A Visitor Visa (Subclass 600) is a temporary visa for people who want to travel to Australia for a country tour, business-related visit, enjoy holidays, or to visit a friend or family. The visa allows staying in Australia for up to 3, 6, or 12 months in Depends on the visa streams under the 600 visa and the purpose of applying for the visitor visa.
The Subclass 600 Visitor Visa is designed for the applicants who are not eligible For the E-Visitor Visa, or Electronic Travel Authority. However, if you are already in Australia on a valid Electronic Travel Authority visa, and your visa is nearly to expire you can apply for the visa extension on Visitor Visa Subclass 600.
To apply for the Visitor Visa (600 Visa) you must show the Department of home affairs that you are a genuine visitor and visiting Australia for a temporary period allocated to you on visa conditions. Also, the applicant required to show proof of enough financial funds to support their stay in Australia.
Visitor Visa (Subclass 600 visa) Streams
Visitor Visa has five streams available in the subclass, The stream you are required to apply to depends on the purpose of your visit. The visa can be allocated for up to 3, 6 or 12 months
- Tourist Stream
- Business Visitor Stream
- Sponsored Family Stream
- Approved Destination Status Stream
This stream of a visitor visa is for people who want to travel as a tourist to visit family or friends, and for a holiday. You can apply for this visa from inside Australia and you can get a visa grant for up to 12 months.
You can also apply for a visa outside Australia but then you have to be outside of Australia. In this process, you can get a grant of 3, 6, or month visa.
The Visa fee defers on applying from inside or outside Australia. if you are applying in Australia The visa fee will cost $365 AUD, However, if applying from outside Australia it will cost you around $145 AUD.
Business Visitor Stream
Business Visitor Stream of subclass 600 lets you travel to Australia for business trips like attend conferences, business meetings, Business negotiation Contracts, etc. The applicant is only allowed to make general Business or Employment Services, but not allowed to do business in Australia.
The Visa will be allocated for 3 months, you have to be outside of Australia when applying for this visa and the visa fee for the business visitor stream will cost you $145 AUD.
Sponsored Family Stream
The Sponsored Family Stream is for those people who want to travel to Australia to meet their families or friends. A person should have a sponsor in Australia and can be asked to show the relationship between you and the sponsor. On this Visa, The applicant is allowed to study or train in Australia for up to 3 months short course.
The visa will be allocated for up to 12 months, You must be outside of Australia when applying for this stream and once you arrived in Australia, you cannot apply for another visa. Moreover, the application costs for the Sponsored Family stream is $145 AUD, the department of home affairs might ask the sponsor of an applicant to pay a security bond.
Approved Destination Status Stream
Approved Destination Status Stream is for people of the Republic of China, who want to travel to Australia. They can certainly come to tour in Australia by the tour designed by an approved agent. For this stream, you should also be outside of Australia to apply.
However, the Time applicant can stay in Australia on this stream is not mentioned, the Department of Home Affairs will grant this visa with a time you can stay in Australia on your visa conditions.
The department will tell you the duration of your visa and how many times you can travel.
- You may be allowed entry into Australia only once. You have to apply for a new visa to come back to Australia.
- You may be allowed to travel as many times as you like while your visa is valid.
Processes and Requirements
You should have a passport before applying for the visa application because that passport number will go in an application and you should have the same passport with you while travelling to Australia.
You have to provide documents as proof in claiming your applications. You have to provide passport details, a national identity card (if there is one), and letter from your relative who is sponsoring you, and your accommodation details.
If you are travelling from a country that has a high rate of visitor visa non-compliance then you have to show some more documents to make your application valid.
After the documents are done, you can lodge your visa application. You can apply online also.
After the lodging process is complete, wait for the department’s decision. It can take time depending on your country and different situations.
The department can ask you for more information related to an application. You can also provide more information to the department until the decision is made.
You can also be interviewed and if you are asked to take your passport with you.
You must meet certain health and character requirements. It is good to obtain health cover while travelling so in case of emergency, you can have support because health expenses can be expensive.
Restrictions on Visitor Visa
There are some restrictions that you need to take care of while you are on a visitor visa.
- Do not work on any business organization in Australia.
- Do not sell anything to the public.
- Do not sell or provide services of any kind to other companies.
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