Under this stream, you must:
- Meet health and character requirements.
- Have enough money to support yourself during your stay in Australia.
- Intend to come to Australia for tourist purposes, for example as a tourist, for recreation or to visit your family and friends.
- Satisfy the DIBP that you are a Genuine Temporary Entrant.
Visitor Visas for parents of Australians
Certain concessions are granted to Parents of Australian children due to the length of time it takes for the DIBP to process parents visas.
The visa can be granted for up to:
- Five years for parents outside Australia who are in the Parent (Migrant) visa (subclass 103) queue.
- Three years for parents outside Australia who have had a previous Australian visa and complied with the visa conditions, and either have not applied for a Parent Visa (Subclass 103) or have applied for such a Parent Visa and are not yet in the queue for the visa.
- 18 months for parents who have not previously travelled to Australia and either have not applied for a Parent Visa or have applied for such a Parent Visa and are not yet in the queue for the visa.
In any of the three cases above, your visa will come with a condition that you:
- Cannot stay in Australia for more than 12 months on any visit or for more than 12 months in any 18 month period.
- Cannot apply for another visa while you are in Australia on a Visitor Visa.
You may also be asked by the DIBP for an Australian to sponsor your visa.
If this is the case, your sponsor must be Australian and must be certain types of relatives.
Your sponsor must undertake to guarantee that you will comply with your visa conditions and must take responsibility for all financial obligations to the Australian Government incurred by you during your stay in Australia.
They may be asked to provide a bond which is generally between AUD$5000 and AUD$15 000 per applicant they sponsor, which must be paid before the visa is approved and is refunded when you leave Australia in compliance with your visa conditions.