If you are travelling to Australia on business duties, you will have to apply for a Business Visitor Visa.
What Is the Business Visitor Visa?
The Business Visitor Visa is a type of Subclass 600 visas, which are intended for short-term visitors to Australia. It is in the same category as the tourist visa, family visit visa, and medical treatment visa, so they have a lot of the same conditions.
As such, with a Business Visitor Visa for Australia, you can:
- Enter Australia multiple times within one year and stay up to three times per trip.
- Conduct business visitor activities.
- Take a short-term study or training course (up to three months).
Who Needs a Business Visitor Visa?
What Is Business Visitor Activity in Australia?
The business visitor activity allowed in Australia with a short-term visa includes:
- You can make standard business or work enquiries.
- You can review, negotiate, or sign a business contract.
- You can take part in business activities that are part of an official government visit.
- Ou can attend a seminar, conference, or trade fair – as long as you are not getting paid to be there.
What you cannot do:
- You cannot work for a company based in Australia and receive a payment or salary.
- You cannot sell products or offer services to the public.
- You cannot establish a business or company of your own.
Requirements for a Business Visitor Visa
When applying for a Visitor Business Visa for Australia, you will be asked to submit the following documents:
- Copy of your passport’s personal information page.
- A visa photo, meeting the set requirements.
- Proof that you are entering Australia for a temporary period.
- Travel health insurance covering Australia.
- Proof you meet the character requirements for the Australian visa.
- If you will apply on paper: Form 1415.
- Proof you can fund your trip and stay in Australia (e.g. bank statements).
- A letter from your employer which states the purpose of your trip.
- A letter of invitation from the company in Australia.
- Contact details of both companies.
- Proof of your academic qualifications.
- Proof of your position in the company and the role you have in the business visit.
- Proof of past contacts with Australian organisations or businesses.
- Business registration certificate and annual reports of the Australian company.
How to Apply for a Business Visitor Visa for Australia?
You can apply for a Business Visitor Visa in two ways:
Online, through the ImmiAccount. This is the most common application method since you can submit the application from your home and receive an answer via email. You have to:
- Create an ImmiAccount.
- Enter your personal information and select the purpose of your visa application (in this case, for business).
- Attach the required documents. See the documents listed under “Requirements’.
- Pay the visa fee. You will need a credit/debit card.
- Submit the application.
- Wait to hear a decision. You will be notified about the outcome via email.
On paper, at the nearest Australian Embassy, Consulate or visa office. Generally, you will be asked to submit a paper application only if you cannot submit an application online. To apply on paper, you have to:
- Locate the nearest Australian office.
- Set up a visa appointment.
- Collect the required documents.
- Pay the visa fee.
- Submit the application and documents.
- Wait to hear back.
Who Issues Business Visitor Visas for Australia?
The Australian Department of Home Affairs will assess your application for a Business Visitor Visa and reach a decision. Even if you apply through a visa centre, the application is still forwarded to the DHA.
How Long Does It Take to Get a Business Visa?
The time it takes to process your application depends on whether all your documents are in order and how long it takes to verify your information. Most applications are processed within a couple of weeks but can take up to four months or longer.
What to Do After Getting the Business Visitor Visa?
If your application is successful, you will receive an email informing you of your visa grant number as well as the duration and conditions of your visa. You should save this mail and bring it with you when you travel. Your Business Visa is saved on an online database, so you do not receive a visa label or stamp.
Once you arrive in Australia, the border officer will check the online visa database using your passport number before letting you enter the country.
You can check your visa’s validity through the VEVO system, which you can access using your visa grant number or ImmiCard.
How Long Can I Stay in Australia With a Business Visitor Visa?
The Business Visitor Visa is valid for one year, during which time you can enter Australia as many times as you need, as long as each trip does not exceed three months.
Chinese business visitors can also get a Frequent Traveller Visa, which is valid for up to ten years for multiple entries.
Can I Extend My Stay?
As short-term a business visitor, you can extend your stay in Australia by applying for another visa at least two weeks before your current visa expires.
How Much Does the Business Visitor Activity Visa Cost?
The visa application fee for an Australian Business Visitor Visa is AUD 145. If applying online, you can pay the fee using your credit or debit card.
Note: If your visa has a “Visa condition 8503 – No Further Stay” notice then you will not be able to extend it.
What If My Application Is Rejected?
If your Australian visa application is denied, you will receive an email explaining the reason for denial, whether you can appeal the decision, and until when you can request a review of your application.
What If I Have an APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC)?
If you have an APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Business Travel Card (ABTC), which has ‘AUS’ printed on the back, then you do not need to apply for a Business Visitor Visa. You will be allowed into the country simply using your APEC Card.
That’s because the Department of Home Affairs considers you have applied for the Australian Business Visitor Visa when you applied for the ABTC.
The ABTC is valid for five years from the moment of issue.
Other Types of Business Visas for Australia
If you want to conduct long term business in Australia, you will have to apply for another type of visa, as suited to your situation. The Australian Business Visas are:
- Business Innovation and Investment Visa (Subclass 188). This is a provisional business visa, which is issued to business people who wish to operate a business in Australia, and have been nominated by the Australian State or Territory government agency. It is valid for up to 4 years and 3 months.
- Business Innovation and Investment Visa (Subclass 888). This is a permanent business visa, issued to business people who have held a provisional visa and who can show ongoing business involvement.
- Business Owner Visa (Subclass 890). This visa is permanent and issued to people who own a business in Australia.
- Business Talent Visa (Subclass 132). This type of business visa allows the holder to establish a new business in Australia or help develop it. It is a permanent visa.