Changes to Visitor Visas effective 23 March 2013

The Department of Immigration has announced changes to the Australian migration program under the Visa Simplification and Deregulation Project.

The following visas are no longer open for applications:-

  • 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).

These have been replaced by new visa subclasses, as follows:

Subclass 400 – Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity)

This visa allows you to:

  • do short-term, highly specialised, non-ongoing work
  • participate in an event or events on a non-ongoing basis at the invitation of an Australian organisation.

Subclass 600 – Visitor Visa

Apply for this visa if you want to travel Australia as tourists, for business or to visit family. It is a temporary visa valid for up to 3 months (case by case basis) with no work rights.  However, you can undertake  study for up to the validity of your visa.

Subclass 601 – Electronic Travel Authority
Subclass 602 – Medical Treatment

Subclass 651 – eVisitor