Australian visit visa -
Six points to note
2 December 2019
Are you considering the possibility of visiting Australia in the near future? We thought it might be helpful to highlight six key points in relation to acquiring a visit visa for one of the most unique destinations on the planet.
Six points to note
- Australian visit visas are designed for temporary stay (i.e. for tourism or temporary business purposes).
- Nationals of certain countries can file their application online and secure a decision within a matter of days. Those not eligible to apply online can apply in paper format through an embassy or consulate although this route does take longer – approximately 20 working days.
- As a business visitor, individuals can make general business and employment enquiries, investigate, negotiate, enter into or review a business contract, take part in a conference, trade fair or seminar (although the organiser cannot pay you to take part). You also cannot work for or provide services to a business or organisation based in Australia, and/or sell goods or services directly to the public.
- If eligible, nationals from the a number of countries may apply for an electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) to visit Australia. These include visitors from United Kingdom, United States and Canada. The eTA is free; however, a service fee may apply. 90% of eTA applications are processed in one day and, once issued, granted for 12 months.
- Whilst some countries have a reciprocal healthcare agreement with Australia, visitors are recommended to take out health insurance to cover any unforeseen medical treatment they might need in Australia.
- You must be of good character to visit or live in Australia. This means applicants must pass their character test. When filing for a visa application, applicants are advised to truthfully answer all questions and declare all criminal conduct they have engaged in.
If you’re unclear about any aspect of the entry requirements or you need further reassurance, contact the team at Smith Stone Walters.