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Australia Visitor Visa for Ukrainian citizens: Requirements and application process
10 min read
Updated on May 14, 2024

If you're a Ukrainian citizen with dreams of exploring the beautiful Land Down Under, you've come to the right place. In this article, we will provide you with all the essential information you need to know about the Australia Visitor Visa for Ukrainian nationals.

Whether you're planning a vacation, visiting friends or family, or looking to explore Australia's incredible landscapes and vibrant cities, obtaining an Australia Visitor Visa is a crucial step in your travel preparations. Luckily, we are here to guide you through the process, making it simpler and more convenient for Ukrainian citizens than ever before.

So, let's delve into the Australian travel requirements and discover how you can make your dream trip a reality!

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What is an Australian Visitor Visa for Ukrainian citizens?

An Australian Visitor Visa, also known as a Subclass 600 Visa, is a travel permit issued by the Australian government that allows individuals from eligible countries, including Ukraine, to enter and temporarily stay in Australia for tourism, leisure, visiting friends or relatives, or engaging in other short-term non-work activities.

It's important to note that the Australian Visitor Visa differs from the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) and eVisitor visa, which offer similar benefits but are available only to citizens of select countries. Therefore, Ukrainian nationals must apply for the appropriate visa subclass to visit Australia.

Types of Australian Visitor Visas for Ukrainian travelers

Ukrainian citizens have access to the following Visitor Visa programs to enter Australia:

Visitor Visa (Subclass 600): This visa allows Ukrainian citizens to visit Australia for various purposes, including tourism, visiting family or friends, or engaging in business-related activities. It offers different streams based on the purpose of the visit:

  • Tourist Stream: For general tourism activities, such as sightseeing and exploring Australia's attractions.
  • Business Visitor Stream: For attending business meetings, conferences, or exploring business opportunities in Australia.
  • Sponsored Family Stream: For visiting family members who are Australian citizens or permanent residents. A sponsor in Australia is required for this stream.
  • Approved Destination Status Stream: For organized tour groups from specific countries traveling to Australia for tourism purposes.

Protection Visa (Subclass 866): Ukrainians and their family members who have concerns about their safety upon returning to Ukraine have the option to apply for a Protection Visa (subclass 866). The Australian Government launched the Protection Visa to provide permanent residency in Australia to those who meet the necessary criteria. If approved, the visa allows the holder to stay in Australia indefinitely.

It's important to note that the requirements for a Protection Visa are quite specific. Applicants must demonstrate a genuine fear of persecution or harm if they were to return to Ukraine. Additionally, they need to provide evidence that there is no safe place for them in Ukraine to go back to.

Requirements for Ukrainian citizens applying for a Visitor Visa

Ukrainian nationals can apply for the Subclass 600 Visa as long as they meet the requirements set by the Australian Department of Home Affairs. Read on to find more details.

Eligibility requirements

To apply for an Australian Visa (Subclass 600) as a Ukrainian citizen, you need to meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement: You must demonstrate that you genuinely intend to visit Australia temporarily, such as for tourism, visiting family or friends, or engaging in business activities. You should provide evidence supporting your intention to return to Ukraine after your visit.

  • Passport: You must hold a valid Ukrainian passport throughout your intended stay in Australia.

  • Health and character requirements: You must meet the health and character requirements set by the Australian government.

  • Sufficient funds: You should have enough funds to cover your travel expenses, including accommodation, transportation, and living costs, for the duration of your stay in Australia.

  • No visa condition breach: If you have previously visited Australia, you must ensure that you have complied with the conditions of your previous visas. Any breaches or visa overstays can affect your eligibility for a new visa.

  • Intended activities: You should have a clear purpose for your visit and provide details of the activities you plan to undertake in Australia, such as tourist attractions you wish to visit or business meetings you must attend.

It's important to note that meeting the eligibility requirements doesn’t guarantee visa approval. The Australian authorities assess each application individually, considering various factors. Our services can help you understand the specific requirements and streamline the visa process, increasing your chances of a successful visa outcome.

Documents required for the Australia Visitor Visa application

Ukrainian nationals will need to provide the following documents before applying for the tourist visa:

  • Valid passport: A clear, color copy of the bio-data page of your valid Ukrainian passport. Make sure the passport remains valid for the duration of your intended stay in Australia. If you travel with minors, you’ll need their passport details too.

  • Completed application form: You’ll need to fill out the visa application form (available on our website).

  • Copy of your ID (if you have one).

  • Passport-size photos: Recent passport-sized photographs that meet the specified requirements for the visa, such as size, background color, and appearance. Usually, two photographs are required.

  • Proof of financial capacity: You should offer evidence that you have sufficient income support for your stay in Australia.

  • Travel itinerary: A detailed itinerary of your planned activities in Australia, including accommodation bookings, flight reservations, and any organized tours or events you plan to attend.

  • Proof of employment or studies: Documents demonstrating your current employment or enrollment in educational institutions, such as an employment contract, pay slips, or a letter from your educational institution.

  • Health insurance: It’s not mandatory, but it's recommended to have travel health insurance covering the duration of your stay in Australia.

  • Proof of ties to Ukraine: Documents demonstrating your ties to your country, such as property ownership, employment contracts, or family relationships, to establish your intention to return after your visit.

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Health and character requirements

You’re also required to meet certain health and character requirements to apply for an Australia Subclass 600 Visa. Here are the key details:

  • Health examination: Depending on your personal circumstances, you may need to undergo a health examination for your Australian visa. The specific medical tests required will vary, but they typically include a general medical assessment, chest x-ray, and blood tests. The purpose is to ensure that you do not have any health conditions that could pose a risk to public health.

  • Police clearance certificates: You must provide police clearance certificates or equivalent documents from all countries where you have lived for a cumulative period of 12 months or more in the past ten years since turning 16. These certificates should confirm that you have no criminal convictions or pending charges.

  • Complete disclosure: You need to provide accurate and complete information about your criminal history when completing your visa application form. Failure to disclose any relevant information can lead to a visa refusal.

Financial requirements for Ukrainians

While there’s no specific minimum threshold to apply for the visa, you need to demonstrate that you have adequate funds to cover your expenses during your stay in Australia. Here are some key points to consider:

  • Bank statements: You should provide evidence that you have enough money to support yourself financially throughout your stay in Australia. This includes covering your accommodation, transportation, living expenses, and any additional costs, such as medical expenses or emergencies. Banks' statements are usually the best way to prove that.

  • Other necessary documents: Depending on your circumstance, you might need other documents to prove you have enough funds to cover your stay. However, bank statements are usually enough.

Current support services for Ukrainian citizens in Australia

The Australian Department of Home Affairs has recently communicated to all Humanitarian Settlement Program (HSP) support services that Ukrainian nationals holding non-humanitarian temporary visas (such as the 600 Visitor Visa) can receive initial support in Australia.

However, full HSP support will be exclusively available to Ukrainian nationals holding either a Temporary Humanitarian Stay Visa (Subclass 449) or a Temporary (Humanitarian Concern) Visa (Subclass 786).

If you hold a current visa status that meets the previous criteria (Subclass 449 or Subclass 786) you might receive full support from these programs, but it all depends on the type of program and the eligibility criteria set by the Australian Department of Home Affairs.

Please remember that Ukrainians and family members worried about their safety upon returning to Ukraine can apply for the Protection Visa (Subclass 866).

We warmly encourage you to contact the nearest Australian Embassy or Consulate for more information about these programs and the protection visas.

Application process for the Australian Subclass 600 Visa for Ukrainians

Before starting the visa application process, ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the Australia tourist visa. This includes genuinely intending to visit Australia temporarily, holding a valid passport, and meeting health and character requirements.

Once you gather the necessary documents, you can start the visa application process by following the steps below:

  • Step 1: Offer your passport information and travel details on our user-friendly website or through the [iVisa app]](https://app.adjust.com/10grvaif). Take a moment to review the information and complete the visa processing fee payment using your debit card, credit card, or PayPal.

You'll receive a confirmation email with additional instructions on how to proceed with your visa application and complete any remaining sections.

  • Step 2: Upload the required supporting documents, fill out the rest of the online application form, and submit it.

Our team of experts will carefully process your visa application, ensuring that it meets all the necessary government requirements. If there are any additional requirements or if you need to attend a visa appointment, we’ll promptly communicate with you via email. Otherwise, you can wait for the visa.

We'll take care of scheduling the visa interview appointment if necessary. We'll also email you the date, time, and a helpful PDF guide that outlines the necessary preparations for your application.

  • Step 3: Attend your visa appointment (if required).

Once your application is approved, your visa will be digitally linked to your passport, and that’s it!

We strive to make the visa application process as smooth and hassle-free as possible. If you have any questions or need assistance along the way, our friendly support team is here to help.

Australia Visitor Visa processing time and fees for Ukrainians

Here's some essential information about the visa fees and additional services available on our website:

  • Standard processing time: Our standard processing time is typically up to 15 days, with an application fee of US$149.99.

  • Government Fee: In addition to our application fee, there’s a government fee of USD $126.67 that you can pay through our platform.

Total visa application fees: The visa fees for the Australia Subclass 600 amount to USD $426.66, including our service fee and the government fee mentioned above.

It's important to note that our standard processing time covers the review and submission of your visa application to the Australian government. However, it does not include the government's processing time, which varies for each individual. Approximately 90% of applicants receive this visa within four months, but individual circumstances can affect processing times.

Tips for a successful application fgrom Ukraine

There are a few things to keep in mind to ensure successful visa applications. We encourage you to read these recommendations so you can obtain your tourist visa and start your trip as soon as possible:

  • Carefully plan your visa process: Start the online application well before your intended travel dates. This will allow you enough time to gather all the required documents, complete the application form accurately, and solve potential issues.

  • Understand the requirements: Familiarize yourself with the eligibility criteria and specific requirements for the visa. Review the official guidelines provided by the Australian Department of Home Affairs (the ones we listed above) to ensure you meet all the necessary criteria.

  • Provide accurate and complete information: When completing the visa application form, be sure to provide accurate and up-to-date information. Double-check all the details to avoid any mistakes or omissions. Inconsistencies or inaccuracies may lead to delays or visa refusal.

  • Submit all required documents: Gather and submit all the necessary documents to strengthen your visa application. This may include your valid passport, photographs, financial documents, travel itinerary, health insurance, and character documents. Ensure that the documents are clear, valid, and meet the specified requirements.

  • Demonstrate strong ties to your home country: To establish your intention to return to your home country after visiting Australia, provide evidence of strong ties, such as employment contracts, property ownership, or family relationships.

  • Be truthful and transparent: Provide honest and accurate information throughout the visa application process. Do not withhold any relevant information or attempt to misrepresent your circumstances. Honesty and transparency are crucial for a successful application.

  • Contact our team for help If you find the visa application process complex or overwhelming, consider seeking assistance from our team of experts. They can guide you through the process, ensure your application is complete and accurate, and provide expert advice tailored to your specific situation.

  • Maintain open communication: Keep track of your visa application and any communications from our support team. Respond promptly to any requests for additional information or documentation.

  • Keep copies of all documents: Make copies or scans of all the documents you submit as part of your visa application. This includes the application form, payment receipts, and supporting documents. These copies can be useful for reference or in case of any unforeseen issues.

Need more information about the Australia Visitor Visa process?

We understand that the visa application process can sometimes be overwhelming. That's why we’re here to assist you every step of the way. Our user-friendly platform and expert team can streamline the visa application process, ensuring you have the best chance of a successful outcome.

Don't hesitate to reach out to our friendly support team via online chat or email at [email protected], if you have any questions or need guidance.

  • 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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