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Israel eligible for electronic lodgement of visitor visa applications to Australia
Israeli citizens will have easier access to visas for short-term visits to Australia from November 14, Australia’s Ambassador to Israel, Dave Sharma, announced today.
Ambassador Sharma said Israel had been added to the list of eligible countries for electronic lodgement of visitor (subclass 600) visa applications.
Israelis seeking to visit Australia as tourists, for business visitor activities or to visit friends or family, will be able to access the subclass 600 visitor visa and lodge visa applications online, from their office or home. “This should make it easier and more convenient for Israelis to travel to Australia, strengthen our people-to-people links, and promote greater trade and commerce between our two nations,” Ambassador Sharma said.
"Some 10,000 Israelis visit Australia each year, many of them as tourists. It is an especially popular destination for young Israelis who have just finished their military service. I would like to see this number grow, and this move is a step in the right direction.”
Ambassador Sharma said that the move to streamline the visa application process for Israelis was a signal of the commitment of the new Government in Australia to the relationship with Israel.
"Prime Minister Abbott is personally committed to strengthening the Australia-Israel friendship, and this step should be seen in that light,” said Ambassador Sharma.
Further information regarding online lodgement arrangements for the visitor (subclass 600) visa is available at www.immi.gov.au/e_visa/600.htm.
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