Tips that will assist you in obtaining a visitor visa to visit Australia

Australia Visitor Visa (Subclass 600) is an official document required if you wish to visit Australia. This visa is great if you are planning to do tourism activities, go on a cruise, or visit friends and family.

The visitor visa does not contain a barcode or QR code. It contains only information about the traveler and the conditions for this visa. Also, you do not need to go to an interview to apply for this visa, but in some cases, you may have to make a phone call.

You can enter and exit Australia with this visa as many times as you want since it is a multiple entry visa and there is no limited number of entries into Australia for this visa.

Another benefit of this visa is that you can apply from within or outside Australia. We will explain all the tips that can help you in obtaining in this visa.

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Submit your application at least 4 months before you travel: We suggest that you apply for a visa at least 4 months before you want to travel to Australia. Average processing time for Tourist/ Visit visa application is 3 months nowadays. So, try to plan your journey accordingly.

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Attach all required documents: You must provide all the documents we require with your application, including a clear copy of the personal detail page of your passport. Try to scan documents at 600 DPI minimum and then attach.

Be sure to sign up to receive electronic communications from the Department of Home Affairs when applying for a visa through ImmiAccount.

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Check autocorrect hasn’t changed your name: Try to turn off Auto Correct extension in your chrome settings. Visa applications are submitted with incorrect names due to automatic changing of applicants’ names on smartphones or tablets. Make sure to write your name exactly as it appears on your passport and include your middle name.

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Format of your date of birth: ​Make sure you have entered your date of birth in dd/mm/yy format.​

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You must submit both a copy of the original and a translation of any required documents that aren’t in English. Each translated document must contain the translator’s (in English):

  • Complete name, home address, and phone number
  • Experience and training in the language they are translating into

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Under 18: Underage/ Under 18 travellers must submit Form 1229 – Consent for an Australian Visa for a Child Under 18 (240 KB PDF) along with their application if they plan to travel alone or with just one parent.

Form 1229 must be filled out and signed by your parent(s) or legal guardian. You must also give a copy of the individual who signed the form’s driver’s licence, passport, or other form of identification with a signature and a picture.

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Birth certificates and passports for applicant​s under 18: A copy of the applicant’s birth certificate, passport, and a copy of each parent’s passport are required if the applicant is a family member under the age of 18.

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Have enough money: You must demonstrate financial means to support yourself while you are in Australia when applying for a visa. You must upload supporting documentation to your ImmiAccount, such as your most recent bank statement.

Include a copy of the letter inviting you to visit if you intend to visit family or friends in Australia.

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Invitation Letter: Include a copy of the letter inviting you to visit if you intend to visit family or friends in Australia.

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Provide proof that you intend to return home​: Documents demonstrating your intention to return to your home country for job, family, education, or other reasons must be submitted with your visa application. These records may consist of:

  • a recent paystub
  • a letter from your company authorising unpaid time off
  • a certificate proving enrollment in school in your country of residence
  • the birth certificates of your kids.

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Biometrics: Check your ImmiAccount frequently after you have completed your visa application to see whether you still need to give us with additional information, including biometric information (photo and fingerprints).

  • If you have been asked to provide biometric information, you should do so right away to avoid having your visa application delayed.
  • To reach a designated biometric collecting centre, you might have to travel a fair distance. As soon as you receive the request, begin making arrangements to have your biometric data collected. ​​​

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​Non-New Zealand citizens: You will be questioned about the type of visa you have in New Zealand if you are a non-New Zealand citizen living there. As part of your application for an Australian visa, upload a copy of your New Zealand visa to ImmiAccount. ​​​​

LATEST PROCESSING TIME

As more information becomes available, the processing times for visas are updated. Consult the Department of Home Affairs’ guidance to visa processing timelines for an idea of how long it might take to process your application. It can give you a rough idea of how long it might take to process your visa application. ​​​​​​​

Average Processing time nowadays

  • 25% of applications: 8 Days
  • 50% of applications: 16 Days
  • 75% of applications: 33 Days
  • 90% of applications: 85 Days

 

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