Last updated: 12/09/2019
Planning a trip to the other side of the planet? Because you will need to plan ahead and arrange a tourist visa for Australia! In this post, you will find the step-by-step with all the necessary procedures for this. Check out all the tips below!
BEFORE YOU START READING THIS POST…
- Viajonários is a travel blog that seeks to help travelers by sharing relevant information, itineraries and tips. We We are not Australian visa experts and, like most, we took a tourist visa to visit the country.
- Because of this, We are unable to answer specific questions. that you might have. To that end, we kindly ask you to direct your inquiry directly to the Australian immigration department, the people best able to answer any questions you may have. If you prefer a personalized service in Portuguese, we recommend the iVisa.
- Please, before asking a question, read in the comments field if your question has already been asked. You'll get your quick reply and we'll avoid repetitive comments.
- The official website reports that you must YES send a translation if your document is not in English. We don't know what might happen if you don't ship, because we ship everything as requested. If you have questions, contact the immigration department.
- Remember it's important send a document that demonstrates a link to your country of origin so that the immigration department does not suspect that you want to enter the country and stay there illegally after your visa expires. See what is best for you: letter from the employer, document of property ownership, etc. O failure to submit may cause your visa application to be delayed or denied.
- If you have any problems with the form, try accessing the page again with your username and password. If the problem persists, contact Australia's immigration department. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do in this case.
TOURIST VISA TO AUSTRALIA
One thing you don't have to worry about is that the process for getting a tourist visa for Australia is much simpler than the process for getting a visa to enter the United States. everything is done online and the requested documents can be attached by computer, without the need to send/show originals or certified copies. This is already great news, because you can do the entire procedure in the comfort of your own home and, at the end of the process, pay the fee through your bank's website. There are several types of tourist visa, but the most suitable for Brazilian tourists is the Visitor Visa (subclass 600). With this visa, any Brazilian can stay in Australia for up to 12 months. We will not talk about other types of visas for Australia in this post, as we have no experience in the matter.
STEP-BY-STEP TO GET A TOURIST VISA FOR AUSTRALIA
1. COMPLETING THE ONLINE FORM
The entire visa application process must be done through the official website of the Australian Department of Immigration. Access this link to begin. The entire site is in English, so we're going to talk screen by screen what you should fill in if you don't master the language. You will have to inform personal data, the reason for the trip and the time you intend to stay in the country, in addition to other data. Let's go from the beginning:
STEP 1: ACCESS
This is the initial screen for starting the online application for a tourist visa for Australia. Here, on your first login, you will need to create an account (Creat an ImmiAccount). Click on the button to start creating your registration.
STEP 2: CREATING YOUR REGISTRATION
If you are applying for a visa for yourself or a family member, click on the visa type option as “Individual”. On this screen you will enter your last name (Family Name), your Name (Given Name), your telephone (don't forget to put +55 which is the DDI code for Brazil). add your email address and repeat it to confirm it on the next line. Click on the “Continue” button at the bottom right. Next, you will need to create a password (mix uppercase, lowercase and numbers).
STEP 3: EMAIL CONFIRMATION
When you create your account to apply for a tourist visa for Australia, you will receive a confirmation email with a link. You must click on this link to confirm receipt of the email and activation of your registration. The link is valid for 28 days and if you do not confirm your registration, it will be cancelled. Now it's time to start filling out the form.
STEP 4: CREATING A VISA REQUEST
Logged into your account, you will start filling in the requested information. Click “Continue”. Then you will see the screen below. Click on the “New Application” link to start a new application.
STEP 5: CHOOSE YOUR VISA TYPE
On this screen you will need the type of visa you will apply for. Click on “Visitor” (penultimate option) and then click on “Visitor Visa (600)”. On the next screen, a screen will appear where you need to click on a checkbox to inform that you agree with the “Terms and Conditions”. You can click on the link that will take you to the document if you want more information. Then click “Next”.
STEP 6: ENTER YOUR LOCATION
On the next screen, the question will appear: “Is the applicant currently outside Australia?”, that is, “Is the applicant currently outside Australia?”. Answer “YES” and click on “Next” for other information to appear on this same screen. Under “Current Location”, select where you live. In “Legal Status”, you need to put your legal status in the country: citizen (citizen), permanent resident, visitor, student, worker on visa, without legal or other status.
Then you will need to inform the reason for the trip. In case of tourism, select the option “Tourist stream (tourism/visit family or friends)”. You will need to choose the reasons for visiting the country in “List all reasons for visiting Australia”, selecting Tourism. You can add other reasons if necessary. In the large blank area you will need to enter the dates you intend to stay in Australia and the places you will visit. If you have difficulty in exposing this information in English, use the Google translator. In the following questions (Group Processing and Special Category of Entry) select “No” for both. Click “Next” to proceed to the next screen.
STEP 7: PERSONAL INFORMATION
Next, you must inform your passport data, full name, gender, date of birth, passport number, date of issue and expiry of the passport and the place where it was issued. Then, you can indicate one more ID document, inform the place of birth and marital status (relationship status): married, engaged, divorced, separated, widowed, never married, de facto (stable relationship).
Finally, at the bottom of the page there are a series of questions and you must select Yes or No.
STEP 8: WHO TRAVELS WITH YOU
Now, in “Travel Companions”, you need to let us know if someone is going to travel with you to Australia. If so, click the “Add” button to add information about this person: full name, date of birth and what relationship this person has with you. If you are traveling alone, leave this blank and proceed to the next page.
STEP 9: CONTACT INFORMATION
You need to fill in all your details for “Residencial Address”, “Contact Telephone Numbers”, click “Yes” on the “Postal Address” option, to confirm that the address provided above is the your place of residence and, finally, enter your email address in “Electronic Communication”. By clicking “Next”, you will be asked if you authorize another person to receive correspondence on your behalf. As everything is done by email, click “No”.
STEP 10: TELL YOUR RELATIVES
At this stage of completing the tourist visa application form for Australia, you will need to provide information about your relatives. We only include father, mother and siblings informing the name, surname, date of birth and degree of kinship.
STEP 11: DATA OF YOUR TRIP TO AUSTRALIA
It is in this part of the form that you need to detail your itinerary through Australia. Based on your itinerary, let us know what date your flight will land in Australia (if you haven't already purchased a ticket, provide an estimate) and what date you plan to stay. Under “Length of staying in Australia”, choose the option ('Up to 3 months', or 'up to three months'). Under “Multiple Entries”, you must inform if you intend to enter more than one once in the country during the validity period of the visa. We put “Yes” because you never know if there is a new opportunity to return to the country, or to take a flight that has a stopover there, right?
At the end of this part of the form, there are two questions:
- Study While in Australia? (Will you study while in Australia?)
- Relatives, Friends and Contacts in Australia? (Relatives, friends or contacts in Australia?)
In both cases we answered “NO” because it was not in our plans to study there during the trip and we have no acquaintances in the country.
STEP 12: PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION
Now you need to talk about your current job in Brazil or where you reside. You will have to inform if you are employed. If you are unemployed, enter “unemployed”. If you are self-employed (self-employed), select the “self-employed” option. Then, inform the name of the company, date of admission, full address, telephone and email where you work. Once completed, proceed to the next screen by clicking “Next”.
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STEP 13: FUNDS
On this screen, the Australian Department of Immigration wants you to detail how you will pay for your trip so that you can see if you have enough money to stay there for the period you have entered. You will have to select one of the options:
- self funded (you will pay for travel expenses)
- Supported by current overseas employer (if the trip will be paid for by the employer)
- Supported by other organization (if the trip will be paid for by another organization)
- Supported by other person (if the trip will be paid for by someone else)
There is a text box where you will be asked what types of funds you will be using to fund your trip to Australia. Here you can put (in English) that you have credit cards what their limit and/or will take cash.
STEP 14: SERIES OF “YES” OR “NO” QUESTIONS
In the following 3 screens of the form you will have to answer a series of questions by selecting the options “yes” or “no”.
- In the first part, there will be questions related to the your health and your intention to see doctors and dentists in Australia. Set to all “NO”. There is also a question about whether you have ever had tuberculosis or have been in contact with someone who has. If not, answer “NO”.
- The second part concerns the criminal part, if you have ever committed a crime, if you have already been deported. For a person without any kind of background, select “NO” for all options.
- Finally, the last list of questions is about the statements you made when filling out the form: if you have understood the information, that you undertake not to stay for more than 3 months in the country, that you will leave the country before your visa expires, etc. All questions must be answered with “YES”.
STEP 15: SUBMIT YOUR FORM
The last screen of the form contains a button labeled “Submit Now”. Click to submit the form and start the visa application. You will then be taken to a screen to pay the visa fee.
2. FEE PAYMENT
After filling out the form, you need to pay the fee. The visa fee is AUD$ 145 (Australian currency is the Australian Dollar)*. This fee can only be paid online, with an international credit card (check with your bank if you are unsure whether your card can be used outside Brazil). Just enter the card number, the name printed on the card, security code and expiration date.
*December 2019 data
3. ATTACH DOCUMENTS
After you've made the payment, go back to your account to confirm that the request has been submitted. Your form should appear with the information “in process”. Click on your form to find out what documents will need to be attached. Each case is different and it all depends on the information you provided when filling out the form. The most common documents are birth certificate, passport, bank documents showing your income, etc. In our case, we only send the passport and a statement from the employer informing the position and salary. You you don't need to send all the documents in the list, only those indicated in red are required. See more information about the documents at official site.
4. VISA PROCESSING
Now just wait for the visa processing. You will receive an email when your visa is approved and the time for this to occur varies. The system usually gives a deadline for the decision to be made, but we were surprised by the agility, as we received a positive response in just 4 days! We received an email that had a PDF attached with confirmation of visa approval. It is worth remembering that the visa is valid for a maximum of 12 months from the approval date. Therefore, leave it to take it out only when you are sure of the travel dates so you don't run the risk of expiring the expiration date.
Unlike the American visa, the Australian visa is not stamped on one of the pages of the passport. Everything is done electronically through systems in which those responsible for immigration check the validity of your visa.
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