Tips on applying for a visa to Australia

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Australia offers a number of different visas for non-citizens who wish to visit, study, work, or reside in the country. The process of selecting the most suitable visa and going through the application process can be stressful. The following information is meant to provide a guide for navigating the general process of selecting a visa, the application process, and meeting the visa criteria in order to improve the chances of a visa grant.

What is a visa?

A visa is a status which allows a person who is not an Australian citizen to reside, work, study or travel in Australia for a specified amount of time.

Visas in Australia can be temporary or permanent. Temporary visas allow the visa holder to remain in Australia for a specified period of time while permanent visas allow the visa holder to remain in Australia indefinitely.

If you hold a visa in Australia, you are classified as a lawful non-citizen for the purposes of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth).

The Act stipulates the requirements of particular visa types and their classes. There are many different visas available. You can find a full list on the website for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). You can also use the Visa Finder to determine which is the most appropriate visa for your needs.

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