A Guide to Australia’s Visitor Visa Options

 

Australia offers various temporary visas that allow tourists, business visitors, and families to travel to Australia for short term stays ranging from 3 months to 1 year.

Tourist Visa (Subclass 600)

This visa is for international visitors who want to holiday, sightsee or visit family and friends in Australia. It allows stays of up to 12 months with multiple entries. Key features include:

  • Maximum 12 month stay on each entry
  • Multiple entries allowed during validity period
  • Permission to study for up to 3 months
  • Cannot work in Australia on this visa

Sponsored Family Visa (Subclass 679)

This family visa allows family members to visit their sponsors who are citizens, permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens living in Australia. It enables stays of up to 12 months. Key features:

  • Must have an eligible sponsor in Australia
  • Entry and stay of up to 12 months
  • Can study for up to 3 months
  • Work not allowed

Business Visitor Visa (Subclass 600)

This visa is for business visitors who need to travel to Australia for short business trips like meetings, negotiations, training or conferences. It enables stays of up to 3 months on each entry. Key features:

  • For short business visits of up to 3 months
  • Multiple entries allowed during validity period
  • Cannot work in Australia but can attend business events

To be granted any visitor visa, applicants must meet eligibility criteria like health, character and genuine temporary stay requirements. Visitor visa holders cannot work or undertake long term study in Australia. They provide an excellent opportunity to experience Australia through tourism, visiting family or short-term business.

 

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