Planning a trip to Australia? Wondering about visas? We’ve got you covered! Learn the basics, like types of visas and how to apply, in our simple guide. No confusing jargon, just straightforward info to make your Aussie adventure stress-free. Ready to explore Down Under? Check out our easy tips! 🇦🇺✈️ #AustraliaTravel #VisaGuide
What is an Australian Visa?
An Australian Visa is permission to enter Australia for a specific period. Unlike other countries, Australia doesn’t stamp passports; instead, visa details are electronically recorded.
Do I Need a Visa?
Except for New Zealanders, everyone needs a visa. Short-term visits use eVisitor, ETA, or visitor visa, while long-term stays require specific visas.
Australia Visa Policy for New Zealanders:
New Zealanders get Special Category Visa (SCV) on arrival, eligible for permanent residency after 5 years.
How to Get an Australian Visa?
Apply online for eVisitor and ETA through the Department of Home Affairs or submit a paper application at an Embassy/Consulate.
Scan and attach electronic files for online applications; submit certified copies for paper applications.
When to Apply?
Tourist visa: a month before travel; eVisitor/ETA: about a week before; long-term visas: start early due to longer processing times.
Who Issues Visas?
Australian Department of Home Affairs assesses and decides all visa applications.
Australian Visa Types
Categories include visitor visas, study and training visas, parent visas, family visas, partner visas, humanitarian visas, bridging visas, work visas, business and investment visas, work and holiday visas, transit visa, and resident return visas.
Can I Appeal a Visa Refusal?
Appeal to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) within 7 to 28 days of rejection.
After Visa Approval:
Receive a Visa Grant Number, check details on VEVO system. No physical stamp on passport.
Varies by visa type: tourist stream – weeks to 4 months; long-term – months to over a year.
Mandatory for certain visas and countries.
Travel Health Insurance:
Required for long-term visas, advised for visitors.
Duration of Stay:
Tourists: up to 3 months; long-term visas: from a few months to 5 years.
Leaving and Returning :
No strict rules on leaving for ETA/eVisitor holders. Overstaying may lead to penalties.
Possible for some visas; apply two weeks before expiry.
After Visa Expiry:
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Leave Australia unless applying for another visa.
Varies by type: e.g., tourist stream – AUD 145; eVisitor/ETA – free (AUD 20 service fee), student visa – AUD 620.
Refunds and Withdrawals:
Rare refunds; withdrawal may get refund in specific circumstances.
Checking Visa Validity:
Use VEVO with TRN, Visa Grant Number, or Visa Evidence Number.
Checking Application Progress
Track online through ImmiAccount.
Payment Online applications:
credit/debit cards. Embassy/Consulate: follow office instructions.
Mistakes in Application:
Correct before submitting; after submission, may require resubmission and fee payment.
ÀUnderstanding Australia’s visa process involves selecting the right type, timely application, document submission, and adherence to rules for a smooth travel experience.