With the exception of Australian and most New Zealand
citizens, all people travelling to Australia require
a visa or an Electronic Travel Authority,
ETA, irrespective of their reason for travel. An ETA
doesn't need to complete a form and, because of the
electronic signature you don't get any document (this
is the case for most European Countries
and North America). The ETA doesn't allow you
to work in Australia but only to visit people and be
a tourist. If you want to work, you need to apply for
a specific ETA-business.
Application forms, general information about immigration
policies, categories and requirements can also be found
on the main website of DIMA at http://www.immi.gov.au.
Links are provided throughout this site for easy access
to this information.
For passport and visa information
you should call the Australian High Commission of the
country you are departing before coming to Australia.
In order to make a valid application for any visa you
must lodge a completed application form (except for
Electronic Travel Authorities) signed personally by
the applicant, together with the Visa Application Charge.
This is a charge levied by the Australian Government;
it is not a service fee and cannot be refunded if your
visa application is withdrawn or refused.
For visas with a short processing time, you will also
need to provide a valid passport with 2 unused visa
pages when you lodge your application.
Becoming an Australian citizen
is not exactly the easiest thing you may tackle in life.
Nevertheless, here is how it works:
- you have to be a permanent
resident for at least 2 years and not spend more than
6 months outside of Australia during that period of
Becoming a permanent resident
is hard. You can apply on several grounds:
- working visa - you need a company to sponsor you.
They will need to prove that you are the only person
who can do the job you are going to do for them and
it will cost them money. You are then bound to that
company for about 4 years. But the good thing about
it is that after 2 years you can apply for permanent
- de-facto relationship or marriage - you must have
lived with your Australian partner for at least 1
year and must be able to prove it with personal letters,
bills in both names, joint bank account, letters from
friends and family willing to testify that you have
been together, photos, etc… It is very intrusive,
but that's how it is. It is best to apply from overseas
(not from Australia).
- if you are under 26
- work in computing
or are a qualified chef/pastry chef/baker/sports person,
or have any other skill needed in Australia at the
- are single, you should
If you apply by yourself
(i.e. not through a company), it is advisable to go
through a solicitor to help you. These things are tricky
and solicitors know all the ropes. They are cost effective.
Having said that, you can succeed without a solicitor
if you are very thorough.
- then you can apply for citizenship. If you have been
a good resident for the past 2 years of more, no problem.
The application takes about 3 months to process. All
you have to do is fill out some papers and take a 15mn
interview at the immigration office.
With certain country you can retain your previous nationality
and thus become a dual national.