An Overview of the Types of Australian Visas

Australian Visa TypesAustralia is one of the most popular destinations in the world.  If you are to ask someone about what they think about Australia, you’re probably hear descriptions as beaches and sceneries, cosmopolitan, Great Barrier Reef and outdoor living.  But unless you are a citizen of New Zealand, you will have to apply for a travel permit or a visa.

There are several types of Australian visas depending on your purpose for wanting to travel in Australia.

You can apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (Tourist), a Sponsored Family Visitor Visa or a just a plain Visitor visa for recreational or social reasons.  These includes going to Australia when visiting friends and family, sightseeing, on a holiday or other non-business, short-term or work-related issues.

If you have an intention to participate in the Overseas Student Program of Australia, you will need to register to a full-time course and to do that, you have to apply for an Australian Student Visa.

For a business trip in Australia for less than 3 months, you will need to apply for a Short-Stay Business Visa which can allow you to enter Australia only for business meetings and conferences.  However, you may need a different type of visa if you are the organizer of a conference or business event in Australia.  For long term employment in the country, a company should be willing to sponsor you and employ you for a period of up to four years.

You can also participate in the Working Holiday Program in Australia which will allow you to be casually employed even if you are just less than 18 to 30 years old.  If you are going to Australia for a medical treatment or consultation, you will have to obtain a Medical Treatment Visa.

You can obtain a Retirement Visa if you would like to spend your retirement years in Australia.  A Transit Visa is perfect for you just want to stop over in the country when you’re on your way to somewhere else.

You can participate in the Migration Program in Australia if you want to permanently immigrate to the place.  The migration program usually covers skilled workers who can contribute to the Australian economy.  Refugees can also participate in the Humanitarian Program.

If you are a permanent resident of Australia but is not an Australian citizen, you will have to apply for a Resident Return Visa to let you back in the country if you only temporarily leave the country.

Each Australian Visa can be obtained under different conditions and may sometimes require additional documents along with the application.  The only thing that you will find common with all these visas is that each one needs to specifically state the length of your stay in the country.

It is also possible that you are going to undergo a chest x-ray or a complete medical examination for you to complete the requirements for your visa application.  This is however unlikely if you are only staying in Australia for 3 months, unless you have a serious medical condition.