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VISA Application Guidelines

Guidelines for Visa Requirements


Below are the basic requirements for visa application .  Note that all documents must be certified true copy of the original




  • A completed application form – Business Stream

             Note:  Make sure to tick the purpose of stay is

                         Business visit for meetings, conferences or negotiations (not to work)


  • The base application charge for the Visitor Subclass 600 (business stream) visa ranges from AU$130.
  • If you hold a certain eligible passport like Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, USA  you need to apply for a visa Subclass 601 or Electronic Travel Authority $20.00.
  • Other European passport holders may be eligible to apply for a free visa Subclass 651


Your identity: (Certified True Copy)

  • Passport Biodata page
  • Passport Size Photo
  • Birth Certificate
  • Evidence of the name change


Character requirements:

  • Military service record or discharge papers (if applicant served in the armed forces)
  • Other character requirements listed on application form


Health requirement:

  • Be free of Tuberculosis
  • Other health requirements as listed on the application form

Documents to show you are a visitor (Certified True Copy)

  • Evidence of sufficient funds, bank account statement, pay slips, credit card limit, business bank statement, taxation records, audited accounts, car registration
  • Additional letter of invitation from classmates, friends or relative.  Indicate if they can provide accommodation during your stay in Australia.
  • Itinerary: Mapua World 2015 activities plus other tours and activities you plan to do while in Australia
  • Current Employment (certificate of employment)
  • Incentive and authority to return to home country
    • letter from employer stating that you will continue to perform your duties after the approved leave of absence
    • evidence of enrolment at school in home country
    • evidence of immediate family members in home country 
    • evidence of visa or residence status in home country and right to return
    • evidence of property or other significant assets owned in home country


Visa Applicants under the age of 18 years of age:

  • A ‘Consent to grant an Australian visa to a child under the age of 18 years’ (form 1229) must be completed where children under 18 years of age intend to travel to Australia, without an accompanying parent or parents. See


Additional documents:

  • Letter of invitation from Mapua Alumni Australia (MAA)
  • MW2015 Official Receipt
  • MW2015 Schedule of Events and Activities



For more information:

Visa Application Requirements Handout July 2014 (final).pdf

Business Factsheet - Events July 2014 (final)


Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any question regarding visa application.



Why is MW2015 being held in September?

Deciding which month to hold MW2015 was no mean feat because Sydney is a place you would not want to leave no matter the season.  But spring is always a lovely time in Sydney (and Australia, in general) and here down under, spring starts on the 1st of September. Spring is normally the driest season in Sydney and September boasts of very comfortable sunny days with temperature averaging at 20C (68ᵒF).  Evenings are a bit cooler at 10ᵒC (50ᵒF).  The Sydney Olympics Games 2000 were held in September to take advantage of such a pleasant weather. 

The MW2015 Committee consulted with Business Events Sydney (BES), a not-for-profit partnership between the New South Wales Government and the private sector and which is responsible for promoting Sydney as a business events destination.  BES advised that being a few months away from the busy Christmas season gives September the advantage of lower airfare and cheaper local travel and accommodation. Also, September is the month of festivities with flower shows, free outdoor art exhibitions, cultural festivals and a rich selection of theatrical performances, just to name a few.  In fact, a walk in any of the numerous city parks is exhilarating enough.

While the mid September schedule is too early for a number of attendees who may be planning to take side travels to neighbouring countries via ocean cruise which usually starts in October, local tourist and scenic spots are truly worthwhile alternatives.   Australia is the only continent nation in the world and its vast breathtaking natural landscapes with unique flora and fauna are hard to pass up if you are a seasoned traveller.

Who can attend?

All Mapua alumni, their families and friends are welcome to attend MapuaWorld 2015.


Event sponsors, donors are welcome to attend MW2015.

How much is the full registration fee per person?

Event Fee before  10 March 2015 – Aus $185

Event Fee starting 11 March 2015 – A$210

What is included in the full registration fee?


The following are included in the full registration fee per person :

      1.     Id card and souvenir program

      2.     Souvenir item

      3.     Individual Ticket to the following (includes food):     

           a.     meet and greet nite

           b.    Gala Dinner

           c.     Seminar         

           d.  Family Day out - Picnic






What are the events and dress code for each event

There are 4 events in MW2015:

1.     Meet and Greet night  

      Dress code - smart casual

2.     Gala Dinner – highlight event of MW2015

Dress Code – formal

3.     Seminar –

Dress code - smart casual

  4.     Family Picnic Day –

Dress Code - casual

Can I or any of my guests attend certain events only?

Your full registration fee covers all events.

You have the option to attend all or just certain events.

How do I register?

Register online  through MW2015 website

How do I pay?

Pay either by:


  1.   Within Australia: Electronic fund transfer, bank deposit in person, or cash to MAA Treasurer
  2.  Outside Australia: Pay via PayPal or through any global remittance company in your country of    residence


When is the last day of registration ?

Last day of full registration for MW2015 event is

 10 June 2015

What accommodations are available?

Check MW2015 website under Accommodations to find out options on where one can stay in Sydney before, during or after the event

Where can I pick up my convention kit?

All fully paid delegates will be provided a convention kit. This will be provided from the first day of event from the Registration committee. There will be a designated pick up point for the kit

What other events/tours can I join?

Aside from the 4 events included in the full registration fee, there will be other events or tours that will be organised by MW2015 committee. These will be posted in the MW2015 website.


You will need to pay separately for these tours.

How do I find my way in Sydney?

Check out this site to find out how you can explore Sydney and around New South Wales by public transport.

What can I do while in Sydney?

Check out these sites to find out about tours and exploring Sydney and NSW:

MapuaWorld 2015 Convention and Grand Reunion
10 - 13 September 2015|Sydney, Australia


Dear All,



By now most of you have gone back to work, trying to shake off the jetlag and probably have difficulty remembering the delegate you met in Sydney. I have never met a lot of ex-Mapuans in my life, let alone make so many friends in 4 days but this event has given me the opportunity to feel the true spirit of MapuaWorld by renewing old bonds, forming new friendships, establishing communication networks and above all, enjoying each other’s company and having great fun just like the good old days.



We hope that by hosting this great event, Mapua Alumni Australia now has a special place in everyone's heart.



We thank you all for the great support, the friendship, the laughter, the cherished memories.  We shall remember these for a long time, at least until the next MapuaWorld.



We have updated our MW2015 Sydney website:



Should you wish to give us any feedback, you are most welcome to send in your message or testimonial.  Your comments will greatly assist future hosts of MW.



Best regards,


Randy Tangonan, Met '81
Chairman, MW2015