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Electronic Travel Authority Visa Subclass 601

The Subclass 601, or Electronic Travel Visa, is for those that wish to visit Australia for the following reasons:

  • Business Purposes
  • As a Tourist or
  • To visit Family or Friends

The Subclass 601 visa is generally valid for one year, and the holder of this visa category can travel to the country as many times as they wish while the visa is valid. The maximum stay for each visit is capped at three months.

Why apply for an Electronic Travel Authority Visa 601?

The Subclass 601 visa or Electronic Travel Authorisation) is a temporary permit to the country. This visa allows its holder to-

  • Stay in the nation for-
    • Tourist purposes
    • To visit Family or Friends
    • As a Business Visitor
  • Study in the country in their respective field of interest (for a short course; up to 3 months); if the study period is for more than three months, a student visa is more appropriate

The electronic travel authorisation does not require any major fees outside of the online admin fees which are paid to the Australian Government.

What is the Validity of Subclass 601 Visa?

The Subclass 601 visa is available to those wishing to visit Australia for stays of less than three months and is valid for one year. During the visa term, the traveller can visit as many times as they wish providing each stay is no more than three consecutive months. There is no facility for extension of this visa category. If an applicant wishes to visit the country after the expiry of the subclass 601, they must apply for another visa category.

What is the Eligibility for Subclass 601 Visa?

To be eligible for a subclass 601 visa, the applicant must meet the Department’s requirements for the visa category.

  • The candidate must have an eligible passport. As per the requirements of the 601 visa category, only citizens/passport holders of the following countries can apply for the visa-
    • Andorra
    • Austria
    • Belgium
    • Brunei
    • Canada
    • Denmark
    • Finland
    • France
    • Germany
    • Greece
    • Hong Kong (SAR of China)
    • Iceland
    • Ireland
    • Italy
    • Japan
    • Liechtenstein
    • Luxembourg
    • Malaysia
    • Malta
    • Monaco
    • Norway
    • Portugal
    • Republic of San Marino
    • Singapore
    • South Korea
    • Spain
    • Sweden
    • Switzerland
    • Taiwan
    • The Netherlands
    • United Kingdom—British Citizen
    • United States of America
    • Vatican City
  • The applicant must be a genuine visitor and should obey the visa conditions.
  • The applicant must meet all the health and character requirements of the visa category.
  • The applicant must have paid back all the dues to the Australian Government (if there is any) or have made adequate payment arrangements.
  • If the applicant applies outside Australia, they must be outside Australia when the visa is granted. If they apply for immigration clearance, they must be in immigration clearance when the visa is granted.
  • The applicant must not have a history of canceled visas as it might lead to rejection of the visa application form.
  • The applicant must not have any criminal convictions for which the sentences total 12 months or more, whether or not they have served the sentences.
  • The applicant must be free from tuberculosis when they enter Australia.

For a favorable decision, the subclass 601 visa application form submitted should be accurate and supported by adequate documentary proof to validate that the applicant is a genuine visitor and intends to be in Australia temporarily.

In order to secure a favourable visa decision on your application, we recommend booking an appointment with our expert 601 visa immigration agents. The agents at E-Help are trained to counsel you based on your eligibility in line with visa conditions and requirements.

Other Conditions for a Subclass 601 Visa

On being granted the visa, the applicant must ensure:

  • If they are opting to study, the study duration does not exceed three months.
  • The visa holder cannot work while they are in Australia, other than for business visitor activities
  • If they are opting to engage in business visitor activities in Australia, they can not:
    • work for or provide services to a business or organisation in Australia
    • sell goods or services to the public.

Business Visitor Activities include:

  • Engaging in basic business or employment inquiries.
  • Making investigations, negotiations, signing, or reviewing a business contract.
  • Activities under an official government-to-government visit.
  • Engaging in conferences, seminars, business/trade fairs (for non-paid participation only).

All applicants are required to be covered by Australia’s national health scheme (Medicare) to cover all the health costs for the duration of stay in Australia. If you wish to learn more about the 601 visa conditions and eligibility, please call our office or send an online enquiry.

How to Apply for a Subclass 601 Visa

Before applying for the subclass 601 visa, the candidate must ensure that they hold a valid passport. The 601 visa is attached to a single passport, so if your passport is about to expire or is lost we recommend obtaining a new one to ensure a seamless visa process and visit to Australia. If you fail to get a new passport and your current passport expires your subclass 601 visa will cease and you will be require to apply for a new visa category.

Once you have confirmed a valid passport, it is essential that you gather any relevant evidence as per the visa conditions. This information must be accurate and complimentary to the facts you listed on your 601 visa application.

Upon completion of the forms, you can lodge your application with the Department alongside any logement or admin fees. From here your application will be assessed and the Department will notify you of the outcome.

If you require assistance filling our your application form, or have questions regarding the process and requirements of the subclass 601 visa application, please reach out to the expert team at E-help. Our visa consultants analyse each individual situation and will provide a visa solution best suited to your needs.

Processing Time for Subclass 601 Visa

The usual processing time for the 601 visa application differs depending upon the individual’s profile and processing option selected. As a rule of thumb, application processing can take anywhere from 4 to 24 hours depending on whether it is standard or rushed.

Communicate with a professional 601 visa immigration agent at E-Help for further details on the visa processing time and requirements.

Contact Us

In summary, the subclass 601 (ETA) is an electronic document structured for visa-exempt nationalities; this visa subclass facilitates their travel to Australia. For further information on the criteria or requirements, get in touch with our renowned immigration agents by calling us on +61 7 3172 4965. Our visa consultants will help make it a hassle-free process and ensure you qualify as per the requirements.
Contact us and book an appointment with our visa immigration agents today.

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