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Visa Types

A visa is an official permit that allows its holder to enter a foreign country legally. The visa is usually a stamped document or glued into the bearer’s passport. There are several types and categories of visas, each of which facilitates the holder with different host countries’ rights.

You will need a valid visa to enter the country unless you are a citizen of the country or an eligible New Zealand citizen. Australia has a diverse range of visa choices to offer to the world at large. You can apply for a suitable visa category based on your requirements and visa eligibility conditions.

Australia is truly a Paradise. The country is blessed with beauty, but it also has endless opportunities, especially for those on the lookout for a high quality of life. From world-class education, developed economy, beautiful landscapes, and a relaxed lifestyle to its rich cultural diversity, many reasons draw immigrants to Australia. An English speaking country, Australia has a stable economic market and cosmopolitan culture. Those willing to enter the Australian land come for specific reasons or purpose. They are accordingly allocated and permitted visas. Based on the time validity, the visa permit facility in Australia can be divided into two parts-

Temporary visa- Temporary visas are for persons who want to enter the country for a fixed period and are not allowed a permanent or indefinite stay. Usually, the validity of a temporary visa is mentioned in the visa grant letter. A temporary visa holder may apply for a permanent visa (if eligible) at a later stage. Temporary visas are generally granted for specific reasons or purposes.

Permanent Visa- Permanent visas are the visa category that allows its holder to permanently stay in the country for an indefinite period. An individual with a permanent residence can settle in Australia and sponsor his family members for permanent residency in Australia. A permanent resident is free to work or study as per their choice in their respective field of interest.
A permanent resident can also:

  • Enrol in the free public health care scheme of the Government.
  • Travel to and from the country as many times as they wish for five years.
  • Apply for citizen (if eligible)

The holders of a permanent visa category in Australia are entitled to almost the same rights and benefits as a citizen with a few differences. The processing for a permanent visa category is usually higher than a temporary visa category as the assessment procedure for a permanent visa application is more thorough.

A valid visa comes with certain terms and conditions attached to it. A visa holder must always ensure compliance with the applicable visa conditions during their stay in the country. Breach of any of the visa conditions might result in the cancellation of the visa. A visa with a ‘No Further Stay’ condition prevents holders from applying for any other temporary and permanent visas while they are in the country.

Depending on the reasons for visit the visa categories can be classified as –

Work Visas- The Australian Government designs the work visas to allow individuals to come to the country to work in a specific field or under a specific employer as per the visa conditions. The holder of a work visa in Australia enjoys the same safety rights and employment benefits as any other native of the country.

Skilled Visas- The skilled visas are a different class of visas designed by the Australian Government for skilled workers and those in demand in the country, and such professional skills are not easily in the local labour market. If you wish to come to the country to work, you need a visa that suits your skilled work. The skilled workers and professionals applying for a skilled visa in the country need to choose and be nominated for an occupation (as per the applicant’s skills and experience) falling in the country’s relevant skilled occupation list.

Business Visas- The business visa scheme is for Businesses, Investors, and Individuals to expand their horizons and traverse new opportunities.

The country’s business visa scheme is designed to boost the country’s economy and provide assistance to organizations with business interests and associations in the country.

Family visas- Family visas in Australia have been designed to provide a pathway for family members to sponsor their parents, children, spouse, or partner to be with them in Australia. There are several options to bring your family members to the country. If you are planning to migrate to Australia, you can bring your family with you to the country on dependent visas.

Student visas- A student visa in Australia is a temporary visa that allows you to stay in the country for a specified time period to undertake studies at Australian universities and educational One may extend their student visa for undertaking additional courses or may apply for a new visa if they wish to work after the completion of their studies. You will have to lodge a new visa application for your visa extension before the expiry of your existing visa.

Tourist visas- A tourist visa is usually granted to a foreign citizen wishing to visit the country for recreation, sightseeing, casual visit to meet friends and relatives, or for business activities that include – general business or government inquiries, business negotiations, government visits, attending conferences, seminars, job interviews or professional examinations.

Mix work and travel visas- Work and Travel visa categories in Australia are framed to allow certain foreign travellers between 18 and 30 (inclusive) years old to have an extended holiday in Australia while supplementing their funds with short-term work. This temporary permit to the country is valid for a specific time period.

Bridging visas- Bridging visas in Australia are basically transitory visas that permit their holder to remain in the country for a certain period of time. Usually, bridging visas follow your current substantive visa expiration while waiting for the decision on an application for another substantive visa to be processed.

New Zealand Citizen visa- New Zealand citizens do not need to apply for a visa before coming to Australia. They can visit and work in the country on the basis of a single entry, temporary visa that ends when you leave Australia.

Protection and refugee visas- These visas are for people who arrive in Australia on a valid visa and want to seek asylum. These visas are granted if you fall under Australia’s protection obligations and meet all other requirements for the grant of the visa.

Special category visas- Australia’s immigration authorities usually grant you a special category visa if you arrive in Australia on a New Zealand passport. This visa is usually issued upon your arrival. The type of conditions of the visa you get depends on when you arrived in Australia.

There are other forms of visa types based on specific circumstances and personal profiles; get in touch with our professional visa agents for more details.

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