Visa Guide: What You Need to Know Before Applying for a Carer Visa (Part 2)

Career Visa Application Process


  In one of our previous blog posts, we discussed the basic requirements for applying for a Carer visa. We provided answers to frequently asked questions, such as whether you’re eligible for a Carer visa and what documents do you need to prepare before lodging a Carer visa application. Now, we’re going to provide a detailed explanation of the application process.   Note: This post will discuss the process of applying for a Carer visa in the Philippines (subclass 116). The process of applying for a Carer visa in Australia (subclass 836) might be different.  

How to Apply for a Carer Visa: Step-by-Step Process


Step 1: Obtain all the necessary forms and information.

  You may download all the forms needed for a Carer visa application from the Department of Immigration and Border Protections’ (DIBP) website. Alternatively, you may get copies from the Visa Information and Application (VIA) Centre.  
What forms do you need to download?

Step 2: Complete the required forms.

  Read all the information provided in the application forms before filling them in.  You should fill in the Application Form 47OF, while your sponsor should fill in the Sponsorship Form 40. Make sure to provide complete and accurate information. It is strongly recommended that you keep copies of the sponsorship and application forms for your own records.  

Step 3: Gather all supporting documents.

  We’ve listed down all the required documents in our previous blog post here.   Once assessment of your application is completed, your case officer will provide you with a written request for the following:
  • NBI Certificate
(Required from all applicants aged 16 years and above, the clearance should be marked “Valid for Travel to Australia” and should include a dry seal and a valid thumbprint)
  • Health Examination Receipt
(Required from the primary applicants and all your dependents and should come from an approved Panel Doctor)
  • Penal Clearances
(From other countries where you’ve stayed for more than a year within the last ten years)
  • Second Visa Application Charge
(For each migrating family member)  

Step 4: Lodge the application.


In-Person Application

You may lodge your application in-person or by a representative through the Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC). The centre is opened Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. They are closed during public holidays. Although you may go to the visa application centre as a walk-in applicant, it is strongly recommended that you make an appointment to avoid a long queue and waiting time. To make an appointment, you may call (632) 790-4900 or send an email to  

Australian Visa Application Centres in the Philippines

  Metro Manila VFS Global Services Philippines Private Inc. Mezzanine Floor Unit M01, Ecoplaza Building, 2305 Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City, Metro Manila 1231 Operating Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–3 p.m.   Metro Cebu VFS Global Services Philippines Private Inc. 9th Floor, Keppel Center, Unit 905, Samar Loop cor. Cardinal Rosales Avenue, Cebu Business Park, Cebu City 6000 Operating Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.  

Courier Application

You may also apply by courier by sending a request for a Two-Way or One-Way Courier Pick-Up. You may do so by calling the visa information call centre or by sending the request through email.   Visa Information Call Centre (632) 790-4900 Operating Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Email:       References:

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