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Australia Visitor Visa for Afghan citizens: Everything you need to know
11 min read
Updated on May 14, 2024

Australia is a sought-after destination for travelers worldwide, and Afghan citizens are no exception. If you're an Afghan citizen planning to visit Australia for tourism or business purposes, completing an Australian visa application for the Visitor Visa is essential.

We understand that the visitor visa application process can be complex and time-consuming. Many travelers rely on our services to provide comprehensive visa information and ensure a successful application.

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What is the Australian Visitor Visa?

The Australia Visitor Visa, also known as Subclass 600, is one of the temporary visas required for travelers entering the country. This visa is essential for those who want to engage in tourist activities, visit friends and family, or cruise in Australia.

While the application can be completed online, Australian immigration officials may request additional details by phone.

If you need additional information about the embassy in Afghanistan, visit the official site here.

Do Afghan citizens need a Visitor Visa for Australia?

Yes. Afghan citizens need a valid visa to visit Australia for any purpose, including tourism, business, or visiting friends and family. The type of visa required will depend on the purpose and length of your stay in Australia.

The most common tourist visa is the Visitor visa, available to citizens of several countries, including Afghanistan. This visa allows multiple entries into Australia for up to 12 months, with each stay limited to 90 days Per Entry. However, if you plan to stay in Australia for longer than 3 months or for other purposes, such as work or study, you may need to apply for a different type of visa.

Types of Australian Visas available for Afghan nationals

  1. Australia Visitor Visa (Visitor Visa Subclass 600):

The Australia Visitor Visa, also known as the Visitor Visa Subclass 600, is designed for the tourist and business visitor stream, allowing individuals to visit family and friends. It also permits short-term study for a duration of up to three months. Completing our online application form is required to apply for this visa. In some cases, the Australian Government may also request applicants to attend an appointment at an Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) or Australian Biometric Collection Centre (ABCC) and conduct an interview by phone.

  1. Student Visa for Afghan citizens:

Obtaining a Student Visa is necessary for Afghan citizens planning to pursue studies in Australia for a period exceeding three months. Prior acceptance into an Australian educational institution is a prerequisite for eligibility.

  1. Skilled Visa for Afghan nationals:

The Skilled Visa is one visa option for legal employment in Australia. Applicants must achieve at least 60 points based on a points system to be eligible. Factors such as occupation, English language proficiency, age (below 45), and receiving an invitation to apply are considered for granting this visa. With the Skilled Visa, individuals can obtain permanent resident status.

  1. Australia Working Holiday Visa for Afghan citizens:

The Australia Working Holiday Visa is a temporary work visa specifically designed for travelers aged between 18 and 30. It provides an extended vacation opportunity in Australia while allowing individuals to work.

  1. Family Visa for citizens of Afghanistan:

The Family Visa is intended for those seeking permanent residence in Australia to join family members who are Australian citizens or permanent residents.

  1. Other Tourist Visas for other nationals:

Other nationals may be eligible to apply for alternative Australian tourist visas, such as the Australian ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) or Australia eVisitor Visa (Electronic Visa). You can use our Visa Checker Tool to explore your options.

For further information on medical treatment visas or other visitor visa subclasses, it's advisable to consult the Australian Embassy in Afghanistan.

Note: The Australian Government acknowledges the security risks faced by Afghan visa holders currently in Australia and assures that they won't be required to return to Afghanistan.

The government is committed to supporting the offshore humanitarian program for Afghan citizens currently in Australia on temporary visas. In addition, Afghan citizens who meet the eligibility criteria for a humanitarian visa and wish to seek assistance from Australia are strongly encouraged to apply.

If you're in Afghanistan or an Afghan national and have inquiries regarding a visa or citizenship application, you can visit the Department of Home Affairs website for more information on refugee and humanitarian visa options.

Benefits of an Australia Visitor Visa for Afghan citizens

With the Australia Visitor Visa, you can:

  • Visit Australia for tourism, holidays, visit family or friends, or attend social events.

  • Study in Australia for up to three months.

  • Conduct business activities such as attending conferences, negotiating contracts, or exploring business opportunities.

  • Participate in volunteer work for a non-profit organization.

  • Take part in a cultural or sports event.

Australia Visitor Visa requirements

To apply for the Australian Visitor Visa, there are specific requirements that Afghan citizens need to fulfill. Don't worry; we're here to make the process easier. We provide comprehensive assistance with all the necessary information, including a detailed manual guide and a personalized document checklist.

Here are the general requirements for the Australian Visitor Visa for Afghan citizens.

Australia Visitor Visa: Eligibility criteria for Afghan citizens

To be eligible for an Australian Visitor Visa as an Afghan citizen, you must hold a valid passport issued by the Afghan government and be outside Australia when you apply and when the visa is granted.

You must also be a genuine visitor, staying in Australia temporarily for tourism, visiting family or friends, or other non-work reasons.

Also, if you're in Afghanistan but have yet to become a citizen, you can check your eligibility according to your nationality.

To know your eligibility for an Australian Visitor Visa, please use our Visa Checker Tool.

Document requirements for Afghan citizens

When applying for an Australian Visitor Visa with us, you'll need these documents to support your application:

  • A clear copy of your valid passport. It should include your personal information, photo, passport issue, expiry date, and any pages showing your immigration stamps.

  • A copy of your ID card (if you have one).

  • A recent passport-sized photograph.

Additionally, the Australian government may require you to provide additional documents to support your visa application, such as:

  • Proof of financial support like as bank statements, or other financial assets.

  • Evidence of your employment or enrollment in an educational institution in your home country.

  • Your travel itinerary, including dates or other evidence of planned activities during your stay in Australia.

  • Invitation letter from friends or relatives in Australia.

  • A police certificate.

  • Birth certificate for applicants who are under 18 years old.

  • Family register and composition form (if applicable).

  • Providing evidence of your financial means to return to your home country may also improve your chances of approval for an Australian visa.

Financial requirements for Afghan citizens

You might need these documents to prove your intention to return to your home country:

  • Stamped bank statements for the last three months.

  • Your employment contract or pay slips.

  • Documents related to income tax returns, tax records, or credit card statements.

  • Proof of homeownership.

  • Your rental agreement.

  • Evidence of enrollment in an Afghan school, college, or university.

  • A letter of support from your employer.

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Australia Visitor Visa application process from Afghanistan

Obtaining a Visitor Visa for Australia involves a slightly more complex application process than the Australian ETA and Australia eVisitor Visa, which can be completed online. However, there's no need to worry; we're here to provide guidance and support, making the process straightforward.

For added convenience, you can download our iVisa app to apply for a visa directly from your mobile device. The app also allows you to check the status of your visa application at any time and conveniently carry your travel documents with you on the go.

To assist you further, here's a step-by-step guide to help you navigate through the application process.

Step-by-step guide to applying for the Australia Visitor Visa in Afghanistan

Applying for an Australian visa with us is a straightforward process that involves just a few simple steps:

  • Step 1: Fill out your passport info, personal details, and travel information on our platform or app.

  • Step 2: Review all the information you've provided for accuracy and completeness, as any errors or omissions could result in your application being rejected. Then, pay the processing fees securely using a debit, credit card, or PayPal.

  • Step 3: Upload any supporting documents required for your visa application, then submit your application.

After submitting your application, you'll receive a confirmation email containing further instructions on proceeding. This will include information on where to send the necessary documents and how to schedule an appointment for your biometrics and medical examination if required.

A visa officer will review your application form. Once your application is approved, your visa will be digitally linked to your passport, and you'll be ready to travel to Australia.

Tips for a successful application in Afghanistan

To maximize your chances of a successful Australian Visitor Visa application, it's essential to follow these valuable tips:

  1. Thoroughly fill out the application form, ensuring accuracy and completeness.

  2. Submit all the required documents promptly, without delay.

  3. Highlight strong ties to your home country, such as business commitments, employment, or property ownership, to demonstrate your intention to return.

  4. Maintain honesty and transparency throughout the application process, clearly stating the purpose of your visit to Australia.

  5. Include a well-written cover letter explaining your visit's reason and providing any additional relevant information.

  6. If a visa interview is required, prepare by practicing your responses and organizing all the necessary documents.

Take advantage of this opportunity! Apply for an Australia Visitor Visa now and experience its wonders!

Common reasons for Visa refusals in Afghanistan

It's crucial to be aware of the following common mistakes that can lead to visa rejection:

  1. Submitting incomplete or inaccurate application forms.

  2. Insufficient evidence of financial support or inability to sustain yourself financially during your stay in Australia.

  3. Previous violations of immigration or criminal laws.

  4. Lack of adequate ties to the home country.

  5. Failure to meet the health or character requirements.

When applying with our assistance, the iVisa Experts will carefully review your application form and provide you with a comprehensive list of required documents. This ensures a seamless visa application process. You can rely on our additional support to submit an error-free application!

What to expect after submitting the Australia Visa application in Afghanistan

Once you've submitted your Visitor Visa application form, it's important to be aware of the following steps:

  • Phone interview: Sometimes, a phone interview may be required for your application. We'll notify you if this is applicable and provide a comprehensive guide to help you prepare for the interview.

  • Biometric information and health exams: If biometric data and health exams are necessary, we'll help you schedule an appointment at an Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) or Australian Biometric Collection Centre (ABCC).

  • Confirmation email: You'll receive an email with your application ID and reference number. This email allows you to track the status of your visa application. Additionally, we'll email you if further information or documents are required.

  • Outcome of your application: Your visa application's approved or denied result will be emailed to you.

Stay informed throughout the process and watch your email for updates regarding your Visitor Visa application.

Australia Visitor Visa processing time and fees in Afghanistan

Our Australia Guided Visitor Visa service consists of two processing stages. The first stage involves our team processing your application, which includes completing the visa application form, reviewing the provided information, and arranging an appointment for biometric information submission at a Visa Application Center (VAC).

For Afghan citizens using our services, the processing time for the Australia Visitor Visa is typically 15 days.

Once you've submitted the required documents, provided biometric information, and completed the necessary medical examination, your application will enter the second processing stage, where the Australian government will process it.

On average, the government takes approximately 28 days (90% of applications) to process visa requests from Afghan citizens.

The Australian Visitor Visa costs vary based on the traveler's nationality. The total cost for Afghan citizens applying through our service is USD $426.66, which covers the government visa fee of USD $126.67.

Australia Visitor Visa approval and denial for Afghan citizens

The Australian Government conducts a thorough review of visa applications to decide on the approval or denial of the Visitor Visa. If your application is approved, you'll receive an email notification with your visa grant number, confirming your approved destination status.

If your visa application is denied, the Australian Government will provide you with detailed reasons for the refusal. You can appeal the decision or reapply for the Australian Visitor Visa if this occurs. If you reapply, you can include additional supporting documents to strengthen your case.

Benefits of choosing our service for your Australia Visitor Visa application

We understand that paperwork can be overwhelming, but we aim to simplify your travel experience and make the visa application process as easy as possible. Here are some of the benefits of applying for your Australia Visitor Visa with us:

100% government compliance: Our iVisa Experts will carefully review your application to ensure it fully complies with all government requirements. This ensures that your application has the best chance of success.

Access to our team of iVisa Experts: Throughout the application process, you'll have access to a team of dedicated iVisa Experts who will guide you, address any questions or concerns, and provide assistance whenever needed.

Simplified application form: Our online application form is designed to be user-friendly, significantly shorter than the government's, and includes clear, straightforward questions. This makes completing the form easier and more convenient for you.

Flexible application progress: You can complete the application form at your own pace. Additionally, you can save your progress and make any necessary changes until the form is error-free and ready for submission. This flexibility ensures a stress-free application process.

Comprehensive step-by-step guide: We provide a detailed PDF guide with step-by-step instructions, helpful tips, and valuable insights. This guide is designed to assist you throughout the visa application process, making it smooth and successful.

Health requirements for an Australian Visitor Visa

When applying for an Australian Visitor Visa, it's vital to fulfill the health requiements. This includes undergoing a health examination to assess any potential health risks to the Australian community.

The health assessment follows guidelines provided by the Australian Department of Health. It considers factors such as age, intended length of stay, and planned activities in Australia.

Character requirements for an Australian Visitor Visa

Meeting the character requirements is crucial for Australian Visitor Visa eligibility. These requirements encompass several factors, including:

  1. Disclosure of all criminal convictions.

  2. Assessment of your criminal record, taking into consideration the severity and duration of sentences.

  3. Examination of any pending charges or ongoing court cases.

  4. Evaluation of your immigration history, including previous visa refusals or cancellations.

  5. Assessment of any potential risk you may pose to the Australian community or national security.

  6. Compliance with the character requirements is essential to apply for an Australian Visitor Visa successfully.

Need more info about the Australia Visitor Visa?

For questions about the Australia Visitor Visa or other online applications, please contact our customer service team via online chat or email at [email protected]. We're here to make your travel experience easy and stress-free.

  • iVisa is NOT affiliated with any government agency. This site 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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