Monthly Archives: December 2012

Introduction of the Visa Evidence Charge

Australian visa labelFrom 24 November 2012, visa holders will need to pay a Visa Evidence Charge (VEC) of $70 AUD to have a visa label placed in their passport. The charge is being introduced as part of the user-pays initiatives and to encourage the use of online immigration services.

Do I need a visa label in my passport?

No. Australian authorities do not require a visa label in your passport to travel to, or enter or remain in Australia. All Australia bound international commercial airlines and cruise ships are required to verify with Australian authorities that you have an Australian visa before you travel to Australia. Information on your visa status and entitlements is available on the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) system. Read more »