This does sound a good idea - that people on the Western Side of Viti Levu can have a close-by office to put in their applications for visa to go to Australia for a visit, etc. An office in downtown Suva is also a very good idea - out of the rain and sun! The present situation isn't comfortable waiting in a long line along the roadside.
from Fiji Village this afternoon:
Aust High Comm to open visa applications centres in Suva/Lautoka
Publish date/time: 14/09/2011 [17:09]
People will no longer line up outside the Australian High Commission in Suva in the sunny or rainy conditions as the High Commission has now decided to have a new visa application process. A spokesperson at the Australian High Commission said the Australian government has announced the introduction of Australian Visa Application Centres in Fiji.
This system will start from the 26th of this month with the centre in Suva at the Mid City Mall operational from that day. There will be two application centres located in Suva and Lautoka providing more convenient access to immigration and citizenship services. The establishment of a second point in Lautoka will be a first in Fiji, providing greater access to the people in the Western division.
The High Commission said the new application centres will also offer extended operating hours. The opening hours will be 8.30am to 4.30pm from Monday to Friday.
An application service fee of $40 will be applicable.
The High Commission said all applications will continue to be assessed and decided by the immigration section of the Australian High Commission.
Story by: Vijay Narayan