Published on : Friday, February 24, 2017
Chinese nationals can now apply online for a Visitor visa to Australia as part of the continued expansion of online access to visitor visas globally, Australia’s Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP and Minister for Immigration and Border Protection announced.
With more than 840,000 Visitor visa applications received from Chinese nationals in 2015-16, the online application option will make the process smoother and faster for Chinese visitors to Australia.
China is the largest citizenship country for Visitor visa applications to Australia. At current growth rates, the number of Visitor visa applications from Chinese nationals is expected to exceed one million by 2018.
There are other visa initiatives also introduced by Australia for Chinese visitors during 2016, including the trial of a ‘fast-track’ visa service for Visitor visa applicants in China which started last March.
Australia also started a trial of a 10-year validity ‘Frequent Traveller’ visa for Chinese nationals in December and a trial of an online Visitor visa lodgement service in Mandarin through the Department’s service delivery partner in China.