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Australian Immigration requires you to have a visa to enter Australia unless you are an Australian passport holder or qualifying New Zealand passport holder.
There are a number of Australian immigration options, and knowing which visa to apply for should be the first step taken when making plans to travel to Australia. We've divided the visa classes into the following four categories:
The following Australian visas allow the holder to visit Australia on a temporary basis. The visas you are eligible for depend on which country your passport is from. However, if you're confused about which visa you need for your trip to Australia, use our fast, easy online travel visa advisor to find out exactly which visas you are eligible for when travelling to Australia.
The ETA replaces the visa label or stamp in a passport and removes the need for application forms. If you are taking a holiday in Australia for less than 3 months, you are required to obtain a Tourist or Visitor Visa prior to travelling.
Business Visas are provided to visitors who are travelling to Australia to attend conferences or training sessions, business meetings, or for those establishing a business in Australia. There are no work rights associated with these visas.
Is valid for a maximum stay in Australia of up to 12 months, depending on the length applied for. To apply for a Tourist Visa (subclass 676), you must also hold one of the listed eligible passports (which is more expansive than the list of ETA-eligible countries).
Is valid for a maximum stay in Australia of up to 12 months, depending on the length applied for. To apply for a Long Stay Paper-Based 676 visa, you must also hold an eligible passport and lodge a paper-based application.
The Australian Working Holiday Visa gives young people between the ages of 18 and 30 the opportunity to work while travelling in Australia for a period of 12 to 24 months.
The Australian Work and Holiday Visa gives young people between the ages of 18 and 30 the opportunity to work while travelling in Australia for a period of 12 to 24 months.
The following Australian visas lead to permanent residency and settlement in Australia.
Under the Australian General Skilled Migration Program (GSM), applicants use their qualifications, work experience and language ability to satisfy Australian Immigration requirements. Candidates must meet the Basic Requirements and must pass the Points Test.
The Skilled - Independent Visa (subclass 189) is the most popular skilled migration category is geared to skilled workers who are in high demand and do not require a state or family sponsor.
The Skilled - Nominated Visa (subclass 190) is a category for skilled applicants looking to emigrate to Australia who are sponsored by an Australian State or Territory.
The Skilled - Nominated (Provisional) Visa (subclass 489) is a temporary visa for skilled migrants to live and work in a regional area of Australia through sponsorship by an Australian State or Territory.
The Skilled - Sponsored (Provisional) Visa (subclass 489) is a temporary visa for skilled migrants to live and work in a regional area of Australia through sponsorship from a relative who lives in a Designated Area of Australia.
The Australian Government's RSMS is limited to certain areas of Australia. It allows employers to sponsor skilled migrants for job vacancies. The RSMS visa provides permanent residency.
Permanent residents entering Australia under the Employer Nomination Scheme have a job waiting for them. Alternatively, you can apply for this visa if you hold a temporary working visa, such as the Working Holiday Visa or a Student Visa.
The following Australian visas lead to permanent residency and settlement in Australia on the basis of having a family member who is an eligible Australian citizen.
These visas require sponsorship by an Australian or eligible New Zealand citizen. Children and other family members may apply to join their Australian citizen or permanent resident family members in Australia.
Parents may be able to migrate to Australia if they have a child in Australia who is an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.
Beyond skilled migration and family migration, there are other Australian immigration pathways you could take which could lead to permanent residency.
The Australian Business Visa Program encourages successful business owners, investors and senior executives to settle in Australia while developing new or existing opportunities in Australian business.
A Resident Return Visa (RRV) is valid for 3 months or 5 years, depending on the circumstances. It allows Australian permanent residents to travel to and from Australia as often as they wish within the validity of the visa, while maintaining their status as permanent residents.
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