If you want to travel to or live in Australia, you must fulfill every criterion and complete all the required formalities. Every citizen except for New Zealand nationals needs a Visa to go to Australia. Therefore, if you plan on living or working in Australia, you must have all the correct information and appropriate Visa. Read this definitive guide and enrich your knowledge.

Types of Visa: There are five types of Visa: Visitor, Student, Temporary, Residence, and Migration Visas. If you need to visit Australia often for a prolonged period of time, you may be granted a multiple-entry Visa. Businessmen, sportspersons, entertainers, and parents of children living in Australia are usually granted multiple-entry Visas.

Time for processing Visa applications: Depending on the kind of Visa, the time needed for processing and approval may vary. However, it does take a considerable amount of time so it is wise to apply for it months earlier. Countries which receive many Visa applications take a longer time to process.

Further information: If you want to collect more information about Visas, charges or need forms, you can get it from offices of the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (DIMIA) in Australia (www.immi.gov.au).  Another helpful source is Australian missions overseas.

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