Traveling to Australia for work, here’s what you need to know


A visa is required to travel to Australia. The most popular type of visa is the e Visitor, an Australia visa perfect for a holiday, but also for a business trip. Furthermore, in order to work in Australia, a number of conditions must be met. Read this article to find out if you can apply for an e Visitor or if you will need another type of visa.

The e Visitor visa (subclass 651)

The e Visitor visa is an electronic visa that can be applied for entirely online. This is the most frequently used type, because it is the cheapest visa and the application procedure is quick and easy. The e Visitor can be requested by those with citizenship of the following countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Croatia, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania , Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Czech Republic, Vatican City, United Kingdom, Sweden and Switzerland.

Travelers from the USA, Canada and some Asian countries cannot apply for an e Visitor, but an ETA (subclass 601). The ETA has the same characteristics in terms of requirements and validity, but is more expensive. Therefore, the best solution for Italian travelers is to apply for an e Visitor visa for Australia.

Activities that can be done with an e Visitor visa:

With an e Visitor it is possible to work in Australia, as long as the Australian Department of Immigration considers the move a business trip. The activities mentioned below are considered part of a business trip and can be carried out while traveling with anĀ  e Visitor:

  • participation in conferences, trade fairs and other events
  • meetings with (potential) business partners
  • negotiation of commercial agreements
  • participation in non-medical education or training
  • one of the above activities in conjunction with a holiday visa in Australia

Activities that cannot be done with an e Visitor visa

The following activities, however, are not permitted while traveling on an e Visitor visa:

  • Hiring by an Australian company
  • Selling or providing consumer products and services in Australia
  • Selling or providing services and products to businesses or entities in Australia
  • Jobs paid by an Australian institution (it is possible to be paid by your employer based outside Australia)

Apply for a visa online:

Do you meet the above requirements and do not intend to stay in Australia for more than 3 consecutive months? In this case you can apply for the Australia visa conveniently online, by filling out the application form in a few minutes. Once you have paid the visa fees, your application will be processed. The visa is granted on average within 5 days and sent by email after issuing. Print the visa and keep a digital copy of it on your smartphone or laptop, to be able to show it upon arrival in Australia if requested at border controls.

Do you have a short-term appointment in Australia and don’t have a visa yet? You can submit an urgent request. Urgent requests are approved in 95% of cases within one hour, so that you can most likely leave the same day. However, the Australian government carries out more in-depth spot checks on 5% of the requests received. This is why in some exceptional cases, processing takes longer, even in the case of an urgent request.



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