600 Visa – Visitor Visa

Visitor visa subclass 600 is a visa that can be used for travelling to Australia. 600 visa will let you explore Australia for tourism purposes. Besides tourism purposes, you can use this visa to visit your partner, family, or relatives. If you have business matters, this visa suits you as well.

600 visa can generally be granted and allow you for a stay of 3, 6, or 12 months, depending on your circumstances. When applying for a visitor visa 600, you would need to prove that you are a genuine visitor. You need to provide your evidence of sufficient funds and incentives to return home, such as employment, study, asset, etc.

600 Visa - Australian Visitor Visa
600 Visa - Australian Visitor Visa
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Written by Indah Melindasari, B.Com
Updated May 2020

Visitor Visa Subclass 600 Eligibility

  • You must show that you are a genuine visitor.
  • You must have enough funds for your stay.
  • You must meet the character and health requirements.

Visitor Visa / 600 Visa Streams:

Tourist Stream

You can use this stream for tourism purposes, visit family, for a cruise or for purposes other than business or medical treatment. You can only stay temporarily using this visa and you can’t work in Australia while you are holding this visa.

  1. Visa Requirements for Tourist Stream:
    • You must have sufficient funds.
    • You would need to meet the health and character requirement.
    • You must be a genuine visitor.
    • It is recommended to have travel insurance.
  2. Visa Processing time Tourist Stream: Processing time is generally between 5-6 months.
  3. Visa cost for Tourist Stream: $145 for offshore application and $365 for onshore application.
  4. What you can do with this Tourist Stream visa:
    • You can visit your partner, family, or friends.
    • You can be in Australia as a tourist.
    • You can study for up to 3 months.

Sponsored Family Stream

You can use this stream if your family members in Australia sponsor you to visit them. You can only stay temporarily using this visa and you can’t work in Australia while you are holding this visa.

  1. Visa Requirements for Sponsored Family Stream:
    • You must have sufficient funds.
    • You would need to meet the health and character requirement.
    • You must be a genuine visitor.
    • You must have a sponsor who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
  2. Visa Processing time Sponsored Family Stream: Processing time is generally between 3-7 months.
  3. Visa cost for Sponsored Family Stream: $145 for each applicant.
  4. What you can do with this Tourist Stream visa:
    • You can visit your partner, family, or friends.
    • You can be in Australia as a tourist.
    • You can study for up to 3 months.

Business Visitor Stream

You can use this stream for business matters. With this visa, you can make some general business or employment inquiries. You can also use this stream to attend a conference or trade fair. You can only stay temporarily using this visa and you can’t work in Australia while you are holding this visa.

  1. Visa Requirements for Business Visitor Stream:
    • You must have sufficient funds.
    • You would need to meet the health and character requirement.
    • You must be a genuine visitor.
    • You must show evidence of business activities that you would like to do in Australia.
  2. Visa Processing time Business Visitor Stream: Processing time is generally between 3-7 months.
  3. Visa cost for Business Visitor Stream: $145 for each applicant.
  4. What you can do with this Business Visitor Stream visa:
    • You can do some general business or employment matters.
    • You can take part in or attend a conference, seminar or trade fair.
    • You can conduct activities as a part of a government visit.

Frequently Asked Questions For Subclass 600 Visa

ONE derland Consulting managing director and also registered migration agent, Indah Melindasari, B.Com (MARN 0961 448) is here to answer your questions for 600 Visa!

  1. How much money do I need to provide as proof of sufficient funds for my visitor visa / 600 visa application?
    • This is usually around AUD $5,000 for each applicant for your initial stay, plus the fare to where you are going after leaving Australia. The more you provide, the better it is.
  2. Do I need to provide a statement letter as supporting documents?
    • Yes, you can provide a statement letter, stating your intention to visit Australia is temporary. If you have a sponsor, your sponsor can provide an invitation letter as well.
  3. I have a sponsor to support my 600 visa. Do I still need to provide financial documents?
    • If your sponsor has enough funds to support you, you can still provide your financial documents as supporting documents.
  4. Can I extend my visitor visa / 600 Visa?
    • Generally, you can extend your visitor visa due to some reasons. You may extend for another 3 or 6 months, depending on your circumstances.
  5. What does the incentive to return home mean?
    • The incentive to return home is any evidence to show that you intend to stay temporary in Australia and have reasons to return home. This can be evidence of your employment, proof of your study, proof of your assets, family members, etc.
  6. If my visa is granted and I am already in Australia, can I apply for another visa while I am onshore?
    • If your visitor visa doesn’t have a restriction (no further stay condition), then yes, you can apply for another visa onshore. However, you would still need to make sure that you meet the eligibility of the visa.
  7. I have gotten my visa granted for 12 months. Can I stay straight for 12 months?
    • It would depend on the stay for or stay until period, as well as the conditions as stated on your visa grant.
  8. I want to go with my child and my parents. Can I include them in my 600 visa application?
    • No. One application is for one applicant. Therefore, your child and your parents would need to apply for separate applications.

Obtaining 600 Visa in Simple Three Steps

First step: Prepare your documents

The first thing you need to do before applying for a visitor visa subclass 600 is to check all the requirements. You need to make sure you provide all the evidence to show that you are a genuine visitor.

Second step: Apply for the visa

Once you have gathered all the required documents, you can start the 600 visa application. You can lodge the visa application online through the IMMI account and provide all the documents and accurate information.

Third step: Get your visa outcome

The Department will give you the decision of the visa. If the Department grants you the visa, then you can come to Australia. If not, you can reapply or if eligible, apply for a review of the decision with the AAT, depending on your circumstances.

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