Visitor & Holiday Visas: 

 

 

Visitor Visas:

  • Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601)

  • eVisitor (subclass 651)

  • Visitor (subclass 600)

  • Medical Treatment visa (subclass 602)

 

Holidays Visas:

  • Working Hoilday Visa (subclass 417)

  • Work and Holiday Visa (Subclass 462)

Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601):

This ETA is granted for 12 monts, it lets you enter Australia for up to three months at a time as a tourist or for business visitor purposes. You are also permitted to study in Australia for up to 3 months in some circumstances.

 

Business visitor activities include:

  • making general business or employment enquiries

  • investigating, negotiating, signing or reviewing a business contract

  • activities carried out as part of an official government-to-government visit

  • participating in conferences, trade fairs or seminars, as long as you are not being paid by the organisers for your participation.

 

Business activities do not include short-term work. If you want to work in Australia, you can apply for a Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (Subclass 400).

 

If you want to stay longer in Australia, you should apply another type of visa, such as a Visitor visa (subclass 600).

 

This visa is available only to passport holders from the following countries:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Applications can be lodged in one of the following ways: 

 

  • at the nearest immigration office outside Australia 

  • with a travel agent, airline or specialist service provider; or 

  • apply online directly through the DIBP website if the applicant is the holder of a passport from one of the following countries:

    • Brunei – Darussalam 

    • Canada 

    • Hong Kong 

    • Japan 

    • Malaysia 

    • Singapore 

    • South Korea

    • United States 

 

If you are a European passport holders, you can apply online for an eVisitor visa, rather than an ETA. See bellow .

eVisitor (subclass 651):

This is visitor visa that allow holders to enter Australia as many time as they wish for up to a year. The holder cannot ,however, stay in Australia for more that three month in each visit.

 

This visa lets you:

  • enter Australia for up to three months during each visit during the 12 months from the date the eVisitor is granted

  • have a holiday or visit family and friends in Australia

  • study in Australia for up to three months in some circumstances

  • engage in business visitor activities while in Australia provided you: 

    • do not work for or provide services to, a business or organisation

    • do not sell goods or services to the public.

 

Business visitor activities include:

  • making general business or employment enquiries

  • investigating, negotiating, signing or reviewing a business contract 

  • activities carried out as part of an official government-to-government visit

  • participating in conferences, trade fairs or seminars, as long as you are not being paid by the organisers for you participation.

 

Volunteer work tourism schemes

In general, an eVisitor does not allow you to work in Australia. However, you might be able to work as a volunteer if:

  • your main purpose in visiting Australia is tourism and the voluntary work is incidental to tourism

  • the work is genuinely voluntary and you are not paid for it, other than for meals, accommodation or out of pocket living expenses

  • the work would not otherwise be done in return for wages by an Australian resident

 

This visa is available only to passport holders (citizens) of the European Union Member States:

 

Andorra                        Austria                      Belgium                      Bulgaria                           Cyprus                                  CzechRepublic

Denmark                      Estonia                     Finland                        France                             Germany Greece                  Hungary

Iceland                         Ireland                      Italy                             Latvia                               Liechtenstein                        Lithuania

Luxembourg                 Malta                        Monaco                       Netherlands                     Norway                                 Poland   

Portugal                        Romania                  San Marino                 Slovakia                            Slovenia                               Spain

Sweden                        Switzerland              United Kingdom          Vatican City (Holy See).

 

An eVisitor application can only be lodged online via the DIBP website and while the applicant is outside Australia.

Visitor visa (subclass 600): 

Medical Treatment visa (subclass 602):

This is a short term visitor visa that can be granted for up to 3 months, 6 months or 12 months. You can apply for this visa as:

  • a visitor 

  • for business visitor activities 

  • to visit family

  • on a tour with a registered travel agent from the People’s Republic of China.

 

You can apply for this visa at your nearst Australian immigration office outside Australia. Passposrt holders of certain countires can lodge online visa applications. You can apply for this visa while you are in Australia too. In Australia, all passport holders can apply online for a Visitor visa extension.

The Medical Treatment visa (subclass 602) is for people to have medical treatment or medical consultations in Australia. You cannot apply for this visa to have medical treatment for surrogate motherhood.

 

It is a temporary visa. You can apply for this visa when you are in or outside Australia.

 

You might be able to get this visa if you:

  • have a medical treatment plan or medical consultation in Australia

  • are going to donate an organ to someone

  • are coming with a patient or organ donor who is applying for this visa 

  • are going to receive an organ from someone who travels to Australia with you

  • coming to Australia as a patient under the arrangements between the Western Province of Papua New Guinea and the Queensland Department of Health 

  • are in Australia, and you are 50 years of age or older, and you have been refused a permanent visa on health grounds only. 

 

To be granted this visa you must also

  • meet financial, health and character requirements

  • not have a medical condition that could be a threat to public health

  • not hold either of the following visas: 

    • a Domestic Worker (Diplomatic/Consular) visa (subclass 426)

    • the Domestic Worker stream of the Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (subclass 403).

 

Financial requirements

You must provide evidence that you have enough money to support yourself while you are in Australia. You must also show that you have enough money for your travel and treatment. 

 

You must also show that you have made arrangements for:

  • your treatment

  • other expenses related to your stay in Australia

  • the expenses of anyone who comes with you to Australia (this includes an organ donor’s expenses).

 

You must show that payment for any treatment in a public hospital has been approved by the treating hospital.

 

Health requirements

You must meet certain health requirements. The health examinations you need will depend on your personal circumstances, including your period of stay, country of citizenship, time spent in another country during the last five years and your intended activities in Australia. 

 

Note: Different requirements will apply if you are undergoing medical treatment in Australia. 

The results of your health examinations are generally valid for 12 months. 

 

You are able to organise your health examinations upfront before lodging a visa application.

Working Hoilday Visa (subclass 417):

The Working Holiday visa (subclass 417) is a temporary visa for young people who want to holiday and work in Australia for up to a year. It is a temporary visa that encourages cultural exchange and closer ties between Australia and eligible countries.

 

First Working Holiday visa: You must be outside Australia when you apply for your first Working Holiday visa and when the visa is decided. 

Second Working Holiday visa: If you apply in Australia, you must be in Australia when the visa is granted. If you apply outside Australia, you must be outside Australia when the visa is granted.

Working in Australia – six months with one employer: You can generally only work six months with one employer. 

 

To apply for this visa, you must hold a valid passport from a country involved in the Working Holiday Program with Australia. Eligible countries are:

  • Belgium

  • Canada

  • Republic of Cyprus

  • Denmark

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • France

  • Germany

  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China (including British National Overseas passport holders)

  • Republic of Ireland

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • Republic of Korea

  • Malta

  • Netherlands

  • Norway

  • Sweden

  • Taiwan

  • United Kingdom

 

This visa allows you to:

  • stay in Australia for up to 12 months

  • work in Australia, generally for up to six months with each employer

  • study for up to four months 

  • leave and re-enter Australia any number of times while the visa is valid.

 

You might be able to get this visa if you:

  • have not previously entered Australia on a Work and Holiday (Temporary) visa (subclass 462)

  • hold a valid passport from a country involved in the Working Holiday Program with Australia

  • have turned 18 years of age but have not yet turned 31

  • are a genuine visitor who wants to have a holiday in Australia

  • have enough money to support yourself on a working holiday (about AUD 5000) 

  • have enough money to buy a return or onward travel ticket at the end of your stay

  • will not be accompanied by dependent children at any time during your stay.

 

Second Working Holiday Visa

To apply for a second Working Holiday (Temporary) visa (subclass 417), you must:

  • have complied with all the conditions on your first Working Holiday visa

  • have not previously held more than one Working Holiday visa

  • have completed three months of specified work in regional Australia while on your first Working Holiday visa. 

 

If you are already in Australia, and wish to remain onshore, you should apply for a second Working Holiday visa before your first Working Holiday visa expires.

Working and Hoilday Visa (subclass 462):

The Work and Holiday (Temporary) visa (subclass 462) is for young people who want to holiday and work in Australia for up to a year. 

It is a temporary visa that encourages cultural exchange and closer ties between Australia and eligible countries.

 

Working in Australia – six months with one employer: You can generally only work six months with one employer. More information is available at Working in Australia – six months with one employer

 

You might be able to get this visa if you:

  • are at least 18 but have not turned 31 years of age at the time you lodge your application

  • will not be with a dependent child while you are in Australia 

  • have enough money to support yourself on a working holiday (about AUD 5000)

  • have enough money to buy a return or onward travel ticket at the end of your stay

  • have not previously entered Australia on a Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) or a Working Holiday visa (subclass 417)

  • meet the educational requirements

  • have functional English 

  • have a letter of support from your government (except applicants from the USA and the People’s Republic of China)

  • meet character and health requirements

  • are a genuine visitor.

 

Eligible countries

You can apply for this visa if you hold a passport from: 

  • Argentina

  • Bangladesh

  • Chile

  • China, People’s Republic of

  • Indonesia

  • Malaysia

  • Poland

  • Portugal

  • ​Slovak Republic

  • Slovenia

  • Spain

  • Thailand

  • Turkey 

  • United States of America

  • Uruguay. 

 

Education 

Depending on the passport you hold, the education requirements could be slightly different.

 

  • If you are from Argentina, Bangladesh, the People's Republic of China, Indonesia, Turkey, Malaysia, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain or Uruguay, you must hold a tertiary qualification or have satisfactorily completed at least two years of undergraduate university study.

  • If you are from Chile, you must hold a tertiary qualification or have satisfactorily completed or have been approved to do a third year of undergraduate university study.

  • If you are from Thailand, you must hold a diploma or degree qualification from the specified list of eligible qualifications included inForm 1208 Application for a Work and Holiday Visa (192 KB PDF).

  • If you are from the United States of America, you must hold a secondary school (high school) qualification.​

 

Functional English 

You must provide evidence that you have at least functional English. This can be:

  • evidence you are a citizen of and hold a valid passport issued by the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand, or the Republic of Ireland

  • an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) average band score of at least 4.5 for the four test components (speaking, reading, listening and writing) completed within 12 months of visa application lodgement

  • the Occupational English Test (OET) completed within 12 months of visa application lodgement

  • a Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT) total band score of at least 32 for the four test components of speaking, reading, writing and listening completed within 12 months of visa application lodgement

  • a Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) overall band score of at least 30 for the four test components of speaking, reading, writing and listening completed within 12 months of visa application lodgement

  • a Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test overall band score of at least 147 for the four test components of speaking, reading, writing and listening and the test must have been taken on or after 1 January 2015

  • all years of primary education and at least three years of secondary school at an institution where all the instruction was in English

  • at least five years of secondary education (high school) at an educational institution in which all instruction was in English

  • a post-secondary qualification with at least two years of full-time study, in which all tuition was in English

  • at least one year of full-time study or equivalent towards a degree, higher degree, diploma or associate diploma at an Australian institution where all the instruction was in English.

 

Letter of government support

You must include a letter of support from your home government with your application. This letter does not guarantee you a place in the Work and Holiday visa program.

 

The following agencies issue letters of support:

  • Argentina: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • Bangladesh: Ministry of Home Affairs

  • Chile: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • Indonesia: Directorate General of Immigration

  • Malaysia: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • Poland: Ministry of Labour and Social Policy

  • Portugal: Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • Slovak Republic: Ministry of Interior

  • Slovenia​: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • Spain: Secretariat General for Immigration and Emigration, Ministry of Employment

  • Thailand: Office of Welfare Promotion, Protection and Empowerment of Vulnerable Groups in Bangkok

  • Turkey: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • Uruguay: Ministry Of Foreign Affairs

 

If you are from the USA or the People's Republic of China, you do not have to provide a letter of government support. 

 

If you are a Malaysian citizen you need to provide a Malaysian Good Conduct Certificate, which can only be applied for online by selecting the 'e-Consular' link on the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairswebsite.

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