Australia offers a wide range of visa categories, which can be applied based on the purpose of visit.
Types Of Australian Visa
The different types of Australian visas are as follows:
- Visitor Visa: It is exclusively designed for individuals who want to visit Australia only for a short time. This could either business or tourism purpose. This type of visa is issued for 3 months, 2 months, or a maximum of 12 months.
- Transit Visa (Subclass 771): It is exclusively designed for individuals who want to transit via Australia bot for not more than 72 hours.
- Medical Treatment Visa (Subclass 602): It is exclusively designed for individuals who want to have their medical consultations, medical treatments, or organ donation done in Australia. However, this does not include surrogacy.
- Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417): It is exclusively designed for individuals who are aged between 18 and 30 years old, provided that they are highly interested in having extended holidays and supplementing their savings with a short-term work for not more than 12 months. However, this visa category applies to citizens belonging to Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Cyprus, Finland, Estonia, Hong Kong, Germany, France, Italy, Ireland, Malta, Netherlands, Japan, Norway, Sweden, South Korea, United Kingdom, and Taiwan.
- Work and Holiday Visa (Subclass 462): It is exclusively designed for individuals who are aged between 18 and 30 years old, given that they are highly interested in having extended holidays and supplementing their savings with a short-term work for not more than 12 months. However, this visa category applies to citizens coming from China, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indonesia, Portugal, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Turkey, Thailand, Uruguay, and the United States.
- Student Visa (Subclass 500): It is exclusively designed for individuals who desire to study on a full-time basis in a reputed or recognized educational institution.
- Special Program (Subclass 416): It is exclusively designed for individuals who desire to participate in some approved programs, which offer opportunities for community benefit and cultural enrichment.
- Permanent Resident Visa: It is granted only if an individual qualifies to become a permanent resident of Australia. This visa type has separate laws and policies, which needs to be understood before applying. Once the visa status of an individual is changed to “permanent resident,” then he or she has complete rights to live and work in Australia indeterminately. With this, the person also has access to various benefits offered by the Australian Government like Medicare (Medical Coverage).
- RRV (Resident Return Visa) Subclass 155 & 157: This visa type permits former and current permanent residents to travel to any other country and return to the Australian zone again as a PR (Permanent Resident). An RRV allows the individual to re-enter Australia frequently but within the validity period. They are usually issued with a validity of either 3 months or 5 years.
- Special Category Visa (Subclass 444): It is issued only to the New Zealand citizens under the Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement, provided that he/she has a valid New Zealand visa with an authority to enter the Australian zone. With this visa, he/she can visit, reside, and work in Australia indefinitely. However, it is subject to a few strict conditions like no criminal records, no untreated TB (Tuberculosis), and not been removed/excluded/deported from a country. This visa is granted once the person arrives at an Australian Airport.
- Provisional Resident Return Visa (Subclass 159): It is issued to the former Norfolk Island immigration permit holders, which can either be GEP (General Entry Permit) or TEP (Temporary Entry Permit). The holders of this visa category can live and work in Norfolk Island and reside in a few regions of Australia but solely for education purpose. They can apply for a Confirmatory Resident Visa only after they qualify for the mentioned requirements.
- Confirmatory Resident Visa (Subclass 808): It is issued to the former Norfolk Island Immigration Permit holders, who were holding either a TEP/GEP or UEP (Unrestricted Entry Permit), provided that they have fulfilled all the requirements for residence. This visa permits the individuals to reside and work anywhere in Australia indefinitely. Also, they are free to leave as well as enter Australia as they wish, given that it is within the validity period.