As per an advice by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) all the applicants who wish to travel to Australia under Sponsored Family Visitor category shall apply before Friday, 4 November 2011 to avoid a visa rush period. This announcement was made for people who want to go on a holiday to Australia in the period of December/January 2011/12. According to DIAC, the holiday period from December to January usually sees a vast number of sponsored family visitor visa applications lodged hence results in a huge rush. So, the potential applicants are encouraged to apply before the specified date. All the applications lodged till this date will be assessed and finalised by DIAC to be allowed for travel before 25, December wherever possible. However, some applications may be finalised after 25 December depending upon the documents submitted by the applicants. The DIAC is strongly encouraging applicants to adhere to given timelines but still applications lodged after this date will also be accepted. Applicants who have urgency in visiting Australia will be given priorities, no matter when they lodge their visa application. Also, the travellers are advised by DIAC to make firm travel arrangements only after they receive written confirmation of visa grant as chances are high that visa process can take longer than expected due to busyness of the period. To apply for Australian Visitor Visa refer Opulentus Overseas Careers.