So I went to the Australian High Commission yesterday to submit my application for Australian Tourist Visa. I’ve heard Australian visa is one of the hardest to get and the application process is quite complicated.
And I guess it’s true. The form is about 7-8 pages long. I’ve never filled in that much information for a visa application, not even for Schengen! Okay, maybe USA is an exception although I couldn’t remember how long the form was (I went there in 1997 and maybe it has changed now). Anyway I am just assuming because, you know, it’s difficult to obtain a US visa, so I assume the form is long or even longer than Aussie’s.
I reached the place at 08:35 and there was already a queue at the entrance (to take visitor’s pass). The sun was glaring without mercy and I was baked in no time. Thankfully there were only 4-5 people in front of me so it was still tolerable.
Then I had to surrender my iPhone (they don’t allow camera, camera phone, and laptop).
Okay so then I proceeded to enter the main building, went up to level 2, and took a queue number.
309. And they were serving queue number 301 that time. So okay lor, 8 people only.
So I waited and waited and finally it was my turn. I happily submitted my application form and all necessary documents. Oh, I didn’t have to leave my passport there because I have Singapore NRIC. Aussie doesn’t stick visa label on passports anymore since August 2012 anyway.
Then the lady told me to make a copy of ALL stamped pages in my passport. I didn’t know about this! It was not stated in the checklist they provided!
So okay lor, I went to the photocopy machine at the back of the area and noticed that there was no one manning it. It uses coins to operate AND we have to provide exact change because the machine doesn’t return coins. The fee was S$0.30 per page (A4). So if I put in a S$1 coin, I wouldn’t get any change though I could make 3 copies with it.
To my horror, I opened my wallet and saw a few pathetic coins summing up to S$1.60. Means I could only make 3 copies whereas I had to copy half of my passport! The only cash (other than those pathetic little coins) I had was a S$10 note.
There was a coin exchange machine besides the photocopier actually. It USED to accept $2, $5, and $10 notes, but as luck would have it, it doesn’t accept $10 notes anymore -_______-
I walked back to the lady at the counter and asked whether I could exchange my $10 note to smaller change. She said she doesn’t have small change and that I should ask the public for it.
Okay, fine. So I actually asked a lady whether I could exchange my note, but she didn’t have small change either. So she dig out whatever coins she had and she gave me a total of 80 cents. Then another lady sitting in front of her suddenly turned back and gave me 3 $1 coins! How nice of them! I wanted to gave her my $10 note actually but she insisted that I should just took up the coins. Thank you so much, ladies!! 😀
But that still wasn’t enough. I still need some more coins! So I went to another caucasian lady and asked whether she has small change for my $10 note, and yay! I managed to exchanged it with 5 $2 notes!
I desperately tried to insert a $2 note to the coin exchange machine but to no avail. It kept on spitting it out again. My note was not fake leh 😦
Hahahaha but anyway I have no idea why it happened. I called a staff and she said the machine is really sensitive, indeed. So then she went back into her office to search for coins (it took her quite a couple of minutes actually) and came back with a handful of coins for me. I gave her a $2 note as an exchange. YAY! Now it’s enough! So much for photocopying, huh? 😀
Now all I have to do is wait and pray that my koala visa application will be approved. 😀