Short Journeys to Australia and what you need to know

October 04, 2013

Short Journeys to Australia and what you need to know

Many Indian residents want to travel to explore the world, and to do that a short term visa is all that is required. Australia is one of the most popular countries for Indian visa applications at the moment for a number of reasons. Here, we will explore what you need to know about visas for short trips to Australia.

There are a number of different options that are available for those who want to visit Australia as a tourist.

Visitor Visa Subclass 600

The Visitor Visa Subclass 600 is the main short-term visa for Indian applicants. The visa has three different streams and which one you apply for will depend on your personal circumstances:

  • Tourist  For those that are visiting Australia for recreation
  • Business visitor  Short-term business visa applications for general business or employment enquiries
  • Sponsored family  For those visiting family in Australia, one of whom is willing to act as a sponsor

If you are approved for any one of these visas, you are offered three months, which not only allows you to holiday in Australia but also study and engage in limited business activities.

You can apply for this visa both inside and outside Australia, and the price depends on where you are at the time. If you are outside Australia, the price for application is 7,700 INR, if you are inside Australia prices start from 19,800 INR. Therefore, you must take this into account when applying.

Who can apply for this visa?

In order to apply for this visa you have to meet several conditions:

  • You have to meet health and character requirements
  • You also must have enough money to support yourself for the length of time you intend on staying in the country
  • You may also be required to provide biometrics

If you are applying for a business visitor visa, you will also be required to show:

  • Your full business background
  • Your business reasons for travelling and what you intend to do when you are in the country
  • You will also have to prove that you are doing one of a number of business activities when you are in Australia all of which must be un-paid

If you want to travel with your family under the Visitor Visa Subclass 600 separate applications must be filed. You cannot include your family on your application.

The potential changes to Australian visa and immigration laws have been well documented in recent months. A total of 457 visas were going to be altered under a new reform. The majority of these visas were going to be made tougher to obtain. That meant more stringent regulations and an increase in price, which would make them harder for potential employers to obtain. 

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