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Apply for Australian visitor visas online from MORE countries!


Please be advised that, as of 1 August 2014, an electronic lodgement of the Subclass 600 (Visitor) visa has been extended to 66 additional countries and territories.

The 66 additional countries and territories are: Angola, Anguilla, Armenia, Benin, Bermuda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, the Cayman Islands, the Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, the Falkland Islands, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, the Philippines, the Pitcairn Islands, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, the Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, the Republic of South Sudan, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Turkmenistan, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, Uzbekistan, the Virgin Islands, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The updates are reflected on the Immigration Department’s website,


Sponsored Family Visa


Persons who are applying to bring their partners from overseas as part of the offshore partner visa application can experience significant processing times of up to 12 months duration (and sometime longer). This can be complicated by the difficulty of obtaining timely character checks, such as some national police certificates.

Such sponsors may wish to consider applying to bring their partners to Australia for a sponsored family visa visit whilst the offshore processing is taking place. This visa currently costs A$130 and reunite the couple in Australia for several months; it is not possible for the partner to remain onshore, and they will have to return to their country of original for a decision in relation to the partner visa application.


Alisdair Putt | 17th July | 2014