Visitor Visa Australia

How To Get An Australian Visitor Visa

Australia is a fantastic place to visit because of its wonderful weather, beautiful landscape, and friendly communities. If you want to visit the land down under for a cruise, a vacation, or just to see friends and family, you’ll need to apply for a visitor visa.

A visitor visa is a broad term that refers to several different temporary visas that allow you to stay in Australia for a limited time. Depending on your specific needs and reasons for visiting, the Australian government will grant visitor visas for the following purposes:

  • travel and leisure activities
  • pay a visit to Australian friends or family members
  • receive medical consultations or treatments
  • conduct general business activities
  • Am I eligible for a visitor visa?
To apply for a visitor visa, you must:
  • be a genuine visitor
  • fund your entire stay in Australia
  • be able to afford your departure from Australia
  • meet the Australian government’s health and character requirements.

Since visitor visas are only granted to genuine visitors, this type of visa will not allow you to work in Australia.

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Which visitor visa should I apply for?

Overseas visitors can apply for one of several visitor visa subclasses available. However, to speed up your application, it is best to clarify the objective for your visit and apply for the appropriate visa. The Australian government will ultimately decide which type of visitor visa you are eligible for based on your reasons for visiting Australia.

Types of visitor visas in Australia

You can apply for a visitor visa while you are already in Australia. However, most visitor visas only have an online application process which you must complete and receive approval for before entering the country. We’ve listed four applicable visitor visas below.

Visitor Visa (Subclass 600)

This is the most extensive visitor visa subclass, with numerous streams that correspond to your specific reason for visiting Australia. These different categories include:

  • Tourist stream
  • Sponsored family stream
  • Business visitor stream
  • Approved Destination Status stream
  • Frequent traveller stream

Visitors with a People’s Republic of China passport are eligible for the Approved Destination Status and Frequent Traveller streams. These streams are primarily intended for PRC citizens who are visiting Australia as part of an organised tour group or who frequently visit Australia for various business purposes.

The subclass 600 visa allows visitors to stay in Australia for 3, 6, or 12 months in exceptional circumstances. If you want to remain in Australia for up to 12 months, you must provide a valid reason for your stay. The Australian government will then assess your situation before they grant you the requested period of time.

For this visa, you

  • must be in Australia when you begin your application process and when your visa is granted
  • must pay the $365 application fee, which excludes the cost of any necessary health checks or police clearances
  • must leave the country before your visa expires
  • cannot stay in Australia for more than 12 consecutive months within a 24-month period
  • This visitor visa also allows you to study or attend training courses for up to 3 months.
  • If you’d like to stay in Australia for longer than 12 months, you might like to consider applying for a permanent resident visa instead of an Australian tourist visa.

eVisitor (Subclass 651)

To apply for an eVisitor visa, you must have a valid foreign passport and be outside of Australia for the duration of the application process. The subclass 651 visa is similar to the subclass 600 tourist visa, as it allows you to:

  • visit friends or family members
  • go on a cruise within Australia
  • partake in business visitor activities
  • engage in tourist activities
  • study or attend training courses for up to 3 months

You will not be charged an application fee for this visa. The subclass 651 visa is a multi-entry visa with a 12-month validity period. This means you can leave and re-enter the country as often as you want, but you can only stay for three months at a time. This visa cannot be ‘renewed’. When it expires, you must apply for a new visa.

Electronic Travel Authority (Subclass 601)

To apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) visa, you must have a valid foreign passport and be outside of Australia for the duration of the application process. It is important to note that the application rules for an ETA visa are constantly changing as a result of recent COVID-19 restrictions.

The subclass 601 visa is similar to the subclass 600 tourist visa, as it allows you to:

  • visit friends or family members
  • go on a cruise within Australia
  • partake in business visitor activities
  • engage in tourist activities
  • study or attend training courses for up to 3 months

You will be charged a $20 application fee when you apply for this visa online. The subclass 601 visa is a multi-entry visa with a 12-month validity period. This means you can leave and re-enter the country as often as you want, but you can only stay for three months at a time. The ETA visa is digitally linked to your passport and it will become invalid if your passport expires during the validity period of the visa.

This visa cannot be ‘renewed’. When it expires, you must apply for a new visa.

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Medical Treatment Visa (Subclass 602)

To be eligible for a medical treatment visa, you must demonstrate to the Australian government that you will be able to cover all of your own medical expenses while in the country. You can apply for this visa from abroad or from within Australia. The subclass 602 visa will allow you to:

  • receive medical treatments or consultations in Australia
  • remain in Australia for the duration of your scheduled medical treatments or consultations
  • assist someone who is seeking medical treatment in Australia
  • study in Australia for up to 3 months

If you apply for the subclass 602 visa offshore, you will not be charged an application fee. But you will have to pay $315 if you apply from within Australia. The Australian government will assess your medical situation and decide whether you should be granted a single-entry or multiple-entry visa. With a single-entry visa, you will not be able to re-enter the country after you leave. If you are granted a multiple-entry visa, you will be able to re-enter Australia only once.

Need a visitor visa?

Nexor Education and Migration Services can assist you in obtaining a Visitor (Subclass 600) visa or an eVisitor (Subclass 651) visa. Our experts stay up to date on the latest changes to Australia’s visitor visa procedures to ensure that your visitor visa application meets the current legislative Australian Migration policy criteria. Call us to find out which visitor visa is best for you.

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