With a Visitor Visa, you can do the following things:
Please note that you cannot work in Australia under a visitor visa.
As the visitor visa is a temporary visa, you can only stay for the duration listed on your visa grant letter.
The length of your visa is finalized on a case-by-case basis. The following factors are taken into account when deciding your stay period:
Also, it is possible that the authorities will not grant you the entire length of stay that you apply for.
This visa may be issued with one or multiple entries. If you get a multiple-entry visa, you can leave and return to Australia while the visa is valid. Usually, you can get a stay of three months under this visa. However, in some exceptional circumstances, you can get a stay of up to twelve months.
It is a criteria of this visa that you do not spend more than twelve months in Australia over the course of an eighteen-month duration. If you already have a Visitor visa, a Working Holiday visa, a Work and Holiday visa, or a bridging visa, and granting this visa would require you to remain in Australia for more than twelve months, you must demonstrate exceptional circumstances.
You can also consider the Frequent Traveller Stream under Visitor visa (subclass 600) if:
Likewise, you have the chance to get a visitor visa for more than twelve months if:
The country can grant a visitor visa that lasts up to:
Your applications will be decided on a case-by-case basis.
If you receive a visa for more than twelve months, you might get the facility to leave and enter Australia many times until the visa is valid.
Furthermore, if you get a visitor visa with a validity of eighteen months, three years, or five years, there can be extra conditions like:
For each applicant, the visa cost is around AUD145. You can also use an online Visa Pricing Estimator to forecast your visa costs. However, if additional fees for health checks, police reports, and biometrics are needed, such charges will not be listed in the Visa Pricing Estimator.
Likewise, under the following conditions, you may be able to fast-track your visa application:
Also, note that there is an additional fast-tracking charge of AUD1,000.
About seventy-five percent of applications are processed in about twenty-one days. Likewise, ninety percent of the applications take thirty-five days to process.
If you fill your application incorrectly, then the processing will take even longer. Likewise, in case of any missing documents and need for more information, the process will take longer. Furthermore, the verification of your information will take time.
We recommend that you purchase health insurance to cover any unpredicted medical costs that you can need while in Australia. During your stay in Australia, you are directly responsible for all medical expenses. So, insurance will assist you in limiting your financial liabilities.
Furthermore, Australia has reciprocal healthcare agreements with some countries. So, check if your country has such agreements with Australia.
In case you get a visa with multiple entries, you can travel out of Australia and return. You can check the specifications in your visa grant letter.
On the other hand, if you get a visa with a single entry, you can leave Australia, but you can’t go back even if your visa duration is not over. So, you will need to apply for another visa to go back to Australia.