Under Australia’s universal visa system, all visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia (other than New Zealand passport holders who will normally be granted a Special Category visa on arrival, provided they meet health and character requirements; and permanent residents of Norfolk Island who may be granted a Permanent Resident of Norfolk Island visa on arrival). For more information, see the fact sheet: http://www.border.gov.au/about/corporate/information/fact-sheets/17nz
There are many visa options available to people wishing to visit Australia. The appropriate visa option will depend, amongst other things, on the person’s purpose for visiting Australia.
Processing times for visas can vary from less than a day to several months, depending on the type of visa applied for. Longer processing times may be required if the visa requires sponsorship and nomination or if character or health checks are necessary. We recommend you apply for your visa 3 months in advance.
Please click here to download the Business Information Sheet for guidance on the visa options that may be most suitable for you. We also suggest you read the General Information for Visa Applicants by clicking here.