What to know about business visitor visas

Publish Date: Jul 22, 2015

A visa is required for everyone travelling to Australia who is not a citizen, regardless of whether they are visiting temporarily or permanently migrating to Australia.

For those temporarily travelling to the country, there are also a number of visas that individuals can apply for, depending on the purpose of their visit. For those travelling to the country on business, there are multiple business visas they can enter Australia on.

Which temporary visas can business travellers apply for? 

For those entering the country for business purposes, there are three different categories of visa they can apply for. These are:

  • Visitor visa (subclass 600) within the business visitor stream.
  • Electronic travel authority visa (subclass 601).
  • eVisitor business visa (subclass 651).

Finding the right visa category will largely depend on the passport individuals are going to rely on. For example, the eVisitor business visa (subclass 651) is open to applicants from a number of different countries in Europe. The visitor visa (subclass 600) is open to the widest number of nationalities. Each of the three different subclasses requires the applicant to meet different requirements.

All three subclasses of visas give applicants the opportunity to attend a trade show, make general business enquiries or renew contracts while in the country. Visa holders will also be eligible to study in certain circumstances within Australia on a business visa.

The eVisitor business visa and the Electronic travel authority will allow individuals to stay in Australia for up to three months at a time. A holder of a visitor visa will usually be allowed to stay in Australia for up to three months. The Electronic travel authority visa can be used for a year after they are awarded to an individual.

These are also just some of the examples where visa categories can overlap with business interests. Organisations in Australia that are seeking certain skills are able to sponsor migrants who possess the qualities they are looking for.

People looking to move to Australia for work can also apply for a permanent visa in order to undertake business activities within the country.

To learn more about the different visa categories that individuals can apply for, make sure to engage with a migration lawyer who can advise on business immigration. They can provide the specialised advice and support needed to ensure your application to visit or move to Australia is successful.

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