Visitor Visas

For current visa fees and charges see the Fees and charges for visas page produced by the Department of Home Affairs. This page contains a visa Pricing Estimator as well as a visa pricing table, which is divided into the following categories: visit, study, work, live, other and repealed or closed visas.

The visitor visa stream is designed for people who wish to enter Australia for the following purposes:

  1. To visit family;
  2. For short term business activities;
  3. As a tourist.

The common factor between them is that the applicant will have to satisfy the department that their visit is for genuine reasons, which will vary depending on the stream, and that they have strong motives to return to their home country at the end of the visit. Such reasons could include the following:

  1. Evidence of current overseas employment for the applicant;
  2. Evidence of current overseas education for the applicant;
  3. Overseas family ties for the applicant.

Visitor visa (subclass 600)

There are several different streams under this visa subclass including:

  1. Tourist;
  2. Business visitor;
  3. Sponsored family;
  4. Approved destination.

Tourist stream

This stream is for applicants who wish to visit Australia for any reason that is not related to business or medical treatment. This visa can be granted for up to 12 months, with multiple entries. Parents of Australian citizens or permanent residents may be able to visit for longer based on their visa history.

Business visitor stream

This stream is for applicants who wish to visit Australia for ‘business visitor activity’, as defined in r 1.03 of the Migration Regulations 1994. A visitor visa holder cannot work in Australia. This visa stream is for applicants who wish to:

  • Investigate or negotiate any form of business contracts;
  • Attend a conference or trade fair;
  • Make general employment enquiries.

Applicants may provide a letter of invitation from Australian businesses inviting them to come to Australia in order to negotiate a particular deal. However, they cannot be paid by an Australian organisation or business to carry out particular work or services.

Family sponsored stream

Under this stream the applicant could be sponsored by an Australian family member. An eligible sponsor is a ‘relative’ as defined in r 1.03.

The sponsor could be asked by the department to pay a bond to secure that the applicant will return to their home country at the end of the visit. The sponsor would then receive the bond back after the applicant returns to their home country.

The Australian sponsor usually provides evidence to the department demonstrating their financial capabilities to ensure that the applicant will be sufficiently supported during their stay in Australia.

If the applicant is coming to Australia in order to attend a family event such as a wedding, engagement or birthday, it is recommended that an invitation is provided as a supporting document to the application.

Approved destination stream

This stream is for applicants who are citizens of the People’s Republic of China and are travelling to Australia as a part of an organised tour. The applicant must apply through a registered travel agent as per Schedule 5 of legislative instrument IMMI 17/124.

Electronic Travel Authority visa (subclass 601)

This visa is for tourists who hold an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) eligible passport. Applicants must apply only through the Electronic Travel Authority site.

Citizens of the following countries are eligible for the ETA:

– Andorra – Austria – Belgium – Brunei – Canada – Denmark – Finland – France – Germany – Greece – Hong Kong (SAR) – Iceland – Ireland – Italy – Japan – Liechtenstein – Luxembourg – Malaysia – Malta – Monaco – The Netherlands – Norway – Portugal – Republic of San Marino – Singapore – South Korea – Spain – Sweden – Switzerland – Taiwan – United Kingdom – United States of America – Vatican City

Medical Treatment visa (subclass 602)

The Medical Treatment visa is for non-citizens to enter or remain in Australia for the purposes of seeking medical treatment. To be eligible, the applicant must meet one of the following criteria:

Obtain medical treatment

The applicant seeks to enter Australia to obtain medical treatment other than for surrogate motherhood, they are free from disease that could threaten the Australian community, and arrangements have been made for the costs of the treatment. If the treatment is for an organ transplant, the donor is accompanying the applicant or appropriate arrangements have been made for the donation to be concluded in Australia.

Organ donor to applicant

The applicant is an organ donor to an applicant who meets the above criteria, the applicant has undergone the required medical assessments, and arrangements have been made for the costs of the treatment.

  • Emotional or other support to applicant
  •  The applicant seeks to provide emotional or other support to an applicant who meets one of the abovementioned criteria, or an applicant who meets the requirements in subclause 675.212(2) or (3), or 685.212(2) or (3), and the applicant has undergone the required medical assessment. Visa subclasses 675 and 685 are no longer available to new applicants.

Citizen of Papua New Guinea

The applicant is a citizen of Papua New Guinea, resides in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea and the Queensland government department that is approved as responsible for health has approved the medical evacuation of the applicant to, or the treatment of the applicant in, a hospital in Queensland.

 Medically unfit to depart

  • The applicant is 50 or over, in Australia and has been refused a permanent visa due to public interest criteria, and is medically unfit to depart.
  • The applicant meets one of the above criteria, is in Australia as the holder of a medical treatment visa and is suffering from financial hardship, has undergone relevant medical assessment, and has compelling personal reasons to work in Australia.
  • The applicant meets one of the abovementioned criteria, is in Australia, has compelling reasons for grant, and has undergone relevant medical assessment.

Unless the applicant is unfit to depart, the grant of their visa cannot disadvantage an Australian citizen or permanent resident in obtaining medical treatment or consultation. The applicant must also be able to support themselves during their stay unless financial hardship is demonstrated and must genuinely intend to stay in Australia temporarily.

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