Australian Visa Information
This section on Australian visa information is short and to the point. Visa requirements for coming to Australia for any reason are simple. You MUST have the correct visa in order to enter Australia. This includes coming as a tourist, or coming on a working holiday. Please read before making plans on getting to Melbourne is outside of Australia
Australian Visa Information – The Basics
EVERYONE COMING TO AUSTRALIA MUST HAVE THE CORRECT VISA. The only exceptions are Australian or New Zealand citizens. There are important things you should know before applying for, or being granted, an Australian visa. It’s important that you apply for the correct category of visa because this will allow the embassy to understand your reason for visiting. You must also understand the application requirements as well as understand your obligations while in Australia. You must also comply with your visa conditions.
You can apply for your visa at either the Australian Embassy, Australian High Commission or Australian Consulate closest to your home. The alternative is to simply apply online for an Electronic Visa, if eligible. THIS INCLUDES A TOURIST VISA.
International students on a Student Visa are permitted to work up to 20 hours per week during their courses. They may also work full-time during course holidays.
Note that when you apply for a visa, you MUST hold a valid passport. Your passport MUST NOT EXPIRE during your time in Australia. Whichever way you apply, the process is made as quick and simple as possible. Any questions you may have are answered directly.
Australian Visa Information – The Details
There are several categories of Australian visas, therefore, you need to ensure you apply for the correct visa. All the requirements for whatever category of visa you need are clearly explained. Details are on the website of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. On the site you select your location, and all the information relevant to your country is displayed instantly. This includes all visa categories, visa requirements, application forms and frequently asked questions.
Australian Border Protection
On arrival in Australia you will enter Passport Control. Here you will be met by an officer of The Australian Border Force. The Force is responsible for the protection of Australia’s borders. It works in partnership with a range of intelligence, law enforcement and other agencies. Their mission is to protect Australia’s borders.
Australia adopts a whole-of-government approach to its national security. Australia is a free, prosperous and harmonious society. It will remain so by continuing to secure the borders. At the same time it allows the free movement of legitimate people and goods. Opportunities for organised crime today are unprecedented. Increased globalisation and escalating cross-border movements create opportunities for organised crime. So too do emerging international markets, and rapidly developing and converging technologies.
Advancements in technology allow constant improvements in how the Australian Border Force operates. This includes using biometrics for enhanced entry control, and expansion of automated entry systems. There is also an evolving cyber security environment. The risks to the Australian community posed by the movement of illicit drugs continues to be high. The Australian Border Force continues to work with domestic and international law enforcement agencies. They aim to disrupt organised crime groups involved in the import of illicit drugs.
The identification and analysis of illicit firearm trafficking networks is a high priority. The number of undeclared handguns detected at the border increased by almost 60 per cent in 2013-14. There were also several deliberate attempts at concealing handguns in international mail. The Australian Border Force is focused on our national security and the protection of our community. It enforces our laws, including the collection of revenue, and the security of our maritime jurisdiction, resources and environment.
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