Holiday Visa – Questions and Answers

What is a Holiday Visa?

A Holidayvisa Australia is essentially the same thing as an Australian Tourist or Visitor visa. It is a visa designed for people who want to travel to Australia to visit friends or family or do tourist activities, or even to study for short periods of time. Depending on which country passport / citizenship you have, you may be able to choose between different types of Holiday visa – some of which are easier to apply for and obtain than others.

What are the different types of Holiday Visa?

The main type of Holiday visa Australia is a Visitor visa – Tourist stream. There is also the Visitor visa – Business Visitor stream for meetings, conferences or negotiations, but not for work, and the Sponsored Family stream, but these are discussed in another article. A person with a passport from any country can apply for a Visitor visa. This is also the hardest type of Holiday visa to obtain. There is a detailed application to fill in and a considerable amount of supporting documents are usually also required.

Citizens holding passports from certain countries can apply for one or more types of simpler forms of a Holiday visa. These visas are called the Electronic Travel Authority or ETA, and the eVisitor visa. Citizens from about 32 countries can apply for an ETA visa, and citizens from about 36 countries can apply for an eVisitor visa. Many of the same countries that can apply for an ETA visa can also apply for an eVisitor visa. These visas are far less difficult to obtain than a Visitor visa Tourist stream. Most countries in Europe, as well as the USA, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Brunei can apply foreither an ETA visa or an eVisitor visa or both. For example, Many Americans come to Australia on an ETA visa.

How do I apply for a Holiday visa?

If you want to apply for a Holiday visa Australia, it is best to first figure out if you are eligible for the visa and also think about when and for how long you will want to visit Australia, because you will be asked these sorts of questions in the application. They will also ask you if you have funds to support your visit and there will also be questions about your health and character. You will also be asked about any friends or family that you might be planning to visit in Australia. When you are ready to apply for Holiday visa Australiayou can start your paper or online application. You will fill in the application and then gather and attach your supporting documents, submit your application and then wait for it to process.

How long does it take to get a Holiday visa?

It may take you 1-2 weeks or so to fully prepare your application and gather your supporting documents. And then it can take anywhere from 1 week to about 1 month for a Visitor visa – Tourist stream application to process. If you are applying for an ETA visa or eVisitor visa the preparation time is shorter and the applications usually process in only a few days or even less.

How much is a Holiday visa for Australia?

The Australian Government Department of Home Affairs has increased the base cost of the visa over the years, and the current Visa Application Charge is $145. This fee must be paid in full at the time of lodgment of the application.

The Working Holiday visa Australia

The Working Holiday visa Australia is slightly different to a Holiday visa Australia. People holding certain passports and of ages of 18-30 (or 18-35 for holders of Canadian, Irish and French passports) can apply for a Working Holiday visa Australia. We have created a separate article for this type of visa with all of the details so you can see if you are eligible and, if so, what you need to do to get this visa.

Can I work in Australia while on my Holiday Visa?

No. A Holiday visa, whether it is a Visitor visa Tourist stream or an ETA visa or eVisitor visa, does not allow you to work in Australia. You are allowed to study for short periods and you can potentially do unpaid voluntary work or training in certain circumstances.

How Australian Visa Advice (AVA) can help:

So in conclusion, everyone can apply for a Holiday visa Australia. Preparing even a Holiday visa can be complex and a high number of self-prepared applications are refused, so you might want to consider getting professional help form our team at Australian Visa Advice (AVA). We can guide you through every step of the Holiday visa application – from documents to requirements, and all the other essential details. We have an incredibly high success rate and many of our applications are granted in under the normal processing times. Feel free to contact us today! And remember:Australia is a very large and amazing country just waiting for you to visit and explore! Good luck with your journey!

Written by Luke Gorham ©2019
Registered Migration Agent
Australian Visa Advice

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