I am an Indian passport holder and have applied for Australian transit visa 10 days ago. It has not been granted yet. Processing time for Australian visas is 6-8 days.
I have to travel to Port Vila, Vanuatu, via Singapore and Brisbane, Australia. I have a 3.5-hour layover in Australia. I'm leaving the day after tomorrow. So, basically, I have one day left to get my visa.
What should be my course of action if I do not get my visa tomorrow? Can I show the proof of application for a transit visa from the Australian home affairs website? Will the authorities at the airport have a database of applications and their status?
The immigration website says that you may not need a transit visa if you are transiting through Australia for not more than 8 hours and not leaving the transit area. Does it apply for everyone?
I have to collect my baggage from one airline and check-in to another airline in Brisbane. Do I have to leave the transit area for that, if the 8-hour thing applies for me?