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SUBCLASS 600 VISITOR VISA.
This visa allows people to visit Australia for a holiday or recreation, or to visit family and/or friends. This visa also may be used for other short-term non-work purposes including study for less than three (3) months.
NEW – ONLINE APPLICATIONS
From 14 November 2013 citizens of Israel will have the choice to lodge Visitor visa (subclass 600) applications online, or to use the existing paper lodgement option. These applications will be assessed and decided in Tel Aviv.
Features of the online lodgement system include:
• It is available to applicants at their convenience seven days a week, without the need to apply in person or send an application by mail;
• Third parties may complete an online application on behalf of a visa applicant with their consent;
• Payment of the visa application charge must be made by credit card at the time of application;
While the standard time to process a visa application is one month for 75% of complete applications, online applications will be given priority over paper lodged applications.
HOW TO APPLY ONLINE
At this stage, holders of Palestinian Authority passports are not eligible to apply online.
HOW TO APPLY USING A PAPER APPLICATION
In Israel: You may send your application to our office by registered mail or through your travel agent or through one of our following Service Delivery Partners (SDPs):
(1) SHAAL - ש.ע.ל (Association of Travel Agents)
Tel Aviv – 12 Bialik Street - 03 5269100
Jerusalem 02 6236189 - Level 3, no. 3 King George (Bell Buildings).
Haifa: 04 – 8535632 – Level 5, 104 Ha’atzmaut Street. (Orly 052 5887117).
(2) S.M Visa Services (ש.מ. אשרות): No. 5 Droyanov Street, Tel Aviv – Phone (03) 5250332
From the West Bank and Gaza: Residents of the West Bank and Gaza who are unable to use the services of travel agents in Israel or the services of the Israeli Postal Service may use ARAMEX to send their applications to our office.
If you are 75 years old or above, you may be required to have medical check on. The medical check must be conducted by an Embassy-approved doctor, called a ‘Panel Physician’
FEES: THE VISA APPLICATION CHARGE
The visa application charge for visitor visas is fixed. To find the correct visa application charge please go to http://www.immi.gov.au/fees-charges/visa-pricing-table.htm
The preferred method of payment, for online or paper applications, is by credit card in Australian Dollars (AUD).
If you are making a paper application, you may pay the visa application charge in local currency (ILS) using one of the following methods:
• Postal Cheque made payable to "The Australian Embassy, Tel Aviv". Personal and company cheques are not acceptable. Cash may be accepted in genuine emergencies only.
If you have a genuine emergency, such as the death or serious and sudden illness of a close relative in Australia or other exceptional circumstances, please contact our office by e-mail or by phone to discuss your situation and how we may be able to assist you.
Prior to sending us your application, see the Application checklist.
PROCESSING TIME: The standard time to process an application, is one month for 75% of applications. Some applications will take longer to process.
Information on how to understand your visa validity, conditions and period of stay is available on the application form.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
While all travellers to Australia must apply for and obtain a visa prior to travel to Australia, Australia’s modern electronic visa system does not require you to have a visa label placed in your passport to confirm your immigration status and entitlements in Australia. If you are granted a visa, you will receive a visa grant notification letter/email from our office. We recommend that you keep a copy of the visa grant notification letter/email.
When you check-in to fly to Australia, airline staff will use your passport to electronically confirm that you have authority to travel to Australia prior to boarding the aircraft. See: About Your Visa (http://www.immi.gov.au/visas/about-your-visa.htm)