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1. Posted by Dodger (Respected Member, 859 posts) 14 Jun '08 16:20

Is there always a charge for the ETA visa on a UK citizen? I keep coming up with sites that want $20 for the application.

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator, 3529 posts) 14 Jun '08 17:52

yes, there is always a charge. Try the official immigration site as this is likely to be the cheapest.

http://www.eta.immi.gov.au/

3. Posted by Dodger (Respected Member, 859 posts) 14 Jun '08 18:26

Quoting bex76

yes, there is always a charge. Try the official immigration site as this is likely to be the cheapest.

http://www.eta.immi.gov.au/

Ah ok, yeah I found that one, but when it said the service was run by an independent company I wondered if it was free somewhere else. So basically its and Australian tourist tax!

4. Posted by SOMV (Budding Member, 55 posts) 15 Jun '08 04:52

The ETA is a "free visa" but the DIAC website charges a AUD$20 admin/processing fee. There are cheaper ETAs available online. I can say proudly that the company I work for - sortoutmyvisa.com - offers the cheapest one at £5 per visa. :)

5. Posted by mojorob (Moderator, 1042 posts) 15 Jun '08 05:41

Quoting SOMV

The ETA is a "free visa" but the DIAC website charges a AUD$20 admin/processing fee. There are cheaper ETAs available online. I can say proudly that the company I work for - sortoutmyvisa.com - offers the cheapest one at £5 per visa. :)

If I were looking round for sorting out an ETA, I would probably be inclined not to use this website for a couple of reasons, mainly being there's no postal address (apart from a PO Box), and the domain has been registered as a "private" registration meaning no details there. Also as they're only affiliates with MIA, and not MARA registered migration agents there isn't really any information you can obtain from that route (not that you need to go with a migration agent for a simple ETA, that really kicks in on other kinds of visas).

All in all, you don't really know who you are dealing with when you're giving your passport details to them over an unsecure (i.e. http rather than https) connection.

6. Posted by Dodger (Respected Member, 859 posts) 15 Jun '08 15:11

Quoting mojorob

Quoting SOMV

The ETA is a "free visa" but the DIAC website charges a AUD$20 admin/processing fee. There are cheaper ETAs available online. I can say proudly that the company I work for - sortoutmyvisa.com - offers the cheapest one at £5 per visa. :)

If I were looking round for sorting out an ETA, I would probably be inclined not to use this website for a couple of reasons, mainly being there's no postal address (apart from a PO Box), and the domain has been registered as a "private" registration meaning no details there. Also as they're only affiliates with MIA, and not MARA registered migration agents there isn't really any information you can obtain from that route (not that you need to go with a migration agent for a simple ETA, that really kicks in on other kinds of visas).

All in all, you don't really know who you are dealing with when you're giving your passport details to them over an unsecure (i.e. http rather than https) connection.

Its interesting that her nick here is an acronym for the company she so proudly works for too. Not that is a bad thing to tout your company, but you bring up valid points of concern, that would be nice if she'd address.

Personally I dont think I know of anytime that a passport number has been used in a scam, but handing over credit card info to this company could be a problem.

7. Posted by mojorob (Moderator, 1042 posts) 15 Jun '08 16:48

Quoting Dodger

Personally I dont think I know of anytime that a passport number has been used in a scam, but handing over credit card info to this company could be a problem.

Anything that is personal identifiable information can be used for identity fraud, especially as you're giving out your full name and date of birth along with passport information!

8. Posted by Dodger (Respected Member, 859 posts) 17 Jun '08 16:07

I just used these guys http://www.australia-visa.net/Payments/index.php?eta they charge $16AUD, and I was able to use my paypal account to pay.

The company Bex was talking about makes you agree to a huge privacy agreement which really seemed very invasive just for a visa app. Basically gave them the right to look into all your computer history.

9. Posted by mojorob (Moderator, 1042 posts) 17 Jun '08 16:14

Quoting Dodger

Basically gave them the right to look into all your computer history.

Not sure if I read the privacy statement at www.eta.immi.gov.au in the same way as you. Are you referring to the part about in the unlikely event of an investigation and they have a warrant?

10. Posted by Dodger (Respected Member, 859 posts) 17 Jun '08 16:19

Quoting mojorob

Quoting Dodger

Basically gave them the right to look into all your computer history.

Not sure if I read the privacy statement at www.eta.immi.gov.au in the same way as you. Are you referring to the part about in the unlikely event of an investigation and they have a warrant?

No, go back and read it again, but whatever dude, you seem to be on a mission to prove something, so go for it.