Australia Tourist Visa
If you are a foreign national who wishes to visit Australia for a short term of fewer than 12 months, you need to apply for a Travel Visa. Based on the type of visit there are different Categories of Visitor Visa which includes:
- Visiting Family or Friends
- Sightseeing or Tourism
- Business activities include Conference, meeting or any business activities
- Medical Visitor getting medical consultation
Visitor Visa (Subclass 600)
Tourist stream (apply in Australia): Under these stream foreign nationals who want to visit Australia for the purpose of tourism or meeting friends or family excluding business activities and medical treatment can apply. This Visa lets you stay in Australia for up to 12 months. A person who is holding another Australian visa that about to expire can apply for this visa.
Tourist stream (apply outside Australia): Foreign nationals who are residing outside Australia can apply under this stream. This visa lets you go on a cruise and see your friends and family. Based on the need visa can be given for 3, 6, or 12 months.
Sponsored family stream: If you have a family member who is an Australian Citizen or permanent resident and if he/she is ready to sponsor you by paying the Australian security bond, you can apply for a visitor visa under this stream to meet you family members up to 12 months.
Business visitor stream: If you want to visit Australia for doing any business activities and stay in Australia for up to 3 months, You can apply under this stream. You can in and out of Australia as much as you want before the expiry of the visa.
Medical Treatment Visa (Subclass 602): If you need to travel to Australia for any medical reasons which include getting a consultation, Supporting a patient who already holds another Australian visa, or donating an organ can apply under this Subclass 602 visa.
Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)
If you are a foreign national under any of the listed countries you can apply for an ETA that is linked to your passport and give you the authorisation to enter Australia and do business activities. You cannot work using this visa.
Listed Foreign Countries:
- Brunei – Darussalam
- Hong Kong (SAR PRC)
- Korea, Rep of (South)
- The United States.
If your current Australian visa has expired and you are awaiting a new one, you should apply for a Bridging Visa so that you are not staying in Australia unlawfully.
Bridging Visa lets you remain in Australia while:
- process your substantive visa application, or
- you await a judicial or merits review
It will also have a defined travel period. You can leave Australia and re-enter on a bridging visa within this defined travel period. If you are in Australia when the travel period ends and you need to travel outside Australia again, you can apply for another Bridging Visa.
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