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Changes to Australian Visa Application

Changes to Australian Visa Application Service Arrangements in New Zealand

A number changes to Australian visa application service arrangements come into effect from next week. Understanding these changes is critical for visa applicants who are in New Zealand at the time of making a visa application to enter Australia.

Biometric Collection

Commencing 29 September, most clients lodging a visa application for Australia in New Zealand will need to attend an Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) in person to provide biometrics. New Zealand citizens are excluded from providing biometrics.

Biometrics are collected using a quick, discreet and non-intrusive process that captures a facial image with a digital camera and a 10-digit fingerprint scan with a digital finger scanner.

We encourage applicants to submit their visa applications electronically or in person at an AVAC.To avoid incurring two service fee charges, TTS encourages all applicants who may ordinarily mail in/courier their applications to attend an AVAC in person to submit their visa application and have their biometrics collected at the same time. You will need to make an appointment with either Auckland or Queenstown AVAC to submit your application and have your biometrics collected at the same time.

Please note, all applicants included in the visa application must attend the AVAC for biometrics collection and all applicants must bring their passports with them to the appointment.

New Queenstown Visa Application Centre

TT Services is pleased to announce the opening of a new AVAC in Queenstown, New Zealand on 29 September 2015. This new AVAC will be located at 57 Shotover Street in downtown Queenstown. It will provide visa application submission and biometrics collection services for applicants on New Zealand’s South Island.

TT Services provides visa application services to the South Pacific on behalf of the Australian Government’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection. For more information on these and other changes commencing next week, including our new fee structure, please visit www.ttsaustralia.com

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