sure, haha. :P

  96. Yvan says:

    I’ve been to two asian countries for the past two years. Is that enough as evidence of travel history?

  97. Marlene says:

    Hi Yoshke,

    First of all, I salute you for being so helpful with your kababayan, ngayon nadag dagan pa.
    Anyway, I am sponsoring my sister for a travel to Australia. Would you know what documents
    do I need to give my sister? I know that I will need to give proof of income & tax records& our itinerary. By the way, I live in HK so I will apply for a visa here. My sister will
    be applying hers in the Philippines. We will travel together in the Philippines.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Marlene, I’m not sure exactly ano kailangan kapag sponsored trip. Aside from what you mentioned, it would be a good idea to add an Affidavit of Support to further prove that you will be shouldering the cost.

  98. Marlene says:

    Hi Yoshke,

    It’s me again. Sorry to bother you. Is there a deadline in completing the form thru the ImmiAcct?
    I started filling up the information but cannot complete it because I am confused with some of the question so of course I did not submit my application yet. When I visited my site again after 2 days,
    I do not see anymore the form that I filled up.
    Just in case you know the answer. Thanks

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Marlene, hmmm, if I remember correctly, 30 days. I’m not sure but definitely not 2 days, at least during my time. It took me more than 2 days to complete the form.

  99. Rain says:

    Thank you for all the help, na-approve ako.! Talagang yung papel na in-email lang ipapakita ko sa immigration?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Yay! Congrats! Actually, di rin nila yan titingnan sa Australia kasi nasa record naman nila sa computer. Pero i-print mo na rin kasi hinahanap madalas ng Immigration ng Pinas. :)

      • Rain says:

        passport na lang papakita sa australia. too be sure na lang na i print yun.

        salamat ulit ng marami. laking tulong dito pati dun sa FB support group.

  100. anna says:

    Hi!!! Were biometrics required from you guys upon grant of Australian visa? :)

  101. Khryss says:

    Hello po, just want to ask kung paano po kung yung sponsor namin ay hindi taga Australia, ano ano pong adiced niyong isubmit. Tito ko po from US ang magbabayad para sa amin ng lola ko. Also, mas mababa po ba ang chances kung unemployed? Currently employed po ako, pero unemployed na ko sa target dates of travel namin dahil end of contract. Salamat po!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Khryss, I’m not sure exactly ano kailangan kapag sponsored trip. But it would be a good idea to add an Affidavit of Support to further prove that you will be shouldering the cost.

      Yes, malaki talaga chance ma-deny pag unemployed.

  102. Khryss says:

    Another question po,
    Should I include my middle name as part of my given names?
    Salamat po.

  103. bee says:

    Hi. I just applied AU visa online and received a feedback that I need to do medical examination. Well it’s actually my third visa, if granted, and this is the first time they required me. Do they have a new rule this 2018 that you need to undergo a health examination or is is only becuase I will have more than a month vacation in Sydney? You r answer is a great help for my sister’s future application. Thanks a lot!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Bee, I just had another Australia trip this month and applied for almost all of my friends, and none of us were asked for a medical exam, so I’m pretty certain it’s not the norm. Baka nga because more than one month. But I’m not sure.

    • Gywneth says:

      Hello, I have the same requirement. it will be my third visa also if granted. I am still waiting for the decision. Question: did you ever do the health examination? and Did they reach out to you that you need to do it?

  104. kyrie says:


    This article is incredibly helpful. I just have a few questions though.

    I’m a freelancer, one of my bosses will sponsor my trip to Oz for 3 weeks. He lives there and has a valid business number and whatnot. He just needs to send a letter of sposorship and proof of his financial capacity, right?

    I also think I might have issues with proving I will be back. I am only renting (though I have a contract), and I have another client here who can issue a COE to me if I need it. I have properties, but they aren’t in my name yet. Would those suffice as proof that I will return?

    Thank you!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Kyrie, re docs required from sponsor, yes. You’ll need a letter from your sponsor and proof of financial capacity. You’ll actually see the list of other supporting documents that you can submit when you reach the Upload part of the process. But from what I remember, those two are there. (Damn, I should have taken a screenshot of that, too. Haha)

      Regarding proof of rootedness, you can’t submit papers for properties that aren’t in your name. It will just raise a gazillion more questions and they might suspect your sincerity. Not sure what else you can submit aside from COE. If you have a strong travel history, there’s still a chance of approval.

  105. Glaiza says:

    Hi Yoshke Dimen, ask ko regarding bank documents iba pa ba yung bank certificate and bank statement need pa ba yan ng stamp from the bank kasi dito sa qatar pede namin ma generate yung bank statement ko.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Glaiza, yes, magkaiba ang Bank Cert and Bank Statement. Di ko alam about stamp, kasi sa pinagkukunan ko na bank, may signatures lang ung bank cert. Yung statement naman na sinubmit ko, walang stamp or signature pero printed sa letterhead nila. Baka pwede naman na ikaw maggenerate ng statement online kung yun talaga sistema ng bank mo. Pero sa certificate, baka need pa rin ng may sign.

  106. Glaiza says:

    so need ko mag submit ng bank statement and bank certificate? yun ba ang required sa financial documents for tourist visa both tlga need nila?

  107. Zee says:

    Hi. I’m an OFW here in KSA. Will it be okay kung sa Pinas na lang ako kumuha ng tourist visa pag nagbakasyon ako? Kasi less hassle. Dito kasi kelangan pa ng mga biometrics, exit re entry visa, etc. thank you.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Pwede naman, pero online lang naman buong application process.

  108. Zee says:

    Also, pag nagcreate ng Immig account, ilang days dapat bago isubmit? Will it stay there for a couple of months? Thanks.

    • lye says:

      It will stay for a few years. Ung s akin andun p rin until now hopefully i can submit it this month. Kasama ko kc parents ko and minsan nagkakasakit sila kaya medyo natatagalan pag submit nmin.

  109. jet says:

    hi! i jsut want to ask kung nagrequire paba ng medical screening bago ma-grant ung visa?

  110. Maria says:

    Hi Yoshke,

    Yours is the blog I really read when it comes to travelling.
    You are straightforward, honest, respectful and humble.
    Your page is very helpful and thank you very much for that!

    May you continue to travel(and of course have so much fun on it)
    and for us your readers, benefit from your experiences. GOD speed!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Thanks so much for taking the time to write this, Maria!

      We’re just trying to help as much as we can while doing what we love. :)

  111. sheryl says:

    Hi Yoshke,ask lang po magka problema kung ang birthplace ko sa marriage contract instead na North Cotabato ay naging North Catabato.THANKS

  112. Gel says:

    Hi Yoshke,
    Good day.
    My sister will be graduating in October sa Melbourne . Ngayon, my parents will attend her graduation, gusto ko din sumama sa kanila. Since housewife ako (not employed), parents ko ang mag proprovide ng expenses for the whole trip. Ask ko if i need cover letters (each) para sa mga family members na sasama sa Melbourne sa pag aaply ng visa?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Gel, yes, you can submit a cover letter so you can properly explain the purpose of your trip. :)

  113. Neon says:

    Do you think getting a New Zealand or Australian visa is easier than Schengen or Canadian visa? Or could you please rank them from the most lenient visa policies to the least? Thanks!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Yes, definitely. Aussie visa is much easier to get that Schengen or Canadian visa. Schengen is the hardest because most embassies (not all) require an interview.

  114. sheryllucos says:

    Hello Yoshke !
    G’day! I have learned a lot info from you. I would like to ask bcoz im very confused regarding the notarization…I will be submitting / to upload my scanned doc’s like PSA bithcertificate, bank statement, tittle deed and COE this are all true copy, should i still have it notarized?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      When I applied recently, I don’t remember seeing any instruction that the docs have to be notarized. I didn’t have my docs notarized when I applied both times.

  115. Emilia Cavite says:

    Hi Yoshke, Have a good day ,I have planning to apply tourist visa in australia i just want to ask if is it okay to use my new bank account for financial statement its only 2 months being opened ,but i have a sponsor and hes the one who shoulder all my expencess in australia.Im just a bit worried for my financial statement,

  116. Jhon-vic Mahinay says:

    Hello po, Janvhic here from Alabang. question lang po. Kasi in my case 1st time ko po lumabas ng bansa if ever. iinvite po ako ng asawa ng pinsan ko papunta don sa Australia. Ok lang po kaya yon? Baka kasi tingnan nila ang passport ko eh wala pa akong travel history out of the country and ask ko sana kung magkano ang need na laman ng bank account ko if ever? Thanks po.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Jhon-vic, yes, tinitingnan nila ang travel history. Nasa list of requirements nila yun.

      Dun sa magkano ang laman ng bank account, nasagot na namin sa FAQs sa taas. Pabasa na lang po.

  117. Danny says:

    Hi Yoshke,

    I applied for tourist visa last Monday (Aug 20) and to be honest this ‘waiting game’ gets me frustrated like crazy! Hehe. I was expecting for something like within 2 days I would receive the grant approval notice. Though I am confident it would be approved but still we would never know, right?

    I have been to 16 countries and am employed with the company I have been for more than 6 years now. Never been to Oz though.

    (Instagram: @Danfort10)

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Danny, I completely understand. The last time I applied, my friends got their visa before mine was released so I was pretty nervous. Haha.

      Good luck on your application!

      • Danny says:

        Hi Yosh,

        I just received my multiple entry valid for one year Australian visa today (5th-Sept).

        Thank you for this blog. Sobra pong nakatulog!

        Dan (IG => danfort10)

    • M says:

      Hi Danny! Did you get your visa na? I submitted my online application naman laat August 17 and like you, this waiting game is making me anxious. Lol. I had an oz visa na last 2016 but like what you said, we never know what could happen :/ lol

      • Danny says:

        Hi M! As of now (Sept 3), di pa! And I’m dying….
        All the best to both of us!

  118. Donald McNevin says:

    Hi Yoshke,

    Quick question, would it be a problem if I applied for a visa with complete requirements but I haven’t been out of the country yet. I’m kinda nervous and worried.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Donald, travel history is one of the things that they look at so it matters greatly in their evaluation. That said, cases wherein first time travelers were granted a visa are not unheard of. It depends on the strength of the other requirements and, I think, the purpose of travel.

  119. Ghaby says:

    Hi, Yoshke Good afternoon, I really appreciate your page. I have some confusion about the name. The given names on the application. Do I need to add my first names and the middle name or just the first name? and for the middle name, where do we add it?

    Thank you so much in advance.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Ghaby, I didn’t enter my middle name. I just wrote my given name.

      • Ghaby says:

        Hi there again. I have another question, I hope to get a clear view. If Im planning to visit there by November 1-8 , would it be okay to submit the application earlier this September? Is it a good timing or the range of time is not enough?

        Thank you in advance.

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          Hi Ghaby, I think it’s okay. Processing can take a day to a month.

          My first visa was valid for 3 months. Second visa was valid for 6 months. If you apply in September 1, the validity of the visa will either be until December 1 or March 1. Either way, your November 1-8 travel date will still be well within the validity period.

          • ghaby says:

            wow thats a very nice reply from you. you are helping a lot of people too. thank you so much.

  120. Marie says:

    Based on the entered passport details, applicant _____ is not eligible to apply for this visa using this online service. Ensure the passport details have been entered exactly as they appear in the applicant’s passport. The applicant will not be able to continue and should review the eligibility information on our website.

    Do you by chance know what is this? I really cannot find the problem. I already checked the account and passport infos and all are correct? So, can you help me figure this out? Thank you

  121. ALYSSA says:

    Hi! Should I pay the visa fee on the same day the application was submitted? Or is it okay if I pay for it the next day? Thank you! :)

  122. karen says:

    Hi do the documents you have to submit, bank statements, psa, marriage certificate etc have to be notarized or as is is fine? thanks for how you will reply!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      When I applied recently, nothing in the list of requirements indicated that the documents have to be notarized. I didn’t have ours notarized. But our application still got approved.

      You’ll know when you begin your application. It’s usually indicated on the application dashboard.

      • karen says:

        Thanks for finding time to reply…I reread the article and saw this all caps in bold letters pertaining to notarized docs at the end… oops! super sorry for missing that one out and thanks for being patient to our redundant inquiries :D God bless.

  123. Mae says:

    Do you think insurances from Manulife, sunlife and bank certificates/statements could prove strong ties with the country? thanks!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Mae, not sure about the insurance. Yung bank cert and statement can prove financial capability, so okay yun. But yung insurance, I really don’t know. Siguro if may investment na kasama. Di ba may insurance na ganun? Pero di ko talaga alam. haha

  124. Karen says:

    Hi Yoshe just some questions in filling out the application form:

    For the part OTHER IDENTITY DOCUMENTS, apart from DRIVER’S LICENSE , there is also the option of BIRTH CERTIFICATE, but is the IDENTIFICATION NO for the Birth Certificate the REGISTRATION OR REGISTRY NO? (Just want to make sure baka mali yung assumptions ko.)

    Supporting Documents
    Family Composition — when traveling with family using a group application, did you upload all the Birth Certificates apart from yours? Did you choose OTHER as Document Type for this then specified Birth Certificate?

    Thanks again!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Karen,

      Dun sa Other Identity Documents, I don’t remember this part of the form. Maybe I did fill this in but I just can’t remember. Huhu. So I dunno…

      Dun din sa group application. I haven’t tried applying as a group kasi. Individual application ung ginawa ko so I only uploaded my birth certificate.

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          Sa Evidence of Family Composition ko inupload ung saken. Ung mga friends ko din, dun inupload. :D

  125. Apol Tan says:

    Hi, Ako nag apply ng visa ng mama ko and aunt ko sa immi. Merong requirement na FORM 54. Do I still need to submit it? Tourist Stream Visitor visa ang inaapply ko for the both of them and invited kasi sila ng brother nila. Ang nilgay ko lang for now is yung birth certificate ng mom/aunt ko and birth certificate ng brother nila. Thank you

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      It’s recommended that u submit that. Any reason bakit di ka makakasubmit nung form 54?

  126. Marian Mae O. Quilantang says:

    How many days before na-approve application mo when you applied for tourist visa for the first time?

  127. karen says:

    Yoshke just a couple of questions,

    did you scan/upload the back of the photo pa and sign I-t? Kailan ba backview ng photo signed and scanned? and regarding sa passport, info page lang yung skinan mo?

    Hope you can reply and help. Thanks!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Karen, yung ginawa ko, I just uploaded the photo tapos yung file name ay yung name ko.

      For the Travel Document requirement, yes, yung info page lang yung ni-scan ko.

      But for the Travel History requirement, I scanned din all the pages with stamps and visas.

  128. Aldrin says:

    paano po pag wala pako stamp sa passport
    Evidence of the applicant’s previous travel paano po gagawin?

    saan po kayo nag pagawa nang visa ID picture

    Bibisitahin ko po kasi girlfriend ko

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Aldrin, naku, di ko alam paano gagawin kung wala pang travel history.

      Ang pwede mong gawin, pwede kang magvisit muna sa visa-free countries.

      Siguro pwede ka ring gumawa ng letter explaining bakit wala ka pang travel history pero mahirap maapprove yung ganun.

      • Zem says:


        I followed everything this site posted and luckily was granted a one year multiple entry visa to Aus. I can attest na it doesnt matter whether you have flown to other countries since Ive travelled once only and thats in Hong Kong last Jan. 2018. I only have one stamp in my passport and yet I was granted a visa…

        I applied Aug. 23 and visa approved just today.

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          Hi Zem, We’re glad na na-approve ka. So excited for you! Australia is awesome!!! :D

          However, it doesn’t mean that travel history does not matter. It matters. Whether or not the application will be approved or denied is based on a whole lot of factors. And travel history is one of them. Yes, it does not guarantee approval — nothing does — but it is one of the things they consider.

          The fact that you have already traveled abroad, even if it’s just Hong Kong, is a BIG thing already and it mattered in your application. It will be a lot harder if you have ZERO stamps. There’s a HUUUUGE difference between having 1 stamp and having NONE at all. Having a stamp, even if it’s just one shows that you have experienced going out of the country and returned. That 1 stamp mattered.

          Does that mean na kapag wala kang travel history, automatic denied agad? NO. There’s still a chance of approval. What we’re saying is, the chances are lower.

          Like we always say, embassies look at travel history, rootedness and finances, all of it. If weak ang isa, the other factors can make up for it. If your travel history is lacking but your rootedness and finances are strong, there’s a still a good chance of approval. If your finances are not that much but the travel history and rootedness are strong, there’s still a good chance of approval. All these matter in the evaluation. :)

  129. Ghaby says:

    Hi there Yoshke, its me again, please share me your expertise on the application process. On which part of the attachment field I must be attaching the letter that will serve as my letter of intent like the GTE explanation. In thinking its on the “Evidence of planned tourism activities in Australia ” under others together with the Itinerary and Planned Activities Am I right?

    Please share your ideas Thank you in advance.

  130. Aldrin says:

    Pupunta ako singapore nang november kaso December ko balak pumunta sa kanila baka d kasi enough yung time para maaprovan visa

    Sponsor naman nya ako papunta dun okay lang kaya yun?


  131. yemmyemmy says:

    passport stamps help but does not really affect outcome of approval.. i for one was only able to travel once abroad and only to hong kong but was granted a one year, multiple entry visa.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Yemmyemmy, We’re glad na na-approve ka. So excited for you! Australia is awesome!!! :D

      However, it doesn’t mean that travel history does not matter. It matters. Whether or not the application will be approved or denied is based on a whole lot of factors. And travel history is one of them. Yes, it does not guarantee approval — nothing does — but it is one of the things they consider.

      The fact that you have already traveled abroad, even if it’s just Hong Kong, is a BIG thing already and it mattered in your application. It will be a lot harder if you have ZERO stamps. There’s a HUUUUGE difference between having 1 stamp and having NONE at all. Having a stamp, even if it’s just one shows that you have experienced going out of the country and returned. That 1 stamp mattered.

      Does that mean na kapag wala kang travel history, automatic denied agad? NO. There’s still a chance of approval. What we’re saying is, the chances are lower.

      Like we always say, embassies look at travel history, rootedness and finances, all of it. If weak ang isa, the other factors can make up for it. If your travel history is lacking but your rootedness and finances are strong, there’s a still a good chance of approval. If your finances are not that much but the travel history and rootedness are strong, there’s still a good chance of approval. All these matter in the evaluation. :)

  132. Elle says:

    Hi Yoshke! I have a question. I have an unused Japan and Korea Visa which got expired recently due to vacation leave issues from my employer. I do have other passport stamps from SG, MY, TW, HK, and used Japan Visa in 2017. I’m planning to apply AU visa next year, can I include unused Visa under travel history? Thanks very much po and take care.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      I think pwede naman kasi nakadikit naman yun sa passport so isama mo na lang din. :)

  133. kaye says:

    Hi. My brother, who is still a student, is applying for tourist visa online. On the immi online form, there is a page that asks for his student course details. What we don’t quite understand are the “date from” and “date to” portions. Does “date from” refer to the exact date he first enrolled in uni or does it only refer to the date of enrollment for the current sem? What about “date to”? Does it refer to the date he is supposed to graduate or does it only refer to the last day of classes for the semester he is currently enrolled in? He doesn’t remember the exact date he first enrolled and there is also no way for him to know for sure his exact date of graduation considering that the academic calendar for 2020 has yet to be released. Been trying to read up on this but couldn’t find an answer.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Kaye, I don’t know exactly what data they need since it’s outside of my experience. What does that section ask for exactly? Verbatim.

      • Kaye says:

        Hi Yoshke,

        The below is how it appears on the form.

        Visa applicant’s current overseas employment
        Current employment details

        Employment status : Student

        Student course details

        Student course details
        Give details of the course the applicant is undertaking.

        Course name:
        Institution name:
        Date from:
        Date to:

        I’ve decided to email the embassy since I really can’t find any information about this.

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          Hi Kaye, yay, great that you emailed the embassy!

          But in case they don’t reply, hmm, if I were in your shoes I would enter the date of the first day of classes in that uni. Regarding “date to,” if there is no definite last date yet, I would just enter a date within the month where the last day or graduation usually happens.

          • Kaye says:

            Hi Yoshke,

            Unfortunately, I haven’t received feedback yet so I think I will just follow your suggestion.

            Regarding Form 54 on family composition, is there any specific requirement as to who should sign as witness?


  134. Magro says:

    Hi! Is ITR really required? I work online and I think I can provide everything including the title of deeds ng house and car. I think I am financially capable to travel naman. But the only problem is wala akong itenerary. Is it worth to apply paba? Sayang naman kasi yung fee kapag hindi. I was denied 2x na for applying a US visa kahit invited ako ng company na pumunta dun. Medjo nakaka trauma sya. Sayang yung time and pera.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Magro, as mentioned in the post: you can submit just one per category. It’s ANY or ALL. In theory, you can submit just one item per document type. But of course, the more relevant documents you upload, the higher your chances of your application being approved.

  135. Joselito Garcia says:

    Hi,i am already asenior citizen and i have a 3 half sisters living in Australia they are already Australian citizen,the problem is,my surname is different from them,i am a illigitimate son,in my birth certificate was indicate that i have a single parent my mother.My sisters invited me to spent chrismas with them,could you give me a advise what i will do and what documents i will prepare,i am a an ex ofw in KSA for 20 years,and my passports are still wirh me.
    Thank you very much,

  136. Florie says:

    Hi there, I got really interested in your blog. And this has been very helpful in the lodge and approval of our family Visa (but with 1 pending application for my son). They asked for us to submit a “Certified Copy of Birth Certificate (PSA Issued)”. I just uploaded thru Immi a scanned copy of the PSA issued Birth Certificate (got from express delivery thru PSA – I didn’t have it notarized anymore. Is this ok? How long would re-processing or further assessment would take?
    Also we already bought ticket and our flight is by this Friday already. Is there a way to follow thru? Can I call a certain number? Can I still upload copy of our ticket and hotel accomodation for them to know we’re really hoping for grant of my son’s Visa application?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Florie!

      Notarization, did they indicate that the birth certificate be notarized? If they didn’t, then it’s okay.

      No idea on reprocessing and their contact numbers po. :(

  137. Joselito Garcia says:

    Hello Sir,Please give some advise-on how to apply tourist visa on line.and what document do i prepare.I am already a senior citizen,and i have3 sisters on my father side in australia,they are all having australian passport,but the problem is i have a different surname,from my mother,i want to spent chrismas with them this coming dec,they will give me an invitation letter,but in the letter what they will indicate half brother,cousin or what,
    Please give me some advise,thank you very much

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi! You can sign up for an Immi account first and then when you start your application, you will be asked questions and then it will give you a list of documents you need to provide.

      But I’m sure you will have to provide an invitation letter (indicate your real relationship. If you’re half-siblings, then say you’re half-siblings, not cousins) and proof of relationship.

  138. Princess says:

    Hi! Ask ko lang, ung sa recommended documents po ba, pwedeng wala din i-upload or need padin lahat ng category may document na naka upload? Kasi ung lola ko 86 na pero fit to travel parin siya. Hindi naman din disabled at malakas pa. Need pa ba nung Health Insurance? And paano makakuha nun if ever? Thank you so much Sir!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Princess,

      Dun sa recommended, di mo kailangan na isubmit yun, di sya required. Pero if kaya mong iprovide, mas maganda kasi recommended nga nila na isubmit mo rin.

      Dun sa health insurance, sa 2x na nag-apply naman ako wala namang required na insurance sa akin. Pero baka nga required pag senior na, di ko rin alam. May list of requirements naman per applicant. If nakalagay dun na need ng insurance, provide na lang kahit pa healthy and fit pa rin si lola. Di kasi nila alam yun eh.

  139. Rona says:

    Thank you for this blog as it is very informative!I would just like to clarify as to when is the best time to apply for a visa if my intended flight is on January 2019.I get conflicting answers from the AUS embassy here in South Korea(I’m currently based here).Does the 6 month rule apply to the validity of the visa from the date it was issued(meaning you cannot enter Aus once the 6 month period has lapsed)
    while the 3 months is the allowable duration you can stay in Aus per visit(on a tourist visa)?My intended travel dates would be Jan 6-21, 2019. Is is safe to apply as early as 1st week of Oct 2018? (once granted, my intended travel on Jan is still covered by the 6 month period right?) I am quite confused as I am led to believe that for example I got approved of a visa and the date of issue was October 10,2018, it would no longer cover our travel dates if we have to use it within 3 months from the date of issuance(accdg to the Aus embassy staff here)..BTW,I’m still a Philippine Passport holder.Sorry for the lengthy post and thank you!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Rona, the standard visa has a 6-month validity and once you enter Australia, you can stay for up to 3 months. That was my experience too. Meaning, if you’re granted a visa in October, you can enter AUstralia anytime from October until March. But your stay can be as long as 3 months only. If you enter in January, you can stay until March.

      So yes, if you plan to visit Australia in January, October is a good month to apply for a visa.

      However, I’m not sure if may ibang rules na nag-apply if you’re a Korea resident. But yung experience ko twice, 6 months yung validity.

  140. SUBCLASS 600 says:

    Hello Sir..
    Good day po…

    Any idea sir regarding the situation that I encountered, we are on a group / family application
    My wife already approved but my son ( below 3 yrs old ) and I are not yet approved, we are on a 12 days of
    our application. Is there any tendency that one of as will get denied since we are family that will spent a holiday.
    Im here in Saudi right now by the way. If you just encountered this sir or any idea for this? Thank You..

  141. SUBCLASS 600 says:

    Sir, my tendency po ba na approve na yun visa ni wife tas un anak ko na lang un iniintay at sa akin., application po naming as group / family po., tas meron po isa samin na marerefuse?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi! Naku, di ako ganun ka-familiar sa family application so wala akong masabi about it masyado. :(

  142. OKta says:

    Hai There..

    i’ts my luck to stumble on your blog while i’m trying to apply my visa online. i still have one question that need your advise on answering based on experience,

    the question is on page 9/20 about ‘Non-Accompanying members of the family unit,’ is it a yes or no if i have a family back at my country (Indonesia) that’s not Australian Citizen nor Australian Permanent resident.

    highly appreciate your reply :)

    thank you

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Oktavia,

      According to the Australian Immigration website, a family unit is defined as a partner (married or de facto) and a dependent child.

      When you say you have family in Indonesia, are you referring to your partner/child? Or are you referring to parents/siblings?

      I usually just answer NO to that part since I’m single.

  143. Camille says:


    Do you need to travel on the exact date on your application?

    If visa has been approved and you need to change the travel dates, is that okay?

    Thank you.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Camille, I think it’s okay. As long as it’s within the validity period of the visa given to you.

  144. Dennis says:

    Is the form 1149 (relative invite) required or will a simple invitation letter will do?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      I didn’t encounter that form when I applied because I applied as a tourist. But the general rule is, look at the list of requirements. If it’s filed under REQUIRED, then it is required. If it’s under RECOMMENDED, you may choose to submit something else.

  145. May ann says:

    It’s me again. Tanong kolang po kailangan kopa pobang mag appointment kahit kasama ko anak ko pagkuha ng passport po sabay po kami. Salamat po

  146. JANINE GARCIA says:

    Hi Sir Yoshke,

    My Australian partner is inviting me to travel with him to Melbourne, Australia on 18 December 2018 to 05 January 2019 to have our Christmas and New Year holiday and also to visit his kids, relatives and friends. We both reside together in our apartment in Rockwell Makati, Philippines. During my stay with him in Australia, he will take full financial responsibility for everything including all airfares, accommodation, allowances, meals, tours etc. This will be my first travel abroad if ever granted. We are doing the online application sa But we haven’t submit it yet dahil kulang pa kami ng ibang documents so we just saved it for now. My problem is my leave request from work was not approved dahil sobrang haba daw ng nirerequest ko na vacation leave. 3 months pa lang po ako dito sa new work ko kaya hindi pa po ako regular. Should I put unemployed na lang to keep it safe? Since my partner will finance me naman at all costs? My previous work was 3 yrs and 1 month ako. Please advise the best thing to do.

    Thank you!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Janine, I’m no expert, but I think declaring you’re unemployed is very risky. To the Australian immigration, it doesn’t matter if your trip is sponsored or funded by someone else. They need to see how rooted you are or how strong your ties are in the Philippines. Being unemployed presents a very bad profile as far as rootedness is concerned, especially that you know someone in Australia. It’s going to be very easy for them to think that you will overstay or not return home.

      The best solution to this, without risking losing your job, is to just shorten the trip.

  147. AMITOJ SUDAN says:

    Hi dear,Regarding Form 54 on family composition, is there any specific requirement I mean Can I SHOW MY daughter birth & my marriage certificate . I , MY WIFE & 3 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER ARE STAYING WITH ME IN KUALALUPUR AS I AM AN INDIAN CITIZEN WORKING HERE AS AN EXPAT.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Based on my experience, none. I just filled out Form 54 and uploaded it as is. No other documents attached to it.

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