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Visitor/Tourist Visa

The purpose of the visitor visa (SC600) is to allow people to travel to Australia for tourism or business purposes, or to visit family, on a temporary basis. The minimum requirements for the Tourist stream of this visa are set out below:

TOURIST STREAM

For people travelling to Australia for a holiday or to visit family or friends.

As the visa applicant, you must:

Meet the relevant health and character criteria (this could include a requirement to obtain health insurance for the period of your stay in Australia)

BUSINESS VISITOR STREAM

For people travelling to Australia for short-term business purposes, such as a conference, negotiation or meeting.

As the visa applicant, you must:

Meet the relevant health and character criteria (this could include a requirement to obtain health insurance for the period of your stay in Australia)

SPONSORED FAMILY STREAM

For people travelling to Australia to visit family. Applicants for this visa must be sponsored by an eligible relative who lives in Australia.
Applicant Requirements
As the visa applicant, you must:
Sponsor Requirements
The person sponsoring your visit to Australia must:
Note :
In certain cases, an application for this visa MAY instead be sponsored by a Member of Parliament, or an authorised person representing a government department or instrumentality, or a local government mayor.

Other Visa

PERMISSIBLE ACTIVITIES ON VISITOR VISAS

In Visitor visa you can travel or visit family or friends in Australia or enjoy holidays in Australia.

As it is a visitor’s visa / Tourist visa there are no work rights in this visa.

SECURITY BOND
IF REQUIRED, your sponsor must also pay a security bond (usually between A$5000 and A$15,000). This will be refunded to your sponsor provided you comply with your visa conditions and leave Australia before your visa expires.

Features of the Visitor visa (subclass 600)

This visa lets you visit Australia:

The base application charge for this visa ranges from AUD190 (offshore) to AUD475 (onshore).

If you hold a certain passport, you might be able to apply for a free or cheaper visa.

The eVisitor (subclass 651) visa is free. You must be a passport holder of a certain country.

The Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601) visa has an AUD20 service charge. You must be a passport holder of a certain country.

Requirements
You might be able to get this visa if you are travelling to Australia:

If you are in Australia you can apply for the Tourist stream of the Visitor visa online provided you currently have a valid visa that does not have condition 8503 imposed.

If you are outside Australia only certain passport holders can apply for this visa online.

If you cannot apply online, you can lodge a paper application.

What this visa lets you do

This visa lets you come to Australia for a holiday or to visit family and friends. We will tell you how many times you can enter Australia on this visa:

Visa conditions

No further stay condition (includes 8503, 8534 and 8535)

If you hold a visa with condition 8503, 8534 or 8535 and have not been able to depart Australia as planned, you can request to waive this condition if your visa will expire in less than 4 weeks.

Condition 8531 (must not remain in Australia beyond the period of stay permitted by the visa)

If you hold a visa with condition 8531 and have not been able to depart Australia as planned, you should apply for a further visa before your current visa expires. If you apply for a new visa you may be eligible to be granted a bridging visa that will keep you lawful in Australia until a decision is made on your visa application.

Condition 8558 (must not stay in Australia for more than 12 months in any 18 month period)

If you hold a visa with condition 8558 and have not been able to depart Australia as planned, you should apply for a further visa before your current visa expires. If you apply for a new visa you may be eligible to be granted a bridging visa that will keep you lawful in Australia until a decision is made on your visa application.

INVITATION LETTER FOR TOURIST VISA

If you intend to invite someone for a visit to Australia, you may write a letter explaining your and the applicant(s) situation. Your letter must include the following information about the person being invited (applicant):

To find out whether you qualify for a visitor visa, get in touch with our Visitor visa Expert by booking appointment.

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