From 14 July 2014, we will commence the operation of an Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) and collection of biometrics.
The introduction of the AVACs will facilitate further visa lodgement improvements for visa applicants in Colombia. Counter services to manage visa lodgement and enquiries will now be available. The current visa application process for Colombia including the availability of the online lodgement service for tourist visa applications will not otherwise changed.
Biometrics will be collected from visa applicants, who are physically in Colombia at the time of making a visa application to enter Australia, regardless of their nationality unless they are exempted from doing so under Australian Government policy. Visa applicants in Colombia who post their visa application to the Australian Embassy in Santiago, will be sent a letter advising them to attend one of the AVACs to provide their biometrics.
Ameeta Parsuram ‘Meeta’ Psychologist, Poet & Lyricist