Longer than a visit

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​Come to Australia for longer than a visit

Australia is a country of diverse landscapes and diverse cultures. We enjoy a high quality of life and Australia provides many opportunities to anyone willing to ‘have a go’.

Getting a visa

If you want to stay in Australia for longer than a visit, you will need to apply for, and be granted, an appropriate visa.

The type of visa that is right for you depends on:

  • How long you intend to stay in Australia, and
  • If you want to:
    • Study in Australia
    • Work in Australia
    • Live in Australia

Study in Australia

Study in Australia

If you want to study in Australia, there are a number of student visa options available, depending on the type of study you want to undertake, including:

  • Primary or secondary study
  • Higher education
  • Post-graduate study
  • Vocational education and training

See > Studying in Australia

Work in Australia

Take a working holiday in Australia

If you are a young person (aged 18-30) and want to work and holiday in Australia for up to a year, you may be eligible for a Working Holiday visa

See > Visit for work

Work in Australia

If you want to work in Australia as a temporary or permanent resident, Australia has a number of skilled working visa options available.

See > Working in Australia

Live in Australia

Live in Australia as a temporary or permanent resident

You may be able to apply for a visa to live in Australia if you have a family member in Australia who is:

Visa options for family members include

See > Bringing your family or partner

Bridging Visas

You may need a bridging visa if your substantive visa has ceased and you want to:

  • Stay in Australia while you are waiting for a decision on another Australian visa application,
  • Leave and return to Australia while you are waiting for a decision on another Australian visa application
  • Stay in Australia for a short time, while you make arrangements to leave Australia, or wait for an immigration decision.

See > Bridging visas