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Visiting Australia to meet friends and family or just for a holiday? The Australia Visit Visa is perfect for leaser and tourism travel to Australia. One of the world’s most uniquely beautiful countries, Australia has much to offer to every visitor. Prominent tourist destinations in Australia include the Sydney opera house, the Great Barrier Reef, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, and many others. It allows for multiple types of visit visas based on your purpose of visiting and you can apply for visit visas under Subclass 600/601/651/444/461/417 and 462. OSI can help you travel with peace of mind with our Australia Visit Visa services.

Australia Visit Visa Details:

The Australia Visit Visa is used by visiting individuals, families and businesspersons to facilitate short travel and tourism to Australia. There are three major subtypes of this visa:

  • Tourist visitor: Someone visiting Australia for leisure and recreation or to meet friends and family. You can apply for this from outside or within Australia
  • Business visitor: For businesspersons making short business trips for business, negotiations or to attend events. You must apply for this from outside Australia
  • Sponsored family visitor- For family members outside Australia who are sponsored for a visit visa by an Australian citizen or permanent resident

Visitor visas of longer duration are issued to parents of Australian citizens and Permanent Residents.

Processing time:

  • Tourist visitor – 25% of applications: Less than 1 day / 50% of applications: 6 days/ 75% of applications: 26 days / 90% of applications: 37 days
  • Business visitor – 25% of applications: Less than 1 day/ 50% of applications: 3 days/ 75% of applications: 9 days / 90% of applications: 25 days
  • Sponsored family visitor – 25% of applications: 28 days/ 50% of applications: 36 days/ 75% of applications: 45 days / 90% of applications: 50 days

Processing time of visit visas are dependent on several factors:

  • You must have submitted all the required supporting documents when submitting your application
  • Your response time to requests for additional information
  • Time taken by the authorities to complete the required checks on the information in your application
  • Time taken to receive additional information pertaining to your health, character and national security
  • Decision to accept or refuse your visa application will be based on the information and documents you provide

It is advisable to make your visa application well in advance of your travel date and not make any travel arrangements till your visa is granted.

Processing time of various visa subcategories

  • Tourist visitor- 75% of applications: 21 days/90% of applications: 34 days
  • Business visitor- 75% of applications: 21 days/90% of applications: 34 days
  • Sponsored family visitor – 75% of applications: 54 days/90% of applications: 64 days

Key points to note about this visa are:

  • You cannot work on this visa
  • This visa allows you to travel and stay across Australia
  • The visa is typically issued for a period between 3 months to one year

Documents required for Australia visitor visa

To apply for the Australia Visit Visa, applicants must:

  • Show that they have sufficient funds to cover their trip costs for the duration of their visit
  • Have no criminal record and must comply with all Australian laws
  • Meet all health standards and submit medical records as necessary
  • Show valid documentation and invitation letters from sponsors
  • Meet any other requirements asked for
  • Valid passport
  • Recent passport size colored photographs
  • Confirmed return air tickets
  • Trip itinerary
  • Bank statements for a period of 3 to 6 months
  • Travel insurance
  • Proof of enough funds
  • Invitation letter: If visiting relatives or friends, a letter of invitation from the relative or friend in Australia
  • Hotel booking confirmation


OSI is best positioned to help you with your Australia visit visa. Our teams will help you:

  • Assess which visa type to apply under
  • Gather and prepare your documentation
  • Filling of forms
  • Review of all your documentation
  • Apply for your visa

Talk to us to get your Australia visit visa process underway

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COVID-19: Will extra time be given for medical checks and biometrics?

As services related to the visa application process have been impacted by COVID-19, additional time will be given to applicants for completing the checks and providing the required information. Service disruptions will be taken into account at the time that the application is being processed.

When applying for a new visa, a bridging visa might be granted keeping the applicant’s status lawful in Australia till the time that a decision is made on their visa application.

You can request for a waiver on the “no further stay” condition if your visa will be expiring within 4 weeks. If the request for waiver is approved, a new visa application must be made before the expiry of the current visa.

If there is a “no further stay” condition attached to your visitor visa, you will have to apply for the condition to be waived. The request for waiving the condition must be made before making any visa application.

Visitor visas are not extended under Australian migration law. You will have to apply for a new visa before the expiration of your current visa.

International tourists, especially those without family support, have been advised by the Australian government to return to their home country as soon as it is possible for them to do so.

A tourist visa to Australia is meant for a short term trip to the country. The cost of the visa depends on the passport you hold and the length of your stay. It might cost you somewhere ranging from 135 dollars to 1000 dollars.

The procedure for applying for an Australian Tourist Visa is below

  • Online ETA Visa application – Completely filled
  • Information of all the travellers and their passport details
  • Application is linked to passport – After payment
  • Check ETA confirmation to your Email

The documents required for an Australian Tourist Visa are given below.

Visitor Visa application – Form 1419 (Tourist Visitor)

Personal documents

  • Passport – Notarized copies of all the pages of your passport including the first and the last page.
  • Photographs – 2 passport sized photographs (Recent). The head and the shoulder should be visible in the photos. The size of the photograph should be 45mm x 355mm.
  • Your name should be printed on the back of both the photos.
  • Visiting purpose – You should submit an itinerary that has the information of your trip like all the sites you will be visiting and your activities.
  • Your latest credit score
  • Your bank statement showing your savings history
  • Copies of documents that show the details of funds and assets that you hold on your name.
  • Documents of last 3 years of tax