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Priority Processing now available for Visitor Visa Applicants from China

Written By Maryke Wylde
Mon, Apr 11, 2016
Maryke Wylde

On 15 March 2016, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) introduced new provisions that allow priority processing of visitor visa applications for Chinese nationals.

This program is being run as a trial for the moment, and may expand to include applicants of other nationalities at a later date. The trial program has the following caveats:

• The priority processing is only available to passport holders for the People’s Republic of China
• The request for priority processing is only available for applicants of the Visitor Visa Tourist or Business Visitor streams
• The fee for priority processing is A$ 1,000 in addition to the original visa application fee
• The method to request for priority processing differs according to your visa application lodgement method

While you can request for priority processing, there is no guarantee that the visa will be granted quickly. The DIBP makes it clear that the finalisation of the visa application also depends on factors such as the applicant meeting the health and character requirements.  You cannot ask for a refund of the priority processing fee unless the visa application fee is refunded.

The introduction of priority processing looks to be a positive step in encouraging more visitors from China. It also demonstrates the improving ties between Australia and China.

If you would like more information please contact TSS Immigration on (03) 9421 1020.

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