Short Term Visa | Australia Border & Immigration

If you are considering travelling to Australia as tourist, spend holidays, visiting family or friends or attend business meeting, apply for visit visa of Australia as it is one of the fastest and cost effective route that meets your short term personal or business needs.

Note:- Applicants visiting Australia for medical purposes need to apply for Medical Treatment visa (subclass 602).

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants are eligible for this visa if purpose of your stay in Australia is one the mentioned above and duration of the stay is short term. Applicants need to have valid travel document / passport.

How to apply

Interested applicants can apply on line for visitor visa by online application submission. Generally, applications are invited from three different routes i.e. (1) application from within Australia, (2) applications from outside Australia and (3) applications from People’s Republic of China who need to apply through authorized travel agent Visitor Visa (subclass 600) Frequent Traveller stream visa.

Applicable streams of visit visa

1- Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601)

Through this visa a visa holder can visit Australia for more than one time and can reside for up to three months for business purposes. Visa validity is one year. Applicants from outside Australia and passport holder of any particular state are eligible to apply for subclass 601 visa. Processing time is one day.

There is no cost for visa, however, applicants are charged AUD $20 for online

2- eVisitor (subclass 651)

eVisitor visa is multiple entry visa that lets applicants visit Australia for business purposes for up to one year with maximum three months stay on each visit. Applicants interested to apply for this visa must reside outside Australia when applying for this visa and should have a passport of an eligible country. Australian border agencies, airlines and travel agents are allowed to provide e-visitor visa.

Processing time of this visa is 1 to 3 business days. There are no charges for e-visitor visa (subclass 651)

3- Visitor visa (subclass 600)

This visa is granted for visit Australia for business purposes, attending seminars and conferences. Visitor Visa remains valid for 12 months, while processing time of the visa depends upon the visa stream.

The base application charge for this visa ranges from AUD135 to AUD1000. Follow the link Application Charge to see latest fee schedule.

4- Tourist stream

Tourist stream visa is granted to the applicants who are interested in visiting Australia to see their family or friends for a short-term period without any job or work intention. Applicants are allowed to be enrolled in a study program for less than three months.

5- The Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (subclass 400)

The Temporary Work visa is issued to the workers employed in Australian based organisations, or to the persons providing services or selling goods to the people on retail prices. Certain passport holders are also eligible to apply for a Visitor visa online.

6- Transit Visa

To apply for Transit Visa, applicants must be passing through Australia on their way to another country or to join ship as crew member.

Applicants need to have travel document showing trip to third country within 72 hours of landing in Australia or for crew members, ‘Statement form vessel or shipping / handling agent’ is required in addition to the outbound travel ticket and valid passport.


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