Visa to Australia

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Long stay visa to Australia

Long stay visa to Australia is subclass 600 visa. It is designed for

  • travelers who are not on the ETA or eVisitor eligible country list
  • travelers who wish to take a trip to Australia for longer than 3 months, for tourism, business or visiting family or friends
  • travelers who are already inside Australia and wish to extend their visas

Difference between ETA/eVisitor and long stay visa

  • Processing time:

ETA/eVistor application is instant approval, however long stay visa can take up to 20 days to get processed and usually more documents/information are requested by Immigration office in Australia.

  • Eligible countries:

There are only a few eligible countries for ETA/eVisitor but there are a big selection of countries citizen who can apply for long stay visa.

  • Location when making the application:

Applicants must be outside of Australia while lodging ETA/evisitor applications. However long stay visa application can be made while inside Australia with the purpose of extending the current visa.

Validity of the long stay visa

Visa can be issued with single entry or multiple entries
Each entry can be valid for 3, 6 or 12 months

Conditions of the long stay visa

  • You must not work in Australia. Voluntary work may be permitted.
  • You must not study for more than 3 months in Australia.

Extend the current visa

If the current visa does not have “No further stay” condition, you can use this visa type to apply for the extension of your current visa, during the application process, you can stay inside Australia.

Medical requirements

If you are applying for more than 6 months, you may be asked to undergo a chest x-ray and/or medical examination. If you are over the age of 75 years old or coming from a country that Australian Immigration considers as having a level of risk, you will need to provide evidence that you can meet the visa’s medical requirements.

Proof of funds

When applying for long stay visa, you must have sufficient funds to support yourself during the whole stay in Australia. Immigration might ask for such proof, for example, bank statement.