Changes to all visa subclasses for short term visits to Australia
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Changes to all visa subclasses for short term visits to Australia

From the 23 March 2013 the Minister has announced that they will no longer be accepting applications for short stay visas for the following visa subclasses:

  • Tourist visa (subclass 676)
  • Sponsored family visitor visa (subclass 679)
  • Business (short Stay) visa (Subclass 456)
  • Sponsored business visitor (short stay) visa (subclass 459)
  • Medical Treatment (short stay) visa (subclass 675)
  • Medical Treatment (long stay) visa (subclass 685)
  • Electronic Travel Authority (visitor) (subclass 976)
  • Electronic Travel Authority (business – short validity) (subclass 977)
  • Electronic Travel Authority (business – long validity) (subclass 956)

This initiative is intended to simplify the short term visa subclasses from 9 currently down to 5. The minister has stated “There will be no change to current visa eligibility for tourism, business visitor activities, sponsored family visits, and medical treatment, and care has been taken to ensure there is no impact on program integrity settings”

http://www.minister.immi.gov.au/media/bo/2013/bo194165.htm
http://www.immi.gov.au/visas/visitor/
 

The new visa subclasses that will be available for application for short stay purposes will be:

  • Temporary work (short stay activity) visa (subclass 400)
  • Visitor visa (subclass 600)
  • Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601)
  • Medical Treatment visa (subclass 602)
  • eVisitor (subclass 651)
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