Summer Guide 2023 on How to Apply for Australia Visitor Visa (Subclass 600) for Filipino passport holder

Summer Guide 2023 on How to Apply for Australia Visitor Visa (Subclass 600) for Filipino passport holders
G’day mate! 

Are you planning to spend the summer and celebrate your Christmas holidays?

Or maybe celebrate with your friends and family (maybe a new beau) at the Sydney Harbour to welcome the New Year?

There are now 408,842 people with Filipino ancestry in Australia according to Census 2021 data released on 28 June 2022. This is an increase of 104,827 (26%) people from 304,015 in 2016.

No wonder Australia is one of the favorite overseas destinations of many Filipinos and a great place to experience the mix of Western lifestyle along with its unique 60,000 years of culture and heritage. 
But before anything else, Filipino passport holders (non-dual citizens) are required to get a tourist/visitor visa before going to Australia.

If your purpose of visit to Australia is leisure, visiting family, or business for up to 3, 6, or 12 months, the visa you need is a Tourist/Visitor Visa (Subclass 600). 

Tourist/Visitor Visa Subclass 600 approval back in 2019
Tourist/Visitor Visa Subclass 600 approval back in 2019

Prepare your documents

Summer Guide 2023 on How to Apply for Australia Visitor Visa (Subclass 600) for Filipino passport holders

The following are the things you need to know for the Tourist/Visitor Visa (Subclass 600) application:

        • Valid Philippine passport for more than 6 months from the target travel date and the photo page lamination must not be broken.

        • National ID, Driver’s License, and other identity card available

        • Marriage or Divorce Certificate (if applicable)

        • NSO Birth certificate

        • Applicant’s Passport Size Photograph (45mm x 35mm against a plain background). Applicants must write their name on the back of the photo.

        • Current and previously acquired visas (if you visited Korea and Japan, include all those visas even if it is expired).

        • Scanned pages of all valid and expired visas and stamps

        • NBI Clearance

        • Original Bank Certificate (issued within the past 3 months and the bank account should contain the cost of the entire trip and daily expenses)

        • Income Tax Return

        • Employment Payslips (if available)

        • Credit Card Statements

        • Employment Contract or Certificate of Employment

        • Sample Australia Itinerary (write down target daily activities)

        • Flight and Hotel Reservations (not required but may help increase chances of getting granted visa)

Application via Sponsorship (of your loved one)
Additional documents will be required for a Tourist/Visitor Visa (Subclass 600) application sponsored by your loved one (or family member).

        • Proof of relationship – this document includes but is not limited to photos, letters, assets combined, contracts in both of your names, bank transfers, Whatsapp chat, receipts of furniture and appliances bought together, social media posts, previous travel itineraries together, etc.

        • Bank Statement of your Sponsor.

        • Invitation Letter from your Sponsor

        • Letter of Support from your Sponsor – This states the purpose of your visit and length of stay if you will be staying with your sponsor, and if this person will be paying for your stay.

Create ImmiAccount 

(Note: Those traveling in a group need to create only one account) and complete the online application form. Make sure to check the filled-up details and uploaded documents before submitting. 

The Tourist/Visitor Visa application cost is AUD190 (as of 1st July 2023). For more information regarding the estimated costs of your visa, please see the Visa pricing estimator (homeaffairs.gov.au).

Note: Other requirements may be required such as medical documents depending on applicable circumstances. Applicants can submit up to 60 files, so if you think your required documents aren’t enough, you can submit other supporting documents you deem may help your application.

Eagles Gorge, Western Australia
Eagles Gorge, Western Australia


From 04 April 2022, visa applicants in the Philippines must complete biometric (face photograph and fingerprint scan) collection for each application lodged, irrespective of their nationality, unless they are excluded or exempt from the biometric program.

Biometrics are collected through a quick and easy process that captures a photograph of your face and a 10-digit electronic fingerprint. Applicants will be required to provide their biometrics each and every time they apply for a visa.

When you lodge your application online, you will be sent a request to provide personal identifiers (biometrics) via email. You should make an appointment to attend an Australian Biometrics Collection Centre (ABCC) in person to provide your biometrics. Take a copy of that email and your passport to the appointment.

You must provide your biometrics within 14 days of online lodgement or notify the relevant visa processing office if unable to do so.

VFS Global operates two ABCCs in the Philippines (in Manila and Cebu). The ABCC will charge a service fee for the collection of biometrics.

For more information about biometric collection procedures, fees charged, contact details, ABCC locations, or to book your biometrics appointment, please visit Welcome to VFS Global| vfsglobal

Processing time for Tourist/Visitor Visa application
As of July 2023, processing time for Tourist/Visitor Visa applications is less than 1 day.

Flinders Station, Melbourne VIC Australia
Flinders Station, Melbourne VIC Australia

How to pay for visa applications

All visa applications are now online through your Immi account. There is no paper-based application.

You must pay the visa application charge by credit card, BPay, or PayPal when you apply online. 
Costs will be in Australian dollars.

Additional costs will apply if you decide to use an Australian Registered Migration Agent services for your visa application. 

If you are planning for your next Great Vacation Downunder, check out our Australian Travel posts for more information and a guide on which places to visit and what to do while in Australia.

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  1. Hi Blair can I ask some questions is it possible to apply visitor visa again if there's have refusal visa status for students visa in Australia?

    1. Hi! Yes, you can apply for visitor visa even you've got a previous refusal. However, your refusal notice will still be there, and you have to plan your next application. Know what your mistake was or missing during your previous application, and make sure that you make it right.


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