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Visitor Visas - subclass 600 (Effective 23 March 2013)
The Australian Embassy Visa Office endeavours to finalise a high percentage of visitor visa applications within our standard processing times
Visitor visas will only be given priority if there are exceptional circumstances. The visa office must be fair to all applicants as bringing forward processing of one application disadvantages others who may have equally compelling circumstances.
The Visitor visa is for the temporary entry of people for tourism or business visitor purposes. There are two streams which can be applied for outside Australia:
Tourist stream: For people to visit Australia temporarily for a holiday, to visit relatives or friends or for other short-term non-work purposes, including study for less than three months.
Business Visitor stream: For applicants seeking to engage in business visitor activities including:
• making general business or government enquiries,
• contract negotiations,
• government visits
• attending conferences, seminars, job interviews or professional examinations.
(Note: The Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (subclass 400) is the appropriate visa for:
o Performing work for organisations or persons based in Australia
o Sales of good or services directly to the general public (retail activity)
Certain passport holders are also eligible to apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or eVisitor.
Tourist stream: Form 1419
Business Visitor Stream: Form 1415
Additional Information: Tourist Stream and Business Visitor Stream applicants
The Visa Office has identified additional information visa applicants may provide when they lodge Tourist Stream and Business Visitor Stream visa applications. The provision of the identified information is not mandatory, but may assist in the processing of a visa application.
Applicants can download the Additional Information document, complete it and submit it, with the additional requested or identified information with all their Visa Application form and other support documentation.
Special medical requirements
In circumstances where a known health condition exists an applicant may be requested to do further medical checks. Processing times may vary significantly than advertised service standards.
1. Clients Over 75 years of Age?
2. Client seeking to stay in Australia for 3 or more months
See: Health requirements
Fees and Charges
See: Fees and Charges