The Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs clearly states “If someone says you can work on an ETA or a Visitor visa, they are lying to you.”
Generally, to go to Australia on a short trip – for tourism, on business or to visit family – for a period of 3, 6 or 12 months, you would have to apply for a Visitor visa for Australia [subclass 600].
There are different streams available under the subclass 600 visa, depending on the purpose of going to Australia.
Forgoing to Australia on a short stay, you would be required to apply under the applicable stream as per your specific requirements. The streams under the subclass 600 Australian visa are –
While the processing time for each of the streams under the subclass 600 varies, the majority of visit Australia applications under the Tourism Stream are processed within 66 days from the date of the submission of the application.
Do keep in mind that you cannot work in Australia on a visitor visa. “Condition 8101 – No Work” attached to the subclass 600 visa lays down that “You must not work in Australia. This means when in Australia, you must not do work that a person would normally get paid for”.
An ETA, on the other hand, stands for Electronic Travel Authorization. Equivalent to a visa, an ETA is linked to a passport number.
Australian ETA [subclass 601] allows eligible passport holders to “visit Australia as often as you wish in a 12-month period. Stay up to 3 months each time you enter Australia.” With an Australian ETA, foreign nationals can visit Australia for tourism or business.
Countries eligible for the Australian ETA
|Austria||Hong Kong [SAR of China]||Monaco||Taiwan [excluding official/diplomatic passports]|
|Brunei||Ireland||Portugal||United Kingdom – British National|
|Canada||Italy||Republic of San Marino||United Kingdom – British National [overseas]|
|Denmark||Japan||Singapore||United States of America|
|Finland||Liechtenstein||South Korea||Vatican City|
Nationals of India are not eligible for the ETA for Australia.
You cannot work in Australia when you are in the country on an ETA. “Condition 8115 – Limited activities” attached to the subclass 601 visa lays down “The holder must not work in Australia other than by engaging in a business visitor activity.”
There have been reported instances of individuals unsuspectingly falling victims to immigration scams assuring them that they could work overseas in Australia on a visitor visa or ETA.
The Department of Home Affairs clearly states on its official website that it is indeed “aware of individuals and agents who are attempting to organise ETAs/Visitor visas and flights to Australia for people to work illegally.”
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