Cost of Australian Visa in Nigeria Currently

What is the cost of Australian Visa in Nigeria currently? If you want to know the price and how much is will take you to get your Australian visa in the country, then this post is just what you need.  All that and more are what we shall be discussing as we proceed.

Cost of Australian Visa in Nigeria Currently

Whether you’re going to Australia on holiday, on a visit, on a business trip or you’re emigrating for schooling and residency purposes, in this article, you will know which visa type to choose from and how much they cost. You will also get information on the requirements for processing your Australian visa in Nigeria.

You should note that  even if you are anywhere in the world, you can apply for an Australian visa as a Nigerian through the Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601) visa which comes with an AUD 20 service charge which is equivalent to N5000. Application for an Australian visa type can be determined by your location. If you are presently in Australia you can apply for the tourist stream of the visitor visa online as long as you have a valid visa that does not have condition 8503 imposed.

Also, if you are outside Australia, be informed that only certain passport holders are eligible to apply for this visa online. If you hold a China passport and you want to apply from China you might be able to apply for the Visitor Visa (subclass 600) Frequent Traveller stream visa.

Every Australian visa application from Nigeria is processed via the Australian High Commission located in Pretoria, one of the Capitals of South Africa.

AUSTRALIAN VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR NIGERIANS

When applying for an Australian visa as a Nigerian, these are the things required of you:

  • Original, signed Nigeria passport with at least 6 months of remaining validity
  • Passport-type photograph
  • Photocopies of the passport and ID card
  • Proof of status
  • Itinerary
  • Medical check report
  • Bank Statement
  • Employment Letter
  • Hotel Reservations
  • Biometrics (fingerprints and a digital photograph) except you have been exempted. More information on biometrics can be given at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

If you need help with visa processing in Nigeria, contact any VFS Global Office in Lagos, Abuja and Portharcourt. Their addresses are given below:

VFS Application Centre in Lagos
Address: Plot 110, Admiral Ayinla Way,
3rd Roundabout, Lekki Phase I, Lagos
Telephone Number: +2348150180009
Submission Times: Monday to Friday: 08:00 – 15:00

VFS Application Centre in Abuja
Address: Sterling Bank Plaza, 3rd Floor,
Plot 1083 Mohammadu Buhari Way,
Central Business District, Abuja- Nigeria
Telephone Number: +2348150180009
Submission Times: Monday to Friday: 15:00 (except public holidays)

VFS Application Centre in Port Harcourt
Address: Vineyard Shopping Centre,
88 Woji Road, GRA, Port Harcourt, Rivers State
Telephone Number: +2348150180009
Submission Times: Monday to Friday: 08:00 – 15:00

Once your visa application has been done, you should wait for a response from the visa office. Processing of your visa might take a while depending on what visa type you applied to. Tourist visas take anywhere from 20-33 days while the business visas takes 9-20 days to be processed. If have been travelling frequently, your visa processing should take between 5-18 days, but if you’re applying for a sponsored family visa, you may have to wait till anytime between 50-70 days. Australian and New Zealand Citizens do not need to apply for a visa. This is to inform Nigerians who were born there.

HOW MUCH IS AUSTRALIAN VISA IN NIGERIA PRESENTLY?

Below is a summary of the Australian Visa categories and how much they cost in Nigeria currently. Kindly note that price is subject to change.

STUDENT VISA

  • Base application charge: AUD 560 (Based on the Australian dollar to Naira exchange rate N140,000)
  • Additional applicant charge (18 and over): AUD 420 (N105,000)
  • Additional applicant charge under 18: AUD 140 (N35,000)
  • Subsequent temporary application charge: AUD 700 (N175,000)

Note that as a student, if you belong to any of the above categories, you do not need to pay the base application charge if you’re a secondary exchange student or a student applying for a course approved under a student’s training scheme approved by the Commonwealth to study in Australia.

TEMPORARY VISA

Base Application Charge: AUD 280 (N70,000)

Additional Applicant charge 18 and over: AUD 280 (N70,000)

Additional applicant charge 18 and under: AUD 70 (N17,500)

Note that payment for the visa fee comes with a surcharge rate which depends on your online payment portal.

  • Visa and MasterCard – 0.98%
  • American Express and JCB – 1.4%
  • Diners Club International – 1.99%
  • ChinaUnion Pay – 1.90%
  • PayPal – 1.00%

This rate is applicable to debit visa cards and master cards when you are making payments online. As earlier stated, visa fees are subject to change with time and cost of visa is sometimes dependent on the date of receipt of your application. If there is a price increase between the date of your application and the date in which your application was received, you may be required to pay a new application charge.

In certain situations, you may not have to pay any visa application fee. People who belong to the following categories below do not need to pay any visa application fee:

  • People who apply in the course of acting as representatives for a foreign national government
  • People specified by the Minister in a legislative instrument
  • People working in the entertainment industry in an event or events for an organization which is: a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission; a foreign government agency, embassy or consulate; a State and Territory Government or Commonwealth Government agency; a government funded event or organization that is specified by the Minister in a legislative instrument.

Having stated all the above, it is imperative to note that the basic visa application charge for every other person not listed in the above ranges from AUD 140 (N35,000) to AUD 1020 (N255,000) depending on the type of visa which you are applying for.

Nigerians living abroad, who would love to visit Australia for tourist or business purposes, can use the Electronic Travel Authority, ETA which is available online 24/7. What ETA does is that it allows the holder to travel to Australia as many times as possible as long as it is within the stated validity period which is 12 months from the date of issue. The maximum length of each visit is 90 days.

Once your visa application has been lodged, you can check for the progress of your application by reaching out to the Visa and Immigration Section at the Australian High Commission in Pretoria via email at immigration.pretoria@immi.gov.au. A response should be given you within 48 hours.

The Author

Maduawuchi Obialo

Maduawuchi Obialo is the founder of Nigerian Guide and an Editor at Nigerian Infopedia. He is a professional Web Content Developer and a Biochemist.

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