How to Apply for an Australia Visa in Malaysia as a Foreigner

November 22, 2018

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My new place to visit this year happened to be Australia. It was a really unexpected trip. I did not plan for it nor see it coming and it was just suddenly decided. Similar to the UK, I also required a visa in order to visit Australia. The visa application always seems overwhelming the first time. Since I have already gone through the whole process, I decided to share my experience and guide on how to apply for an Australia visa for tourism purposes.

Note: I am applying for my Australian visa under visitor visa (Subclass 600) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. If you apply for the Australia visitor visa in another country, the fee and the additional service fee might vary but the supporting documents and the process steps will be similar.

Australia Visa Application

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Do I Need Visa to Visit Australia?

All nationalities other than New Zealand citizens are required to have a valid Australian visa to enter the country. If you are a New Zealand citizen, you can obtain your visa on arrival in Australia.

What Type of Visa Do I Need?

 It is important to know what type of visa you need before lodging your application because the required documents may vary depending on your visa type. If you are still uncertain about this, you can refer here for further information. In this post, I will be discussing Australia visitor visa application.

Australia Visa Types for Visitors

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 – eVisitor (Subclass 651)

An eVisitor visa type allows visitors to stay in Australia for up to 3 months at a time with validity for one year. There are no charges for the eVisitor visa application and Only European Union and United Kingdom Passport holders are eligible for eVisitor visa.

Electronic Travel Authority (Subclass 601)

Similar to eVisitor, the ETA visa type also enables you to visit Australia for up to 3 months within 12 months from the date of your visa granted. You can apply for this visa online by yourself or if you travel with a travel tour, the travel agent is allowed to apply for you. The charges for this visa application are also free but the ETA applicants still have to pay a service charge of AUD 20 for the online application and only the passport holders of the following countries below are eligible for the ETA visa :

  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • Hong Kong (SAR of China)
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • United States

Visitor Visa (Subclass 600)

For those nationalities who are not entitled to apply for an eVisitor or ETA visa, you can apply for a Visitor visa to visit Australia. This visa allows visitors to enter Australia for up to 3 months, 6 months and 12 months (depending on your choice) and you can also use the help of a travel agent to submit your application online on your behalf. The charges for the visa application ranges from AUD 140 to AUD 1045 / USD 101 to USD 800 depending on your length of visa.

What Documents Do I Need to Apply for The Australia Visa for Tourist Stream?

If you are entitled to apply for an Australia visa under eVisitor (Subclass 651) or ETA visa (Subclass 601), the good news is that there are not any required documents to attach unless they are requested. For the Visitor Visa (Subclass 600), whether applying online or over the counter, it is necessary to provide some documents to support your application. When you submit your application online, make sure to attach each document scanning from the original document instead of photocopy. Also, please ensure to attach accredited English translations for non-English documents.

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Visitor Visa (Subclass 600) Tourist Stream Document Checklist

Note: For Australia visa applications, applicants only need to submit all photocopied documents including passport.

Below is the list of required documents you have to provide to support your visa application.

This form is only necessary if you apply for your visa over the counter. If you apply online, you need to complete the online form instead (Refer to Online Application section).

  • Old and current passport clear copy

Clear colour copy of all your previous travel information from your passport such as all visa, entry and exit stamps.

  • Clear copy of valid working visa in the country you apply for your Australia visa (if applicable)

 If you are a foreigner and working in another country, this is essential to show.

  • One recent passport size photograph (45 mm x 35 mm) with plain or light grey background and print your name on the back of the photograph

 You may check here for further information of the photo requirements.

  • Copy of your citizenship ID
  • Certified copy of your birth certificates with the names of both your parents
  • Proof of sufficient funds, such as copies of your personal bank statements (recommended from the last 3 months), payslips or credit card limit.

There is no information given for the minimum money you should have in your bank. Just have a reasonable amount with the estimation of your expense for the period you will be spending in Australia.

  • Employment letter from your company (For working adult)

A letter from your employer with your employment details such as your role, salary, employment contract details, start date of employment and confirmation of your leave absence. You can find the sample in my UK visa post.

  • Proof of your enrollment at a school/university such as certificate and an official letter to confirm your leave from studies (for students)
  • Evidence of your company’s current operations, income and company’s registration documents (for self-employed)
  • Original invitation letter together with a copy of his / her passport (if applicable)

 If you have family or friends from Australia inviting you over and you are going to stay with them, the invitation letter can be used as a supporting document for your visa application. A sample invitation letter can be found in my UK visa post.

  •  Original sponsor letter completed with his / her passport copy and the last 3 months’ bank statements (if applicable)

If your family/ relative/friend will sponsor you for the trip, you must provide a signed statement letter and evidence of their income (payslip, bank statement).

  • Your travel itinerary in Australia

 Additional info: Please read the information carefully before completing the form.

  •  If you appoint an agent or someone to lodge your application, then He / She has to complete Form 956 and you must sign it.
  • If you only appoint someone to receive correspondence on your behalf, then He / She has to complete Form 956a and you must sign it.

How to Apply for an Australia Visa?

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 Online Application

Before you proceed for your online application, please make sure that you are outside Australia when you apply and are granted the visa.

Note: For Electronic Travel Authority (Subclass 601) and eVisitor (Subclass 651) visa, It is advisable to apply for the visa 2 weeks before your travel date.

  • For the eVisitor visa, you can start and complete your online application by creating an IMMiAccount here. Afterwards, you will be getting an email about your application. In case you do not receive within 12 hours, you should login to your account to check your application status.
  • For the ETA visa, you can apply online here without requiring to create an account. Then you will be given a Transaction Reference Number (TRN) to track your application progress.
  • For the Visitor visa, you can complete your online application and document attachment through IMMiAccount here Next, you will get an email about your application and further appointment for biometrics.

 Paper Based Application / Over The Counter

I did my Australia visa through paper-based application because my place is so close to the visa application center so it is convenient for me to go there directly for the submission. The VFS office in Kuala Lumpur for the Australia visa is exactly the same place as for the UK visa. To begin your paper-based application, it is compulsory to have an appointment for your submission. You can book your appointment here. You may still be able to walk in without an appointment but you have to pay an extra charge for around Rm 183 / USD 44. After it is booked, you will get an appointment confirmation letter in your email, make sure to bring that letter on the appointment day. Next, show it to the staff and you will get a number slip.

Note: Please be punctual for your appointment. Make sure to arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment time.

When your number is called, it is time to submit your form 1419 and all photocopies of your supporting documents, following with settlement of your visa payment. I applied for the 3 months visa and It cost RM 562.60 / USD 135++ in total (RM 439 for the visa fee + RM 123.60 for the service fee). It is really expensive and even more than what I paid for my UK visa and what disappointed me that it was a single entry 🙁

Once the document submission stage is completed you will proceed for biometrics, then just to wait for the results. All visa process is almost similar to applying for the UK visa, except that for the Australia visa, you don’t have to submit your original passport for submission.

Result

Once you are done with your application, you just have to wait for the result. You are able to track your application online by entering the Reference Number (VLN Number) on the receipt and your Date of Birth into the system. 

Track Australia Visa Application

You will get the result whether your visa is approved or not by email so it is important to ensure you provide the correct email during your application. If you are granted an Australia visa, make sure to keep a copy as it provides your travel information such as your visa grant number, visa validity and visa conditions applied to your visa.

Note: Keep in mind that there won’t be a sticker or label in your passport as your visa and passport details will be stored and recorded electronically in the system.

Australia visa application result
Successful Australia Visa Application Email

For the eVisitor (Subclass 651) and the ETA (Subclass 601) application normally will be granted quickly, but there is also a possibility that the process will take longer, up to 4 days. For the Visitor Visa (Subclass 600), it is advisable to lodge your application 5 weeks before your intended travel date because the processing time usually takes around 2 to 4 weeks. I was quite happy to get mine within 2 weeks after lodging my application.

 

My Thoughts

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I found that there is more information to search for when applying for an Australia visa because they divide the visitor visa into three categories. That is the reason why this post is way longer than my UK visa application post. It is certainly easier to apply for an Australia visa under eVisitor & ETA rather than the Australia Visitor visa under subclass 600. It may seem a bit complicated and strict for first-time applicants but with the guide and Info I write in this post, I really hope it helps you to get a better understanding of the procedure and also, improve your confidence on your application.


 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are planning to go to Australia for a holiday and are going to apply for the visa by yourself, I hope this post is useful for you. Good luck and stay positive !!!

If you have any questions about the Australia Visa application, you can drop the comment below or contact me. I will happily answer it for you 😀

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19 Comments

  1. Reply

    David

    Hi Elvira, many many thanks for this guided post. It really does reduce the first timer fear and insecurity.
    My gf is a vietnamese expat working in Kuala Lumpur and we does have plans to visit sydney this year.
    May i know before submission, do you need to pre-purchase the flight ticket in advance?
    If we fly in August, the employment visa validity balance is about 5 months which expire in December, would it post a problem?
    Thanks

    1. Reply

      Elvira

      Hi David, I’m glad you enjoy reading my post and I’m really sorry for my delayed response. It is suggested by Australian immigration to only purchase a flight ticket until you get your visa approval, so your gf doesn’t need to purchase flight ticket for her visa application but don’t forget to provide a detailed proposed trip itinerary. If you plan to apply for short term visa, I think it shouldn’t be any problem because the visa will only be valid for single entry and for a period of three (3) months.

      I hope this answers your questions. Good luck for her visa application and happy planning for your trip 🙂

  2. Reply

    Ihlaibrahim

    This was post was super helpful while I was applying for my visa. I just applied for subclass 600 and I wanted to know how long it took for you each step of the way.

    1. Reply

      Elvira

      Hi Ihla, Thank you for reading my blog! After I attended the appointment and submitted supporting documents, I could check my status the next day which let me know that my document was under processing. after 2 weeks working days, the status changed to ” A decision has been made on your application” and the next day, I received the email that I have been granted visa for Australia.

      Good luck for your application 🙂

  3. Reply

    ahmed

    Hello,i m Ahmed from Libya working in Malaysia have professional visa 2 years multiple entry i would like to ask i want to visit Australia what kind of visa is suitable for me to get a visit visa

    1. Reply

      Elvira

      Hi Ahmed, Sorry for my delayed response. The suitable visa for Libyan passport holders will be Visitor Visa (Subclass 600). You can check it here 🙂

      1. Reply

        Marini

        thank you for this post, its so great. one of my bangladeshi collegue has been asking me to help him out to apply aussie visa for his visit but i havent found any source till this post. hopefully i can sort it out with the info that you gave. many many thanks!

        1. Reply

          Elvira

          Hi Marini, Sorry for my late reply. I hope my post can be useful for you and I hope your colleague is able to be granted an Australia Visa 🙂

  4. Reply

    Tori

    Pls, my friend is inviting and sponsoring all my expenses for Australian tourist visa (600). Do u think they will reject me becos of this? I’m presently working, but my salary is paid in cash n not bank, so i can get payslips n not bank statements. Will this reduce my chances of acceptance? Moreover i dont av any travel history, i have never travelled out before. I await your warm response. Thanks

    1. Reply

      Elvira

      Hi Tori, Sorry for my delayed response. Having your friend invites & sponsors your trip wont be a reason for them to reject you as long as you have complete and valid documents to support your application. In that situation, you need to submit your friend’s documents as well during the application such as his/her passport copy, ID copy, invitation letter, proof of sufficient funds such as personal bank statement, salary slip, ownership of tangible property (real estate, a house), etc.

      Bank statement and payslips are very important documents as they show your financial stability and proof of funds, thus not having that documents can get your visa application denied. You may get your visa rejected due to no travel history, however the top reasons of visa refusal will be lack of financial ability proof to travel, unclear reason for visit, insufficient ties to return to country and supporting documents.

      If you worry about lack of travel history, I suggest you to start building your travel history by visiting visa-free countries.

      I hope this answers your questions 🙂

  5. Reply

    Sonam Dema

    Hi Elvira, it’s very helpful for me because I could get some gist of how I can apply for visitor’s visa.
    My question is can we go as a married couple on visitor’s visa?

    1. Reply

      Elvira

      Hi Sonam, Sorry for my delayed reply. I’m really glad you find it useful 🙂 I am a little bit confused with your question and situation.

      – If you and your partner are not Australian and intend to visit Australia then, yes absolutely you have to apply for visitor visa.
      – If your partner is Australian and you plan to get marry there, the answer is Yes, you can marry in Australia on visitor visa (subclass 600) but you need to return to your country afterwards and only till you get your partner visa, you can stay there permanently there as a married couple.

      I hope this answers your questions 🙂

  6. Reply

    Kulwinder

    Hlo mam.. Thank q for sharing ua experience.. I would like to that me n my husband applied the tourist visa subclass 600.. And now it’s on under process.. How much time it will take to give their decision.. It’s just only 9 days to become under process.. I belong to India Punjab… And one thing more I want to know that I’m house wife and my husband is working as assistant manager as private restaurant.. My in-laws they supported us for tourist visa..we do have enough money to support in Australia.. Could you please let me know that it’s enough to get visa

    1. Reply

      Elvira

      Hi Kulwinder, So sorry for my delayed response. The processing time usually takes around 2 to 4 weeks. I believe you should get your answer by now and I hope it is a good news 🙂 I don’t think your application will have any issues as long as you provide all complete documents I stated in my post, enough evidence to support your finance, enough documentation to prove that you travel for tourism purpose only & you will return to your country afterwards.

  7. Reply

    Veena

    Madam i have applied for australian visa under sub class 600 on 29/7/2019 and i got a message that it was received at newdelhi on 30/7/2019. But till date we have not received visa nor any information today is 31st of august.we are in need of visa urgently.what we can do plz suggest.if the visa is rejected,by this time we would have come to know?

    1. Reply

      Elvira

      Hi Veena, Sorry for my late reply. The processing time usually takes around 2 to 4 weeks. If you still haven’t received the news after 4 weeks, you can contact the helpline No: +603 2166 6550. I hope you get the result by now.

  8. Reply

    Yenny

    how many months before we need to apply for the visa?

    1. Reply

      Elvira

      Hi Yenny, Sorry for my delayed response. For the Visitor Visa (Subclass 600), The processing time usually takes around 2 to 4 weeks, so it is advisable to lodge your application 5 – 6 weeks before your intended travel date 🙂

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