How To Apply
VISITOR VISA – AUSTRALIA
This visa has four streams:
for people travelling to Australia for a holiday, recreation or to visit family and friends and for other purposes not related to business or medical treatment.
Business Visitor stream:
for business people travelling to Australia for a short business visit. This includes making a general business or employment enquiry, negotiations or participating in a conference.
Sponsored Family stream:
for people travelling to Australia to visit their family. You must have a sponsor who might be asked to provide a bond.
How to apply
Lodge your application by post or courier If you cannot apply online:
Sponsored family stream
Complete and lodge the following forms:
Prepare your documents
You need to provide documents to prove the claims you make in the application. The documents are listed in the Document checklist.
Some documents could take some time to obtain. You should have them ready when you lodge the application to reduce any delays in processing.
This visa allows only temporary visits to Australia. If you are from a country with a high rate of Visitor visa non-compliance, it is in your interests to provide additional documentation that shows your intention to comply with the conditions of the visa.
After you have applied
After you have lodged the application and documents, we will let you know that we have received your information.
If you applied online, you can track and manage your online application using your ImmiAccount.
Wait for a decision
They have visa processing times for each visa.
Your application could take longer if you need character or health checks (including x-rays), if you need to provide more information, or if your application is incomplete.
If you apply for this visa from outside Australia, do not make arrangements to travel to Australia until you are advised in writing that you have been granted a visa.
In Australia (Tourist stream only):
If you apply for this visa in Australia, you could be eligible for a Bridging visa that allows you to stay in the country lawfully while your application is processed.
If the visa is granted, we will let you know:
You will not have a visa label placed in your passport.
If the visa is not granted, we will let you know:
Who can sponsor a family member
A sponsor must:
You must also be one of the following:
In addition, applicants in the Sponsored Family stream can be sponsored by:
You cannot be a sponsor for more than one person at the same time, unless they are the member of the same family unit. A family unit is made up of the head of the family, their partner and their dependent children. Other relatives can be included in the family unit if they are dependent on the head of the family.
If you have already sponsored a visitor, you must wait until their visa ceases before applying to be a sponsor again, unless your next sponsorship is for a member of the family unit of someone you are currently sponsoring and they are proposing to travel to Australia for the same purpose as the previous applicant.
If you have previously sponsored a visitor and they did not abide by the conditions of their visa, you will usually not be able to sponsor another visitor in the same visa class for five years.