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Australia offers a range of visas for international business visitors.
Short Business Visits (up to 3 months)
Business visas allow travel freely in and out of Australia for up to three months. Accompanying family members can also be included on the Business Visitor Visa application form. Visas can be purchased prior to the determination of travel dates.
Business Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)
An ETA is an electronically stored authority which allows visitors to travel and enter Australia as many times as required within the validity period (12 months from the date of issue). The maximum length of each visit is 3 months. An ETA:
- Provides faster immigration processing on arrival in Australia
- Can be processed by the agent or airline arranging the travel via the computer reservation system
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Australia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Travel
An APEC business travel card allows business people short term, multiple entries into participating countries, reducing the need to apply for multiple visas.
Cardholders are entitled to streamlined immigration processing through special APEC lanes in airports. APEC cards and information can be obtained from the APEC mobility website
Business Skills Visa (up to 2 years)
Business Skills visas are for business people to establish a business in Australia, manage a new or existing business or invest in Australia.
Business Skills Visa (Permanent)
Business Skills visas are for people who have established the required level of business in Australia while holding a provisional visa. A direct permanent residence visa is also available for high-calibre business people.
All except the Investor Retirement visa offer a pathway to permanent residence.
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Application forms can be downloaded from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) or obtained from any Australian Embassy or Consulate.
See the DIAC Business Visas Website
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