Visitor Visa (Subclass 600)
This is a new temporary visa allowing a stay in Australia of up to 3 or 6 or 12 months.
Applicants can apply from both outside and in Australia.
Some tourists or business visitors are eligible to lodge an online application for an e600 Tourist visa.
This visa has replaced the following visas:
- Tourist visa (subclass 676)
- Sponsored Family Visitor visa (subclass 679)
- Business (Short Stay) visa (subclass 456)
- Sponsored Business Visitor (Short Stay) visa (subclass 459).
There is an Application fee of $130.00
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.
The department decides on a case-by-case basis whether to ask for a security bond. The department will tell you in writing if you need to provide a bond, and this is usually between AUD5000 and AUD15 000 per person (but the department can ask for any amount)
There are four streams to this visa:
- Tourist stream
- Business Visitor stream
- Sponsored Family stream
- Approved Destination Status stream
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.
Business Visitor stream: for business people travelling to Australia for a short business visit. This includes making a general business or employment enquiry, negotiations or participating in a conference. 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 asked to provide a bond. You must be outside Australia when you apply and when the visa is decided. You cannot apply for another visa after you have arrived 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.