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Overview  

The eVisitor visa (Subclass 651) is designed for individuals wanting to visit Australia for tourism or business purposes. It allows multiple entries to Australia within a 12-month period, staying up to three months per visit. This visa can be applied for and granted electronically, linked to your passport. However, it only applies to specific country passports only 

What can you do with a 651 visa?  

Here’s what you can typically do with a 651 visa: 

  • Tourism: You can travel to Australia for holiday purposes, including visiting family and friends, sightseeing, or engaging in tourist activities. 
  • Business Activities: The visa allows you to conduct certain business-related activities, such as attending conferences, meetings, or exploring business opportunities. 
  • Short-Term Study: You can undertake a short-term course of study in Australia, but it must not exceed three months. 
  • Multiple Entries: The 651 visa generally allows multiple entries to Australia within a 12-month period from the date of grant or the length of stay permitted on each entry. 
  • Healthcare: Depending on agreements between countries, holders of this visa might be eligible for some healthcare benefits through Australia’s public health care system, Medicare, under specific circumstances. Currently, if you come from Belgium, Finland, Italia, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Ireland, Slovenia, Sweden and UK, you can be eligible for the Medicare benefits. Learn more at reciprocal healthcare agreements. 
  • Stay Duration: You can be granted a 12 month visa, but this visa allows a stay of up to three months on each visit only.  

Who can apply for an Australian 651 visa? 

Eligible Passport: This visa is specifically available to citizens of the following countries: 

  • Andorra 
  • Austria 
  • Belgium 
  • Bulgaria 
  • Croatia 
  • Cyprus 
  • Czech Republic 
  • Denmark 
  • Estonia 
  • Finland 
  • France 
  • Germany 
  • Greece 
  • Hungary 
  • Iceland 
  • Ireland 
  • Italy 
  • Latvia 
  • Liechtenstein 
  • Lithuania 
  • Luxembourg 
  • Malta 
  • Monaco 
  • The Netherlands 
  • Norway 
  • Poland 
  • Portugal 
  • Romania 
  • Republic of San Marino 
  • Slovakia 
  • Slovenia 
  • Spain 
  • Sweden 
  • Switzerland 
  • United Kingdom – British Citizen 
  • Vatican City 

Health requirements: You may be required to undertake a health check before you can be granted this visa.   

Character requirements: You might be required to provide the police check for every country you spent for 12 months or more.  

No debt to Australian Government: If you or your family member have a debt to the Australian Government, you need to pay back or arranged to pay back that debt.  

Genuine Visitor:  You must have no intention to overstay your visa or seek permanent residency in Australia.  

How to apply for a visa 651 Australia?  

Step 1: Prepare the required documentation   

The application process for this visa is swift and straightforward, requiring minimal documentation. You will primarily need your passport and character documents (you may be required to provide police certificate/s).  

Step 2: Apply online through ImmiAccount 

You must apply for this visa through ImmiAccount. Please bear in mind that you should submit all the required documents to avoid the delay in visa processing.  

Step 3: Wait for the visa outcome    

  • In most cases, you will be granted a visa immediately. However, in some cases, there will be a delay of up to 12 hours. If you fill out the incorrect information, or your information is hard to verify, then more time is needed to process your visa.   
  • The Department of Home Affairs also may require you to complete health examinations after you lodge your visa application.    
  • If your visa is approved, you will receive a visa grant notification with details of your visa grant number, the expiry dates and visa conditions.   

FAQs

How to include family member to the visa 651?  

You cannot include your family member to this visa. Each individual applicant needs to submit a separate application via the ImmiAccount.  

How long can I stay in Australia on an eVisitor visa 651?

The visa typically allows stays of up to three months per visit within a 12-month period from the date of grant or the length of stay permitted on each entry. 

Can I work or study on an eVisitor visa 651 Australia?

The eVisitor visa generally does not permit work or study in Australia. It’s primarily for short-term visits related to tourism, business, or personal visits. 

Is there a cost associated with applying for the eVisitor visa?

The eVisitor visa is typically free of charge. However, there might be exceptions or additional fees for certain situations or services associated with the application process. For example, you may need to pay fee to get the police certificate/s.  

How long does it take to process an eVisitor visa application?

Processing times are very quick, often taking less than 24 hours. Currently, 90 percent of applications will be processed within 1 day.  

Can I apply for an eVisitor visa if I'm already in Australia?

Typically, the eVisitor visa must be applied for outside of Australia. You also must be outside Australia when receiving the visa outcome. 

 

Are there any restrictions on reapplying for an eVisitor visa after it expires?

There’s generally no limitation on reapplying for an eVisitor visa after it expires, as long as you continue to meet the eligibility criteria. 

Can I apply for an eVisitor visa if I have a criminal record?

Having a criminal record may affect your eligibility for the eVisitor visa. If you have a criminal record, you are recommended to apply for a normal visit visa subclass 600.  

 

How can SOL Migration assist you in gaining a subclass 651 visa?

SOL Migration has a strong team of 5 experienced Registered Migration Agents. Our Registered Migration Agents will assess your eligibility and guide you through the process of applying for the visas you require. We will assist you in preparing all the relevant documents for your application. 

Contact us today on 07 3003 1899 or fill out the enquiry form. Our team will contact you within 24 hours at the latest!  

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