Applying Australia visitor visa from USA

By HorizonNerd - April 26, 2020

Australia was a long overdue trip for us, it was getting postponed for long due to all unforeseen reasons. After seeing an amazing deal from Qantas airways we couldn't resist booking a thanksgiving trip for 3 weeks. Considering a 25 days processing period we started the visa application preparation well in advance. It didn’t take much longer to fill the application form since the entire process is user friendly and well documented, help and example are available for every field. 
Here are the steps for visa subclass 600

Documentation(all soft copies in the order of upload):- 
  • Scanned Passport size photograph(45mm x 35mm)
  • Scan back of passport photograph with your name on the back of the photograph
  • ID pages of passport - Scan of first and last page
  • Scan of all stamp and visa pages of the passport
  • Scan of current US passport/Green Card
  • Scan of Aadhar Card/Pan card or e-Aadhar PDF
  • 3 months bank statement and Pay stubs pdf
  • Employment letter PDF
  • Scan of Marriage certificate(if applicable)
  • Scan of Birth certificate for the baby(if applicable)
  • Travel itinerary document
  • Booking details(round trip flight ticket and hotel bookings)
Apply online:- 
Create your Online Lodgement login for each applicant here

Fill the form with all required details like purpose of stay, personal and employment information, etc
Add all applications to “Group Processing” with the main applicant. Attach all required documentation for each category like Travel document, photographs, Evidence of financial status, etc. Make payment (140 AUD/per applicant) and submit the application. Log in to your Online Lodgement account to check if you need a medical examination. With the same Online Lodgement account, you can track the application status and download the payment receipt. In case of any inquiry or additional document can also be uploaded from the same interface 
After submission visa status will appear as “Received”. After processing status will change to “Grant” and visa grant notice will be sent to email. It can also be downloaded from your Online Lodgement account

Some pointers:- 
  • Check the visa processing times here for visa subclass 600
  • We have scanned all documents in PDF format and photograph on JPEG format
  • You can upload up to 60 documents max, it is better to upload all recommended documents to avoid any inquiries
  • After submission keep an eye on your inbox for any inquiries additional document requirement or grant notice
  • Visa validity may range from 1 to 3 years depending upon your citizenship
  • In case you need a Multiple entry visa to mention it in the application
  • Time taken to figure out how to apply - 1 weekend
  • Time taken to fill an application and upload documents - 1 week
  • End to end processing time - 10 days

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