Adoption visa (subclass 102)

Aged Dependent Relative visa (subclass 114)

Aged Dependent Relative visa (subclass 838)

Aged Parent visa (subclass 804)

Bridging visa A – BVA – (subclass 010)

Bridging visa B – BVB – (subclass 020)

Bridging visa C – BVC – (subclass 030)

Bridging visa E – BVE – (subclass 050 and 051)

Business Innovation and Investment (permanent) visa (subclass 888)

Business Innovation and Investment (provisional) visa (subclass 188)

Business Owner visa (subclass 890)

Business Talent (Permanent) visa (subclass 132)

Carer visa (subclass 116)

Carer visa (subclass 836)

Child visa (subclass 101)

Child visa (subclass 802)

Confirmatory (Residence) visa (subclass 808)

Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 884)

Contributory Aged Parent visa (subclass 864)

Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173)

Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143)

Crew Travel Authority visa (subclass 942)

Dependent Child visa (subclass 445)

Distinguished Talent visa (subclass 858)

Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601)

Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)

eVisitor (subclass 651)

Former Resident visa (subclass 151)

Global Special Humanitarian (subclass 202)

Investor visa (subclass 891)

Maritime Crew visa (subclass 988)

Medical Treatment visa (subclass 602)

New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (temporary) visa (subclass 461)

Orphan Relative (subclass 117)

Orphan Relative (subclass 837)

Parent visa (subclass 103)

Partner visa (subclass 309/100)

Partner visa (subclass 820/801)

Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (subclass 191)

Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300)

Protection visa (subclass 866)

Refugee visas (subclass 200, 201, 203 and 204)

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187)

Remaining Relative visa (subclass 115)

Remaining Relative visa (subclass 835)

Resident Return visa (subclass 155 and 157)

Safe Haven Enterprise visa (subclass 790)

Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 494)

Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)

Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)

Skilled Regional visa (subclass 887)

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)

Skilled-Recognised Graduate visa (subclass 476)

Special Category visa (subclass 444)

Special Purpose visa

Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 870)

State or Territory Sponsored Business Owner visa (subclass 892)

State or Territory Sponsored Investor visa (subclass 893)

Student Guardian visa (subclass 590)

Student visa (subclass 500)

Temporary Activity visa (subclass 408)

Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485)

Temporary Protection visa (subclass 785)

Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)

Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (subclass 403)

Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa (subclass 400)

Training visa (subclass 407)

Transit visa (subclass 771)

Visitor (subclass 600)

Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462)

Working Holiday visa (subclass 417)

Adoption visa (subclass 102)

The subclass 102 visa is an offshore permanent visa for a dependent adopted child of an Australian citizen, permanent visa holder or eligible New Zealand citizen.

Aged Dependent Relative visa (subclass 114)

The subclass 114 visa is an offshore permanent visa for an aged dependent relative of an Australian citizen, permanent visa holder or eligible New Zealand citizen.

Aged Dependent Relative visa (subclass 838)

The subclass 838 visa is an onshore permanent visa for an aged dependent relative of an Australian citizen, permanent visa holder or eligible New Zealand citizen.

Aged Parent visa (subclass 804)

The subclass 804 visa is an onshore permanent visa for an aged parent of an Australian citizen, permanent visa holder or eligible New Zealand citizen.

Bridging visa A – BVA – (subclass 010)

A Bridging Visa A is granted to a person holding a substantive visa (ie. non-bridging visa) and who applies for another substantive visa while they are in Australia. The Bridging Visa A allows the person to stay in Australia while the visa application is being processed.

Bridging visa B – BVB – (subclass 020)

A Bridging Visa B allows the visa holder to leave and re-enter Australia during the processing of a substantive visa application. Only a person who holds a Bridging Visa A or B is eligible to apply for a Bridging Visa B.

Bridging visa C – BVC – (subclass 030)

A Bridging Visa C is granted to a person who:

  • is in Australia, and
  • is not holding a substantive visa, and
  • has never held a Bridging Visa E, and
  • applies for a substantive visa while they are in Australia.

The Bridging Visa C allows the person to stay in Australia while the visa application is being processed.

Bridging visa E – BVE – (subclass 050 and 051)

The subclass 050 visa can only be granted to unlawful non-citizens. It allows the visa holder to stay lawfully in Australia in order to:

  • make arrangements to leave, or
  • finalise their immigration matter, or
  • wait for an immigration decision.

The subclass 051 is only granted to unlawful non-citizens who are in immigration detention and who have applied for a Protection visa. It allows the visa holder to stay lawfully in Australia until a decision is made on the Protection visa application.

Business Innovation and Investment (permanent) visa (subclass 888)

The subclass 888 visa allows successful business innovators and investors to either operate a business or make an investment in Australia and contribute to the growth of the Australian economy. The subclass 888 visa is the second stage of a two-stage process (first stage is subclass 188 visa) that grants the visa holder permanent residence.

Business Innovation and Investment (provisional) visa (subclass 188)

The subclass 188 visa allows successful business innovators and investors to either operate a business or make an investment in Australia and contribute to the growth of the Australian economy. The subclass 188 visa is the first stage of a two-stage process to permanent residence.

Business Owner visa (subclass 890)

The subclass 890 visa is a permanent visa for persons who have held an eligible visa (subclass 160 to 165) and who have met residence and business ownership requirements in Australia.

Business Talent (Permanent) visa (subclass 132)

The subclass 132 visa is a permanent visa for business owners with a significant business history or venture capital entrepreneurs.

Carer visa (subclass 116)

The subclass 116 visa is an offshore permanent visa which allows an overseas relative to come and live in Australia to assist in the long term medical care of an Australian citizen, permanent visa holder or eligible New Zealand citizen.

Carer visa (subclass 836)

The subclass 836 visa is a permanent visa for persons assisting a relative in Australia with long-term or permanent medical conditions.

Child visa (subclass 101)

The subclass 101 visa is an offshore permanent visa for a dependent child of an Australian citizen, permanent visa holder or eligible New Zealand citizen.

Child visa (subclass 802)

The subclass 802 visa is an onshore permanent visa for a dependent child (including adopted child) of an Australian citizen, permanent visa holder or eligible New Zealand citizen.

Confirmatory (Residence) visa (subclass 808)

The subclass 808 visa is a permanent visa that allows former holders of Norfolk Island entry permits to live in Australia indefinitely.

Contributory Aged Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 884)

The subclass 884 visa is an onshore temporary visa for an aged parent of an Australian citizen, permanent visa holder or eligible New Zealand citizen.

Contributory Aged Parent visa (subclass 864)

Contributory Aged Parent – The subclass 864 visa is an onshore permanent visa for an aged parent of an Australian citizen, permanent visa holder or eligible New Zealand citizen.

Contributory Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 173)

The subclass 173 visa is an offshore provisional visa for a parent of an Australian citizen, permanent visa holder or eligible New Zealand citizen.

Contributory Parent visa (subclass 143)

The subclass 143 visa is an offshore permanent visa for the parent of an Australian citizen, permanent visa holder or eligible New Zealand citizen.

Crew Travel Authority visa (subclass 942)

The subclass 942 visa is a temporary visa that allows international airline crew members and safety inspectors to stay in Australia as part of their work.

Dependent Child visa (subclass 445)

The subclass 445 visa is a temporary visa for the dependent child of a parent who holds a temporary partner visa (subclass 309 or 820). This visa allows the child to stay in Australia and be added to the permanent partner visa application.

Distinguished Talent visa (subclass 858)

The subclass 858 visa is a permanent onshore visa for persons with an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in a profession, sport, the arts, academia, or research.

Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601)

The Electronic Travel Authority is a temporary visa for ‘ETA eligible’ passport holders intending to visit Australia for tourism or for business purposes.

Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186)

The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa allows employers to sponsor employees who are foreign nationals for a permanent visa to work in Australia. Holders of the subclass 482 visa may be eligible to apply for this visa if certain requirements are met.

eVisitor (subclass 651)

The eVisitor visa is a temporary visa for eVisitor eligible passport holders intending to visit Australia for tourism or for business purposes.

Former Resident visa (subclass 151)

The subclass 151 visa is a permanent visa that allows former permanent residents and certain people who served in the Australian Defence Force to live in Australia.

Global Special Humanitarian (subclass 202)

The subclass 202 visa is an offshore permanent visa to persons who are facing substantial discrimination or human rights abuses in their home country, and have a proposer in Australia.

Investor visa (subclass 891)

The subclass 891 visa is a permanent visa for persons who have held an eligible visa (subclass 162) and who have met residence and designated investment requirements in Australia.

Maritime Crew visa (subclass 988)

The subclass 988 visa allows for the temporary entry by sea of crew of non-military ships.

Medical Treatment visa (subclass 602)

The subclass 602 visa is a temporary visa for persons who:

  • intend to undergo medical treatment, or
  • intend to donate or receive an organ, or
  • intend to support an another person who holds a subclass 602 visa or who has applied for a subclass 602 visa, or
  • who is aged 50 years or older, has been refused an Australian permanent visa on health grounds only, and is unfit to leave Australia.

New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (temporary) visa (subclass 461)

The subclass 461 visa is a temporary visa that allows non-New Zealand citizen family members of special category (subclass 444) visa holders to enter and remain in Australia.

Orphan Relative (subclass 117)

The subclass 117 visa is an offshore permanent visa for an orphan relative of an Australian citizen, permanent visa holder or eligible New Zealand citizen.

Orphan Relative (subclass 837)

The subclass 837 visa is an onshore permanent visa for an orphan relative of an Australian citizen, permanent visa holder or eligible New Zealand citizen.

Parent visa (subclass 103)

The subclass 103 visa is an offshore permanent visa for a parent of an Australian citizen, permanent visa holder or eligible New Zealand citizen.

Partner (Provisional and Migrant) visa (subclass 309/100)

This is a two-stage visa which grants permanent residency to the spouse or de facto partner of an Australian citizen, permanent visa holder or eligible New Zealand citizen. The applicant must make a combined application for both visas while outside Australia. The subclass 309 visa is the provisional visa which allows the foreign spouse/partner to travel to Australia to await the processing of the permanent visa (subclass 100).

Partner visa (subclass 820/801)

This is a two-stage visa which grants permanent residency to the spouse or de facto partner of an Australian citizen, permanent visa holder or eligible New Zealand citizen. The applicant must make a combined application for both visas while in Australia. The subclass 820 visa is the provisional visa which allows the foreign spouse/partner to stay in Australia during the processing of the permanent visa (subclass 801).

Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (subclass 191)

This visa does not commence until 16 November 2022.

This is a permanent visa for people who have lived, worked and studied in designated regional area Australia for at least 3 years on a previous, eligible visa, and who met minimum taxable income thresholds for at least 3 years.

Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300)

The subclass 300 visa is an offshore provisional visa for prospective spouse of an Australian citizen, permanent visa holder or eligible New Zealand citizen to allow the couple to marry within 9 months.

Protection visa (subclass 866)

The subclass 866 visa is a permanent onshore visa for people to whom Australia owes protection obligations under international law.

Refugee visas (subclass 200, 201, 203 and 204)

Refugee visas are permanent offshore visas for persons who are subject to persecution in their home country. To be considered for resettlement in Australia, the applicant would usually need to be referred by the UNHCR.

  • Subclass 200 (Refugee) visa – this visa is for persons who are subject to persecution in their home country and are living outside their home country
  • Subclass 201 (In-country Special Humanitarian) visa – this visa is for persons who are subject to persecution in their home country and are living in their home country
  • Subclass 203 (Emergency Rescue) visa – this visa is for persons who are subject to persecution in their home country and have an urgent and compelling need to travel to Australia
  • Subclass 204 (Woman at Risk) visa – this visa is for women who are living outside of their home country, do not have the protection of a male relative and are in danger of victimisation, harassment or serious abuse because of their gender.

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187)

The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa allows employers actively operating in regional Australia to sponsor employees who are foreign nationals for a permanent visa to work in regional Australia.

This visa is closed to Direct Entry stream applications and is only open to transitional applicants who are holding an eligible subclass 457 or 482 visa and who meet the requirements for the Temporary Residence Transition stream.

Remaining Relative visa (subclass 115)

The subclass 115 visa is an offshore permanent visa for the remaining relative of an Australian citizen, permanent visa holder or eligible New Zealand citizen.

Remaining Relative visa (subclass 835)

The subclass 835 visa is an onshore permanent visa for a remaining relative of an Australian citizen, permanent visa holder or eligible New Zealand citizen.

Resident Return visa (subclass 155 and 157)

The Resident Return visa is a permanent visa for applicants who have previously been in Australia as a permanent resident and require a further permanent visa in order to leave and/or return to Australia.

Safe Haven Enterprise visa (subclass 790)

This is a temporary onshore visa for asylum seekers who arrived in Australia illegally. It allows the visa holder to live and work in Australia for up to 5 years.

Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 494)

This temporary visa allows skilled foreign workers to live and work in a regional area of Australia for up to 5 years. They must be nominated by a regional employer. Dependents can be included in this visa. Read more…

Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189)

The Skilled Independent visa is a permanent point-based visa designed for skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer, a state or territory or a family member.

Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190)

The Skilled Nominated visa is a permanent point-based visa designed for skilled workers who are nominated by a state or territory government to live and work in Australia permanently.

Skilled Regional visa (subclass 887)

The subclass 887 visa is a permanent visa for people who have lived and worked in specified areas of regional Australia on a previous, eligible visa. The applicant must have have lived for at least 2 years and worked full time for at least 1 year in a specified regional area, unless COVID-19 concessions apply.

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)

The subclass 491 visa is a provisional visa for skilled workers nominated by a state or territory government to live and work in regional Australia for up to 5 years. After holding this visa for 3 years and meeting work and residence requirements, the visa holder may be eligible to apply for the subclass 191 visa which is a permanent visa.

Skilled-Recognised Graduate visa (subclass 476)

The subclass 476 visa is a temporary visa which allows recent engineering graduates from selected overseas universities to gain up to 18 months of skilled work experience in Australia. Subclass 476 visa holders may apply for permanent residence at any stage if they can pass the points test and meet other eligibility criteria.

Special Category visa (subclass 444)

The subclass 444 visa allows New Zealand citizens to travel to, live and work in Australia indefinitely. New Zealand citizens apply for this visa on arrival in Australia by submitting a completed incoming passenger card with their New Zealand passport.

Special Purpose visa

The Special Purpose Visa is a visa granted to persons with “prescribed status”, including:

  • a member of the Royal Family, or
  • an official guest of the Australian Government, or
  • a member of certain armed forces, or
  • a person on board a ship of a foreign armed forces, or
  • an airline crew member, or
  • the accompanying spouse or dependant of a person with prescribed status

Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa (subclass 870)

The subclass 870 visa is a temporary visa that allows a parent of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to visit Australia for up to 3 or 5 years.

State or Territory Sponsored Business Owner visa (subclass 892)

The subclass 892 visa is a permanent visa for persons who have held an eligible visa (subclass 160 to 165) and who have met residence and business ownership requirements in Australia. The applicant must be sponsored by the regional authority in the state or territory where they conduct their business. 

State or Territory Sponsored Investor visa (subclass 893)

The subclass 893 visa is a permanent visa for persons who have held an eligible visa (subclass 165) and who have met residence and designated investment requirements in Australia. The applicant must be sponsored by the regional authority in the state or territory where they live. 

Student Guardian visa (subclass 590)

The subclass 590 visa allows a parent custodian or relative of a student visa holder to come to Australia to provide care and support for the student. The student normally must be under 18 years of age (but can be older if there are exceptional circumstances).

Student visa (subclass 500)

The subclass 500 visa is a temporary visa for students aged 6 years or older to study in Australia. The visa can be granted for up to 5 years and can be renewed.

Temporary Activity visa (subclass 408)

The subclass 408 visa is a temporary visa that allows persons to travel to Australia to do short-term work in the following categories:

  • Australian Government Endorsed Events (currently this includes the Supporting Innovation in South Australia program which runs until November 2021)
  • Special Program (including youth exchange, cultural enrichment or community programs, school language assistants or “gap year school volunteering”)
  • Religious work
  • Research activities
  • Other social or cultural activities
  • Sporting activities
  • Entertainment activities (including film and television)
  • Superyacht crew
  • Staff exchange
  • Domestic work for senior foreign executives

In most cases, you need to be invited or sponsored by an Australian organisation.

Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485)

The subclass 485 visa is a temporary visa that allows eligible international students to live and work in Australia after they have finished their studies.

Temporary Protection visa (subclass 785)

The subclass 785 visa is a temporary onshore visa for people who arrived in Australia without a visa, and want to seek asylum.

Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)

The subclass 482 visa is a temporary visa that allows skilled workers to be sponsored by employers in Australia. The employer must be an approved Standard Business Sponsor or have a Labour Agreement, and must nominate a position to be filled by the visa applicant. The visa can be granted for up to 2 years or 4 years depending on the nominated occupation. The visa holder may be eligible to apply for the permanent subclass 186 visa if certain requirements are met. Read more…

Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (subclass 403)

The subclass 403 visa is a temporary visa which allows persons to undertake specific work or activities in Australia that improve Australia’s international relations.

Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa (subclass 400)

The subclass 400 visa is a temporary visa that allows persons to stay in Australia for up to 3 or 6 months to undertake short-term, highly specialised work in Australia.

Training visa (subclass 407)

The subclass 407 visa is a temporary visa that allows people to participate in workplace-based occupational training activities or in a professional development training program in Australia.

Transit visa (subclass 771)

The subclass 771 visa is a temporary visa that allows people to transit through Australia on their way to another country.

Visitor (subclass 600)

The subclass 600 visa is a temporary visa for people intending to visit Australia for tourism, visiting family or friends, or for business purposes.

Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462)

The subclass 462 visa is a temporary visa that allows people from certain countries, who are aged between 18 and 30, to holiday and work in Australia for up to 12 months. The visa can be renewed a maximum of two times.

Working Holiday visa (subclass 417)

The subclass 417 visa is a temporary visa that allows people from certain countries, who are aged between 18 and 30 (or between 18 and 35 if they are from Ireland, France or Canada), to holiday and work in Australia for up to 12 months. The visa can be renewed a maximum of two times.

This page was last updated on 11 February 2021.