While planning my trip to Australia I came across the Electronic Visa. Up until now, I was only aware of the traditional visa you have to obtain at the embassy of the country you will visit. I had no idea you could apply for a visa electronically. The Australian Government has implemented the electronic visa to simplify the visa process.
What is an Electronic Visa? The electronic visa also known as electronic travel authority (ETA) is a visa you can apply for online. The ETA (subclass 601) is an electronically stored authority comparable to a visa. No stamp or label is placed in your passport. Airlines, travel agents and Australian border agencies have access to your ETA information. Once you arrive in Australia they will compare that your passport number matches the passport used in the ETA application.
The Australian eVisa allows you to travel to Australia as many times needed as long as it is within the validity period (12 months from the date of issue). During each visit you are allowed to stay a maximum of three months and you may use this visa for tourist or business visitor purposes.
The eVisa is not designed for repeated extended stays in Australia. If you plan on staying for long periods apply for the Visitor Visa (subclass 600).
Where to Obtain the eVisa? When you go online many different visa websites will pop up. I personally recommend two: iVisa https://australiavisaservices.com/ and the government website https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa/Appl/Electronic-travel-authority. I found the process with iVisa easy and simple. The average processing time is less than one day! All you have to do is follow 3 simple steps:
Cost of the Australian eVisa? Depending where you obtain your eVisa the price will vary. As I mentioned before I recommend iVisa or the government website. iVisa charges $20 and the government website will charge you AUD20 ($15.26).
Tip: Why did I go for iVisa if they charge $5 more? Those extra $5 are completely worth it. The iVisa website is very straightforward and easy to understand. The government website can be confusing and only allows 8 countries to apply for this visa. If you do not have a passport from: Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong (SAR PRC), Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Rep. of South Korea or the United States, you cannot apply for an eVisa.
Types of Visas You Can Apply for Online: -ETA -Bridging Visa A, B & C -Business Innovation and Investment Visa -Employer Sponsored Workers (457) Visa -Employer Sponsored (ENS/RSMS) Visa -Maritime Crew Visa -Partner Visa -Professionals and Other Skilled Workers Visa -Resident Return Visa -Student Visa -Superyacht Crew Visa -Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) Visa -Visitor Visa -Working Holiday Visa