After the Sydney Olympics in 2000, the attention of the world was drawn to the great tourist potentials of Australia.
It’s not uncommon to see many people traveling to Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide and other cities the Sydney Olympics showcased their great potentials to the world, and Nigerians are no exception in this regard.
Australia is a country surrounded by many oceans and with many beaches. The official language in Australia is English, so you don’t have a problem as a Nigerian who wishes to travel to Australia.
Funnily enough, stories were told of how some smaller tribes in Australia had meetings in the past, and they unanimously got rid of their get their local languages and forbade anyone who spoke them. As the story goes, they collectively chose English as their one and only language.
So, your language fears as allayed outright as you don’t have to enroll in any language class just to cope in the country you wish to visit. To travel to Australia, you must have a visa.
A visa is an official permission from a foreign country’s government to allow you to enter their country. A visa states how long you will stay (which determines its validity), your purpose of visit, and other important information.
Having said that, it is important you learn from me the step-by-step guidelines on how to apply for Australian visa in Nigeria.
How to apply for Australian Visa in Nigeria
If you wish to apply for Australian Visa in Nigeria, follow these steps:
Get a Nigerian international passport from the nearest immigration office in the Nigerian state where you are
Visit http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/pdf/1419.pdf to download and print out the visa application form. Before going any further, ensure you carefully read the instructions on it especially the part that has to do with legibility
Next step is to carefully fill out the form, and attach a recent passport photograph that is not more than 6 months since you took it
After the previous step, you will have to submit your application. You take the requirements (you will get to know letter) to the nearest registration center where your finger prints and photograph will be captured. This means that someone cannot do it for you. Later you will pay for the visa and application fees. Still at the center, your application will be submitted. This is the final stage.
When you are through with the final process, you may go home and expect a call either from the embassy or the registration center. They can also send you an email with a call. But in an event where you don’t hear from them for a long time say months, it could mine that your application has been turned down.
After the final stage, the application unit will to forward it to Australian High Commission for further processing. When the processing is done, you will be asked to come over at the at the application center for pick up. You can also check the status of your Visa while it is being processed by contacting the High Commission through email@example.com for updates on the application. The office replies all requests within 48 hours at worst.
All mandatory documents to be taken for Australian visa include International passport, Visa fee of 130 AUD (Australian Dollars), and VFS fee of N32,500 . Note that the Visa fee is not fixed as it keeps changing from time to time. Therefore, it is important you have these facts as you wish to apply for Australian visa in Nigeria.
For Australian Visa Application, visit VFS Global:
Lagos: Manor Hall, Plot 110, opposite Treasure Garden Estate, Admiral Ayinla Way, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos
Abuja: Plot 1161, Memorial Drive 2, 2nd floor, Central Business District, Abuja
VFS Global handles all Australian visa processed in Nigeria. So, they will help you to track the status of your visa as it is being processed as well.
The detailed steps on how to apply for Australian visa in Nigeria and actually get it is important. Remember you should be able to convince them that you really need the visit and assure them that you won’t elope. Traveling to Australia can be very expensive because it is one of the remotest country/continent of the world. This often discourages a lot of people from visiting the country during (summer) vacations. For example, a flight from Lagos to Sydney costs over $2,300. That is a lot of money for many Nigerians. But these are reasons why you should go to Australia:
Australia has some of the best reefs in the world (for example the Great Barrier Reef);
Because it is surrounded by 3 oceans (Pacific, Indian, and Southern), Australia has very fine oceans which are awesome to behold with loads of amazing surfing in the tide like Cable Beach and Noosa. They are a great spot for relaxation
Breathtaking sites like Uluru Rock which covers about 8km distance;
lots of fun-filled barbecues where you can freely try wonderfully tasty Australian cuisines
Some of the best wines in the world are produced in Australia because of the presence of cool wine rivers of wine like River Margaret near Perth and Hunter Valley nears Sydney.
Very fine parks like Karijin National Park in Western Australia. This will be an experience you won’t forget in a lifetime
So with all these points and many more, you wouldn’t regret taking that 18-hour flight from Lagos to Sydney. Remember to visit other cool cities in Australia if you wish to visit as a tourist, but then all this won’t be possible if you don’t get your Australian visa approved, so this is why you may to read this piece again to understand properly how to apply for Australian visa in Nigeria in case you didn’t understand any part well.