Through the new service, applications will be translated from Chinese into English and lodged to the DIBP for processing.
Trial of 10-year Frequent Traveller Visitor Visa
The DIBP has also been trialling a new addition – the 10-year “frequent traveller” visitor visa.
The Frequent Traveller Visitor Visa is most suitable for tourists who have long-term plans for frequent short-term travel to Australia for tourism or business visiting purposes.
This new visitor visa type is valid for up to 10 years and permits multiple short stays of up to 3 months per visit.
Applicants must be applying from China and must hold a passport from the People’s Republic of China. However, applicants must also provide biometrics identifiers (such as fingerprints and photographs) to an Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) in China before submitting an online application.
Applicants can make an appointment with an AVAC through the newly partnered service delivery website.
As the DIBP are still testing this new visa type, the number of applications accepted is limited. Applications can only be made online and carry a charge of $1000AUD.
Should this trial be successful, the DIBP may offer this visa to other passport holders in the future.