This visa stream lets you visit Australia as a tourist, to go on a cruise or to see family and friends.
With this visa you can
Visit family and/or friends
Be here as a tourist, for a cruise or for any purpose except business or medical treatment
You can study or train for up to 3 months on this visa. But if your main reason for travelling to Australia is study, a student visa might be more appropriate. You can’t work.
Intend to come to Australia to visit only
Have enough money for your stay in Australia
Not work in Australia
You must be outside Australia when you apply
You will need a visa if you enter Australia during a cruise. If your cruise is a round trip cruise, the time you spend on the cruise counts as time spent in Australia. A round trip cruise will not reset your stay period on your visa.
How long you can stay
This is a temporary visa. You can stay for the period or dates specified on the visa grant letter. The length of your visa is determined on a case by case basis. Things consider when determining your stay period include:
How long you want to stay
Why you want to stay in Australia
They might not grant the length of stay you want. They can grant this visa with a single entry or multiple entry. If they grant you a visa with multiple entry, you can leave and return to Australia on the visa while it is valid.
Generally, they grant a stay period of 3 months they might grant a stay of up to 12 months in certain circumstances. Consider the Visitor visa (subclass 600) Frequent Traveller stream if:
You hold a passport from the People’s Republic of China and
You travel to Australia frequently.
Parents of Australian citizens or permanent residents
If you are the parent or step-parent of an Australian citizen or permanent resident, and you meet all the visa criteria, they may grant you a visa that is valid for more than 12 months.
They consider these applications on a case-by-case basis. If they grant you a visa that is valid for more than 12 months you might be able to enter Australia multiple times while the visa is valid. You can’t stay in Australia for more than 12 months in total in any 18-month period. You must also have made adequate arrangements for health insurance.
If you want to stay longer than 12 months on each visit you might be eligible for a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa.
You can’t stay in Australia longer by extending this visa. You must apply for another visa in Australia. You can apply for a new visa if your current visa does not have a condition that prevents further stay, such as condition 8503 – No Further Stay. They can waive a no further stay condition in limited circumstances.
If you want to stay longer or permanently in Australia, you will need to apply for a visa that allows this.
You can’t include family members in your application. Each family member, including those listed on your passport, must submit a separate application.
Apply outside Australia
To be eligible for this visa, you must be outside Australia when you apply and when they decide your application.
25% of applications: 16 Days
50% of applications: 42 Days
75% of applications: 63 Days
90% of applications: 4 Months
Due to COVID-19, some visa processing times have been affected and applications may take longer to finalise. For Visitors and Working Holiday Makers the processing time is calculated differently depending on when you applied. If you applied before the border reopened, then the processing time is calculated from the date you became eligible to travel. If you applied after the border reopened, then the processing time is calculated from the date you applied.
You must comply with all visa conditions and Australian laws.
You are liable for all your healthcare costs while you are in Australia. Insurance can help limit your financial liability. To cover any unexpected medical treatment, you might need in Australia, they strongly recommended you take out adequate health insurance.
Some countries have a reciprocal healthcare agreement with Australia. In some circumstances, they might grant your visa with Condition 8501 – Maintain adequate health insurance.
Check if you have multiple entry, or single entry. If you have multiple entry, you can travel outside Australia and return while your visa is valid. If you have single entry and you leave Australia, you have to apply for another visa to return.
They will digitally link your visa to your passport. You will not get a label in your passport. For assistance with your visa application, Contact us.
Blue Ocean is a private immigration firm providing immigration advice & representation and is not affiliated with any immigration department. We offer comprehensive immigration solutions to private individuals and corporate clients at tailor made prices. All decisions for granting a visa remain with the relevant immigration department. If you would like to prepare and submit your visa application yourself, you can do so by visiting the relevant immigration department.