How to Get a Visa for Australia
The Australian visa most frequently granted to citizens of the United
States is the ETA or Electronic Travel Authority. This document
authorizes short term stays for tourism or business activities for a
total of up to 90 days within a 12-month period. The ETA is a multiple
Americans are required to apply for the ETA before arriving in Australia
. This can be done online or through a travel agency, airline or visa expediting courier service.
In order to apply, you must possess a valid passport, email
adress and credit card. Note, each individual must apply separately,
At time of publication, the cost of the ETA is AUD $20 if you apply directly through Australia's Department of Immigration and Citizenship
. This service charge is non-refundable. There may be additional fees if you apply through a third party such as an expedited visa courier service
Verify that your passport will be valid beyond our visit to
Australia. You must enter the country with the same passport you use to
apply for the ETA. You should renew your passport if it will expire
prior to your trip. If you have to replace your passport before your
departure date due to loss, theft or significant damage, then you will
need to apply for a new ETA.
The application for an ETA
is processed automatically when you apply online so you will get your
response immediately unless the application needs further processing.
In that case, you are encouraged to check back after a period of at
least 12 hours. If your request is not processed, you can contact the
nearest Australian visa office for assistance.
You are allowed to study on the ETA up to 90 days but cannot
work. Those who want to study for longer periods or work in Australia
need to obtain a special study and work visas. Australia has many
different type and sub-types of visas. Fees also vary widely from a few
hunderd dollars to several thousands of dollars.
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