Visitor visas

Temporary visas that allow you to visit Australia for up to 12 months

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The tourist stream is for visitors wishing to visit Australia for tourism purposes.


This is for people coming to Australia to conduct business meetings and want to see the sites. Not to be confused with a standard business visa.

Frequent traveller

Frequent travellers who have been approved before can apply for priority consideration. You must be outside of Australia to apply for this visa and it be granted.

Family sponsored

If you’ve got a family member who is an Australian or New Zealand Citizen, this visa is for them to sponsor you.


If you’ve got a child who is an Australian or New Zealand Citizen, this visa is for them to sponsor you.

PR Family

If you’ve got a family member who is an Australian Permanent Resident, this visa is for them to sponsor you.


What you can you do on this visa?

You might be able to get this visa if you are travelling to Australia:

  • as a visitor
  • for business visitor activities
  • to visit family
  • on a tour with a registered travel agent from the People’s Republic of China.

What you can’t you do on this visa?

You will not be able to work in Australia on this visa.

You must not study or train in Australia for more than three months.

If you have a ‘No further stay’ condition on your visa, you cannot apply for a new visa while you are in Australia, except in extremely limited circumstances. You must leave Australia no later than the date on which your visa ends.

What you need to have to get this visa?

To be granted this visa, you must:

  • meet health and character requirements
  • have enough money to support yourself during your stay in Australia
  • intend to do the activities in the Tourist stream.
  • You must be able to show that you are travelling to Australia as a genuine visitor, for example as a tourist, for recreation or to visit your family and friends.
  • You must be outside Australia when the visa is decided.
  • You could be asked to prove that you hold 12 months of health insurance cov​er.

The visa application process

Step 1

Check your eligibility and make payments.

Step 2

Complete the application and supply supporting documents.

Step 3

Our agent will review your application and will let you know if there are any issues.

Step 4

Our agent will submit your application with DHA. You’ll also need to pay DHA the visa fee.

Visa processing times by the Department of Home Affairs

Stream 75% applications processed 90% applications processed
Tourist* 17 days 29 days
Business 9 days 15 days
Frequent traveller 13 days 14 days
Family sponsored 36 days 56 days
Parents 36 days 56 days
Permanent Resident family 36 days 56 days

*Processing times range from 48 hours to more than 20 days depending on factors such as peak processing periods in a particular location.

Last updated 15 May 2018

What happens next?

When your visa is granted, the Department will tell you how long your visa lasts and how many times you can enter Australia.

  • You could be allowed to enter only once. If so, you will need to apply for a new visa if you want to return to Australia again after you leave.
  • You could be able to travel to and from Australia as many times as you want while your visa is valid, but the time you spend in Australia cannot be more than the period of stay that you have been granted.

If the visa is not granted, the Department will let you know:

  • why the visa was refused;
  • your review rights (if any). Where applicable, your sponsor can apply for the decision to be reviewed;
  • the time limit for lodging an appeal.

Our expertise

We are backed by an experienced panel of Registered Australian Migration agents who ensure every applicant has their best foot forward. Our panel is rigorously evaluated and must have the following minimum requirements:

  • Registered Australian Migration Agent
  • 5+ years experience
  • >99% approval record for visa applicants
  • Bachelor of Law Degree
  • Plus, we put people first and really care about making the application process better.

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How we can help you:

  • Create your profile, store your evidence and documents, fully accessible throughout your entire migration journey
  • Final review by a Registered Australian Migration Agent
  • Lodgement by a Registered Australian Migration Agent
  • You are the main point contact for all correspondence with DHA
For an extra AU$400 (Total cost from $725) You will be assigned a Registered Migration Agent that will guide you every step of the way through the visa application. Sign up

Get an expert to guide you:

  • All the standard services above
  • Agent assistance with the entire application, including if required, assisting with:
    • Templates for supporting evidence
    • Coordinate your medical examination*
    • Arrange your police checks*
    • Translate your documents*
    • Prepare letter of intent
  • Provide ongoing status reports concerning developments as they occur
  • Registered Australian Migration Agent as main point of contact with the Department of Home Affairs

Pricing includes GST

Important Notice: The Fees charged by OpenVisa is for the Services selected and does not include any fees charged by DHA for lodgement of the Visa Application. You shall pay DHA the Visa Application Fee for the migration application. The application fee is payable to DHA at the time of lodging the application. You understand and accept that whatever the outcome of the migration application, these fees, including those charged by OpenVisa are not refundable.

It may be necessary for you to pay additional fees such as medical cost for the purposes of medical examination(s), translations/ interpreters, costs of obtaining police clearances from Australia and overseas authorities.

DHA – Department of Home Affairs