Choosing a visitor visa to suit your circumstances will become easier from March 23, with the introduction of changes that are part of the Australian Government’s visa simplification and deregulation project.
Visas that will no longer be available from March 23 are:
- Business (Short Stay) (subclass 456) visa
- Sponsored Business Visitor (Short Stay) (subclass 459) visa
- Tourist visa (subclass 676) visa
- Sponsored Family Visitor (subclass 679) visa
- Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) (Business—Long Validity) (subclass 956) visa
- ETA (Business—Short Validity) (subclass 977) visa
- ETA (Visitor) (subclass 976) visa
- Medical Treatment visa (Short Stay) (subclass 675) visa
- Medical Treatment visa (Long Stay) (subclass 685) visa
People who would have previously applied for one of the above visas can choose from the new simplified visitor visa group:
- Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) (subclass 400) visa
- Visitor (subclass 600) visa
- Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) (subclass 601) visa
- Medical Treatment (subclass 602) visa
- eVisitor (subclass 651) visa
These changes have not removed pathways. If an applicant is genuinely eligible for a visitor visa before March 23, they will remain eligible for a simplified visa after that date.
As part of these changes, there is now a clearer separation between work and business visitor activities. The new Visitor (subclass 600) visa, the ETA (subclass 601) visa and the eVisitor (subclass 651) visa will have a ‘no work’ component but will allow business visitor activities to be undertaken such as:
- making a general business or employment enquiry
- investigating, negotiating, entering into, or reviewing a business contract
- an activity carried out as part of an official government-to-government visit
- participating in a conference, trade fair or seminar in Australia unless the person is being paid by an organiser for participation.
A business visitor cannot undertake work for an organisation or person based in Australia and cannot sell goods or services directly to the general public.
Transitional arrangements for existing visa holders
If you are a holder of one of the existing visas, you do not need to do anything. Your current visa will remain valid until the visa expiry date. Current visa holders can check their visa expiry date using VEVO.
For more information see: www.immi.gov.au/visas/visitor-visa/