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Paying the VAC in Australia for an overseas applicant - spouse visa from the USA


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Old 03-30-2013, 01:55 AM
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Paying the VAC in Australia for an overseas applicant - spouse visa from the USA

I feel really stupid for asking this, but here goes anyway

How can I pay the visa charge in Australia for an offshore partner visa? On DIAC's website, it says you can pay in Australia for an overseas applicant, but it refers you to the 'for applications lodged in Australia' section, which gives the methods of payment, but doesn't tell you HOW or WHERE to pay (or maybe it's just me and my head is about to explode with all this paperwork lol).

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Hi KLS2010 -

You have to go into a DIAC office to do this - we do it regularly for offshore clients as it's much easier to prepay here (no currency conversions, etc) and just include the payment receipt with the application package. They'll need to know the names and dates of birth involved (applicant and sponsor) plus the citizenship of the applicant and the overseas post where the application will be lodged.

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For anyone interested....


I just called DIAC and paid the VAC over the phone with an Australian credit card.

Received the receipt by email straight away.


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Hi KLS -

That's great news - it conflicts directly with what DIAC told me last week, but I'm very glad to hear that they will now allow this. Was this for a partner visa to be lodged overseas? Did you call the main DIAC no (131 881)?

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Well, if you don't have any idea how and where to pay for the visa then I think you should contact with an immigration consultant. They are well aware of the visa procedures and they can suggest you better regarding it.
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I've paid 3 times over the phone with DIAC for both tourist visas and my partners subclass 300. As long as the person at the other end prints a copy of the receipt and includes it in the application it's fine.

When you call, just advise you would like to make a payment for a visa application, state the applicant's full name(s), DOB and passport number(s).
They'll then take your credit card details, process the payment and email you a PDF receipt within minutes.

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Hi KLS -

That's great news - it conflicts directly with what DIAC told me last week, but I'm very glad to hear that they will now allow this. Was this for a partner visa to be lodged overseas? Did you call the main DIAC no (131 881)?

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Well, I got the idea from another poster on this forum whom I messaged privately. They told me that they had paid their VAC over the phone with DIAC in late 2011, so I thought I would at least call and see what they would say.
I called the 131 881 number and they put me through to the payment centre (said they were in Melbourne) , and they asked for the credit card details, applicants name and DOB and type visa and where the application would be lodged.

And yes, it was for a 309 offshore to be lodged in Washington DC.


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Well, if you don't have any idea how and where to pay for the visa then I think you should contact with an immigration consultant. They are well aware of the visa procedures and they can suggest you better regarding it.
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Thanks, but I am somewhat familiar with immigration applications, it's just that DIAC's website, while giving methods of payment (ie credit card, money order, etc), did not specify where exactly to send payment if you were trying to pay for an overseas application that had not yet been lodged.


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They'll then take your credit card details, process the payment and email you a PDF receipt within minutes.
Yep, this is what happened. Had the email receipt in my inbox before I had even hung up the phone..


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