Australian Tourist Visa From India

The visitor visa to Australia from India is deemed as Subclass 600 Visitor Visa. Using this visa, Indians can visit Australia for business or tourism activities.

Visitor visa includes

  • Tourism activities like recreation, holidays and visiting friends or family.
  • Business visitor activities such as attending conference, exploratory visits or for negotiations.

This new visa has replaced earlier versions like:

  • Tourist visa (as per subclass 676)
  • Sponsored Family Visitor Visa ( as per sub class 679)
  • Short stay visa for business visit-(as per subclass 456).
  • Short stay visa for sponsored business visitor (as per sub class 459).

In sum, Subclass 600 visitor visa is for persons who want to travel to Australia to visit family, for sight-seeing or for business. It is deemed as a temporary visa. One can consult online sources for learning how to apply for Australian tourist visa in India.

This visa comprises of following streams:

  • Business visitor stream

This consists of business persons travelling to Australia for short business visits. This implies attending a conference, meeting or negotiation. One must be stationed outside Australia when you make n application and when the visa is being decided.

  • Tourism stream

This is meant for persons travelling to Australia for sightseeing, recreation or visiting family and friends. In case you are applying for this visa in Australia, you must be present in Australia when a decision is being made about the visa. In case you are applying for this visa, outside Australia, one must be outside Australia when the visa is being considered.

  • Sponsored Family stream

This is meant for persons travelling to Australia for visiting their family. Mostly, you must have a sponsor who will be asked to furnish a bond. You must be stationed outside Australia while it is being decided. You are not allowed to apply for another visa when you are in Australia.

FAST TRACK SERVICE

Beginning from December 2016, persons in India applying for Subclass 600 Visitor Visa ( in both Business and Tourist streams) at any AVAC ( Australian Visa Application Centre) in India can access an optional fast track priority service by paying an additional fee of  AUD 1000 ( around Rs. 53,000).

The majority of applications for Priority Service will be finalized within 48 hours after the application is submitted to the Australian High Commission. But all applicants should meet the legal stipulations spelt out in the migration legislation for grant of visitor visa such as the needs for meeting relevant character, health and security checks. If further information about you is required, fast track applications will not be processed within 48 hours.

The DIBP (Department of Immigration and Border Protection) does not agree to provide this service for visa applicants who have recorded character and health issues which need further investigation and those with adverse history of immigration.

There is no guarantee that the application will be processed within 48 hours. Also, fees once paid will not be refunded. Applicants are strongly advised to consider their personal situation with care, before approaching priority service.

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