Australia, considered both a country and a continent. The ‘Land Down Under’ is famous for its outback, rich cultural history, metropolitan cities, and cricket among other things. The country is attracts tourists from across the globe year round due to its numerous offerings such as unique zoos, beaches, coral reef, mountain ranges, etc. However, tourism is not the only thing why people visit Australia; the economic growth of the country coupled by its advanced education system attracts professionals and students from around the globe.
Indian citizens need to have a valid visa if they want to visit the nation of Australia, regardless of their purpose. However, the type of visa that you will need to apply for depends on the reasons and nature of your visit.
Based on the reason of your visit, below are three major types of visa that you should know about, but you should remember that the three types mentioned below are just broad categories, you will need to apply for specific types of visa based on the nature of your visit:
Tourist Visa: You should apply for a tourist visa if you want to visit Australia to enjoy any of the numerous tourist attractions or if you want to visit friends and family that reside in the country.
Work Visa: You should apply for a work visa if you have to visit the nation of Australia for professional reasons such as working for a company or a business.
Transit Visa: Transit visa is issued to people that have a flight or ship in and out of the country but have anywhere between a few hours and a couple of days of waiting time in Australia.
Once you understand the type of visa that will be needed, you can then start the application process. The application process for all types of visa mostly remains the same, but there are a few differences between each type. Mark
Here are the steps that you need to follow to apply for an Australian visa:
Select the type of visa that best suits your nature and reason for travel and download the specific type of visa application form.
You will need to provide relevant documentation supporting the reason for your visit. You can find the list of documents that will be required during the application process below. A important point that you should remember is that you should keep all your relevant documents handy as they will need to be submitted along with your application.
Ensure that you have sufficient funds that will be required for not just the application process and visa application but also to show that you will be to manage your travel in Australia. You will find the visa fees based on the type of visas below while the funds that are needed as proof that you will be able to take care of sustenance and accommodation depend on the type and duration of the visit.
You need to schedule an appointment at the AVAC for submission of application.
An important point that all applicants should note:
For you application to be considered valid application, you will need to lodge you application form that is complete and signed for the visa class that suits you the best and pay the required visa application fees. If you are aged below 18 years then your application must be signed by your parent or legal guardian.
Additionally, if any of your documents are not in English then you will need to provide a certified translation along with the documents.
Once the appointment is made to submit the documents, you will need to schedule an appointment at the visa application centre that is convenient for you to apply for your Australian visa.
There are two ways to apply for an Australian visa: online and offline.
The online application process is done through an ImmiAccount. While online application is the most convenient option to apply for a visa, it is not available for all types of visa; online application is available for the following types of visa:
You will need to visit the website and follow the steps based on your need and reason for visit.
For offline application, Australian Embassy suggests that you connect with their delivery partners VFS Global. The address for Australian visa application center is:
Australia Visa Application Centre (Mumbai North)
Trade Centre, 1st Floor,
Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (East),
Mumbai – 400051, India
You will need to visit the VFS website to book an appointment. However, you need to remember and adhere to the following instructions:
You need to ensure that you fulfil the eligibility criteria for an Australia visa. Australian government will not grant you a visa if you are deemed to have not met their character requirements.
The character requirements are:
Important note: It is the prerogative of the Minister whether he or she does not suspect you to be involved in people trafficking, people smuggling, a war crime, genocide, a crime involving slavery or torture, a crime against humanity, or a crime that is of serious international concern
You can visit the VFS website to check the status of your visa application or visit the Australian home office website if you have applied online through ImmiAccount.
There is no set processing time for your application. The processing time of an application is dependent on numerous factors, they are:
Whether all necessary supporting documents have been submitted when an application is lodged
The adequacy and promptness by which the requests for additional information have been attended
The amount of time it may take for required checks on information based on the type of visa
Duration taken to receive additional information from other departments
How many places are available in the Migration Programme.
A decision to grant or refuse your visa application may be made based on the information and documentation that you provide at the time of lodgement.
The documents required for an Australian visa are:
|1||The application form should be completed and signed by the applicant|
|2||Passport should be valid beyond a period of a minimum of three months after the tentative date of departure.
Passport should have at least two of its pages blank
The passport should not be more than a decade old.
No handwritten amendment or alteration should exist on the data page
|3||Two photographs: should abide by the international standards for photographs as established in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)|
|4||Valid permit of return (may not be applicable in every case)|
|5||Cover letter: it should explain the nature and purpose of of the trip|
|8||Travel itinerary in case of round-trip flight bookings|
a) a minor should be accompanied by at least one parent who should provide a Original notarized NOC by the other parent in addition to the copies of passports or IDs of parents
b) a minor, if travelling alone, should provide a Original notarized NOC that has to be signed by both parents / legal guardians, plus copies of passports or IDs of parents
|10||Copy of the present passport in its entirety|
|11||Original(s) of previous passport(s) or proof of loss|
An Australian tourist visa is given to people that intent to visit the nation of Australia for tourism or to visit friends and family who reside in Australia. The tourist visa is necessary for Indian citizens if they wish to visit Australia. The tourist visa is also known as visitor visa.
Generally, a maximum of three months is allowed as the duration of visit for a tourist visa. However, there are exceptions to these rules, they are:
The eligibility criterion for Australian tourist visa is the same as the general eligibility criteria for visa applications mentioned above. However, a minor difference is that any Indian citizen intending to study a short course with duration of three months or less can also apply for a tourist visa.
There are multiple types of Australia tourist visa, they are:
The application process for Australian tourist visa is the same as the general application process for visa applications mentioned above.
The documents required for Australian tourist visa are the same as the general documentation requirement for visa applications mentioned above.
As mentioned above, there are different Australia visa types, they are classified into different subgroups based on the purpose, nature and duration of the visit; they are:Visiting Australia
An Australian tourist visa is given to people that intent to visit the nation of Australia for tourism or to visit friends and family who reside in Australia.Working in Australia
This visa is issued to Indian citizens who intend to visit the nation of Australia to work for a company or to start a business.Studying in Australia
This visa is issued to Indian citizens who intend to visit the nation of Australia to study at the educational institutes in the nation. However, the reputation of the institute and the course carry a lot of weightage of the visa.Migrating to Australia
This visa is issued to Indian citizens who intend to migrate to the nation of Australia. A cover letter is required to express the reasons why you intend to do so and why should the government of Australia accept it.Temporary Residents
This visa is issued to Indian citizens who wish to become temporary residents of Australia. The reason could be due to work or personal reasons or research. A cover letter is required to express the reasons why you intend to do so and why should the government of Australia accept it.Refugee and Humanitarian Entrants
This visa is issued to individuals who are either looking for refuge or those who intend to visit the nation for humanitarian purposes. However, there are specific conditions needed to be recognized as a refugee.
The duration of each of the visa is type is determined by the government of Australia based on the nature and other relevant information of each individual application.
Regardless of whether you are applying online or offline you will need to visit the website to calculate your visa fee. However, for those who intend to apply offline through VFS Global Services, you will need to pay an additional amount to them as application processing charge.
Mode of Payment of Visa Fees:
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No, Indians are not eligible for Visa on Arrival. You will need to apply for visa in India and ensure that it is approved and valid.
Yes, the applicants can apply online. There is an online application form available on the official website of the Australian Embassy. You will need to create Immi Account to apply online.
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