Visitors

Foreign nationals who wish to travel to Australia for tourism or business purposes must obtain a Visitor Visa.

There are a number of temporary Visitor visa options to choose from. These options include –

  • Subclass 601 Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) Visa
  • Subclass 600 Visitor Visa (Tourist Stream)
  • Subclass 600 Visitor Visa (Sponsored Family Stream)
  • Subclass 600 Visitor Visa (Business Visitor Stream)
  • Subclass 651 eVisitor Visa
  • Subclass 417 Working Holiday Visa
  • Subclass 462 Work and Holiday Visa

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Subclass 601 (Electronic Travel Authority) Visa

The subclass 601 ETA visa allows the visa holder to enter Australia for a maximum of three months during each visit. Applicants must be outside of Australia to apply and hold a passport from a specified country.

You cannot apply for a Subclass 601 ETA visa with a non-citizen passport, certificate of identity or another travel document.

Subclass 600 Visitor Visa (Tourist Stream)

The subclass 600 Visitor visa allows visa holders to visit Australia as a tourist 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

Subclass 600 Visitor Visa (Sponsored Family Stream)

The subclass 600 Visitor visa under the Sponsored Family stream allows visa holders who are sponsored by a family member to enter Australia to visit their family members. This stream is similar to the Tourist stream, but it includes –

  • a formal sponsorship requirement
  • a mandatory ‘no further application’ condition 8503
  • a mandatory condition requiring that the applicant leave Australia within the stay period of the visa on which they entered Australia (condition 8531), and
  • payment of a security bond.

Subclass 600 Visitor visa (Business Visitor Stream)

The subclass 600 visitor visa under the Business Visitor stream allows visa holders to visit Australia for business visitor activities.

The type of ‘Business Visitor Activity’ that a visa holder can engage in includes –

  • 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.

This Business Visitor stream excludes the Subclass 600 visa holder:

  • from working for or supplying services to an organisation or person in Australia
  • from supplying services or direct selling goods to the public (retail) or
  • from entering the Australian labour market or the retail trade.

Subclass 651 eVisitor Visa

The subclass 651 eVisitor visa allows visa holders to visit Australia for up to three months at a time within a 12 month period. Visa holders can visit Australia for either tourism or business purposes.

The subclass 651 visa does not attract a visa application fee and is only available to certain specified passport holders (see list above).

Subclass 417 Working Holiday Visa

The subclass 417 Working Holiday visa allows applicants who are aged between 18 and 30 years old, enter Australia for a period of 12 months for either work or holiday reasons.

Visa applicants must hold a passport from a specified country.

Subclass 417 (Working Holiday) visa holders can obtain their second year Working Holiday visa if they have carried out at least 3 months of ‘specified work’ in regional Australia.

Subclass 462 Work and Holiday Visa

The subclass 417 Working Holiday visa allows applicants who are aged between 18 and 30 years old, enter Australia for a period of 12 months for either work or holiday reasons.

Visa applicants must hold a passport from a specified country.

Subclass 462 (Work and Holiday) visa holders can obtain their second year Working Holiday visa if they have carried out at least 3 months of ‘specified work’ in regional Australia.

From 1 July 2019 – Subclass 417 visa holders who carry out 6 months of specified work in regional Australia whilst on their second Working Holiday (Subclass 417) visa or Work and Holiday (Subclass 462) may be eligible to apply for a third Subclass 417 Working Holiday visa.