DO I NEED A VISA TO ENTER AUSTRALIA?
Unless you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, you will need a valid Australian visa to enter the country. New Zealand passport holders can apply for a visa upon arrival in the country. All other passport holders must apply for a visa before leaving home. You can apply for a range of visas, including tourist visas and working holiday visas, at your nearest Australian Embassy or Consulate. You can also apply for certain types of visas on the Australian Department of Home Affairs website.
General Requirements for an Australian Visa
Persons who want to get visas to Australia must first meet the Australian character requirements. You must prove that they have no criminal records for at least a year. You might also have to provide a police certificate to support your claim. Apart from the Australian character requirements, there are certain important documents that would be needful in order to apply for an Australian visa. They include:
- An Australian visa application form.
- An International Passport or travel document valid for at least 6 months after the expiry of your visa. N:B: Your passport must have at least two unused page for entry/departure visa endorsements.
- A proof of the Australia visa application fee payment (An original receipt).
- A 29mmx34mm, coloured passport with white background.
- Financial documents to provide that you can financially sustain yourself in Australia.
These documents might include– six-month bank statements- proof of earnings or the financial document of a guardian in Australia that has sufficient resources to financially support you.
- Letter of Introduction
- Marriage certificate
- Children birth certificate (if any)
- Proof of ownership
- Family pictures
- Tax clearance
Most of the documents cut across all the different types of Australian Visas. Original documents are mandatory for your application. Additional documents vary per visa type.
Australian Visa Types
Australian visas have the conventional categories, enlisting the available Australian visa types. These categories include the short-term visas and the work visas. We’ve taken out time to compile useful information about these visa types so that you have all you need to know and make a seamless choice. Find them below:
These are visas issued for a short period of time, conventionally between three to six months. They are also usually issued to visitors, tourist, individuals traveling for businesses, and those traveling through Australia. They include the following:
- Visitors Visa: This lets you into Australia, for visits, business purposes for up to three, six or twelve months. It should be noted that you aren’t allowed to use this visa for work purposes, as there is a different visa for that.
- Transit Visa
- Electronic Travel Authority: This is issued for short-term visits for tourism or business purposes, but is only available to passport holders from certain countries, location, or region. Most of the electronic travel authority visas are issued online between the Australian Department of Immigration and travel consultants, airlines, or specialist service providers.
- eVisitor: This is a free visa if you are an eligible passport holder outside Australia, and you wish to work in Australia or visit for business or tourism.
This is predominately for individuals who have a particular skill set in high demand in Australia, and the Australian Government or a key employer is willing to have you come over. To be eligible for this, then you must do the following:
- Apply for a skill select visa: Here, skilled workers and business people interested in migrating to Australia are been considered for a skilled visa by the applicant submitting an “Expression of Interest” (EOI) through skill select. An EOI is an indication that you would like to be considered for a skilled visa. It is not to be mistaken for a visa application.
- You can apply for a temporary work (skilled) visa. Applying for this indicates that you wish to travel to Australia to work in a nominated occupation for an approved employer for up to ten years.
Australia Visa Fees
Electronic Travel Authority visa (subclass 601)
This visa allows you to visit Australia as many times as you want, for up to a year, and stay for three months each visit. This visa is available to passport holders from a number of countries and regions, who live outside Australia. There is no visa application charge for an ETA, however a $20 service charge applies for online applications only.