How you can secure Australia visa in easy steps

 

How to obtain Australia Visa


By Olushola Samuel


Australia is a beautiful country and one of the largest in the world. You can make it one of your bucket list. Here I will give you a comprehensive guides on the visa types and process of obtaining one.

The type of Australia visa you seek is determined by the purpose of your visit, whether it be tourism, business, work, study, or visiting family. Many passport holders can easily obtain a visa online, while others may need to submit a paper application at an Embassy or Consulate.


An Australian Visa is a permission to travel to Australia for a specific duration. Unlike many countries, Australia doesn't issue physical stamps or labels on your passport; instead, your visa details are electronically recorded in a database. When you travel to Australia, the immigration officer checks this database to confirm your visa status.


Do I Need a Visa for Australia?

With the exception of New Zealanders, who can obtain a visa on arrival, everyone else must apply for a visa or authorization before traveling to Australia. Depending on your nationality, you can obtain an eVisitor, an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA), or a visitor visa for short-term visits.

On the other hand, for long-term purposes such as studying or working, everyone besides New Zealanders will have to get the relevant visa.


After five years of living in Australia, you are eligible to apply for permanent residency, if you meet all other requirements, such as income and health and security checks. But you may continue to live in Australia even with just an SCV as it does not have a maximum duration.


Types of Australia visa

Australian visa categories include:


1. Visitor visas: Designed for short-term travelers not intending to settle in Australia. Examples include Tourist Visa (Subclass 600) and Electronic Travel Authority (Subclass 601).

2. Study and training visas: For international students, trainees, and parents or guardians of underage international students. Examples include Student Visa (Subclass 500) and Training Visa (Subclass 407). See our guides on Australia Student visa here

3. Parent visas: Issued to parents of Australian citizens, permanent residents, or eligible New Zealand citizens. Examples include Parent Visa (Subclass 103) and Aged Parent Visa (Subclass 804).

4. Family visas: For minor or adult dependent relatives, or carers of Australian citizens. Examples include Adoption Visa (Subclass 102) and Carer Visas (Subclass 836 and subclass 116).

5. Partner visas:  For spouses, de facto partners, or prospective spouses of Australian citizens. Examples include Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 300) and Partner Visa (Subclass 801) – Permanent.

6. Humanitarian visas:  Issued to refugees fulfilling Australia’s protection obligations. Examples include Refugee Visa (Subclasses 200, 201, 203, and 204) and Protection Visa (Subclass 866).

7. Bridging visas: Allow staying in Australia during immigration processing. Examples include Bridging visa A (Subclass 010) and Bridging visa E (Subclass 050 and 051).

8. Work visas: Permit legal work in Australia. Examples include Global Talent Visa (Subclass 858) and Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189).

9. Business and investment visas:  For business owners and investors. Examples include Business Innovation and Investment Visa (Subclass 188) and Business Talent Visa (Subclass 132) – Permanent.

10. Work and holiday visas: Issued to citizens with work and holiday agreements. Examples include Work and Holiday Visa (Subclass 462) and Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417).

11. Transit visa (subclass 771):  Allows transit through Australia for up to 72 hours.

12. Special Category Visa (subclass 444).

13. Resident Return Visas (Subclass 155 and 157).


How can I obtain an Australian visa? 

You can acquire it either online through the Australian Department of Home Affairs' online service for the eVisitor or the official ETA portal for the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). Alternatively, you may apply in person at an Embassy or Consulate. Original documents are not required; if applying online, scanned documents are sufficient, while paper applications require certified copies. Certification can be done by Australian citizens or non-Australians in eligible professions.


When can I apply for Australia visa?

The timing of your visa application depends on its type. For a tourist visa, apply at least a month before travel, possibly earlier. eVisitor or ETA applications can be submitted about a week before the trip. Long-term visas like work visas require early initiation due to longer processing times, ranging from months to over a year. The Australian Department of Home Affairs is the authority responsible for assessing and deciding all visa applications.


How to Apply for Australian Visa?

Applying for an Australian visa can be done through two methods:

1. Online application.

2. Paper application.


Since 2015, Australia no longer issues visa labels for passports; instead, visa records are accessible through the VEVO (Visa Entitlement Verification Online) service. Opting for an online application is generally more convenient, providing easy data storage and a streamlined reviewing process.


However, certain countries or visa types may not qualify for online application, requiring a paper application through an embassy.

Each application type comes with specific guidelines:


 Australia Visa Online Application Steps:


1. Create an Online Account

   - Open an individual online account on the official Australian Department of Home Affairs website (ImmiAccount).

   - Free of charge, input personal information, set a password, and confirm via email.

   - The online account aids in managing applications, attaching documents, and tracking the reviewing process.


2. Select the Visa Type:

   - Choose from various Australian visa types based on the purpose of your visit, such as tourist, student, or work visas.


3. Fill in the Australian Visa Form:

   - Complete a specific application form for the chosen visa type.

   - Provide personal information, reasons for visiting Australia, duration of stay, etc.


4. Attach Required Documents:

   - Document requirements vary per visa type, but generally include scanned colored copies of passport, identity pictures, travel insurance, financial statements, etc.


5. Pay the Application Fee:

   - Visa fees vary; payment must be made before submitting the application.

   - Multiple payment options available, including credit cards, debit cards, or Paypal.


6. Submit the Application:

   - Once all steps are completed, submit the application through the ImmiAccount.

   - The account allows for updates, such as address changes, and enables tracking of the application process.


While processing times differ for each application, a visa may be granted within a few days if there are no issues.


Steps for Paper Application for an Australia Visa:

1. Locate the nearest Australian embassy/consulate to initiate the process.

2. Schedule a meeting at the Australian office for guidance on visa type and document requirements.

3. Confirm the necessary documents, including verified copies of originals.

4. Complete the appropriate Australian visa application form and sign it.

5. Pay the application fee through ImmiAccount or at the visa application centre.

6. Submit the entire application package to the local embassy, keeping in mind longer processing times for paper applications.

7. Apply at least four months before your departure, considering varying processing times.

8. Delegate someone to receive communications about your visa but ensure you personally fill and sign the application.

9. Receive visa notifications in writing (email or post), or check online for the "finalised" status after applying online. If unreachable, the embassy/consulate will be notified.


Can I appeal if my Visa is refused?

Is it possible to appeal a visa rejection in Australia? If your visa is refused, you have the option to appeal the decision at the Australian Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). Ensure prompt action after receiving the rejection letter, as there's typically a window of 7 to 28 days for filing an appeal.

What to do when my Visa is approved

Upon receiving an Australian tourist visa, you'll obtain a Visa Grant Number for checking details on the VEVO system. Although there won't be a physical stamp on your passport, it's advisable to carry a printed visa grant notice when traveling.


How long does it take to process Australia visa?

The processing time for Australian visas varies, with tourist stream applications usually taking a few weeks to a maximum of 4 months. Long-term visas may span several months to over a year, depending on the type.


How long can I stay in Australia with my visa

For short-term visits, such as tourism, you can usually stay up to three months. The duration varies for different visa types, ranging from a few months to up to five years for work, study, and other long-term visas.


When can I extend my visa?

Extensions for Australian visas can be sought at least two weeks before expiry, except when a "No Further Stay" notice is attached. Overstaying after a visa expires may lead to immigration consequences, including potential bans.

Australia Visa fees

Australian visa fees vary based on type, application method, and stay duration, ranging from AUD 145 for a tourist stream visa to different fees for student (AUD 645), training, and work visas.

Can I get a refund if I withdraw my Visa application 

Refunds for withdrawn visa applications are generally not provided, except in specific circumstances such as the applicant's death, obtaining another visa of the same category, or applying for a different type of parent visa.

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