Australia adds more countries eligible for online visitor visa application

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The Department of Immigration has updated its list of countries eligible for online Visitor visa application, now extending the total to 118 from the previous 67.

The Australian Visitor (subclass 600) visa, which replaced the Tourist (subclass 676) visa beginning 23 March 2013, allows people holding a valid passport from eligible countries to visit Australia for a short-term period. This visa is intended for visits focused on leisure and vacation, long tours, and meeting family and relatives in Australia.

In 2013, the online visitor visa (e600) was only available for 27 countries, then the list grew to include additional 40 countries. In May 2014, the Department has added 51 more to the list of countries who can apply online for the subclass e600. These countries include Afghanistan, Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Azerbaijan, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, and the Dominican Republic.

People who hold a passport from the following countries can also apply for an online visitor visa: Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong (British National (Overseas), Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kiribati, Lebanon, Macau, the Marshall Islands, Mexico, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Solomon Islands, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Suriname, Timor Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela and Yemen.

This extension means that people with a valid passport from these countries no longer need to lodge a paper application; instead, they can lodge their visitor visas, including all supporting documentation online.

The visitor visa is only one of the several Australian visas people can apply for in order to have a short-term visit to Australia. Some alternatives are the ETA, the eVisitor (subclass 651) visa, and the Temporary Work – Short Stay Activity (subclass 400) visa. People who want to obtain a Visitor visa, or any of the short-term visas, can apply through National Visas.

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