Australia

Nationals of many Countries wishing to visit Australia for business visits and tourist visits can apply for a visa online. To do so, you must be a citizen of an eligible country. If you are a citizen of a European country, you can apply for an eVisitor Subclass 651 visa. If you are a citizen of Brunei, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, or the United States, you can apply for an Electronic Travel Authority Subclass 976 visa. All other countries are not eligible to apply online for a tourist or short business trip visa.

eVisitor Visas or subclass 651 visa

eVisitor visas are a special subclass tourist and business visa for citizens of European countries. People who wish to take a short trip, whether for work, to visit family and friends, or relax can apply online for an eVisitor visa, which is valid for three months within a 12-month period. Once approved, an eVisitor visa is automatically linked to your passport so airlines and airport officials will know immediately that you hold an eVisitor visa. Not other documentation is needed. When bringing family to Australia, keep in mind that separate eVisitor applications are required for each family member. Applications for an eVisitor visa must be applied for from outside Australia.

Citizens of the following countries are eligible to apply for an eVisitor visa:

  • European Union countries 
  • Andorra 
  • Iceland 
  • Lichtenstein 
  • Monaco 
  • Norway 
  • San Marino 
  • Switzerland 
  • Vatican City

eVisitor visas have a number of conditions.

Business visitors

With an eVisitor visa you are not able to:

  • Work in Australia except under very limited circumstances 
  • take up employment in Australia that can be done by an Australian citizen or resident 
  • Undertake formal study or training in Australia that leads to a primary, secondary or higher education qualification. If you intend to undertake non-formal study in a classroom environment for longer than four weeks, you may be required to have a health examination before starting the course

 

Business  visitor  family  members

With an eVisitor visa, business visitor family members are not able to:

  • Work in Australia 
  • Undertake formal study or training in Australia that leads to a primary, secondary or higher education qualification. If you intend to undertake non-formal study in a classroom environment for longer than four weeks, you may be required to have a health examination before starting the course

 

Tourist visitors

With an eVisitor visa, tourist visitors are not able to:

  • work in Australia. Limited volunteer work may be acceptable. 
  • engage in any studies or training longer than three months 
  • If you are at least 11 years of age and you intend to study in a class-room environment for a period greater than 4 weeks, you may be required to pass a chest x-ray examination before commencing your studies. 
  • You must be free from tuberculosis at the time of travel to, and entry into, Australia. 
  • You must not have any criminal convictions, for which the sentence or sentences (whether served or not) are for a total period of 12 months duration or more, at the time of travel to, and entry into, Australia.

 

Submission for an eVisitor visa does not guarantee that the visa will be granted. Conditions such as a past criminal offence or other complications can cause an application to be denied.

If you would like to ascertain your eligibility for Australian Visitor visa, you can book an appointment for initial consultation with our Australia Immigration experts. Call us on +91 9633 746454 or email us at info@irishexpert.com.

Electronic Travel Authority Visas or subclass 600 visa

An Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) visa is for people who wish to visit Australia for short holidays, tourism, recreation, business trips, and informal studies or training. ETA visas can be acquired quite easily through a travel agency, airline, or an Australian visa office. ETA visas can also be acquired online if you hold a passport from an eligible country.

An ETA visa allows a person to visit Australia for up to three months on each visit to Australia within a 12-month period from the date of grant. Like the eVisitor visa outlined above, an ETA visa is electronically linked to the passport number used in the application, so no documentation is needed when arriving in Australia for purpose of entry other than your passport. When bringing family to Australia, keep in mind that separate ETA applications are required for each family member.

To be granted the visa, you must be outside of Australia and a passport holder of an ETA-eligible country below:

  • Brunei 
  • Canada 
  • Hong Kong (SAR) 
  • Japan 
  • Malaysia 
  • Singapore 
  • South Korea 
  • USA

Electronic Travel Authority visas have a number of conditions.

Business visitors

With this visa you are not able to:

  • work in Australia except under very limited circumstances 
  • take up employment in Australia that can be done by an Australian citizen or resident 
  • undertake formal study or training in Australia that leads to a primary, secondary or higher education qualification. If you intend to undertake non-formal study in a classroom environment for longer than four weeks, you may be required to have a health examination before starting the course

 

Business visitor family members

With this visa, business visitor family members are not able to:

  • work in Australia 
  • Undertake formal study or training in Australia that leads to a primary, secondary or higher education qualification. If you intend to undertake non-formal study in a classroom environment for longer than four weeks, you may be required to have a health examination before starting the course

Tourist visitors

With this visa, tourist visitors are not able to:

  • Work in Australia. Limited volunteer work may be acceptable. 
  • Engage in any studies or training longer than three months 
  • If you are at least 11 years of age and you intend to study in a class-room environment for a period greater than 4 weeks, you may be required to pass a chest x-ray examination before commencing your studies. 
  • You must be free from tuberculosis at the time of travel to, and entry into, Australia. 
  • You must not have any criminal convictions, for which the sentence or sentences (whether served or not) are for a total period of 12 months duration or more, at the time of travel to, and entry into, Australia.

Submission for an ETA visa does not guarantee that the visa will be granted. Conditions such as a past criminal offence or other complications can cause an application to be denied. Please see our ETA visa FAQ for more details.

Australia evisa or subclass 600 visa

Indians travelling to Australia with the purpose of tourism can apply for an online visitor visa for Australia.  This visa type is also known as Australia subclass 600 visa.  One can apply for this visa through the VFS or any authorized agents. But in order to get a subclass 600 visitor visa for Australia, the applicant should fulfil some criteria.

Here are the criteria to fill are-

  • The applicant must have sufficient funds to support him/her during their stay.
  • They are not allowed to start a business, engage in employment, or take up a long term medical treatment.
  • The applicant must be genuinely willing to return to the home country.
  • All applicants must qualify character and health criteria for visa application.

With an Australia visa, one can stay up to 90 consecutive days in Australia.  This visa comes with 12 months validity. Within these 12 months of validity, the visa holder can enter Australia for Multiple times. On each entry, the visa holder can stay up to 90 consecutive days in the country.

If you would like to ascertain your eligibility for Australian Visitor visa, you can book an appointment for initial consultation with our Australia Immigration experts. Call us on +91 9633 746454 or email us at info@irishexpert.com.

Australian Student Visa Subclasses

The Australian student visas system currently has 8 subclasses:

  1. Independent ELICOS Visa (Subclass 570): 

    For international students travelling to Australasia to study on an English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS). 

The Independent ELICOS (Subclass 570) student visa allows international students to enter Australia in order to study on an ELICOS (English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students) course.

Eligibility

  • Provide proof of acceptance onto an ELICOS course at an Australian organization, such as an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment code, Confirmation of Enrolment letter, or Letter of Offer. 
  • Have enough funds to pay travel, tuition, and maintenance costs for themselves and for any family members included on their application. 
  • Meet the level of English Language proficiency set by the organization they will be studying with. 
  • Meet various health requirements, including having health insurance. 
  • Meet the character requirements, this usually means a criminal record check 
  • Satisfy Australian officials that they will not overstay their visa. This is known as the Genuine Temporary Entrant requirement.

Length of Stay

The Independent ELICOS (Subclass 570) student visa allows students to stay in Australia for the duration of their studies, plus a set period determined by the length of the student’s course, and what time of the year that it finishes:

  • Course length of less than 10 months: The visa will last the full length of the course, plus one month. 
  • Course length of 10 months or more, and finishing between January and October: The visa will last the full length of the course, plus 2 months. 
  • Course length of 10 months or more, and finishing in November or December: The visa will last until March 15thof the next year.

If you would like to ascertain your eligibility for Australian Student visa, you can book an appointment for initial consultation with our Australia Immigration experts. Call us on +91 9633 746454 or email us at info@irishexpert.com.

  1. Schools Sector Visa (Subclass 571): 

    For children travelling to Australia to study at a primary or secondary school. 

The Australian Schools Sector (Subclass 571) student visa allows international students to enter Australia to study at a primary or secondary school, including as part of a secondary school exchange program.

Eligibility

  • Provide proof of acceptance to study at an Australian primary or secondary school, such as an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment code, Confirmation of Enrolment letter, or Letter of Offer. 
  • Have enough funds to pay travel, tuition, and maintenance costs for themselves and for any family members included on their application. 
  • Meet the level of English Language proficiency set by the school. 
  • Meet various health requirements, including having health insurance. 
  • Meet the character requirements, this usually means a criminal record check 
  • Satisfy Australian officials that they will not overstay their visa. This is known as the Genuine Temporary Entrant requirement.

Length of Stay

The Schools Sector (Subclass 571) student visa allows students to stay in Australia for the duration of their studies, plus a set period determined by the length of the student’s course, and what time of the year that it finishes:

  • Course length of less than 10 months: The visa will last the full length of the course, plus one month. 
  • Course length of 10 months or more, and finishing between January and October: The visa will last the full length of the course, plus 2 months. 
  • Course length of 10 months or more, and finishing in November or December: The visa will last until March 15thof the next year.

If you would like to ascertain your eligibility for Australian Student visa, you can book an appointment for initial consultation with our Australia Immigration experts. Call us on +91 9633 746454 or email us at info@irishexpert.com.

  1. Vocational Education and Training Sector Visa (subclass 572):

    For international students travelling to Australia to study towards a vocational or training qualification, such as a:

    • Certificate I, II, III, or IV 
    • VET Diploma 
    • Advanced VET Diploma 
    • Vocational Graduate Certificate 
    • Vocational Graduate Diploma

Eligibility

  • Provide proof of acceptance onto a vocational or training course at an Australian educational institution, such as an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment code, Confirmation of Enrolment letter, or Letter of Offer. 
  • Have enough funds to pay travel, tuition, and maintenance costs for themselves and for any family members included on their application. 
  • Meet the level of English Language proficiency set by the organization they will be studying with. 
  • Meet various health requirements, including having health insurance. 
  • Meet the character requirements, this usually means a criminal record check 
  • Satisfy Australian officials that they will not overstay their visa. This is known as the Genuine Temporary Entrant requirement.

Length of Stay

The Vocational Education and Training Sector (subclass 572) student visa allows students to stay in Australia for the duration of their studies, plus a set period determined by the length of the student’s course, and what time of the year that it finishes:

  • Course length of less than 10 months: The visa will last the full length of the course, plus one month. 
  • Course length of 10 months or more, and finishing between January and October: The visa will last the full length of the course, plus 2 months. 
  • Course length of 10 months or more, and finishing in November or December: The visa will last until March 15thof the next year.

If you would like to ascertain your eligibility for Australian Student visa, you can book an appointment for initial consultation with our Australia Immigration experts. Call us on +91 9633 746454 or email us at info@irishexpert.com.

  1. Higher Education Sector Visa (Subclass 573): 

    For international students travelling to Australia to study towards a higher education qualification, such as a:

    • Associate’s degree 
    • Bachelor’s degree 
    • Graduate certificate 
    • Graduate diploma 
    • Master’s degree (taught/coursework based only) 
    • Higher Education diploma/advanced diploma

Eligibility

  • Provide proof of acceptance onto a Higher Education course at an Australian university or other educational institution, such as an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment code, Confirmation of Enrolment letter, or Letter of Offer. 
  • Have enough funds to pay travel, tuition, and maintenance costs for themselves and for any family members included on their application. 
  • Meet the level of English Language proficiency set by the organisation they will be studying with. 
  • Meet various health requirements, including having health insurance. 
  • Meet the character requirements, this usually means a criminal record check 
  • Satisfy Australian officials that they will not overstay their visa. This is known as the Genuine Temporary Entrant requirement.

If you would like to ascertain your eligibility for Australian Student visa, you can book an appointment for initial consultation with our Australia Immigration experts. Call us on +91 9633 746454 or email us at info@irishexpert.com.

  1. Postgraduate Research Sector Visa (Subclass 574): 

    For international students travelling to Australia to to study towards a research based Master’s or Doctoral degree. 

Eligibility

  • Provide proof of acceptance onto a Master’s or Doctoral degree research program at an Australian university or other research centre, such as an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment code, Confirmation of Enrolment letter, or Letter of Offer. 
  • Have enough funds to pay travel, tuition, and maintenance costs for themselves and for any family members included on their application. 
  • Meet the level of English Language proficiency set by the organisation they will be studying with. 
  • Meet various health requirements, including having health insurance. 
  • Meet the character requirements, this usually means a criminal record check 
  • Satisfy Australian officials that they will not overstay their visa. This is known as the Genuine Temporary Entrant requirement.

 

If you would like to ascertain your eligibility for Australian Student visa, you can book an appointment for initial consultation with our Australia Immigration experts. Call us on +91 9633 746454 or email us at info@irishexpert.com.

  1. Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector Visa (Subclass 576): 

    For international students who are sponsored by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, or Australia’s Department of Defence, to study towards any type of course in Australia. 

Eligibility

  • Provide proof of acceptance onto a full time course at an Australian educational institution or training centre, such as an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment code, Confirmation of Enrolment letter, or Letter of Offer. 
  • Have enough funds to pay travel, tuition, and maintenance costs for themselves and for any family members included on their application. 
  • Meet the level of English Language proficiency set by the organization they will be studying with. 
  • Meet various health requirements, including having health insurance. 
  • Meet the character requirements, this usually means a criminal record check 
  • Satisfy Australian officials that they will not overstay their visa. This is known as the Genuine Temporary Entrant requirement.

If you would like to ascertain your eligibility for Australian Student visa, you can book an appointment for initial consultation with our Australia Immigration experts. Call us on +91 9633 746454 or email us at info@irishexpert.com.

  1. Student Guardian Visa (Subclass 580): 

    For parents and guardians of international students under the age of 18 who are studying in Australia. In some circumstances guardians of students over the age of 18 may also be granted this visa.

Eligibility

  • Be a parent or legal guardian of an Australian student visa holder, OR; 
  • Be another relative of an Australian student visa holder, and be nominated as a custodian by the student’s parent or legal guardian 
  • Be at least 21 years old 
  • Have the means to provide accommodation, welfare, and financial support to the student while they study in Australia 
  • Plan to live at the same address as the student visa holder in Australia 
  • Have enough funds to pay for travel and maintenance costs for themselves and the student visa holder 
  • Meet various health requirements, including having health insurance 
  • Meet the character requirements, this usually means a criminal record check 
  • Satisfy Australian officials that they will not overstay their visa. This is known as the Genuine Temporary Entrant requirement.

Length of Stay

Student Guardian (Subclass 580) visa holders can stay in Australia for the full length of the student visa holder’s stay which they accompany, or until the student reaches 18 years of age (whichever comes sooner).

Entitlements/Work

Student Guardian (Subclass 580) visa holders cannot work in Australia without a separate work permit, but may study on the following courses:

  • An English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) for up to 20 hours per week, OR; 
  • A non-ELICOS course for 3 months or less

Students less than 18 years old

Students under the age of 18 must meet specific eligibility requirements to be granted a visa. These students must:

  • Have a parent or guardian sign their visa application. If the parent or guardian is unable to do this they can instead provide:
    • A statutory declaration letter, giving their permission for the student to travel to Australia, OR; 
    • A copy of Australian form 1229
  • Stay with a parent/guardian, or another relative over the age of 21 (who must be nominated by a parent/guardian) while in Australia. If this is not possible other arrangements can be made, but these must be agreed with the student’s education provider in Australia.

Family  members

Students can include the following family members on their visa application

  • Partners 
  • Dependent children (including partners’ dependent children) 
  • Dependent relatives (including partners’ dependent relatives)

Part-time work  for students

Student visa automatically allows students to work for up to 20 hours per week during study/term time, and full time during holidays. No separate work authorization is required.

Students under the school leaving age for the state they are studying in cannot work during study/term time. For most Australia states the school leaving age is 15.

Family members included on the student’s visa may also work for up to 20 hours per week year round.

If you would like to ascertain your eligibility for Australian Student visa, you can book an appointment for initial consultation with our Australia Immigration experts. Call us on +91 9633 746454 or email us at info@irishexpert.com.

Business Innovation Stream Subclass 188 Visa

The Business Innovation stream is for successful businesspeople who want to establish or develop a business in Australia.

Eligibility conditions

Applicants for the Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) Business Innovation stream must meet several eligibility requirements for their visa to be granted. The applicant must have:

  • A nomination from an Australian state or territory government 
  • Ownership in one more business for at least 2 of the previous 4 financial years, which must have had an annual turnover of at least AUD$500,000 in those years
  • Ownership of one of the following:
    • At least 51% of a business with an annual turnover of less than AUD$400,000 
    • At least 30% of a business with an annual turnover of morethan AUD$400,000 
    • At least 10% ownership of a publicly listed company
  • A total of AUD$800,000 in business and/or personal assets, which must have been acquired legally and must be able to be transferred to Australia within 2 years of the visa start date. Your partner or spouse’s assets count towards this sum.

If the business nominated to meet the conditions above provides services of a professional, technical, or trade nature you must have spent a maximum of 50% of your time providing those services personally, and a minimum of 50% of your time managing the business.

Applicants must normally be 55 or younger to qualify for this visa, but the age requirement can be waived at the discretion of the nominating state or territory if the proposed business will benefit the state or territory’s economy greatly.

Points test

Applicants must score a minimum of 65 points on the Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) points test.

Investor Stream Subclass 188 Visa

The Investor stream is for investors who want to invest at least AUD$1.5 million in Australia and continue business and/or investment activity in Australia for at least 2 years.

Eligibility conditions

Applicants for the Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) Investor stream must meet several eligibility requirements for their visa to be granted. The applicant and/or their partner (if applicable) must have:

  • A nomination from an Australian state or territory government 
  • At least 10% ownership and direct management of a qualifying business for at least 1 financial year in the past 5 financial years, OR
    • Eligible investments of at least AUD$1.5 million
  • A high level of management skill relating to the qualifying business or eligible investment, with at least 3 years of direct management experience 
  • A total of AUD$2.25 million in business and/or personal assets, which must have been acquired legally and must be able to be transferred to Australia within 2 years of the visa start date. You and/or your partner must have owned these assets for at least 2 financial years 
  • The intention to live in the nominating Australian state or territory for at least two years

Applicants must normally be 55 or younger to qualify for this visa, but the age requirement can be waived at the discretion of the nominating state or territory if the proposed investment will benefit the state or territory’s economy greatly.

Points test

Applicants must score a minimum of 65 points on the Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) points test.

Significant Investor Stream Subclass 188 Visa

The Australian Significant Investor stream 188 visa is for investors who want to invest at least AUD$5 million in Australia and continue business and/or investment activity in Australia after the period of their provisional visa.

Eligibility conditions

Applicants for the Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) Significant Investor stream must meet several eligibility requirements for their visa to be granted. The applicant and/or their partner (if applicable) must:

  • Receive a nomination from an Australian state or territory government or from the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade)
  • Have at least AUD$5 million in investment funds, which must have been acquired legally and must be available to invest in Australia 
  • Agree not to bring any legal action against Australia for any losses related to the investment

Applicants must also be willing to reside in Australia for at least 40 days per year for the duration of the visa. Another option is for the applicant’s spouse to live in Australia for 180 days per year for the duration of the visa. Applicants must reside in the state or territory which nominated them (if any).

Investment conditions

Significant Investor stream applicants must be willing to make a ‘Complying Significant Investment’ of at least AUD$5 million over 4 years. The investment must be made as follows:

  • Minimum AUD$500,000 in venture capital and growth private equity funds which invest in start-ups and small private companies 
  • Minimum AUD$1.5 million in approved managed funds investing in emerging companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange 
  • Minimum $AUD3 million ‘balancing investment’ in managed funds that may invest in a range of assets, such as ASX-listed companies, Australian corporate bonds or notes, annuities, and commercial real estate.

Direct investment in residential property/real estate is prohibited, and indirect investment through the managed funds listed above is severely limited.

Premium Investor stream (Subclass 188)

The Premium Investor stream is for investors who want to invest at least AUD$15 million into an Australian ‘complying premium institution’ and continue business and/or investment activity in Australia after the period of their provisional visa.

Eligibility conditions

Applicants for the Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) Premium Investor stream must meet several eligibility requirements for their visa to be granted. The applicant and/or their partner (if applicable) must:

  • Receive a nomination from from the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade)
  • Have at least AUD$15 million in investment funds, which must have been acquired legally and must be available to invest in Australia 
  • Agree not to bring any legal action against Australia for any losses related to the investment

 

Investment conditions

Premium Investor stream applicants must be willing to make an investment of at least AUD$15 million. The investment must be made into one of the following:

  • Australian securities exchange listed assets 
  • Australian government or semi-government bonds or notes 
  • Corporate bonds or notes issued by an Australian exchange listed entity (or wholly owned subsidiary of the Australian listed entity) or investment grade rated Australian corporate bonds or notes rated by an AFS licenced debt rating agency 
  • Australian proprietary limited companies 
  • Real property in Australia excluding residential property 
  • Deferred annuities issued by Australian registered life companies 
  • State or territory government approved philanthropic contribution

If you would like to ascertain your eligibility for Australian Business Program, you can book an appointment for initial consultation with our Australia Immigration experts. Call us on +91 9633 746454 or email us at info@irishexpert.com.