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Immigration, Visas and Citizenship
The visa office at the Australian High Commission Colombo processes visa and citizenship by descent applications for all those resident in Sri Lanka or the Maldives.Travellers of all nationalities, except citizens of Australia and New Zealand, will need to obtain a visa before travelling to Australia.
If you are unsure which visa fits your circumstances, the Visa Wizard << http://www.immi.gov.au/visawizard/ >>can help you
Beware of Maritime Crew Visa scamsHave you been offered a job to work on a ship travelling to Australia?
Have you been offered a job to work on a ship in Australia?
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has been made aware of a scam where a person is contacted by phone or receives an email with a job offer from a scammer alleging to be able to arrange an employment contract and visa for employment on maritime vessels travelling to or working in Australia. Read more.
Changes affecting the family of boat arrivals to Australia
To discourage those thinking about travelling illegally to Australia by boat, the Australian government has now decided that “Family Stream” visa applications (for example, applications for partner/spouse and child visas) sponsored by “illegal maritime arrivals” (IMAs) will now be given the lowest possible processing priority. This means that these applications will not be processed for several years, and that families will not be able to reunite in Australia for many years. This lowest processing priority does not apply if your sponsor is an Australian citizen.
For more information on this change, please refer to the following: http://www.immi.gov.au/News/Pages/changes-to-family-stream-visa-processing.aspx
- Changes to Health processing Arrangements
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has released its new My Health Declarations (MHD) service, which for the first time will enable clients to complete immigration health examinations electronically before lodging their visa applications. This will facilitate quicker processing times by allowing DIAC to receive decision ready visa applications. We recommend that all new visa applicants use this service to ensure priority processing.
Information on this new service is available here:
See: www.immi.gov.au/allforms/health-requirements/my-health-declarations.htm and www.immi.gov.au/allforms/health-requirements/arranging-health-exam.htm
- Three Year Ban for Fraud
Public Interest Criterion (PIC) 4020 applies to most visa applications and provides for a visa to be refused if bogus documents or false and misleading information have been provided in support of a visa application. Applicants who are refused under PIC 4020 may also be subject to a three year visa ban.
- Notification of Decisions
The decision made on your visa application will be notified in writing. If you provide us with your email address, we will email your decision to you. The department cannot send decision letters by email if you have not authorised electronic communication.
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