Currently, the Australian Government’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship is the only organisation that has the authority to approve visa applications in Australia. It is important to check the latest regulations before making a visa application as conditions and visa categories are subject to change. Before making any plans to live, work in or travel to Australia, you must ensure that you have the appropriate visa, without which you will be refused permission to enter and sent back to your home country at your own expense.
Passports and visas
All international travellers must present a valid and approved travel document (generally a passport) and a visa to enter Australia. New Zealand passport holders can apply for a special category visa upon arrival in Australia, while all other passport holders must apply for a visa before travelling to Australia. European Union passport holders can apply for a visa through the Australian Government’s online eVisitor system. Passport holders from a range of other countries (including the United States of America) can apply for a visa online through the Australian Government’s Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) system. Another option is to apply for an ETA through a travel agent, airline office, specialist service provider or Australian visa office.
Business and skilled migration
Australia is committed to encouraging business and skilled migration. The Federal Government controls immigration to Australia, with support from specific State Government agencies as appropriate. There are two key classifications – business migration and general skilled migration. Under each category there are visa classes and different eligibility criteria apply to each. In most cases there is the option to be sponsored if you meet certain criteria. For further information on visas and permits visit the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website.