|If you are planning to visit Australia for the
purpose of tourism or to visit friends or family, then you
should apply for the Australia Tourist Visa (ETA).
ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) applications have
replaced the traditional visa label in your end. The ETA is
issued electronically and details of approved applicants are
recorded on the Australian Governments database. there is no
stamp or label in your passport and there is no need for you
to visit an Australian diplomatic office to submit an
application. Applications for ETAs can be submitted through
travel agents or airlines.
All that is needed to apply is your end and payment details.
ETA Eligible Countries
The following passport holders are able to access
Australia's Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) issuing system
ETA Eligible Countries
The following passport holders can be issued an
ETA Visa online:
|Hong Kong (SAR)
||Republic of San
||United States of
|| Vatican City
* Holders of Taiwan passports can only be processed for
an ETA if resident in and applying in Taiwan.
** Holders of UK passports which indicate their nationality
to be British National (Overseas) can only be processed for
an ETA if resident in and applying in Hong Kong.
The Tourist Visa (ETA) is valid for 12 months from the date
it is granted. You are permitted multiple stays of up to 3
months over the 12 month period.If you are travelling for
business purposes, you should apply for the Short Validity
The Cost of this service is AUS$20.00 the
charge is non-refundable.
Applicants must be outside Australia and are NOT
permitted to work on this visa.
You can study in Australia on an Australia Tourist Visa
(ETA) as long as the course you undertake does not exceed
more than 3 months in length.
Important: You may not be permitted to enter
Australia unless you are in good health and have no criminal
We recommends that you do not book your flight until you
have been granted your Australian Tourist visa.
Australian Student Visas
If you intend to study in Australia for more than
4 months you will need to apply for a student Visa!
You must have applied and been accepted in an Australian
College or institution to be eligible to apply. You will
need to have proof of a valid confirmation of enrolment
(COE) when submitting your application. Once you have paid
your course fees in full your confirmation of enrolment will
usually be issued by the Australian Institute you will be
Your Australian host University will also recommend an
Overseas Student Health policy for you to purchase. You will
also need receipt of this before applying. For more
To apply for the Australian Student Visa you will need:
- An application form.
- Your application fee.
- Confirmation of Enrolment Form (see above)
- letter of confirmation from your University or
college confirming you are going to study abroad.
- A receipt proving you have purchased overseas health
- 2 passport photographs.
List of Student Visas
Student Visas are available in 7
categories, depending on the principal course of study,
- Independent ELICOS:
English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students.
This visa is for those who are only coming for the
English course, but it is not a visa to study English
prior to further courses.
- Vocational Education and
Training (VET): A VET
course is at Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Certificate
level, as is taken in Australia at a Government Funded
Technical and further Education (TAFE) college, or a
privately funded college.
- Higher Education:
A University bachelor degree, graduate certificate or
- Masters and Doctorate Study:
A Masters degree by coursework or by research, and a
A primary or secondary school course of study, or a
secondary exchange student program.
- Non-Award Foundation (Other
Sector): Any study course
where there is no formal educational award or
- AusAID or Defence Sponsored:
You must provide evidence that you are sponsored by
either AusAID or a Defence scholarship.
Working on an Australian Student Visa.
Once you have commenced your studies you can apply for a
'permission to work Visa'. There will be an additional
charge for this visa. During term time there will be a
restriction on the number of hours you can work (20 hours
per week), the limit is removed outside of term time.
Student visa information on this site is an outline only.
Students in Australia on a student visa can apply for
permission to work up to 20 hours a week during course time
and full-time during vacations.