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Posted on May 04 2022

India tops list for Australian visitor visa applications since full border reopening

By  Editor
Updated December 05 2023

India tops list for Australian visitor visa applications since full border reopening

The two years of pandemics and lockdowns and protocols made people suffocate. As the world is opening up with some relaxations tourism industry has taken swing now. Thousands of people are planning for holidays along with their families to Australia. India is one of the top countries to apply for holidays in Australia.

Australia opened all its borders to international tourists on Feb 21, 2022. By then, 87,807 visitor visas were applied for visiting purposes. By April 13, the international tourists percentage increased by 109, and the number of visiting visa holders was recorded as 183,201 in Australia.

According to the Department of Home affairs reports, during the period Feb 21 to Apr 13, there were 373,152 visitor visa applications were submitted, out of which 292,567 were granted. And 196,662 international visitors visited Australia in the same period.

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Applications lodged in the past three months

Top countries that applied for the tourist visa.

Countries Dates Number of Applications
India 21 February – 12 April 69,242
The UK 21 February – 12 April 43,276
The US 21 February – 12 April 28,008

According to the Department of Home Affairs (DHA), the processing time for a few visitor visa applications might take longer due to the pandemic.

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Main Features

  • India is the top country for visitor visa applications from Feb 21 to Apr 13.
  • The number of international tourists to Australia rose by 109 percent between the same periods.
  • According to DHA, the application processing for subclass 600 visa applications submitted outside Australia has been recorded. Twenty-six days for 75% of applications and 37 days for 30% of applications.
  • Applicants have been expecting faster processing times for the visa applications. DHA says, as many applications were lodged during the pandemic lockdown times and the borders were closed, the older applications will be finalized first. Then, the visa processing times might get changed officially.

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Primary points to remember 

  • Though the tourist applications have been applied for individuals or families, each individual must meet the mandate criteria set for visiting Australia.
  • The application processing time depends on the applicant. It is calculated differently for the visitors and working vacationers.
  • Suppose the applicant had applied for a tourist visa before the international borders opened. In that case, the application processing time is calculated from the date you are eligible to travel.
  • If the applicant has applied for the tourist visa after the international borders are open, the application processing time is calculated from the date you have applied.

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Migration Expert Preeti Kaur in her words....

According to Preeti Kaur, a migration expert from Melbourne, there has been a remarkable increase in tourist visa applications in the last few months, especially from India.

'I have been entering around 15-16 applicants per month for visitor visas from India since December 2021'. Tourist visas are permitted nowadays for a maximum of 2-3 months. And the application submission and complete documentation are made more accessible and quicker.

When accurate and correct information-related documentation is provided, one can expect fast visa approval. Notably, the proof of funds to be spent during the holiday must be provided.

Gold Coast Migration Agent, Seema Chauhan...

Majority of the clients who approached me for the visas have got approval in a few weeks except one due to medical clearance. Applications get rejected only when there is not enough supporting documentation submitted.

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