For those who wish to travel to Australia for the purpose of visiting, working, studying, interning or accompanying a relative, an Australian visa is required. Normally, you can apply for two kinds of visas – Sponsored Visa and Self-funded Visa.A lot of people ask us about which visa they should apply for. This can be quite tricky; not only do you have to consider your immigration needs and personal circumstances, your employment situation and financial outlook, you need to know what the visa options are. To help you, I’ve outlined all the main visa types available with quick links for you to apply quickly and easily.
It is known to many that British citizens intend to stay longer in Australia and the best way to do it is the travel visa. This might be the reason why you are trying hard to get this type of visa.The Australian government’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) is responsible for deciding which type of visa you should apply for. The DIAC uses a points system to assess visa applications, so it’s important to understand the types of visa available and how many points they’re worth.
How Many Types Of Visa For Australia
Australian Visa Types
There are more than 100 different types of Australian visa – which one is best for you will depend on your circumstances.
You can view details of visas which may be suitable below:Skilled WorkersIf you work as a professional, manager or tradesperson, you may be eligible for Skilled Migration to Australia.Corporate Immigration ServicesFor business owners and HR professionals who wish to sponsor employees to work in Australia.International StudentsIf you are an international student and wish to stay on in Australia after your studies, there are a range of temporary and permanent visa options.Family MigrationIf you have a partner or family member that you wish to sponsor to live in Australia.AAT/MRT/RRT AppealsIf you have had a visa refusal or cancellation, Acacia can assist with the review process.Business MigrationIf you wish to start a business or invest in Australia, you can obtain a visa to facilitate this and you may then qualify for permanent residence once your business interests have been established in Australia.Working Holiday MakersInformation on obtaining a working holiday visa and how to stay on in Australia after you finish your working holiday.Visas for NZ CitizensNew Zealand Citizens are able to travel to Australia and remain here indefinitely with full work rights.
This page discusses permanent residence options for NZ citizens, and looks at visas for family members of NZ citizens as well.
Who is a tourist visa for?
Tourist visa is for those who are not eligible for visa on arrival or a visa-free entry to the UAE. Tourist visa can be obtained for eligible individual tourists from around the world. Females below the age of 18 are not eligible to apply for this type of visa unless they are travelling with their parents.
According to a Cabinet resolution passed in July 2018, children under the age of 18 years who are accompanying adults, can get a free visa for their visit from 15 July to 15 September each year.
Multiple entry tourist visa for all nationalities
A new multiple entry tourist visa can now be issued for all nationalities, in a step that aims to facilitate the process for tourists and visitors. The five-year visa enables tourists to enter multiple times on self-sponsorship and remain in the country for 90 days on each visit, which can be extended for another 90 days.
For more information about the multiple entry tourist visa, please contact the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship.
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What is the validity of a tourist visa?
Depending on your plan, tourist visas to the UAE can be issued for 30 days or 90 days duration, single entry or multiple entry. Recently, the UAE facilitated a five-year visa which enables tourists to enter multiple times on self-sponsorship and remain in the country for 90 days on each visit, which can be extended for another 90 days.
Who can apply for your tourist visa?
Tourist visas through airlines
Each airline has some conditions, which must be met in order for your visa to be arranged by them. One of the conditions is flying with them. For more updated and specific information, check the following UAE-based airlines for visa types, facilities, terms and conditions:
- Visa services from Etihad Airways – Etihad Airways
- Visa Services offered by Emirates Airline – Emirates Airline
- Visa services from Fly Dubai – Fly Dubai
- Visa services from Air Arabia – Air Arabia
Tourist visas through agencies and hotels
Licensed travel agents and hotels in the UAE can arrange a tourist visa for you provided you purchase the ticket through them and maintain hotel reservation with the specific hotel.
You can also contact travel agencies in your country for any tourist packages available to the UAE in collaboration with a local tour operator.
It is important to check the authenticity of travel agents you are dealing with and refrain from paying or sending copies of your official documents until after you are 100 per cent sure the tour operator is genuine. You can seek the help of the UAE embassy in your country for verification.
Note: The UAE embassies do not issue tourist visas. In order to get a tourist visa to the UAE, you need to get in touch with one of the UAE-based airlines, a tour agency or a hotel (where you intend to stay) in the UAE who will apply for visa on your behalf to the official visa-issuing authorities in the UAE.
Also learn about the provisions of a transit visa to the UAE.
Renewing or extending tourist visa
All types of visit and tourist visas can be extended for 30 days twice, upon applying for it and after successful approval by the relevant authority. This can be done without the need to leave the country.
Visitors and tourists can apply for the second renewal before the expiry of the first one against AED 600 each time of renewal.
Visa overstayers who do not renew, as above, will have to pay AED 100 fine for each day of their overstay, to be calculated from 10 days after the visa expiry.
However, the new rule for extension does not apply on the following categories:
- visitors and tourists who are residents in GCC countries
- residents accompanying GCC nationals
- those on special entry permits
- those on 96-hour permit for special missions.
Source: Emirates News Agency-WAM