Visitor Visa

Visitor Visa

Visitor Visa is a very broad definition, and here we only introduce 3 sub-classes which are related to overseas students for a short term visit and study tour:

  • Visitor Visa (subclass 600)
  • Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601)
  • eVisitor (subclass 651)

Depending on your country of passport, you are eligible to apply different types of visitor visa. Here below is a brief introduction of both and.

What are the key differences between these 3 types of visitor visa?

All the 3 types of visitor would allow you to stay in Australia as a visitor and have no more than 3 months of study.

Visitor Visa (subclass 600) is the one with the most comprehensive application process and document requirement. Everyone can apply for Visitor Visa (subclass 600).

Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601) has a much simpler application process and lower requirement on proofing documents. But this visa type is only available for passport holder of certain countries. Out of all eligible passports for Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601), a sub-group of them can enjoy the convenience of an online application window, which is much more efficient that paper works.

Last but not least, eVisitor (subclass 651) is similar to Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601), but is available to a separate group of passport countries.

Who can apply for each type of the 3 visitor visa?

Visitor Visa (subclass 600) is available to everyone, while only passport holder of certain countries could apply for Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601) and eVisitor (subclass 651).

Passport holder of the following countries could apply for Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601):

  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong (SAR of China)
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Republic of San Marino
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan*
  • The Netherlands
  • United Kingdom—British Citizen
  • United Kingdom—British National (Overseas)
  • United States
  • Vatican City

Passport holder of the following countries could apply for eVisitor (subclass 651):

  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Republic of San Marino
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom – British Citizen
  • Vatican City

What requirements apply to visitor visa?

Key requirements include but not limited to:

  • Financial Support of yourself during your stay in Australia
  • Health requirement
  • Personal character requirement

For Visitor Visa (subclass 600), some requirements need to be supported by paper documents of proof. For example, you may need to provide actual health examination result to proof your health condition. While for Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601) and eVisitor (subclass 651), usually a declaration is sufficient.

How much does it cost?

Depending on your duration of staying, Visitor Visa (subclass 600) application fee can vary from $AUD135 to $AUD340.

For Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601) and eVisitor (subclass 651), there is no application fee, but a service fee may apply, usually around $AUD20.

 

Please visit the website of Australian Government – Department of Immigration to obtain more detail information about visitor visa: