Australian Visitor Visa for Indians

Australia is known as a tourist haven. It has the Great Barrier Reef, a rich culture, aboriginal history, wildlife and tremendous natural beauty. Indians go to Australia for both tourism and business. Today we will be explaining how to get the Australian tourist visa from India. We will also be explaining how to get the Australian business visa. They both come under the category of the the Australian Visitor visa for Indians.

Australian Visitor Visa for Indians
Australian Visitor Visa for Indians

Australian Visitor Visa for Indians

The Australian Visitor visa for Indians consists of a tourist stream and a business visitor stream.

The following Visas are processed in New Delhi 

  • Visitor visa (Tourist stream)(subclass 600) 
  • Visitor visa (Business visitor stream)(subclass 600) 

The Australian Tourist Visa from India – Visitor visa (Tourist stream) (subclass 600) 

This Visa Allows Applicant to :

  • visit family or friends
  • be in Australia as a tourist, for a cruise, or for purposes other than business or medical treatment
  • The applicant can study or train for up to 3 months on this visa. If the applicant’s main reason for travelling to Australia is study, a student visa might be more appropriate.

The applicant cannot work.

Cruise 

If your cruise enters Australia you will need a visa. 

Stay Duration 

Up to 12 months. The visa duration is determined on a case by case basis. In general a 3 month stay is granted. It can be extended up to 12 months in certain cases. 

Parents of Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents 

Australian Visitor Visa for Parents 

If a parent or step-parents of an Australian citizen or permanent resident meets the visa criteria, they may be granted a visa valid for more than 12 months. Each application is considered individually. 

If the visa is granted for longer than 12 months, the parents or step-parents may be able to enter Australia multiple times while the visa is still valid. A stay longer than 12 months in a total 18 month period is not permitted. Appropriate health insurance arrangements must be in place.

The parent or step-parent may also be eligible for a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa. This allows them to stay longer than 12 months on each visit.  

Visa Cost –  Australian Visitor Visa Fee

From AUD 145

Australian Visitor Visa Processing Time 

25% of applications: 13 days 

50% of applications: 23 days 

75% of applications: 4 months

90% of applications: 13 months

Tourist Visa Australia Requirements 

Restrictions

  • Applicant must intend to come to Australia to visit only
  • Applicant must have enough money for your stay in Australia
  • Applicant must not work in Australia
  • Applicant must be outside Australia when they apply and their visa in decided

Eligibility 

  • The applicant must meet the health requirement 
  • The applicant must meet the character requirement
  • The applicant must pay any debts to the Australian Government
  • The applicant must have enough money to support themselves while in Australia
  • The applicant must be a genuine visitor 
  • An applicant under 18 may not be granted a visa if it not in their best interest

Extending Stay 

This visa cannot be extended further. The applicant must apply for another visa in Australia. This is only if the current visa does not have a condition that prevents further stay, such as condition 8503 – No Further Stay. The no further stay condition is waived in limited circumstances. 

If the applicant wants to stay for longer or permanently in Australia they will need to apply for a visa that allows this. 

Travel

Please check if you have multiple entry, or single entry, in VEVO or your visa grant letter

  • 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.

Documents Required 

  • The applicant must Include as much information as possible to support their application. This includes English translations of their documents.
  • The  application may be processed without further information being requested.
  • The applicant must provide accurate information. 

Apply Online 

  • The applicant can apply online here. 
  • Attach the documents
  • Submit family applications together
  • Pay the fee 

Visa outcome

The decision on your visa application will be given in writing. The applicant will be sent:

  • the visa grant number
  • the date their visa starts
  • Their visa conditions
  • to keep a copy of the decision with them in Australia.

If the visa is refused the applicant will be told in writing. They will be told why the visa was refused and whether they have a right to a review of the decision.

Australian Business Visa – Visitor visa (Business visitor stream)(subclass 600) 

This Visa Allows Applicant to:

  • make general business or employment enquiries
  • negotiate contracts
  • take part in a conference or trade fair. You can’t be paid by the organisers to take part
  • conduct activities as part of an official government visit

The Applicant Must Not :

  • work for or provide services to a business or organisation based in Australia
  • sell goods or services directly to the public

Stay Duration

Up to 3 months. 

This visa can be granted with a single entry or multiple entry. If the visa has multiple entry, the applicant can leave and return to Australia on the visa while it is valid. Generally, a stay of 3 months is granted. A stay of up to 12 months may be granted in certain circumstances.

Visa Cost – Australian Visitor Visa Fee

AUD 145

Australian Visitor Visa Processing Times 

25% of applications: 1 day 

50% of applications: 2 days 

75% of applications: 6 days

90% of applications: 20 days

Restrictions

  • The applicant must be a genuine visitor travelling to Australia for business visitor activities
  • The applicant must be outside Australia when they apply and when their application is decided

Eligibility 

  • The applicant must meet the health requirement 
  • The applicant must meet the character requirement
  • The applicant must pay any debts to the Australian Government
  • The applicant must have enough money to support themselves while in Australia
  • The applicant must be a genuine visitor 
  • An applicant under 18 may not be granted a visa if it not in their best interest

Extending Stay 

This visa cannot be extended further. The applicant must apply for another visa in Australia. This is only if the current visa does not have a condition that prevents further stay, such as condition 8503 – No Further Stay. The no further stay condition is waived in limited circumstances. 

Documents Required

Identity Documents 

  • a national identity card, where required
  • proof of change of name

Documents that prove a change of name include:

  • a marriage or divorce certificate
  • change of name documents from an Australian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, or the relevant overseas authority
  • documents that show other names you have been known by

Genuine visitor documents

The applicant must provide as much proof as you can to show they are visiting Australia as a temporary visitor only:

  • proof they have enough money for their stay and to leave Australia, such as:
  • itemised personal bank statements showing a 3 month period
  • pay slips
  • audited accounts
  • tax records
  • term deposits
  • credit card statements
  • your plans while in Australia.
  • Show they are a genuine visitor and have reasons to return home by providing:
  • a letter from their employer stating they expect them to return to their job
  • Proof they are enrolled at a school, college or university in their home country
  • proof they have close family members in their home country
  • evidence of their right to return to your home country
  • proof they own property or other assets in their home country.

Business visitor documents

The applicant must tell what business visitor activities they plan to do in Australia. They can provide:

  • an invitation from a host organisation
  • conference registration details
  • a letter from your employer stating why you are visiting
  • your plans for your stay and details of your Australian business contacts
  • proof of your current employment and professional qualifications
  • evidence your company is an active business, such as an annual report
  • evidence of prior contact with Australian businesses

Character Documents 

  • The applicant must provide any military service records or discharge papers, if applicable.
  • The applicant may be asked to provide a police certificate.

Additional documents are required for applicants under 18

Document Preparation 

The applicant must have all non-English documents translated into English.

Translators in Australia must be accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters.

Translators outside Australia do not have to be accredited. But on each translation, they must include their:

  • full name
  • address and telephone number
  • qualifications and experience in the language they are translating
  • These details must be in English.

Note: Documents do not need to be certified unless asked. 

Scan or photograph

  • The applicant must scan or photograph all documents (English and non-English) in colour.
  • The scans and photos must be clear and legible.
  • If a document is more than one page, they must save it all as one file.

Apply Online 

  • The applicant can apply online here
  • Attach the documents
  • Pay the fee 

Visa outcome

The decision on your visa application will be given in writing. The applicant will be sent:

  • the visa grant number
  • the date their visa starts
  • Their visa conditions
  • to keep a copy of the decision with them in Australia.

If the visa is refused the applicant will be told in writing. They will be told why the visa was refused and whether they have a right to a review of the decision.

We hope that this article has been informative about the Australian Visitor visa for Indians.

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FAQs

Is a tourist visa available on arrival for Australia ?

No, the visa has to be pre-approved.

Does the visitor visa for Australia consist of both tourist and business visas ?

Yes.


What is the duration of the visitor visa – tourist stream ?

The tourist stream duration is generally 3 months. It can be up to 12 months in some cases.

What is the duration of the visitor visa – business visitor stream ?

The business visitor stream duration is generally 3 months. It can be up to 12 months in some cases.

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