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Are you a Nigerian dreaming of exploring the iconic Sydney Opera House, basking in the beauty of the Blue Mountains National Park, or pursuing world-class education in Australia? This guide is your key to unlocking the process of securing an Australian visa, featuring essential information on costs, categories, and requirements.

Categories of Australian Visas

Before diving into the application process, it’s crucial to understand the visa categories available. Whether you’re eyeing a business, family, or tourist visa, Australia offers a streamlined Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601) visa option, accompanied by a modest AUD20 service charge.

The application process hinges on your location. If you’re in Australia, you can conveniently apply for the tourist stream of the visitor visa online. For those outside Australia, specific passport holders, like those from the People’s Republic of China applying from China, may opt for the Visitor Visa (subclass 600) Frequent Traveller stream.

Applying from Nigeria

All visa applications from Nigeria are processed through the Australian High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa. To embark on this exciting journey, here are the requirements:

  1. Original, signed Nigerian passport with at least 6 months of validity.
  2. Passport-type photograph.
  3. Photocopies of the passport and ID card.
  4. Proof of status.
  5. Itinerary.
  6. Medical check report.
  7. Bank statement.
  8. Employment letter.
  9. Hotel reservations.

Additionally, biometrics (fingerprints and a digital photograph) are required, unless exempted.

Application Process

To kickstart your application, book an appointment with the TLC contact centre Australian Visa Application Centre located at Etiebets Place, 21 Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way in Ikeja, Lagos. Once submitted, the processing time varies: 20 to 33 days for tourist visas, 9 to 20 days for business visas, 5 to 18 days for frequent travelers, and 50 to 70 days for sponsored family visas.

Cost of Australian Visa in Nigeria

The visa fee structure depends on the category:

Student Visa

  • Base application charge: AUD560
  • Additional applicant charge (18 and over): AUD420
  • Additional applicant charge under 18: AUD140
  • Subsequent temporary application charge: AUD700

Temporary Work Visa

  • Base Application Charge: AUD280
  • Additional Applicant charge 18 and over: AUD280
  • Additional applicant charge 18 and under: AUD70

These fees may be subject to surcharge rates based on your online payment portal.

Important Payment Details

When paying online, be aware of the surcharge rates for different cards:

  • Visa and MasterCard – 0.98%
  • American Express and JCB – 1.4%
  • Diners Club International – 1.99%
  • China Union Pay – 1.90%
  • PayPal – 1.00%

Visa Application Tips

If you’re an Australian or New Zealand citizen, no visa application is required. However, specific categories may be exempt from paying the visa application fee. Always check for the latest information on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website.

Convenience for Nigerian Travelers

For Nigerians residing outside the country, the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) provides a hassle-free online option available 24/7. An ETA allows multiple visits within its 12-month validity period, with each stay limited to three months (90 days).

Tracking Your Application

After submitting your visa application, stay informed about its progress by contacting the Visa and Immigration Section at the Australian High Commission in Pretoria via email at immigration.pretoria@immi.gov.au. Expect a response within 48 hours.

Embark on your Australian adventure armed with this comprehensive guide, making your visa application journey seamless and stress-free. Whether you’re pursuing education, business, or leisure, Australia awaits your exploration. Safe travels!

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