This visa is for the temporary entry of people for tourism or business visitor purposes.
There are two streams which can be applied for outside Australia
This visa allows people to visit Australia for a holiday or recreation, or to visit family and/or friends for a stay up to three or six or twelve months. This visa may also be used for other short-term non-work purposes.
Business Visitor Visa
For applicants seeking to engage in business visitor activities including:-
Who should apply?
This visa is available to all passport holders who are outside Australia and want to apply for a visa to visit Australia.
This visa (sub class 676) is meant for tourism or visiting family for stay of up to 12 months.
About Subclass 676
Australia Immigration and Citizenship Department provides visitor visas for foreigners who plan to visit this country for purposes of touring, visiting friends and families, and recreation. Citizens of Australia or those obtaining citizenship by descent fall outside the purview of a visitor visa. Tourist visa Subclass 676 is of temporary nature with a validity of up to twelve months. This visa may be applied for both inside and outside Australian territory. Online applications may also be made in way of e-676 visa.
Visitor visa subclass 676 may also be used for non-work reasons for a short period such as undergoing a training program or attending a study course. Passport holders of overseas nations wanting to tour Australia, and foreign tourists in this country planning to extend their stay are eligible for this visa. It may be noted that this immigration visa is not applicable for transit passengers and travelers coming to this country for medical reasons.
Long stays and Successive Visits
This visa enables you to stay within Australian territory for a limited time period either for touring or for visiting resident friends and relatives. This immigration order does not allow you to stay for extended periods or take up residence in this country. However, parents of permanent residents of Australia, Australian citizens and eligible citizens of New Zealand may have their visa extended depending on circumstances. Such parents are allowed multiple entries with twelve months being the maximum dwelling period for this visa type.
Validity of this visa is extensible for:
- Five years in case of parents living overseas and fall in Subclass 103 Parent Visa category and in queue
- Three years in case of parents staying outside Australia and already traveled to this country with a visa
and never applied for Parent Visa Subclass 103
- Eighteen months in case of parents who have never traveled to Australia earlier, have never applied for Subclass 103 Parent Visa, or have already applied for Subclass 103 Visa and in queue.
Longer stay visas are only applicable for tourists staying outside Australian territory. Apart from meeting these preconditions, a tourist needs to hold a valid medical insurance to protect any medical expenses that may be incurred during your visit. Candidates also must not have stayed in Australia for over twelve months over an eighteen month period.
Working of Tourist Visa
You need to have a valid desire such as touring or recreation to visit this country. On issuance of this visa all other immigration visas you may be holding would stand nullified. If holding any other visa type, it is advisable to consult your nearest Australian embassy before applying for a Tourist Visa.
> passport Copy.
> Certified copies of birth certificates, showing names of both parents.
> One recent passport sized photograph (45mm x 35 mm) attached to the front of the application form
> If you are visiting family and friends provide an invitation from your invite in Australia, evidence of your relationship with the inviter and evidence of your invites passport and status in Australia.
> If you are going for your daughter/daughter-in-law’s pregnancy, then a letter from a medical doctor confirming the condition.
> If you are going for a medical emergency then a letter from the hospital/doctor stating the condition of the patient
> If you are going for tourism then details of bookings
> If you are going for a student exchange then a letter stating the arrangements that have been made.
> Itinerary giving travel details, accommodation and activities within Australia.
> Copies of bank statements (personal and business) over a period of time showing a consistent savings history.
> Copies of documents which show any other funds or assets held.
> Taxation documents for the last three years
> If a friend/relative in Australia is paying for your visit then a Statutory Declaration stating the relative or friend’s support and evidence of their financial capacity to do so – for example a letter of invitation, bank statements and tax documents.
> It is important to provide evidence of your own financial status even if your trip is being funded by a friend or a relative. Your own financial status is a factor we consider in assessing whether your personal circumstances would encourage you to return to your home country.
the name and contact details of the person providing the letter.