The Visitor visa (subclass 600) lets you visit Australia as a tourist, or visit family and friends. This visa is widely used by travellers who want to visit tourist hotspots around Australia, or by family members intending to visit their loved ones. A visitor visa is generally granted for 3, 6 or 12 months. Eligible parents of Australian citizens or permanent residents might be granted longer validity periods. New Zealanders do not need to apply for this visa to visit Australia for the short-term.
You need to submit some documentation along with your visitor visa application for Australia, to satisfy the Department that you should be allowed into the country, and that you’re only intending on visiting. You should satisfy the following:
- Character requirement – You must be of good character to visit Australia. If you have declared any criminal offences on the visa application, the Department may require you to provide further evidence of good character.
- Health requirement –If you intend to visit Australia for more than 6 months, you may be required to complete health examinations. If you have a history of tuberculosis, the Department may put your application on hold for the period of your recovery, and you may require to undertake health examinations again.
- Genuine visitor –You need to provide evidence to the Department that you are a genuine visitor and intend to stay temporarily in Australia and obey any condition and stay period attached to your visa.
- Have enough money –You must have access to enough money to support yourself while on the trip, or the family you intend to reside with needs to provide a support letter to confirm that they access to sufficient funds to support your stay.
- Health Insurance –You must have sufficient health cover for your period of stay in Australia.
After you apply
The Department may require you to provide biometrics as part of your visa application before they can finalise it. If you have not completed your health examinations, or declared any medical conditions, the Department may require you to undergo health examinations, depending on the age of the visa applicant.
If you have submitted all the relevant documents mentioned above, the Department will likely process your application within 3-4 weeks. If they find they need further information to fulfil the visa criteria, the processing of your visa application may be delayed.
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