Can I travel to Australia at this time?
It may be possible to travel to Australia at this time, but restrictions apply. In order to travel to Australia, you need to be either:
- An Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
- An Australian Permanent Resident (ie. you are holding a permanent visa and the travel facility on the visa has not expired), or
- A holder of a valid Australian visa
Additionally, you may be subject to COVID-19 travel restrictions and quarantine requirements. If you are not automatically exempt from the travel restrictions, you must apply for an individual exemption.
Do I need to get tested for COVID-19 before I travel?
Yes, you will need to be tested for COVID-19 before you can travel to Australia. This includes transiting through Australia.
Before boarding your flight, you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test to your airline, taken 72 hours or less before your scheduled departure. Otherwise, you will not be allowed to board your flight.
Additionally, masks must be worn on all international flights and at airports.
For more information, please visit the Australian Department of Health website.
Do I need a visa to travel to Australia?
If you are an Australian citizen who is currently outside Australia, you can enter Australia as long as you hold a current passport (ie. the passport has not expired). You do not need a visa. You may still be subject to quarantine requirements upon arrival in Australia.
If you are a citizen of any other country (including New Zealand), then you will need to hold a valid visa before you can travel to Australia.
If you are an Australian permanent resident, you are required to hold a valid permanent visa with a travel facility that has not expired.
If you are a New Zealand citizen who are usually resident in Australia, you must hold either a Subclass 444 visa or another permanent or provisional visa
You may still be subject to quarantine requirements upon arrival in Australia.
What visa do I need to travel to Australia?
This will depend on the purpose of your visit to Australia. Please contact us to discuss which visa is best suited to your needs. You can also check out the Australian Visa Map to explore your visa options.
I am currently in Australia on a temporary visa. Can I stay longer?
This will depend on a number of factors, including:
- What kind of visa you are currently holding
- Whether your current visa is a type of visa that can be renewed, and whether you are eligible to apply for a renewal
- Whether you are eligible for a different type of visa
The best thing to do is to contact us and we can tell you what your options are.
My visa is about to expire, what should I do?
If you are in Australia, you need to hold a valid visa in order to stay here lawfully. You will need to either apply to renew your existing visa or apply for a different type of visa to extend your stay in Australia.
Please feel free to book a free consultation with us to discuss how we can help you.
My visa has expired, what should I do?
If your visa has expired, don’t panic! Depending on what type of visa you were holding and when it expired, you may be able to apply for another visa without penalties.
Please contact us to discuss what options are available.
My visa has been cancelled, what should I do?
If your visa has been cancelled, then you are not holding a valid visa. This means that you are unlawful and the Department of Home Affairs can remove you from Australia at any time. It may be possible for you to apply for a Bridging Visa to enable you to stay in Australia for a short period while you finalise your affairs. It may also be possible for you to apply for another visa to enable you to stay in Australia lawfully.
Please contact us to discuss your situation and how we can help.
My visa application has been refused, what should I do?
Depending on your circumstances, you may have a number of options, including:
- Appealing the decision to refuse your visa
- Making another application for the same kind of visa
- Applying for a different kind of visa
If your visa application has been refused, please contact us so we can discuss your situation and let you know what is the best option for you.
How can I become an Australian Permanent Resident?
In order to become an Australian Permanent Resident, you will need to apply for a permanent visa. There are a number of permanent visas, including:
- Permanent family visas for partners, parents, children, and other eligible relatives of Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents
- Employer nominated visas for people who meet certain skill, experience and English language requirements
- Skilled points-tested visas for people who meet certain skill, experience and English language requirements
- Skilled regional visas for people who have met certain employment and residence requirements in regional Australia
There are many pathways to permanent residency. Some pathways allow you to apply for a permanent visa directly, while others require you to hold one or more temporary visas before you can apply for a permanent visa.
To discuss your options or find out more about permanent visas, please feel free to book a free consultation with us.
How can I become an Australian citizen?
There are various pathways to becoming an Australian citizen, including:
- Holding a permanent visa and meeting Australian residence requirements
- Being an eligible New Zealand citizen and meeting certain requirements
- Being born in Australia to at least one parent who is an Australian Citizen or permanent resident
- Being born overseas to at least one parent who was an Australian citizen at the time of your birth
To find out more about Australian citizenship pathways, please visit the Australian Citizenship page.
This page was last updated on 11 February 2021.