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Depending on the reason for your trip to Australia and your country of origin, you will need a visa to come to Australia. The Australian Embassy or Consular Representative in your Country is the place to get information about the type of visa you need and documents required. However, we will describe the main types of visas to give you an idea of what they are about. The duration of your visa and the type of documents required can vary from country to country.
Tourist Visa: Is for those intending to visit Australia for a period of not more than 3 months. Sometimes this visa can be renewed for another 3 months or the issuer may give you less than that. You are NOT allowed to work in Australia with a tourist visa, and if your visa gets close to its expiration date, you must renew it with the Department of Immigration before it expires or you will be illegal in the country. You can study in Australia with a Tourist Visa as long as the course duration doesn't exceed 11 weeks.
Student Visa: Is for those intending to study in Australia for a period of more than 12 weeks and studying full time (more than 25 hours per week). This visa will allow you to apply for a part time working visa after you have started your studies. A part time work visa allows you to work for up to 20 hours per week. The student visa has more requirements and documentation than the tourist visa, including compulsory Health Insurance that covers you for your period of study.
Business Visa: Can be for short term (3 months) or up to 4 years. The short term business visa is for those who are coming to Australia to do business over a small time frame. These include: Seminars, Conferences, Workshops, Meetings and some other activities. The long term business visa is basically for people who are going to work in companies from your own country that have a branch in Australia. They are also for people contracted by an Australian company to
fulfill certain requirements.
Holiday Working Visa: This Visa is only supplied to
travelers from Countries that have work agreements with Australia. It allows the person to work while
traveling Australia for a limited time.
Immigration: A Resident Visa, is for those people who wants to immigrate to Australia. All categories have different requirements, but the most common is the General Skills category in which you have to obtain a certain number of points and requirements to be successful.
Investors: This Visa is for those who plan to invest in Australia, for example, buying a business. The amount you have to use as well as the duration of the investment is set by the government.
12 months maximum, it allows professional experience in
real work environment in Australia.
Well, there are some other
visas, but they are not as popular as the ones mentioned above.
You can contact an Australian Embassy or Consulate and you can also contact a registered Australian Immigration Agent
or Student Agent in your Country.
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