If you intend to visit Australia after 23 March 2013, be sure you have the correct visa classification and number, otherwise your application will be refused.

 On this date, the nine (9)  tourist visa sub classes will be reduced to five (5) as the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) continues with its migration simplification plans.

The nine subclasses to be eliminated are:

§  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).

The five (5) replacement visas would 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)

 Subclass 400 are for those who intend to do short-term, (up to six weeks) highly specialised, non-ongoing work or participate in an event or events on a non-ongoing basis at the invitation of an Australian organization.

 For general tourist visas, (holidays, recreation, visiting family or friends) the Subclass 600 is the appropriate visa category. This also would be visa to apply for by those who are attending conferences, negotiating business transactions or conducting exploratory business visits. However, no work , sale of goods or services or providing services to business or organization in Australia is allowed.

 For those who need medical treatment or have medical consultation in Australia including donation or organ, the Subclass 602 should be applied for. 

If you have scheduled an appointment in any of the visas to be eliminated or intend to visit Australia after March 23, 2013, you may complete the Personal Intake Sheet Online form at www.visacenter.org for a free assessment.

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About the Author

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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