There has been a significant increase in demand for Australian visas in India with the rising popularity of Australia as a holiday destination, an official statement said from the Australian government. Therefore, the Australian government has declared that the Indian nationals can submit an application for a visitor visa effective July 1, 2017 onwards.
In the first four months of 2017 alone, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection granted more than 65,000 visitor visas to Indian nationals. It will offer benefits like 24/7 accessibility, electronic payment of the visa application charge and the ability to check the status of applications lodged online.
Alex Hawke, Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Australia, said, “Online lodgement for visitor visa applications is a significant enhancement that will benefit Indian applicants seeking to visit Australia as tourists or business visitors, or those wanting to reconnect with family and friends. Being able to check the status of an application online, as soon as it is finalised, will allow Indian applicants to finalise their travel arrangements as soon as possible.”