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Australia Visitor Visa for Ghanaian citizens: Everything you need to know
iVisa
10 min read
Updated on May 14, 2024

Are you a Ghanaian citizen dreaming of exploring Australia’s beautiful landscapes and vibrant cities? The Australia Visitor Visa can make your dream come true! This Australia visa is designed for those traveling for tourism or business purposes.

Use our services for a hassle-free experience! This comprehensive guide will walk you through all the essential information you need to apply for an Australia Visitor Visa as a Ghanaian citizen.

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Australian visa types for Ghanaian citizens

As a Ghanaian citizen, you must get an Australian visa to enter the country. Luckily, Australia offers various visa types to suit different purposes. Let's explore the available visa options for citizens of Ghana:

  • Australia Visitor Visa (Subclass 600): If you're visiting Australia for tourism, business, or to visit family and friends, the Australia Visitor Visa is perfect for you. With this visa, you can stay for a short-term period and even study for up to three months. You can easily apply for this visa online or by downloading the user-friendly iVisa app. Sometimes, you may need to provide biometric data or undergo a phone interview.

  • Australia Student Visa (Subclass 500): Planning to pursue studies in Australia for over three months? You'll need a Student Visa. Remember, you must be accepted into an Australian educational institution before applying.

  • Australia Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189): This visa is for invited workers with skills in demand in Australia. The applicant must score at least 60 points based on the occupation, English proficiency, age (below 45), and other factors. With this visa, you can live and work anywhere in Australia.

  • Australia Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 462): For travelers aged 18 to 30, the Australia Working Holiday Visa offers an exciting combination of work and holiday. This temporary visa allows you to explore Australia while also having the opportunity to work and earn money during your stay.

  • Australia Transit Visa: If you're transiting through Australia and plan to stay up to 72 hours before your next flight, you'll need a valid Australian visa for transit purposes.

For long-term visa applications, check the Australian government’s website.

There are other Australian tourist visas available for citizens of different countries, such as the Australian ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) and Australia eVisitor Visa (electronic visa).

Use our convenient Visa Checker Tool to see the options available for your nationality.

What is the Australian Visitor Visa?

The Australian Visitor Visa is your gateway to an incredible journey in Australia. Whether you're planning a vacation or have business purposes, this visa allows you to enjoy short-term stays.

Australian authorities may request a phone interview and Visa Application Center appointment. Let's explore the key details you need to know about the application process.

Australian tourist visa: Benefits of an Australia Visitor Visa for Ghanaian citizens

Entering Australia with the Visitor Visa comes with many benefits. Here are some activities this visa allows:

  • Visiting friends and family residing in Australia.
  • Experiencing Australia as a tourist, including visits to the Great Barrier Reef and the outback.
  • Enjoying a memorable cruise along Australia's picturesque coastline.
  • Attending meetings, conferences, or exploring collaborations to expand your professional network.
  • Enrolling in courses or educational programs for up to three months, embracing a new culture.
  • Making multiple trips to and from Australia within the visa's validity period.

Do Ghanaian citizens need a Visitor Visa for Australia?

As mentioned, as a Ghanaian citizen, you'll need a Visitor Visa to enter Australia. Don't worry; we're here to help you with the process and make it smooth and easy!

How long can I stay in Australia with a Visitor Visa?

This Multiple Entry visa is valid for one year. The duration of your stay can vary depending on your circumstances. You may be granted a three, six, or even 12-month stay. The immigration officer will determine the duration based on your situation.

Australia Visitor Visa requirements for Ghanaians

You must meet certain visa requirements for a successful Australian Visitor Visa application. We'll provide you with a tailored document checklist, but here are the general visa requirements for Ghanaian citizens.

Australia Visitor Visa: Eligibility criteria for Ghanaian citizens

To be eligible for the visa, you must:

  • Be a citizen of Ghana.
  • Have a valid passport.
  • Undergo a medical examination.
  • Meet all Australian requirements, including health and character criteria.
  • Provide proof of sufficient funds support for your stay.
  • Intend to visit Australia temporarily for tourism, business, or study purposes for less than three months.

Required documents for Ghanaian citizens

Here are the essential documents you'll need for your Australian Visitor Visa application:

  • Copy of your valid Ghana passport, including personal details, passport issue and expiry dates, and immigration stamps.
  • Copy of your identification card, if applicable.
  • Applicant's photo - Use our digital passport photo service for a quick, hassle-free compliant photo.

Additionally, Australian authorities may request other supporting documents based on your situation, such as proof of financial support, travel itinerary, letters of invitation, valid police certificate, and family register and composition form. Remember, you must translate any documents not in English.

Passport requirements for Ghanaian citizens

Your current Ghana passport must be valid for at least three months beyond your intended travel date, and it should be in good condition.

Financial requirements for Ghanaian citizens

You'll need to provide the following financial documents:

  • Bank account statements from the last three months.
  • Pay slips or employment contract.
  • Tax records, income tax returns, or credit card statements.
  • Proof of property ownership or a rental contract (if applicable).
  • Evidence of enrollment in a Ghanaian school, college, or university (if applicable).
  • A letter from your employer.

Photo visa requirements for the Australia Visitor Visa

When submitting your application, please ensure to adhere to the following photo requirements:

  • Color photos taken within the last six months.
  • Plain white or light-colored background without shadows or reflections.
  • Directly face the camera with a centered head.
  • Neutral facial expression, eyes open, and mouth closed.
  • Head coverings allowed for medical or religious reasons.
  • The photo size should be 45mm high x 35mm wide (passport size).

We understand that there are many details involved, but don't worry! Our digital passport photo service can help you get a 100% compliant photo in a few minutes.

Visitor Visa requirements for children from Ghana

Traveling with children from Ghana, you must ensure minors also have a valid visa to enter Australia. Here are the specific requirements for Ghanaian children:

  • The child's birth certificate must include the names of both parents or a family book with both parents' names.
  • You must provide the parents' identification cards or adoption papers along with the guardians' identification cards.
  • You must provide the form 1229 (Consent to grant an Australia visa) if the child travels alone or with only one parent. Along with the form, attach copies of the parent's or legal guardian's driver's license, passport, or any other identification that includes their signature and photo.
  • You must provide the form 1257 (Undertaking Declaration) if the child won’t be staying with a family member or participating in an organized tour and isn’t accompanied by a parent or guardian. It’s an undertaking declaration signed by the person responsible for providing accommodation during the minor's stay in Australia.

Health requirements for an Australian Visitor Visa

As part of the visa application process, a health examination is usually required. This examination assesses any potential health risks that may affect the Australian community.

Be aware that some West African countries have a high risk of yellow fever transmission. So, a yellow fever vaccine may be required to enter Australia. Check further information on the CDC website.

Character requirements for an Australian Visitor Visa

To be granted an Australian Visitor Visa, you must provide certain documents to prove you meet the character requirements:

  • Disclosure of all criminal convictions.
  • Assessment of your criminal record, including the severity and length of sentences.
  • Consideration of any pending charges or ongoing court cases.
  • Evaluation of your immigration history, including previous visa refusals or cancellations.
  • Assessment of any potential risk you may pose to the Australian community or national security.
  • Review of your overall behavior and conduct, including any history of violence, harassment, or substance abuse.

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Australia Visitor Visa application process for Ghanaians

Our professional assistance makes applying for a Visitor Visa very straightforward. Download our iVisa app for added convenience and apply for your visa directly from your mobile device. The app also lets you check the status of your visa application anytime and access your travel documents while on the go.

Visa application form: A step-by-step guide to applying for a Visitor Visa in Ghana

Applying for an Australian Visitor Visa is effortless using our platform! Follow these simple steps to apply online:

  • Step 1: Fill out the visa application form on our website or our app with your personal and travel details.
  • Step 2: Verify all the information to avoid mistakes. Pay the visa fee online using PayPal, Venmo, Amazon Pay, or a credit or debit card.
  • Step 3: Upload all the required documents and click ‘Submit’.

If necessary, attend the Australian Visa Application Centre appointment to provide your biometric information and undergo health examinations.

Tips for a successful Australia Visitor Visa application in Ghana

Here are some extra tips to increase your chances of visa approval:

  • Review your application form carefully to ensure accuracy and avoid lacking information.
  • Submit all required documents according to the detailed list we sent you.
  • Demonstrate strong ties to Ghana, such as business commitments, employment, or property ownership.
  • Be honest and transparent about your travel purpose in Australia.
  • Include a well-written cover letter explaining the reason for your visit and any relevant information.
  • If a visa interview is required, practice your responses and organize the necessary documents.

Common reasons for visa refusals in Ghana

To ensure a smooth application process for an Australia Visitor Visa, avoid these common mistakes:

  • Providing an incomplete application form or false information.
  • Failing to provide sufficient evidence of financial support during your stay in Australia.
  • Having a history of immigration or criminal violations and not disclosing this if you do.
  • Demonstrating weak ties to Ghana.
  • Failing to meet the health and character requirements.
  • Missing or submitting incomplete supporting documents and information

When you apply with our assistance, our iVisa experts will thoroughly review your application form and provide a comprehensive list of required documents to help you submit a flawless application.

What to expect after submitting a visa application in Ghana

Once you have submitted your Visitor Visa application form online, here's what you can expect:

  • A consular officer may require a phone interview. If necessary, we'll provide a guide to help you prepare.
  • We'll assist you in scheduling an appointment if biometric data and health exams are required.
  • You'll receive a confirmation email containing your application ID and reference number or a refusal letter with the reasons for the denied visa.

Australian Visitor Visa cost for Ghanaian citizens

As a Ghanaian citizen applying through our service, the Australia Visitor Visa costs USD $425.66, including the government visa fee of USD $126.67. Please note that fees may vary based on nationality.

You can pay both fees together on our secure platform for your convenience!

Australia Visitor Visa processing time

Our Australia Visitor Visa application process has two steps:

  • iVisa processing time: 20 days. This involves the time to complete the form, our team reviewing the answers, and scheduling a visa appointment if necessary.

  • Government processing time: usually 28 days. The time for the Australian government to process Ghanaian citizens’ visa requests can vary depending on the workload of the visa application center and your individual circumstances.

Australia Visitor Visa approval and denial process

When you apply for an Australia Visitor Visa, the Australian government carefully assesses your application to determine whether it’ll be approved or denied. If your visa is approved, you'll receive an email notification with your visa grant number.

The Australian authorities will provide a refusal letter with detailed reasons if your visa is denied. In this case, you can appeal the decision or reapply for the Australian Visitor Visa with us.

Benefits of applying for an Australia Visitor Visa with us

We simplify travel! By choosing our services for your Australia Visitor Visa application, you'll enjoy the following benefits:

  • 100% government compliance: Our team of iVisa experts will review your form to ensure your application complies with all government requirements.
  • iVisa Experts: Throughout the application process, our iVisa Experts are available to guide you, address your questions, and provide assistance whenever needed.
  • Simplified application form: We’ve streamlined our application form to make it user-friendly, concise, and shorter than the government's form.
  • Flexible application progress: Save your progress, make changes when needed, and submit the online application form when ready.
  • Comprehensive step-by-step guide: We provide a detailed PDF guide with instructions, helpful tips, and valuable insights to help you successfully navigate the visa application process.

Additional resources for further information about the Australia Visitor Visa

For more information about Australia, you can consult these reliable sources:

  • Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs website.
  • Tourism Australia website.
  • Australian Border Force website.
  • Australian high commission in Ghana website – It also serves citizens of other West African countries, such as Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.

Contact us for more info about the Australia Visitor Visa

Our team can answer any questions or concerns about the Australia Visitor Visa application process from Ghana, or any other travel documents. You can easily reach our customer service team via chat or email us at [email protected].

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