This Migration Newsflash outlines the key features of two Australian Visa Application Centres (AVACs) that will be set up in Beijing and Shanghai respectively to provide Australian visa lodgement services for the visa applicants in both regions. It also contains guidance for those applying for an Australian visa and those who currently hold Chinese visas in Australia.
- The purpose of the AVACs is to provide visa applicants with more convenient access to immigration services in these regions, including extended operating hours with phone lines operating until 5pm weekdays and internet kiosks with an online application tracking facility.
- DIAC has restructured the visa processing responsibilities among the Australian Embassy and Consulates in China.
- Chinese visa holders who have been granted a visa by an office in Australia can submit their passport to the Australian visa office at the Australian Consulate in Guangzhou to receive a visa label, if required.