Australian Visa Application: Tourist Visa, Work Visa Requirements

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Australia, officially known as the Commonwealth of Australia, is the 6th largest country in the world by total area. It is on the continent of Australia. The most spoken language is Australian English. The country has fascinating places with over 10,000 beaches that visitors would entirely love. It has a booming economy with a high life expectancy and low unemployment rate.
h visitors whose countries are part of the Visa Waiver Program.

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Australian Visa Types

Australian visas have the conventional categories. It is important for intending visitors to get informed about the available Australian visa types.
The categories of Australian Visas are:

  1. Visitor Visa
    The visitor visa covers three main categories of visitors: Tourists, Temporary workers and persons who need Transit permits. The tourist visas and temporary work visas are usually for less than 3 months, and the Transit Visitor visa is usually for 72 hours (3 days).
  2. Student Visa
    The student visa is issued to persons who want to study full time in Australia. Persons interested in getting this visa would need to prove that an Australian institution has already offered them admission. Applicants for student visas must have an evidence of English language proficiency. They must also show that they can pay their tuition and other basic maintenance costs once in Australia.
  3. Work Visa
    The skilled independent visa, issued to persons who not having an employment offer yet, intend to work and live in Australia permanently. Applicants are eligible for this visa if they submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). It is also necessary that they are experts in their fields, have a proficiency in English, and are under 50 years of age.
  4. Partner Visa
    Partner visas are issued to persons who have spouses that are Australian citizens or permanent residents. The visa allows persons to come to Australia to marry their spouse.
  5. Family Visa
    The family visas are categorized into Child visa, Aged dependent relative visa, Remaining Relative visa, and Carer visa.
  6. Medical Treatment Visa
    The medical treatment visa is granted to persons who have medical challenges and intend to receive medical attention from Australian medical expatriates.
  7. Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)
    The ETA visa is a multiple entry visa that allows business visitors and tourists to gain entry into Australia as often as they want. The visa expires in 1 year and visitors can stay for as long as 3 months at once.

Australian Visa Requirements

Persons who want to get visas to Australia must first meet the Australian character requirements.
The visitors must prove that they have no criminal records that have kept them behind bars for at least a year.
They would also need to provide a police certificate to support the above claim.
Apart from the Australian character requirements, there are certain important documents that would be needful in order to apply for an Australian visa. They include:

  1. Nigerian passport with at least 6 months of remaining validity
  2. A recent 45mm x 35mm Passport-type photograph, with white background
  3. Photocopies of the passport and ID card.
  4. A completed visa application Form 157A (For Australia Student visa applicants)
  5. Itinerary.
  6. Medical check report.
  7. Bank Statement.
  8. Employment Letter.
  9. Hotel Reservations.

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Special Visa Requirements for Australian Tourist Visas

  1.  A duly filled Form 1419A
  2. Health assessment certificate – polio and yellow fever vaccination certificate. and evidence of chest x-ray screening
  3. Previous passports or visas and stamps to indicate your travel history
  4. Proof of employment -current employment letter, company reference letter, etc
  5. Intended itinerary for stay in Australia which includes airport pickup, hotel accommodation receipts, flight tickets, etc
  6. A comprehensive travel health insurance cover for visitor’s whole stay in Australia.
  7. Police clearance certificate.
  8. Proof that visitor is motivated to return to Nigeria

How to Apply for an Australian Visa from Nigeria

Applicants can apply for Australian visas online or offline. For the online applications, every other application process is done online except for the biometric information which would be done through the visa application center.
The steps to apply for an Australian visa offline from Nigeria are as follows.

  1. Understand why you need a visa, and what type you need
  2. Download and fill the Australian Visa Application form
  3. Gather all the necessary supporting documents.
  4. Book an appointment at a Visa Application Centre
  5. Pay  the visa application fee – cash
  6. Provide biometric information at the VAC.

The steps to apply for an Australian visa offline from Nigeria are as follows.

  1. Open an ImmiAccount
  2. Fill the online application form
  3. Enter passport details
  4.  Scan all the necessary documents
  5. Attach the scanned files
  6. Submit the application
  7. Provide biometric information through a VAC

Where to Get an Australian Visa Application Form

Australia visa forms are available for download on the Australian Immigration website. This form, when downloaded should be filled and submitted to a Visa Application Center.

How and Where to Pay Australian Visa Fees

Payments of Australian visa fees can be made in cash at the Visa application center. They could also be paid at the bank through the immiAccount using Credit cards. Once payments are made, applicants should collect a receipt as it is the only proof that payment was made.

How to Submit an Australian Visa Application

After the Australian visa form has been duly filled, it should be submitted at a visa application center along side all the supporting documents. Missing or inappropriate documents might ruin an application.

Processing Time and Visa Tracking

If an applicant properly follows the due Australian visa application process, it might take about 4 weeks to process the visa.
Once the application process is done, every applicant is issued a Transaction Reference Number (TRN). Applicants can track the status of their Australian visa process with this unique number.

How to Collect Australian Visa

Applicants who have been granted visas would receive notifications via email. Depending on what means was earlier specified by the applicants, visa documents could be returned via courier service.

Address and Location of Australian Visa Application Center in Nigeria

Abuja
Address: 3rd Floor, El Yakub Muhktar Place, Zakariya Maimalari Street, CBD, Abuja
Working Days: Monday to Friday

Lagos
Address: 5th & 6th Floors Etiebets Place, 21 Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja, Ikeja, Lagos
Working Days: Monday to Friday

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Address and Location of Australian Embassy in Nigeria

Embassy of Australia, Abuja
5th Floor, Oakland Centre 48 Aguiyi Ironsi Street Maitama, Abuja Nigeria
Telephone: (09) 461.2780, +234.9.461.2780
 Fax: (09) 461.2782, +234.9.461.2782

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