The Australian Government is making it quicker and easier to apply for many Australian visas. From 1 October 2015, access to electronic (online) lodgement for Visitor visas (subclass 600) and Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visas (subclass 400) will be made available to passport holders of the Russian Federation. This expansion of online visa access is being managed as part of a phased global rollout of this facility to all nationalities.
The Visitor visa (subclass 600) allows people to visit Australia for a holiday, or visit family and friends or for business visits not involving work in Australia. It is usually available for periods up to three months, although longer stays can be requested, depending on the applicant’s personal circumstances and purpose of the visit.
The Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (subclass 400) enables holders to undertake short-term, non-ongoing, highly specialised short-term work, or to participate in an event or events on a non-ongoing basis at the invitation of an Australian organisation. There must be a demonstrated need to undertake the work or activity in Australia. The visa allows the visa holder to travel to and enter Australia within six months after the date of the grant of the visa, and permits a maximum stay period of six months, with a single or multiple entry facility. The stay period commences when the visa holder first enters Australia.
The online application system is available for applicants to lodge Visitor or Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa applications, at their convenience, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, without the need to apply in person or send applications by mail. The system is easy to use and is accessed through the website of the Department of Home Affairs at www.homeaffairs.gov.au. Third parties may complete an online application on behalf of a visa applicant with their consent. Information on how to apply.
Visa applicants who choose to make their visa applications online can also check the status of their application or visa through the online system.
If a visa application is approved, a notification is sent to the email or postal address provided in the application. This notification may be kept for travel to Australia. The visa information is held electronically and is linked to the passport number given in the application. This information will be available to airline check-in staff when clients present themselves prior to travel.
A visa label is not required in the visa holder’s passport as the visa information is held electronically and is linked to the passport number provided in the visa application. It is therefore not necessary for visa holders to send passports to the Australian Embassy in Russia. More information about label-free travel is available.
The option to lodge a paper visa application will remain for clients who are unable to lodge applications online.