Australia has a range of different types of visitor visas depending on your nationality. They also have online and paper application lodgement options.

VisaAide specialises in complex visitor visa issues such as having convictions, exclusions periods, previous refused applications, partners living in Australia, and much more.

If you feel your application may have some complications, speak to one of our consultants first.

 

In New Zealand

If you are currently in New Zealand, cannot apply online, and want to apply for an Australian visa yourself, please see below our free guide on how to lodge a paper visa application in New Zealand.

 

 

Visa Options

 

Visitor – Subclass 600

The 600 has multiple streams that you can apply for. The Tourist, Sponsored Family and Approved Destination Status (ADS) streams (Visas in this stream are only granted to nationals of the PRC but not Hong Kong and Macau) are designed to allow the holder to travel for the purpose of tourism or other recreational activities such as:

  • holidays or sightseeing
  • social or recreational reasons
  • visiting relatives or friends
  • studying for less than three months
  • other short-term, non-work purposes.

The Business Visitor stream is designed for:

  • making general business or employment enquiries
  • investigating, negotiating, entering into or reviewing a business contract
  • activities relating to official government to government visits and
  • participation in a conference, trade fair or seminar unless there is payment for participation.

Visitor visas can allow multiple travel and allow stays of 3, 6 or 12 months. Generally, business visitor visas allow a stay of up to 3 months.

Processing times can vary but are usually around 5-30 working days.

 

 

ETA Subclass 601

An ETA allows the holder to enter Australia for up to three months at a time as a tourist or for business visitor purposes. Only certain nationalities are eligible for an ETA which stands for Electronic Travel Authority. Most applications are processed within one business day.

To apply for an ETA (Subclass 601) online, you must be outside of Australia and hold a passport from one of the following countries or regions:

Brunei – Darussalam Canada Hong Kong (SAR PRC)
Japan Korea, Rep of (South) Malaysia
United States Singapore

 

eVisitor Subclass 651

An eVisitor visa allows the holder to enter Australia for up to three months on each visit during a 12-month period. Most applications are processed within one business day.

You may be eligible for an eVisitor if you:

  • intend to visit Australia only temporarily for tourism or business visitor purposes
  • are outside Australia
  • hold an eVisitor-eligible passport
  • are free of tuberculosis when you enter Australia
  • have not been convicted of an offence or offences for which the total sentence is more than 12 months (whether or not the sentence has been served). Please note that you should apply for a different type of visa if you have convictions.

 

Business visitor activities include:

  • making general business or employment enquiries
  • investigating, negotiating, signing or reviewing a business contract
  • activities carried out as part of an official government-to-government visit
  • participating in trade fairs, seminars or conferences, as long as you are not being paid by the organisers for your participation.

To apply for an eVisitor (subclass 651) online, you must be outside of Australia and hold a passport from one of the following countries or regions:

Andorra Austria Belgium
Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus
Czech Republic Denmark Finland
France Germany Greece
Hungary Iceland Ireland, Rep of
Italy Latvia Liechtenstein
Lithuania Luxembourg Malta
Monaco The Netherlands Norway
Poland Romania Republic of San Marino
Slovak Republic Slovenia Spain
Sweden Switzerland Taiwan*
United Kingdom** Vatican City

 

* Taiwan Passports must not purport to be official passports or diplomatic passports.

** United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Passports must indicate that the applicant’s nationality is British Citizen or British National (Overseas)

 

FAQs

What are biometrics?

Biometrics is a part of your identity and is used to combat fraud. Your photo and fingerprints are taken, usually with a Visa Application Centre.

If you are required to provide your biometrics, you will be advised once you have lodged your visa application centre.

In most cases, you would need to make an online booking with your nearest Visa Application Centre or Biometrics Collection Centre.

 

What is a Visa Application Centre?

These centres, commonly known as AVACs, are private companies who carry out the application lodgement services and biometric collections on behalf of the Australian government.

Please note that the staff at the AVAC can not provide immigration advice such selecting the correct visa for you to apply for.