The Visitor visa (subclass 600) is for people who want to travel Australia as tourists, for business or to visit family. It is a temporary visa.
This visa has four streams
• Tourist stream: for people travelling to Australia for a holiday, recreation or to visit family and friends. If you apply for this visa in Australia, you must be in Australia when the visa is decided. If you apply for this visa outside Australia, you must be outside Australia when the visa is decided.
- Study Tours: Tourist stream can be used for Study Tours of less than 3 months. The Study Tour arrangements are designed to provide for the specialised processing of visa applications for organised school groups to visit Australia. Please note, accompanying teachers and staff will need to apply for the Business Visitor stream (subclass 600) visa.
- Parents of Australian citizens or permanent residents: Further information about Visitor visa arrangements for certain parents of Australian citizens or permanent residents is available.
• Business Visitor stream: for business people travelling to Australia for a short business visit. This includes going to a conference, negotiation or meeting. You must be outside Australia when you apply and when the visa is decided.
• Sponsored Family stream: for people travelling to Australia to visit their family. You must have a sponsor who might be requested to provide a bond. You must be outside Australia when you apply and when the visa is decided. You cannot apply for another visa while you are in Australia.
• Approved Destination Status stream: for people from the People’s Republic of China who are travelling in an organised tour group. You must be outside Australia when you apply and when the visa is decided.
If you plan to get a new passport, you should do so before applying for your visa. Your visa is linked to the passport number you used in your application and you should use the same passport to travel to Australia.
• Travellers holding a Visitor visa (Subclass 600) cannot work while they are in Australia.
• Visitor visas can allow single or multiple entry – and permit a three (3), six (6) or twelve (12) month stay in Australia on each occasion.
• Applicants are able to indicate their preferred number of entries and stay period, however the decision maker will determine which is appropriate, taking into account an applicant’s personal circumstances.
• A 3 month stay meets the requirements of most Visitors to Australia. Granting a longer stay may be considered in certain circumstances, for example: for the parents of Australian citizens/permanent residents who have applied for permanent migration to Australia, but have not yet been granted permanent residency.
• Visitor visas are designed for people whose intention is to visit Australia for short periods. They cannot generally be used for staying in Australia longer than 12 months and cannot be used to establish ongoing residence in Australia.