Visitor visa (subclass 600) - long validity option for Singapore nationals

In recognition of the close ties between Singapore and Australia, Singapore nationals will benefit from a new long validity, multiple-entry option for the Visitor visa (subclass 600) for Australia. The long validity visa option is available for the Tourist stream and the Business Visitor stream of the Visitor visa.

What is the validity period of this Visitor visa option?

The long-validity, multiple-entry Visitor visa is valid for a period of up to six years. Visa holders can stay in Australia for up to three months on each arrival.

What are the application criteria?

The long-validity, multiple-entry option is available for the Tourist stream and the Business Visitor steam of the Visitor visa. The Tourist stream enables people to visit Australia for a holiday, sightseeing, social or recreational reasons, or to visit relatives or friends. Under the Business Visitor stream, the visa can be used for select business visitor activities, such as making a general business or employment enquiry, negotiations or participating in a conference.

The Visitor visa is not intended for people who want to work in Australia or who want to spend extended periods in Australia, which would amount to residence.

Applicants must satisfy all criteria for a Visitor visa (subclass 600) as set out in Australian migration law before a visa can be granted. The legal criteria for the grant of a Visitor visa require, among other things, that applicants meet Australia's health and character standards, have adequate funds for support for the period of the visit and intend a genuine temporary stay in Australia.

Before applying, applicants should carefully consider whether they wish to apply for the Tourist stream or the Business Visitor stream of the Visitor visa. The appropriate stream will depend on the activities that the applicant intends to undertake while in Australia.

If the applicant intends to undertake both tourism and business visitor activities during the validity of the visa, they may wish to consider applying for the Business Visitor stream. The Business Visitor stream permits business visitor and tourism activities. The Tourist stream is for tourism purposes only and does not permit any business visitor activity.

It is the applicant's responsibility to determine which stream is appropriate for their circumstances. Note: Once the application has been lodged, the stream cannot be changed.

For further information on the Visitor visa, including eligible activities under the Tourist stream and the Business Visitor stream of the visa, please refer to Visitor visa (subclass 600).

How can I apply for the long validity visa option?

The long-validity, multiple-entry Visitor visa is only available to Singapore passport holders, resident in Singapore, who apply at the Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) in Singapore.

Applicants must provide their personal biometric identifiers when they apply for the visa. Biometrics are collected at the AVAC using a quick, discreet and non-intrusive process.

Contact details for the AVAC are found on the AVAC’s website at: VFS Global Singapore.

If you want to visit Australia for longer than three months at a time, or you do not require a visa with long validity, additional information regarding other visa options for visiting Australia can be found at Visitor visa options.