Australia, officially known as the Commonwealth of Australia, is the 6th largest country in the world and is located in the continent of Australia. The country has a booming economy, beautiful landscapes, and over 10,000 beaches that attract visitors from all over the world. If you are interested in obtaining an Australian visa, this comprehensive guide will provide you with all the necessary information.
Types of Australian Visa
- Business Visitor: Processing time – 10-19 days, Validity – Up to 3 months
- Student Visa: Processing time varies, Validity specified by embassy
- Permanent Work Visa: Processing time varies, Validity – Permanent
- Skilled Provisional Visa: Processing time varies, Validity – 4 Years
- Tourist Visa: Processing time – 17-31 days, Validity – 12 months
- Visit Visa: Processing time – 30-49 days, Validity – 12 months
General Requirements for an Australian Visa
To apply for an Australian visa, you must meet the Australian character requirements, which involve proving a clean criminal record for at least a year. Additionally, you will need the following documents:
- Australian visa application form
- International Passport with at least 6 months validity
- Proof of Australia visa application fee payment
- Colored passport-size photograph with white background
- Financial documents to demonstrate sufficient funds to support yourself in Australia
- Additional documents vary depending on the visa type
Australian Visa Types
Australian visas are divided into short-term and work visas. Short-term visas are issued for visits, business purposes, or transit and have a validity of three to six months. They include Visitor Visa, Transit Visa, Electronic Travel Authority, and eVisitor. Work visas are for individuals with specific skills in high demand in Australia and include Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa.
Australian Visa Fees
- Tourist Visa: ₦37,000
- Sponsored Family: ₦37,000
- Student Visa: ₦150,000
- Business Visitor: ₦37,000
- Skilled Provisional Visa: ₦990,000
- Permanent Work Visa: ₦990,000
Where to Apply for an Australian Visa
Australian Visa Application Centers are located in Abuja and Lagos.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How and Where to Pay Australian Visa Fees: Fees can be paid in cash at the Visa application center or through the immiAccount using credit cards.
- How to Submit an Australian Visa Application: Submit the visa form along with all supporting documents at a visa application center.
- Processing Time for Australian Visa: It takes about 4 weeks to process the visa if the application process is followed correctly.
- How to Track Australian Visa: Applicants can track the status of their visa using the Transaction Reference Number (TRN) provided during the application process.
- Collecting Australian Visa: Applicants granted visas receive notifications via email, and visa documents can be returned via courier service.
For applicants in Nigeria, interviews and inquiries can be conducted at the Australian Embassies in Abuja and Lagos. For those outside Nigeria, visit the nearest Australian Embassy in your location.