The Australian Visa Application Centres in Vietnam (VFS centre) remains open for Biometrics collection, strictly by appointment.

Current operational days and timing for the AVACs, except public holidays, are:

  • Operational days: Monday-Wednesday-Friday
  • Operational timings: 09:00 am to 01:00 pm

– Types of visa holders can enter Australia:

  • an Australian citizen
  • a permanent resident of Australia
  • an immediate family member of an Australian citizen or permanent resident (visas subclass 309/100, 820/801, 101, 192, 117, 445)
  • a New Zealand citizen usually resident in Australia and their immediate family members
  • a person who has been in New Zealand or Australia for 14 days or more immediately prior to arrival by air in Australia
  • a diplomat accredited to Australia, including their immediate family members (each member of the family unit must hold a valid subclass 995 visa)
  • a person transiting Australia for 72 hours or less
  • airline crew, maritime crew including marine pilots
  • a person recruited under the Government approved Seasonal Worker Program or Pacific Labour Scheme
  • a person who holds a Business Innovation and Investment (subclass 188) visa.
  • temporarily visa holders with travel exemption.

– From 22 January 2021, if you are travelling to or transiting through Australia you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test to your airline, taken 72 hours or less before your scheduled departure, unless you are travelling on a quarantine-free flight from New Zealand.

Masks must be worn on all international flights, including at airports.

Before you travel to Australia, you should complete the Australia Travel Declaration within 7 days and at least 72 hours before your departure for Australia at https://www.health.aero/au/
Unless arriving on a quarantine-free flight from New Zealand, all travellers arriving in Australia, including Australian citizens, must quarantine for 14 days at a designated facility, such as a hotel in their port of arrival.


The Australian Visa Application Centres (VFS)  in Vietnam has resumed limited operations from 28 October 2020 for Biometrics collection, strictly by appointment.


The Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List

The 17 occupations (ANZSCO code) are:

  • Chief Executive or Managing Director (111111)
  • Construction Project Manager (133111)
  • Mechanical Engineer (233512)
  • General Practitioner (253111)
  • Resident Medical Officer (253112)
  • Psychiatrist (253411)
  • Medical Practitioner nec (253999)
  • Midwife (254111)
  • Registered Nurse (Aged Care) (254412)
  • Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) (254415)
  • Registered Nurse (Medical) (254418)
  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health) (254422)
  • Registered Nurse (Perioperative) (254423)
  • Registered Nurses nec (254499)
  • Developer Programmer (261312)
  • Software Engineer (261313)
  • Maintenance Planner (312911)

Travel exemptions

While Australia’s border restrictions remain in place, temporary visa holders must obtain a travel exemption before travelling to Australia. For more information about the travel exemption process see: Critical skills and sectors

Visa subclasses

Priority processing of nomination and visa applications for PMSOL occupa​​tions applies to these employer sponsored visa subclasses:

Due to Covid-19 pandemic The Australian Visa Application Center (VFS)  in Vietnam has been temporarily closed. However VFS is prepared to reopen soon in order to assist clients in applying for the following Australian visas:
– Visa subclass 500 – Student visa
– Visa subclass 590- Guardian visa for international students
According to the current Covid-19 situation, the center’s operations are still in affected and do not accept other types of visa applications.
Newland Travel & Immigration will continue to monitor and will keep our clients updated when new information is received.
What is Australian immigration, how do you understand these types of visas?
To answer the question above, join Newland to follow the articles below for better understanding  and preparing more carefully for your Australian immigration application.
With a developed economy, good social welfare policies, high quality of life, and state-of-the-art education and training, it is not surprising that Australia is always on the list of the most chosen countries to immigrate. However, to get an Australian immigrant visa, you need to know what types of immigrant visa you are and what type of settlement you are best suited for, from which to prepare carefully to achieve the desired results.
Types of Australian immigrant visas
Australian immigration sponsorship
Australian immigrant visa sponsorship is mainly under the form of sponsorship for family reunification members or sponsoring company to work. In which, settlement by family reunification has 4 main groups:
Group of spouse or fiance/fiancee
Visa 309: Spouse. Applicants must have a certificate of legal marriage with the sponsor
Visa 300: Fiance/fiancee. Two people must prove that the relationship has lasted for more than 12 months.
Parent group
Visa 103: Parents do not pay for the second instalment 
Visa 143: Parents pay full instalments
173: Parents have a partial payment
With this group, the applicant only needs to prove family relationships with legal and financial documents.
Children group
Visa 101: Child/Stepchild
Visa 102: Adoption
Visa 445: Dependent child
Required legal documents to prove the relationship in this group are household registration books, birth certificates. In case the sponsored person is an adopted child, legal adoption documents will be required.
Other groups of relatives
Visa 114: Elderly dependent relative
Visa 115: last remaining relative
Visa 116: Carer of relatives
Visa 117: Orphan relative
Immigrate to Australia as skilled labor
Visa 189: Skilled independent
Visa 485: New graduate students
Visa 489: Skilled skills (temporary residence) A prerequisite for you to apply for this type of visa is to demonstrate that you have a skill or skill on the Skilled Occupations List – SOL, that can contribute to Australian development and be a professional organization/business in Australia recognized.
Immigration Australia does not give any country priority to this type of visa and accepts a large number of foreigners entering Australia each year as skilled workers. In fact, the number of rates for skilled migrants is about 60-70% of the total annual capped immigration rate and still tends to increase steadily. Therefore, applying for an Australian immigrant visa under this case is practical and highly feasible. (here)
Immigrate to Australia as Investor
Investment immigration policy is aimed at entrepreneurs and investors who have the potential to settle and develop business in the regions and states of Australia.
Investors must demonstrate that they will contribute to Australia with capital, business experience, and cultural diversity. In return, they can bring families here to live, settle, work, and study. When you have been temporarily residing in Australia for 4 years and investment and business activities are satisfactory, you can completely apply for permanent residents and get many social security policies, incentives of the Government.
Some types of immigrant investor visas are being applied:
Visa 132: Talented Entrepreneur
Visa 188: Creative investment and business (temporary residence)
Visa 888: Innovative investment and business (permanent residence)
Visa 890: Independent businessman
Visa 891: Independent investment
Visa 892: Businessman with a guarantee
Conditions and benefits when applying for an Australian immigrant visa
To be able to apply for an Australian immigrant visa, you need to meet the following basic requirements:
  • Meet Health requirement 
  • Never committed crimes / had a criminal record
  • Achieve a minimum of 65 points on the Australian scale
  • There is an invitation letter/guarantee letter from a certain Australian state
  • English proficiency is good enough to live, study and work in Australia
Once you hold an Australian immigrant visa, you and your relatives will get basic benefits as an Australian citizen as follows:
  • Free travel and immigration to Australia, move to 140 countries around the world without applying for a visa
  • Sponsor for relatives to come to Australia when you have lived in Australia enough time as prescribed
  • Get free health care for the whole family
  • Tuition exemption if there is a child under 18 years old, tuition reduction or loan policy if the child is over 18 years old
  • Getting Australian citizenship when living enough time in Australia, while retaining original citizenship
Basic application for Australian immigrant visa
The minimum Australian immigrant visa application package should contain the following documents. However, each different visa category may require some other documents, depending on the case.
  • Applicant’s documents: local certified resume, criminal record, passport photo, documents related to marital status (marriage certificate, divorce certificate, etc.), passport, visa application, health certificate, related documents
  • Sponsor’s documents: documents verifying sponsor’s information, documents proving financial ability, certified local CV, passport photos, passports, related documents
  • Documentation of the applicant’s children: parent’s bond for the children to settle in Australia, birth certificate, passport photo, certificate of celibacy if the child is over 18 years old and proof of custody if children under 18 years old
  • Documents relating to the sponsor’s relationship with the applicant: evidence of the communication between the two persons such as letters, invoices, emails, photos, etc.
Note: The above documents, if not in English, must be accompanied by a notarized English translation.
Processing time for applying for an Australian immigrant visa
Once you have prepared your application, you will need to make an appointment with the Australian Visa Application Center (AVAC) to apply and collect your biometrics at the same time. After that, apply the interview, and wait for the approval.
Processing time will depend on the type of visa you are applying for, from 10 working days to 2 months. Complex visas such as sponsoring relatives will take a lot of time to consider, so you need to actively understand the deadlines and track the status of your application.
  • Some advice before applying for an Australian immigrant visa
    For a working visa, you should find out in advance the priority occupations according to the Immigration Department’s regulations to take advantage of the visa application.
  • Visa interview: should answer briefly, concisely, honestly and clearly define your target to come to Australia. You should refer to frequently asked questions and practice answering at home to become more confident when participating in the interview.
    Do not use false information or contradictory information in the application because if the visa is refused because of this reason, the applicant will not be able to submit any other visa for 3 years.
  • If a parent or dependent is over 18 years old with a disease on the Ministry of Home Affairs list that does not meet the requirements of the Ministry, even if the family has a commitment to pay the cost of treatment, the Visa Application Center Australian visa still reserves the right to refuse to issue visa under guarantee.
  • For a skilled work visa, you are required to have a minimum of IELTS 6.0 (all skills) and a work certificate issued by companies that have worked before.

Hopefully, with the information shared above, it will partly help you prepare more carefully the Australian immigration documents. If there are still many doubts, hesitations and to avoid unfortunate mistakes, please contact Newland Travel – the leading reputable Australian travel and migration company in Vietnam for experts consultant and support.

For further advice, please contact Newland-Travel & Immigration 

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Address: Level 1, 42-44 Arthur Street, Cabramatta, NSW 2166

Hotline: 61-417 422 849 & 61-2-97257922

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