Hola a tod@s!
Hemos recibido la siguiente info del Migration Institute of Australia respecto a los cambios relacionados a las "visitor visas" que entrarán en vigor el Sabado 23 de Marzo de 2013. Los cambios incluyen subclases de visas, partes del proceso de solicitud, tasas y costes, y formularios de solicitud.
La info esta en inglés, así que pregunten si hay algo que no entienden o no está lo suficientemente claro.
"Further Information on Visitor visa Changes – 23 March 2013
Following enquiries from the MIA, DIAC has provided the following information regarding the proposed changes to Visitor visas expected to come into effect on 23 March 2013:
The announced changes will take effect from Saturday 23 March, and will have an impact on all Visitor visa applications, including the Sponsored Family Visitor (SFV) visa caseload. Some of the key SFV changes will be:
a new application form (form 1418 to replace form 48S);
an application form will need to be completed for each person applying to visit Australia, including any dependent child included in a parent’s passport – there will no longer be what we term “combined applications”;
the Visa Application Charge (VAC) will be reduced to $115.00 but will be paid in respect of each person (who, as per above, will be an applicant in his or her own right);
a new version of the sponsorship form 1149 will come into effect; and
applications will need to be mailed or couriered to the specified address(es) – no in-person lodgement possible.
Provision for electronic lodgement of SFV applications will be included in the new regulations but will be introduced at a later time when the system has been further developed.
The really important thing for you and your colleagues to be aware of is that the current applications forms (48S and 1149) will no longer be valid from 23 March onwards and, under law, we will not be able to process so-called purported applications made using those forms. Rather, we will have no choice other than to invalidate and return any invalid applications to sponsors. I would be very grateful, therefore, if you were to do what you can to make people aware of the changes and to ensure that applications lodged on or after 23 March are made in accordance with the new forms, thereby reducing frustration for clients and delays in assessing and deciding applications.
The link below takes you the relevant part of the DIAC website that details the visas that will be repealed from 23 March 2013:
The next link takes you to the information about the new Visitor Visa (subclass 600):
The next link has information relevant for visitor visa applicants. There is also a link provided from that information that provides information to sponsors:
If you then click on “how to apply”, you will see information about the new forms. I have attached links to those new forms below:
These changes will also have an impact on visitor visa applications made at our overseas posts. The new form for Tourism Stream visitor visa applications is form 1419. I have provided a link to that form below:
Please note: these new forms may currently have a watermark “Cannot apply before 23 March 2013”. If you need clients to complete these forms before 23 March, DIAC has advised that it is acceptable to use those forms, provided they are not lodged prior to 23 March.
The legislation for the new Visitor visas is expected to receive royal assent this week and should appear on ComLaw shortly after."
Espero esta info les venga bien!