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Label-free Travel for Clients from the Pacific
Label Free Travel
We now issue ‘label-free’ visas to visa applicants in the Pacific region. As a result, our clients do not have a visa label placed in their passport. Australia’s modern electronic visa system does not require you to have a visa label placed in your passport to confirm your immigration status and entitlements in Australia. When you check in to fly to Australia, airline staff will use your passport to electronically confirm that you have authority to travel to Australia prior to boarding the aircraft. See: About Your Visa (http://www.immi.gov.au/visas/about-your-visa.htm)
For your reference, you will receive your visa details via a Visa Grant Notification letter, which will be sent to you by email (if you have provided an email address in your application form) for reference. After arriving in Australia, visa holders can check their label-free visa details by using the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) system. They can call 131 881 from within Australia, request a password, then use this at www.immi.gov.au/e_visa/vevo.htm
If you are lodging your visa application directly at an Australian Visa Application Centre, please bring your passport with you. TTS staff will make copies of the relevant pages, and will return the passport to you (please note that you may be charged a photocopying fee for each page copied).
If you are lodging your visa application by post or courier delivery to an AVAC, please do not send your passport. Instead, you will need to send certified copies of the relevant pages (see below) of your passport with the application.
Relevant Passport Pages
Relevant Passport pages include Copies of the following pages from your current passport:
1. Biodata (photo) page* and
2. If your passport contains any non-Australian visa labels, the relevant Visa pages and
3. If your passport has been extended or details changed, the Endorsement pages.
*Please note: a passport biodata page is the page that includes the photograph, name and the date of birth amongst other information.
Fiji applicants please note that the Reserve Bank of Fiji has confirmed applicants travelling temporarily to Australia can withdraw funds/be issued foreign exchange without a visa label in their passport. Applicants migrating to Australia will need to show the bank their visa grant letter when applying to transfer emigration funds. Applicants withdrawing FNPF funds (eg students, migrants) will also show the bank their visa grant letter.
Applicants lodging through a 3rd party should ensure they receive a pink receipt copy as evidence that their application has been lodged. If their visa is refused, they will receive a formal decision letter from the Immigration Section.