I am in Canada and tried applying for the ETA for Australia online. It was deferred and I waited 12 hours to find out that it was not approved.

My flight is in 3 days, is there any way to get an ETA or a visa in time?

I'm a Canadian citizen and my flight is on the 13th of July.

  • Can you please add a few more details, like your nationality and the time you expect to be in Australia/
    – Willeke
    Jul 10, 2015 at 17:47
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    Did it say why you weren't approved ?
    – blackbird
    Jul 10, 2015 at 19:08
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    you applied 4 days before your flight? They say to do it two weeks in advance. They might have refused just because of the short notice. I suggest you contact them (eg through border.gov.au/Trav/Visa/Immi/immiaccount-technical-support-form ) asap Jul 10, 2015 at 20:35
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    @insidesin Mark may be hoping to entice the OP back to give an update/answer.
    – mkennedy
    Sep 10, 2015 at 18:01
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    And even if it's not relevant to the OP any more and he doesn't return, it could be useful to future readers.
    – Mark Mayo
    Sep 14, 2015 at 14:11

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Since ETA is no longer an option, the fastest option is to apply for a Subclass 600 Australian visa, also known as a Visitor visa. The official processing time at the Australian consulate in Canada is 4 weeks, with no expedited option available.

Unless you are in a true emergency (such a death of a relative), you will have to postpone your trip.

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