Australia opens visa application centres in Beijing and Shanghai

26 July 2012

From 3 September 2012 Australia's Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) will open two Australian Visa Application Centres (AVACs) in Beijing and Shanghai. The AVACs, operated by VFS Global Pty Ltd, will accept visa applications and visa fees, handle basic enquiries from clients before their application is submitted, and return passports.

"The introduction of AVACs will provide more convenient access to immigration services for clients through greater access to information, extended service hours and streamlined processing," said a DIAC statement.

These changes mean that from 3 September 2012, Australian visa applicants who reside in provinces within the Beijing and Shanghai areas should submit their application at an AVAC in either Beijing or Shanghai.

The exception to this will be clients lodging an Adoption (subclass 102) visa or Resident Return (subclass 155/157) visa who should submit their application to the Australian visa office at the Australian Consulate Guangzhou.

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