15 March 2011

Australian Visa information for Japanese nationals in Australia

The Australian Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen, offered reassurance to Japanese nationals in Australia affected by the Japan earthquake and tsunami that visa assistance was available if required.

“I strongly encourage all Japanese nationals in Australia who are unable to fly home or are on temporary visas to contact the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) as soon as possible, either online or by telephone,” Mr Bowen said.

The Australia Immigration Department will take the circumstances in Japan into account when dealing with requests for Australia visa extensions and will consider, on a case by case basis, the options for Japanese in Australia whose visas to remain here are about to run out.

Australian citizens in Japan should contact the Australia Immigration Department immediately if they wish to travel to Australia with their children if those children are not Australian citizens.

“Australian citizen parents located in Japan who have children born overseas who have not applied for, or been approved for, Australian citizenship by descent should contact DIAC to discuss the most appropriate way for their children to travel to Australia,' Mr Bowen said.

The department will also look at extending the validity of time-limited requirements for visa applicants located in Japan if the assessment of an application has been delayed by events there.

In view of the disaster in Japan, the Australian Embassy immigration staff in Tokyo will work throughout the weekend to address urgent migration issues.

The Australian Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people lodge their Australia Visa application with the Australian Embassy. 

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