UAE nationals eligible for optional fast-track service of Australian visitor visas



UAE passport holders who meet certain criteria will be able to access an optional Priority Consideration (Fast-Track) Service for Australian Subclass 600 Visitor visas — in tourist as well as business streams — for an additional fee of A$1,000 from visa application centers of Australia in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

According to the Australian Embassy, passport holders of the United Arab Emirates, India and China will be eligible to opt for this service option in the e600 application from 1 July 2017 when they apply online for a visitor visa through the website of DIBP (Department of Immigration and Border Protection), ImmiAccount.

The Embassy said that their present arrangements to offer a priority service will continue to be in place without any extra costs for applicants wanting to travel in emergency situations.

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Within two days of the receipt by the Embassy/Consulate, most of the Priority Consideration (Fast-Track) Service applications will be processed. But all applicants need to meet the legal requirements laid out in the migration legislation for a visitor visa to be granted. They include checks to be carried out for character, health and security.

If the visa officers of Australia request for further information before arriving at a decision, it implies that the decision on granting a visa for a particular applicant would take more two days.
The Embassy states that if a visa application in Priority Consideration Service is refused for any reason, the fee would not be refunded. In addition, decisions may not be taken for all applications within two days.

Applicants wanting to avail this service must a make a request to use the Priority Consideration Service before they submit their visa application forms. The DIBP will not entertain requests to use the Priority Consideration Service after their applications have been submitted.

If you want to visit Australia on a visitor visa from the UAE, get in touch with Y-Axis, a consultancy service for immigration services, to apply for it.

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