Australian Tourist visa stream of Visitor visas is for those who wants to visit Australia to see family, friends and tourism purposes.
Australian Tourist Visa stream of Subclass 600 is for those applicants who want to visit Australia to see their family and friends; or for tourism purposes. This stream is not for those who want to visit for business or medical treatment purposes.
As a holder of this visa you can:
If you are applying from outside Australia then your Australia tourist visa fees will be A$150 per applicant. Read for more information: Visa 600 Fees and Costs
If you are applying for tourist visa in Australia then your visa application fee will be A$380 per applicant. If you are applying for this visa second time since you last entered Australia, then your application fee will be A$1090 for each applicant lodging their second temporary visa application.
Fast track processing is a premium service that provides priority processing to Visitor visa (subclass 600) applicants. The fast-track application fee of A$1000 is in addition to the visa application charge. The department intends to finalise fast track visa applications within 48 hours excluding weekends and public holidays. However, it is not guaranteed that fast-track visa applications will be finalised within that 48 hour timeframe. Fast track visa application processing does not affect the Department of Home Affairs decisions on Visitor visa applications.
Some visa applications may take longer to finalise. However the normal processing times are as follows:
Read for more information: Visitor Visa Processing Time
You will need to lodge Australian tourist visa application online unless you are already in Australia, and your last substantive visa expired within last 28 days. If you are in Australia, and your last substantive visa expired within 28 days then you can apply for tourist visa for Australia by paper application.
There are no provisions to grant a tourist visa subclass 600 to applicants who are in Australia and apply for the visa more than 28 days after their last substantive visa ceased because they cannot satisfy Schedule 3 criteria 3001.
Read about tourist visa document checklist: Australian Tourist Visa Checklist
Your tourist visa application Australia must be accompanied by an invitation letter from a relative or a friend within Australia must have the following information:
You will also need to mention the following information of the person being invited:
If you apply for tourist visa 600 in Australia that will extend your stay for more than 12 consecutive months as the holder of a visitor visa or work and holiday visa or working holiday visa, then the visa cannot be granted unless there are exceptional circumstances. Exceptional circumstances may include:
Tourist visa subclass 600 lodged in Australia by applicants who hold a student visa or have held a student visa since last entering Australia, will not be able to meet the eligibility requirement, unless the case officer is satisfied that an applicant is not seeking to stay in Australia for the purpose of commencing, continuing or completing any studies or training in a registered course in which the applicant is enrolled. This means tourist visa can not be used by a student to complete studies where study duration of less than 3 months is pending.
Student visa holders in Australia may be eligible for a tourist visa subclass 600 to remain in Australia to attend a graduation ceremony, re-sit an examination or obtain accreditation.
The main difference between sponsored family stream and tourist stream is that; to apply for tourist visa 600 in sponsored family stream you must have a sponsor.
The case officer might ask an amount between A$5,000 to A$25,000, as security bond from the sponsoring relative. This bond is usually released when the visa applicant leaves Australia.
Yes, tourist visa is a substantive visa.
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