Changes to Australian visa processing in Samoa
On 28 April 2016, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection commenced collecting biometrics from clients applying for Australian visas in Samoa.
Most clients lodging a visa application for Australia in Samoa will need to attend an Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) in person to provide biometrics unless they are excluded or exempted from the Programme.
Visa applicants in Samoa who submit their applications at the AVAC in Apia will be asked to provide their biometrics at the same time.
Visa applicants who mail their applications to the AVAC will be sent a letter requiring them to attend the AVAC to provide their biometrics.
Visa applicants who apply for online visas may need to provide their biometrics. If so, they will be sent an electronic letter requiring them to provide their biometrics at the AVAC.
The AVAC charges a service fee for application submission and collection of biometrics. For information, please see Australia Visa Application Centre (details below).
Visas and Immigration
Visa applications and enquiries in Samoa are dealt with through the Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) in Apia.
Clients resident in Samoa, regardless of nationality, can direct enquiries and paper visa applications to the Australian Visa Application Centre in Apia. Clients can visit the AVAC in person or post or courier their visa application. The AVAC is open from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm Monday to Friday.
Please note: visa applications are not accepted at the Australian High Commission office on Beach Rd.
TT Services Samoa Limited
Unit 12, Le Sanalele Business Complex
PO Box No 1650
Phone: +685-23 995
AVAC services include:
• pre-lodgement enquiries
• visa lodgement
• application tracking
• return of decisions/passports
For more information, including forms and checklists, please visit the official TT Services website at www.ttsaustralia.com
For further information about visas and immigration, please see www.fiji.embassy.gov.au/suva/Visas and Migration.html and www.border.gov.au