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What type of visa do you need to travel to Australia

However, this doesn’t guarantee that you will be able to acquire it. To get an Australian visa you must provide information like the details of your travel, who you are, where you came from, and other things.

There are nine visa types. Some of them have subcategories. However, in this article, we will cover only the main categories of visas.

  • Travel;
  • Working holiday;
  • Skilled migration;
  • Business;
  • Family and Spouse;
  • Resident return;
  • Employer-sponsored;
  • Student;
  • Sponsored business visitor.


Traveling to Australia

This type of Australian visa will be suitable for those traveling to Australia or intending to stay there for a short season.

Two types of tourist visas are available. EVisitor visa allows you a stay for up to 3 months and you can acquire it for free.

The second type is called Tourist Visa Visitor. Acquiring it could cost you from 140 to 1020 Australian dollars. With this travel document, you could stay in Australia for up to 12 months.

Working holiday

This type of visa is used for working and traveling in Australia for a period of one year. It can be granted to those who are between 18 and 30 years old.

Many people apply for it so you must meet many requirements and be one of the first ones to apply to get it.

You must also prove the level of your English is sufficient. If you don’t come from the UK, US, Canada, New Zealand, or Ireland, then you must pass one of the internationally renowned English tests.

Skilled migration

If you are skilled in a particular profession, then you might be eligible to apply for the General Skilled Migration Program. Your skills must be in demand in Australia and you must pass general IELTS with a better score than 6.

You must also comply with the general professional requirements that the assigned authority requested for your validation.


This type of Australian visa is meant for investors, senior executives, and those owning a successful business. Its purpose is to encourage these people to develop new opportunities in the Australian economy.

There are subclasses in this visa type for different occasions. You will have different requirements and options depending on you being a business owner, investor or having other business relations.

Family and spouse

This Australian visa type is suitable for family members and spouses of Australian citizens or permanent residents. Formally established relationships are also eligible.

If you get this visa as a spouse or a legal partner, your partner must sponsor you for at least 2 years. After this period has passed you can apply for permanent residence.

You will need to provide proof of your relation to an Australian citizen or permanent resident to acquire it.

Resident return

This type of travel document is required for everybody that is non-citizen but are permanent residents in Australia wishing to temporary leave Australia.

Chances are that you will be granted this visa when your initial 5-year residence visa has expired.


The Skilled Temporary Business visa is the most commonly used travel document to ensure overseas workers with an opportunity to come and work for an Australian company.

Special arrangements are available in the regional areas of Australia. By getting this Australian visa you will get temporary residence status in Australia without any restrictions.


This type of travel document is most suitable for those coming to Australia to study. It also allows working part-time for no more than 20 hours per week during the study period.

You must enroll in a government recognized study course to be eligible. It has to be at least 3 months long and you will be granted this visa for the study time plus vacation time.

The visa has no age limit. Additionally, you don’t have to prove the level of your English and your partner can join you as well.

Sponsored business visitor

This type of Australian visa allows local, state, government and federal agencies to offer formal short stay sponsorship to business visitors.

Those traveling to Australia with this travel document have a maximum stay of three months. This stay is meant for business purposes only.

This covers attending conferences and training but doesn’t cover employment.


There are nine different Australian visa types available for certain occasions. You can either work, travel or study in Australia with these visa types. Each of them is granted for a different period of time depending on the type of travel document and your specific needs and circumstances. For more information, head over to the immigration and services section on Australian governments’ home page.

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