Visa to Australia: step by step to get yours!
Are you planning a tourist trip to the other side of the planet? You will need to organize yourself in advance and arrange for a visa to Australia soon!
The requirement for this document often ends up frightening and some even give up or change their destiny so as not to have to deal with this “bureaucracy”. But believe me: it’s simpler than you think and we’ll help you with this!
In this text, you will find a step-by-step step with all the necessary procedures to ensure your documentation.
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Visa to Australia: how to do it?
Before we go ahead, a reinforcement: the process to obtain a tourist visa for Australia is much simpler than for the United States, for example.
The entire procedure is done online and the requested documents can be attached directly from your computer, without the need to send/show originals or certified copies.
This is great as you can do everything from wherever you are and still pay the fee through your bank’s website. There are several types of tourist visas, but the one suitable for Brazilian tourists is the Visitor Visa (subclass 600). With it in hand, you can stay in Australia for up to 12 weeks.
The student visa, which will not be the focus here, can be requested by those who wish to study for more than 14 weeks in the country, to take an English course or participate in an exchange program, technical courses, undergraduate, graduate or master’s degree.
Attention: the only way to step into Australia without needing this document is to have an Australian or New Zealand passport. For all other nationalities on the planet, the country of kangaroos requires the issuance of a tourist visa before boarding.
The entire process for applying for the document must be done through the official website of the Department of Immigration Australia. The site is entirely in English, but there is the possibility of translating it, to make filling out easier, if you do not master the language.
Tip: To start applying for a visa, you must have your passport in hand. If you don’t have it, it’s important to provide it.
You will have to create an account with an email and password and you will be able to start filling out the questionnaire, which is the first part of the process. There are many questions, but most of them in a yes/no style, with options to be selected.
Documents required to apply for an Australian visa:
At various times, you will need to provide personal information such as your identity card, travel motivation, where you currently reside and how long you intend to stay in the country. The more complete the better.
The Passport will be one of the essential documents for the application.
Now that you know how to start applying for your visa, in addition to how long you can stay in Australia, the next step is to separate the necessary documents, which will be sent by the system itself. Check out:
- Visa application form filled in with all information and signed;
- Colored copy of the passport (with at least 6 months of validity) on the page containing the personal data;
- Color copy of identity document (RG or CNH);
- Letter from the employer stating the position, length of service, salary and vacation;
- Copy of the itinerary or ticket reservation;
- Invitation letter from a family member or friend (in this format);
- Financial availability (last three paychecks, bank or credit card statement for the last three months or fixed income investment for the last three months);
- Medical exam, in some cases (see authorized clinics and specific types of exams according to the country’s stay)
- In some cases you may be asked to send some extras or even send certain original documents.
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Australian Visa Fee
After filling out the form, you need to pay the basic fee. The cost of the visa is AUD$140* (the currency of Australia is the Australian Dollar), referring to R$390.89 (as of September 2019). This fee can only be paid online with an international credit card (check with your bank if you are unsure whether your card can be used outside of Brazil).
*Information updated in February 2019.
Visa processing time:
Once this part is finished, now all you have to do is wait for the visa to be processed. You will receive an email when it is approved, and the time for this to happen varies, up to 40 days. The system usually informs a deadline for this decision to be made.