Feb. 20, 2004
Applying for an Australian business or tourist visa
in India will soon be made easier with the opening of six new visa application
and collection centres.
From March 1, Indians will be able to lodge their applications
at centres in New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore.
More centres are expected to open in other regions.
The new centres mean Indians wishing to travel to Australia
for business or tourism no longer must apply directly to the Australian
High Commission in New Delhi or the Consulate-General in Mumbai.
This current requirement often meant Indians faced significant
travel and inconvenience to apply for a visa.
The new network of centres would provide a better service
to the growing numbers of Indians seeking to travel to Australia, a
departmental spokesperson said today.
'There has been a large increase in the numbers of Indians
seeking to travel to Australia including student, tourists, businesspeople
and officials,' the spokesperson said.
'We expect this trend to continue and accelerate as
our bilateral relations grow in strength, scope and substance.
'This new user-friendly system will help us manage this
'Applicants will have greater choice in where they lodge
The centres will have comfortable waiting areas and
sufficient capacity to ensure clients will not have to wait for extended
Each will be open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday,
excluding public holidays.
Business house TT Services will provide the new centres.
TT Services is a division of TT Enterprises - the first company in India
to offer visa support services to diplomatic missions.