Visa options for Conferences, Trade Fairs, Seminars or Expos
All visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia (other than New Zealand passport holders who will normally be granted a Special Category visa on arrival, provided they meet health and character requirements; and permanent residents of Norfolk Island who may be granted a Permanent Resident of Norfolk Island visa on arrival).
If you are planning to visit Australia for a business event such as a conference, trade fair, seminar or expo, you may be able to apply for one of the following visas.
The appropriate visa will depend, amongst other things, on your purpose for visiting Australia.
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Visa’s you can apply for are;
– Online Application Process
Eligibility for an eVisitor visa and ETA will be determined by the country of passport that the applicant holds. The ETA is a quick, online, charge free process, but incurs a AUD$20 service provider charge, and/or a further charge if applied for through a travel agency, airline agency or specialist service provider. Further information on the ETA can be found on the website at: http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/601-
– Online Application Process
– One working day processing time
– No Application charge or service fee
Eligibility for an eVisitor visa and ETA will be determined by the country of passport that the applicant holds. The eVisitor visa is an online visa process, with a one working day processing time for low risk applications. There is no visa application charge or service fee. Further information on the eVisitor visa, including how to apply online, can be found on the website at: http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/651-/
Visitor Visa (subclass 600) in the Business Visitor stream
– Online or Paper application Process
Passport holders who are not eligible to apply for an eVisitor or an ETA should apply for a Visitor Visa (subclass 600) in the Business Visitor Stream. There are two options for applying for this visa; online application or paper application.
- Online Application
- Passport holders who are outside Australia and are citizens of the countries listed at: http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/600-/Visitor-e600-visa-online-applications are eligible to submit an online application for a Visitor Visa (Subclass 600).
- ImmiAccount is a single point of entry into the department’s online visa services. ImmiAccount accepts online applications including Visitor visa (Subclass 600) applications. To lodge an online application through ImmiAccount, go to: https://online.immi.gov.au/lusc/login A guide on how to create a new visa application in ImmiAccount is available at: http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-text/online-account/Documents/create_new_application.pdf
- Applicants who lodge their visa applications online will need to ensure that adequate supporting documents are attached to their online visa application. The document checklist for the subclass 600 visa (business visitor stream) is available at: http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/600-/Visitor-visa-(subclass-600)-Business-Visitor-Stream-document-checklist. A guide on how to attach documents to an online application is available at: http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-text/online-account/Documents/attach_documents.pdf
- Paper Application
Those participants not eligible to lodge (Subclass 600) visa online will need to lodge a paper Visitor (subclass 600) visa application with the nearest Australian Visa Office. A list of the responsible Australian Visa Offices for each country, including details on how to lodge a paper-based visa application is at: http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/about/contact/offices-locations
- Online Application
Things to consider before lodging an application
Invitation and registration to attend the event
Although this is a separate process to lodging your visa application, when assessing whether you meet the criteria for the grant of a visa, the department may take into account whether you are registered or were invited to attend the event.
Confirmation of registration, or a copy of your letter of invitation, should accompany visa applications. For online subclass 400 and subclass 600 applications, information about documents that need to be attached will be provided as part of the application process.
To request a letter of invitation please contact the Conference secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cut-off date for lodging paper based applications
You should apply for a visa at least two months prior to the intended date of departure, and four months prior if there are any character or health concerns.
More information about visa processing times is available on the department’s website.
Health and character requirements
All visa applicants must be assessed against Australia’s health and character requirements. These requirements are designed to protect the safety and security of the Australian community.
As part of the visa application process you may be required to undertake a medical examination, chest x ray and/or other health checks.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (the department) will advise you of the applicable health checks (if any), based on your individual circumstances.
Information on which health checks may apply to you is available on the department’s website.
As part of the visa application assessment process the onus is on you to satisfy the character requirements set out in Section 501 of the Migration Act 1958. Further information on the character requirement is available on the department’s website. See:http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/Visa/Char
If you are unsure whether you satisfy the character requirements because of prior criminal convictions, you should lodge a paper-based application at the Australian visa office nearest to your current place of residence, at least four months prior to the event start date.
Contact information for Australian visa offices is available on the department’s website.
For information on countries subject to travel sanctions, please refer to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s website. Nationals of these countries may not be permitted to travel to and enter Australia.
Biometrics may need to be collected at an Australian Visa Application Centre for visitors and business people lodging a visa application from the countries listed on the department’s website.
If you lodge your application online, the department will advise you in writing if you need to provide your biometrics.
Obligations of visa holders
On arrival at Australia’s border you must identify yourself, present your travel documents, and complete an Incoming Passenger Card (IPC). The IPC requires visitors to declare their health status and any prior criminal convictions.
If you do not meet immigration clearance requirements, you may be refused entry to Australia.
More information on immigration clearance processes at Australia’s borders is available on the department’s website.
You must comply with your visa validity and visa conditions while in Australia. When you receive your Australian visa you are issued with a visa grant notice that explains the conditions of the visa including period of validity and entry requirements. You are advised to carry this visa grant notice when travelling for your own reference.
Your visa may be cancelled if you breach any of the conditions.
If your visa expires while you are still in Australia, you become an unlawful non-citizen. Unlawful non-citizens are liable to be detained and removed from Australia.