Major changes made to Visitor Visa applications for Chinese Applicants

February 01, 2017

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has been introducing some new developments to tourist visa applications for Chinese nationals.

Starting from the 12th of December 2016, the following changes were made:

Tourists from China can now lodge visitor visa applications in Chinese

The DIBP has partnered with a service delivery website in China, now allowing applicants to submit their Tourist Visa (subclass 600) applications in Chinese.

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.

For more information, please visit the official DIBP website and the Australian Embassy in China website.

Book a consultation with one of our registered migration consultants if you have any questions or concerns about the Frequent Traveller Visa.