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What you need to know before coming to Australia.

Thinking of coming to Australia for a holiday, work, business or to study? Before you do, there are a number of important things you should know before applying for, or being granted, an Australian visa.

Check out our Coming to Australia video  for helpful information about applying for the right type of visa, application requirements and the importance of complying with visa conditions.

You can create an ImmiAccount and save time by applying for your visa application online. If you’re not sure which visa to apply for, the Find a Visa tool on our website can help.

You can check your visa details at any time online using a free service known as VEVO or Visa Entitlement Verification Online: www.immi.gov.au/vevo

You need to know your visa expiry date and follow the conditions of your visa.

If something happens which affects your immigration status while you are in Australia, you need to speak with an immigration officer as soon as you can. This might be if you need to stay longer than your visa allows you or you want to apply for a different visa.

If you realise your visa has expired you need to contact the Department immediately.

Enjoy your time in Australia.

Comments (1)


In addition to all of this, it is sometimes necessary, or helpful to seek immigration advise from a Registered Migration Agent.
- They can provide you with a fast and timely response to your questions.
- A Registered Migration Agent can also smooth the pathway, and reduce the confusion and stress associated with applying for a visa.

Obviously there is no requirement to use a Migration Agent, however when it really matters, and you don't want to risk "getting it wrong" on a technicality, it might be worth considering.