There are several travel visas to go to Australia as a tourist or business visitor. Visitor visa (subclass 600) is one of these visas. If you need to know what is the visitor visa and its streams as well as how to apply for it, be with us in the following.
What is the visitor visa (subclass 600)?
The visitor visa (subclass 600) is issued to the following people and is valid for 3,6 or 12 months.
- Business visitors
- People who plan to visit family members in Australia
This visa is divided into different streams:
- Tourist stream (apply in Australia)
- Tourist stream (apply outside Australia)
- Sponsored family stream
- Business visitor stream
- Approved Destination Status stream
- Frequent traveler stream
Note that in order to apply for one of these streams, you must have enough money to cover your expenses.
|Visa stream||Stay||Cost||Processing time|
|Tourist stream (apply in Australia)||Up to 12 months||From AUD365||6 months|
|Tourist stream (apply outside Australia)||Up to 12 months||From AUD145||6 months|
|Sponsored family stream||Up to 12 months||AUD145||7 months|
|Business visitor stream||Up to 3 months||AUD145||10 days|
|Approved Destination Status stream||Until the date specified in your grant letter||AUD145||Not available|
|Frequent traveler stream||The visa can be given for up to 10 years. Stay up to 3 months each time you enter.||AUD1,065||Not available|
Tourist stream (apply in Austral)
Under this visa, you can travel to this country as a tourist. In addition, you can meet your friends or family in this country. Note that this visa is not suitable for you if you are traveling to Australia for medical or business purposes. You can also apply for Tourist Stream if you need to stay longer in Australia and your current visa is expiring.
Tourist stream (apply outside Australia)
This visa is issued for 3, 6, or 12 months and is proper for visiting family, friends, and spending holidays. If your child is an Australian citizen, your visa validity may be longer.
Sponsored family stream
This visa lets people who are sponsored, usually by a family member, come to Australia to visit their family members. Your sponsor for this visa must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident. The Australian Government may also ask your sponsor to pay a security bond.
Business visitor stream
People traveling to Australia for business purposes can apply for this visa. Note that under this visa, you are not allowed to work or sell your services in this country. Another point is that when you apply for this visa as well as when your visa application is being processed, you must be out of Australia.
Approved Destination Status stream
This visa is for people from certain areas of China visiting Australia on a tour organized by an approved travel agent. Just note that as long as you are in Australia you should stay with your organized tour group.
Frequent traveler stream
This visa is for the people from the Republic of China who travel often to this country for business or personal reasons. This visa can be valid for up to 10 years. You must have a Chinese passport to be able to apply for this visa. The Special Administrative Region of China is an exception, however.
What are the requirements for obtaining the Visitor visa (Subclass 600)?
- Health requirements: Applicants for most Australian visas, including this visa, must be able to meet the health standards defined in Australia. You must have some health examinations. The results are then reviewed by the Medical Officer of the Commonwealth (MOC). If the results show that you have a medical problem, then the MOC will advise the Australian Government whether the problem:
- Threaten public health?
- Lead to a high cost to the healthcare system?
- Place a demand on healthcare or community services?
- Character requirements: If you are applying for an Australia visa, you must be able to meet your character requirements. When applying for a visa, you must:
- Declare all criminal records in which you involved.
- Answer all the questions honestly.
- Provide all requested information.
- Enough money: You must have enough money to cover your expenses while you are in Australia.
- Genuine visitor: You must prove that you do not intend to stay in Australia and return to your home country. You have to commit to doing only the things the visa allows you to do.
- Best interests of the child: It might not be given this visa if it is not in the best interests of applicants under 18.
- Pay your debts: If you or your family members, even those who do not come to Australia with you, owe money to the Australian Government, you must pay it off before you can get a visa.
- Have a sponsor: The applicants for a Sponsored family stream visa need a sponsor. The sponsor can be a family member or an official of the Australian Government. If a member of your family wants to support you without becoming your sponsor, you can apply for a Visitor visa (subclass 600) Tourist stream. You must submit an invitation letter with your visa application.
- Visitor activities: People who apply for the Business Visitor stream should know that under this visa, they are allowed to perform the following:
- Making general business or employment inquiries
- The investigation, negotiation, or review of a business agreement
- Doing activities as part of an official government visit
- Participation in a conference, trade fair, or seminar.
They can not sell their services or goods directly to the public or provide services to a business or organization located in Australia.
How to travel to Australia under the visitor visa (subclass 600)?
- Before applying for a visa, you must first check the validity of your passport. You can also complete your health examinations before receiving your visa. In addition, you can get help from a registered migration agent to apply for a visa.
- You must gather the necessary documents:
- You must provide proof of identity, including your passport. In addition, if you have changed your name, you must also provide the relevant documents.
- To show that you are a genuine visitor, you must provide the following documents:
- Bank statements, pay slips, audited accounts, tax records or credit card limit
- If your family members have invited you to Australia, you must provide a letter stating your relationship with the inviter. The purpose of the travel and the length of your stay must also be stated in the letter. In addition, if the inviter pays for your trip costs, you must provide evidence that he or she has sufficient funds for this purpose.
- You must also submit your itinerary to Australia.
- You have to prove that you will return to your country. For this purpose, you can provide the following documents:
- A letter was written by your employer
- Evidence that you are studying at a school, college, or university in your home country
- Evidence that your family members are in your home country
- Evidence that you have a house or property in your own name in your home country
- If you have military service records, provide the relevant documents.
- You can submit your documents online or by paper submission:
- Online submission:
- You must first create an account on ImmiAccount.
- Then attach your documents.
- Finally, pay the visa application fee. Note that your visa application will not be considered if the application fee is not paid.
- Paper submission:
You must complete the visa application form and submit your documents.
You can refer to this link to download the application form. Then send your documents to the relevant addresses located at the same link. Documents must be sent by post or courier. Note that you must also pay for the visa application. Otherwise, your application will not be processed.
- After applying for a visa, the Australian Government will review your application and decide whether to grant a visa. In some circumstances, you might be asked to provide further documentation.
Once your visa has been issued, you will be notified of the grant number, visa start date, and visa conditions. If your application is denied, you will be notified in writing and you will be explained whether you have the right to review the decision or not.
There are a few things to keep in mind:
- The applicants for the Business Visitor stream and Tourist stream (apply outside Australia) can use fast-track services if they travel to Australia from:
- China (but not Hong Kong or Macau)
- the United Arab Emirates
Fast-tracking costs AUD1,000, which must be paid by the applicant in addition to other costs. People who need to use this service must also complete Form 1472 – Business visitor and Tourist streams Fast-track processing request. If you are submitting your documents and application online, you can submit this form through your ImmiAccount. If you submit your documents in paper, you can contact Australian service partners in your home country.
Fast-tracked applications are usually processed within two working days, but it may take longer in some cases. It is not possible to fast-track your visa application under the following conditions:
- You have a health problem.
- There is a problem in your character.
- Your visa application has been rejected in the past.
Note that even if it takes more than two working days to process your visa application or your visa application is rejected, the fast-track fee will be refunded to you.
- Applicants applying for a Business Visitor stream from the People’s Republic of China can submit their application online to the Australian Visa Application Center (AVAC) in China.
- People applying for a Tourist stream (apply outside Australia) and their children are Australian citizens can get a longer visa. So they have to write a letter explaining:
- They are parents or step-parent of an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or citizen of New Zealand
- They plan to apply for a longer visa.
- If you are an applicant of the Approved Destination Status stream and you are 75 years old or older, you must provide proof of health insurance as well as your Yellow Book.
- Applicants applying for the Frequent Traveler Stream must submit their biometrics through the Australian Visa Application Center (AVAC) in China before applying for a visa.
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Let’s sum up …
In this section, we learned what documents we need to provide, how to apply, and what to pay to receive a Visitor visa (subclass 600). If you are looking for similar information about other Australia visas or visas from other countries, you can refer to the list at the top of the page. Do not forget that you can put your questions in the comments section so that our experts can answer them as soon as possible.