Can your UK/ European Girlfriend Apply for an Australian Tourist Visa?

If you are an Australian and you have a girlfriend from the UK or Europe, at some stage you may want to invite her out to Australia to spend some time with you. For the citizens of some countries it is possible to apply for a Tourist visa to visit Australia relatively easily. This includes the UK and most countries in Western and Middle Europe. This is called the Australian eVisitor visa.

However, for most other countries, or if you are a UK or European citizen but have a criminal record, you will need to apply for a different Tourist visa where you need to fill in a detailed application and provide a considerable amount of supporting documentation.Unfortunately, it can be a very complicated process and a high percentage of applications are refused.

Below I will explain the rules and broad eligibility criteria so that you can more easily determine whether your UK or European girlfriend might be eligible for a Tourist visa, and which one.

Citizens of the UK and the following countries can apply for an Australian eVisitor visa:

Andorra
Austria
Belgium
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Monaco
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Republic of San Marino
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
United Kingdom
Vatican City

However, please note that if an applicant has a criminal conviction(s) where the total sentence(s) added up are 12 months or more, they will not be allowed to apply for an eVisitor visa. Also, the applicant must be outside of Australia when they apply for an eVisitor visa and, if an applicant has ever applied for an eVisitor visa before and been refused then they will not be able to apply again for an eVisitor visa.

To apply for an eVisitor visa just click on this link: etavisaaustralia.org

On this website it is easy to apply for an Australian eVisitor visa. You just fill in your details, pay the fee, and then you should hear back within 24 hours. You can also choose a Priority or Express option if you need your visa quickly.

An eVisitor visa is valid for 1 year from the date of grant of the visa. It is valid for multiple entries of up to 3 months at a time. Holders of an Australian eVisitor visa are not allowed to work.

If you are not eligible to apply for an eVisitor visa then you will need to look at a Visitor visa (Subclass 600) visa to enter Australia for tourism or business purposes. Anyone from any country can apply for this visa. However, as mentioned above, the application is a relatively lengthy one and a lot of supporting documentation is required with an application. There are a lot of eligibility criteria for this visa and, amongst other things, you need to show that you have, or have access to, adequate funds to support your proposed trip to Australia. You also need to show that you are a genuine temporary entrant and not someone that is likely to overstay or breach other conditions that might be attached to the visa. The Australia Subclass 600 Visitor visa is covered in depth in a separate article.  Apply for your Australia eVisitor visa today!

Written by Luke Gorham ©2020
Registered Migration Agent
Owner
Australian Visa Advice
australianvisaadvice.com
ETA Visa Australia Express
etavisaaustralia.org

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