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Australia Visa and ETA requirements for U.S. citizens explained
iVisa | 9 min read | Updated on Feb 15, 2024

Australia is a popular destination for American travelers, offering stunning natural beauty, world-class cities, and unique wildlife experiences. Whether you're planning to visit for tourism, or business, understanding the Australian visa requirements for U.S. citizens is essential to ensure a smooth trip.

In this blog, we'll cover the different visa types available for Americans traveling to Australia, such as the Australia ETA, the easy online application process, and requirements.

Ready to start planning your adventure? Let's dive in and explore the Australian ETA for U.S. passport holders!

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Australia Visa requirements for U.S. citizens

In short, yes, U.S. citizens must apply for a valid Australian Visa. In particular, they are eligible to apply for the Australia ETA online Read more about the ETA and other visas below.

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Australian Visa options for U.S. citizens

There are several visa options available for U.S. citizens who wish to visit or work in Australia:

  • The most popular is the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA), which is an online visa that allows U.S. citizens to stay in Australia for up to 90 days Per Entry, for tourism or business purposes. It is a quick and easy visa option that we can help you get from the comfort of your own home!

  • The Working Holiday Visa is a temporary visa available to U.S. citizens aged 18 to 30, and allows them to work and travel in Australia for up to 12 months.

  • The Skilled Work Visa is a visa for U.S. citizens who have been sponsored by an Australian employer, and allows them to work and live in Australia permanently.

What is an ETA for Australia?

Now that we’ve covered your options, let’s look at the easiest visa to obtain. The ETA for U.S. citizens, also called an electronic travel authority, allows tourism or business trips of up to 90 days.

It is a Multiple Entry document linked to the traveler's passport electronically, eliminating the need for a sticker or stamp. That means no embassy visits!

U.S. citizens can apply for an ETA online with iVisa, making it a quick and convenient option for those planning to visit Australia for a short period. However, an ETA doesn't allow you to work in Australia. If that is the case, you'll need to apply for a different type of visa as mentioned above.

How long is an ETA valid for travelers from the United States?

The ETA for Australia is typically valid for 1 year after issued from the date of approval or until the passport used for the application expires, whichever comes first. During this period, you can visit Australia multiple times, as long as each visit does not exceed 90 days.

It's important to note that the 90-day stay limit applies to each visit and is not a cumulative total for the 12-month validity period of the ETA. If you want to stay in Australia for longer than 90 days or work in the country, apply for a different type of visa, such as a Working Holiday Visa.

Eligibility requirements for an ETA for U.S. citizens

To be eligible for an ETA to enter Australia, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Hold a valid U.S. passport.

  2. You're traveling to Australia for tourism or business purposes only.

  3. You will stay in Australia for 90 days or less.

  4. You can't be in Australia at the time of your application.

  5. Prove that you do not have tuberculosis or have a criminal record.

How to apply for an Australian ETA online with us

Do you have all the necessary documents at hand? Then it’s time to complete the Australian ETA application form online. Follow these three simple steps:

  • First, fill out the online form with your personal information and passport details.

  • Second, double-check the information to ensure no mistakes. If everything looks good, select the preferred processing time and pay the visa fees with a credit or debit card.

  • Third, upload any required documents and submit your application. Before the Australian authorities will process it, we will do a careful review to avoid issues.

When approved, your ETA will be linked to your passport electronically, and you’ll receive a confirmation by email.

Required documents to get an Australian ETA for U.S. passport holders

When applying with iVisa, the process is simple and straightforward. Our application form is easy and quick to fill out. You will need the following documents to apply:

  • Valid passport: Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of arrival in Australia.
  • Means of online payment: You’ll be required to pay online on our secure platform. You can use a credit or debit card.
  • Email address: You don’t have to print out the ETA, but we use email as a means of communication.

Processing time and ETA application fees for U.S. citizens

The visa fees will depend on how fast you want to get your ETA for Australia. There are three options:

  • Standard processing - 2 days - USD $69.08. This may be the longest processing time, but it's also the most affordable option.

  • Rush processing - 24 hours - USD $117.08. If you need to get your ETA even faster, you can choose this option.

  • Super Rush processing - 6 hours - USD $174.08. You will receive the ETA to enter Australia in your email as soon as possible.

How will I receive my valid visa for Australia?

You will receive your valid Australian ETA confirmation by email once your application is approved.

If any issues occur during the processing of your application, our experts will reach out to you via email as well. You can also track the status of your application on our website or the iVisa app.

Common mistakes to avoid when applying for an Australian ETA

When applying for an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) for Australia as a U.S. citizen, there are some common mistakes to avoid:

  • Providing incorrect information: Ensure all the information is accurate and matches the details on your passport. Even a small mistake, such as a misspelled name or incorrect date of birth, can cause delays or even result in the application being rejected.

Luckily, our iVisa experts check every application for mistakes to ensure you have the best chance of securing your visa.

  • Not meeting the eligibility criteria: The ETA is available to U.S. citizens for tourism or business purposes only. If you are planning to work or study in Australia, you will need to apply for a different type of visa.

Use our handy Visa Checker Tool to find out which visa you’re eligible for.

  • Not allowing enough time for processing: While the ETA is typically approved quickly, it's important to allow sufficient time for processing in case of any delays or issues with the application.

With iVisa, you can choose your preferred processing time. The most affordable option takes a few days and gives you the most time before your trip.

  • Failing to disclose previous visa refusals or immigration issues: If you have been refused a visa or had immigration issues before, always disclose this information on your ETA application. Failing to do so can result in your application being rejected, and it may also impact future visa applications.

If your visa is rejected when applying through iVisa, you can reapply without paying the iVisa processing fees again, under certain conditions.

  • Not having sufficient funds for the trip: You may be asked to provide evidence of sufficient funds to support your stay in Australia. Ensure you can prove that you have enough money to cover your travel expenses, accommodation, and other costs during your stay.

  • Not checking the validity of your passport: Your passport must be valid for the entire period of your stay in Australia. Make sure your passport has at least six months’ validity from the date of your departure from Australia.

The iVisa experts will check your application carefully before submitting it to the Australian government, ensuring all documents and info meets the requirements for your peace of mind.

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Tips for a successful application for the Australian ETA

Here are some tips to increase your chances of getting your visa application approved:

  1. Determine the type of visa you require: There are several types of visas available for travelers to Australia. The most common types for U.S. citizens are the online ETA, Student Visa, and Work Visa. Make sure you apply for the appropriate visa based on your travel purpose

  2. Be honest and transparent: Answer all the questions truthfully and transparently in your Australian visa application form. Any false information or misrepresentation can result in the rejection of your application.

  3. Apply well in advance: Apply for your visa well before your planned travel dates to allow sufficient time for processing.

  4. Follow up: If you haven't heard back about your application within a reasonable time frame, follow up with the relevant authorities to check on the status of your application.

Other frequently asked questions about the Australia Visa and ETA

Although we’ve covered the most important information, here are the answers to some other frequently asked questions about the Australia Visa requirements.

Is it possible to extend an Australia Visitor Visa or ETA?

In some cases, it may be possible to extend an Australia Visitor Visa, but it depends on the type of visa and the circumstances of the individual's stay in Australia.

As a U.S. citizen with a Visitor Visa that allows longer stays in Australia for up to 12 months, you may apply for an extension of up to 12 months. You will need to prove that an extension is necessary, for example, for medical treatment or to care for a family member.

If you are in Australia on a short-term visa, such as an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or a visa for less than 12 months, it may not be possible to extend your stay beyond the initial visa period.

Of course, you can simply leave the country before your travel document expires and apply again or apply for a different type of visa.

It's important to note that overstaying a visa in Australia is a serious offense and can result in being detained, deported, or barred from future entry into the country.

Can U.S. Green Card holders apply for an Australian ETA?

Unfortunately, holders of a U.S. Green Card can’t always apply for the online ETA. It depends on the passport they hold.

Green card holders can use our Visa Checker Tool to find out if they are eligible for the ETA or must apply for a visa.

Why use iVisa to apply for your Australia ETA?

Our easy-to-use online application forms and world-class customer service make the whole visa application process quicker and simpler!

Other benefits of applying with iVisa include:

  • 100% government-compliant: Our team of iVisa Experts will review all information and make sure it’s 100% compliant with government requirements.
  • Unlimited access to our iVisa Experts: Our team is always there to guide you through the entire application process and answer any questions you may have.
  • Fill out at your own pace: Save your progress, make changes, and come back to it later whenever you need a break.
  • Step-by-step guide: Apply with iVisa and receive a PDF manual with expert tips to answer difficult sections and a step-by-step guide to get your document without problems.
  • Secure platform: We use best practices and up-to-date technology to protect your data and credit card information, ensuring safety and privacy throughout the application process.

Who can I contact if I have more questions?

If you have any questions or concerns about obtaining an ETA or other travel documents for Australia, please contact our customer service team via online chat or email us at [email protected].

They are available round the clock to answer questions, give you peace of mind, and, best of all, our advice is free!

  • iVisa is NOT affiliated with any government agency. This app does not provide legal advice and we are not a law firm. None of our customer service representatives are lawyers and they also do not provide legal advice. We are a private, internet-based travel and immigration consultancy provider dedicated to helping individuals travel around the world. You may apply by yourself directly on the various government websites. The source of information: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/

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