Tourist Stream

For most applicants looking to come to Australia as a tourist, the tourist stream is generally the most appropriate. This will permit you to visit Australia for up to 3 months for sightseeing, attending events or any other form of tourism. To qualify for this stream, you must satisfy the following:

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Genuine Temporary Entrant as a tourist

You must demonstrate to the Department that it is not in your interest to overstay the visa. Depending on which country you are a citizen of and what your personal circumstances at home, the Department may suspect your intention.

If you are from an underdeveloped country, you may need to establish with evidence that you need to return to your home country upon expiry of your prospective visitor visa if granted. Many people have their applications refused due to their failure in being recognized as a genuine temporary entrant.

 

Financial Support for Tourist Visas

You must also show that you have, or have access to, sufficient finances to fund your travel. If the Department does not consider that you can financially afford your trip, your application would likely be refused. If someone else is paying for your travel, this may potentially cause complications, especially if the financier is your Australian partner.

 

Relevant Public Interest Criteria

All applicants must satisfy the following:

  • 4001, 4002, 4003, 4004, 4005, 4011, 4013, 4014, 4020 and 4021.

Applicants under the age of 18 must also satisfy the following:

  • 4012, 4017 and 4018.

 

Relevant Special Return Criteria

5001, 5002 and 5010.

 

Stay Limitation on Tourist Visas

In some cases, you may apply for a visitor visa while you are in Australia on a different temporary visa. However, if granting your visitor visa is to result in you staying in Australia for more than 12 months in the last 18 months, your application would likely be refused.

 

Touristic Visit

The purpose of your stay must be for tourism or to visit people in Australia. You cannot apply under this stream if you intend to receive medical treatment or engage in business activities whilst in Australia. Furthermore, you cannot utilise this stream to finish off a study course which you were unable to complete previously whilst on a Subclass 500 student visa.

 

Family Sponsorship and Security

In some cases, the Department may request that you will be sponsored by a relative who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident. It rarely happens, but when there is serious concern that you may not return to your home country, the Department may request a bond from the sponsoring relative. The amount of the bond may vary. In extreme cases, a relative may be requested to give as much as $5,000 or more for this purpose. This bond is refunded fully if you leave Australia before your visa expires. If you apply for another substantive visa onshore, the bond will not be refunded. 

 

Tourist Visa Conditions

–  If the applicant is sponsored, the Department will impose the following visa conditions:

    • 8101: The holder must not engage in work in Australia.
    • 8201: While in Australia, the holder must not engage, for more than 3 months, in any studies or training.
    • 8503: The holder will not, after entering Australia, be entitled to be granted a substantive visa, other than a protection visa, while the holder remains in Australia.
    • 8531: The holder must not remain in Australia after the end of the period of stay permitted by the visa.

–  If the applicant is not sponsored and is not suffering financial hardship, the Department will impose the following visa conditions:

    • 8101: The holder must not engage in work in Australia.
    • 8201: While in Australia, the holder must not engage, for more than 3 months, in any studies or training.

–  If the applicant is not sponsored and is not suffering financial hardship, the Department may impose the following visa conditions:

    • 8501: The holder must maintain adequate arrangements for health insurance while the holder is in Australia.
    • 8503: The holder will not, after entering Australia, be entitled to be granted a substantive visa, other than a protection visa, while the holder remains in Australia.
    • 8558: The holder must not stay in Australia for more than 12 months in any period of 18 months.

–  If the applicant is not sponsored and is suffering financial hardship, the Department will impose the following visa conditions:

    • 8201: While in Australia, the holder must not engage, for more than 3 months, in any studies or training.

–  If the applicant is not sponsored and is suffering financial hardship, the Department may impose the following visa conditions:

    • 8503: The holder will not, after entering Australia, be entitled to be granted a substantive visa, other than a protection visa, while the holder remains in Australia.

 

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