The Visitor Visa lets you visit Australia for personal or business purposes. The visa is valid for between 3 and 12 months.
There are three main “streams” to this visa, being if you want to:
1. holiday or visit family (Tourist Stream);
2. undertake a business visit (Business Visitor Stream); or
3. come to Australia on a family sponsored holiday (Family Sponsored Visitor Stream).
Being granted a Visitor Visa is not as straight forward as most people think. For all visitors, you must satisfy the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) that you are “Genuine Temporary Entrant” (see below). This can be difficult to prove, particularly for certain passport holders.