INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL ATTENDEES
Visa requirements and applications
(Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship)

Visa applications
Under Australia's universal visa system, all visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia (other than New Zealand passport holders who will normally be granted a Special Category visa on arrival, provided they meet health and character requirements; and permanent residents of Norfolk Island who may be granted a Permanent Resident of Norfolk Island visa on arrival).  For more information, see the fact sheet: http://www.immi.gov.au/media/fact-sheets/17nz.htm.

There are many visa options available to people wishing to visit Australia. The appropriate visa option will depend, amongst other things, on the person's purpose for visiting Australia.

We recommend that applicants applying for a paper-based visa lodge their application at least 6-8 weeks before their intended travel date to Australia.

Please note, the implementation of the new Biometrics Program for visa applicants lodging a paper-based application in the following countries; France, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen, see: http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/biometrics/offshore/countries.htm.

Visas for specific purposes
Please click here for guidance on the visa options that may be most suitable for your event participants.

NB: These are the visa options available presently but the Department reserves the right to change regulations.

For the purposes of attending the event, the participants may wish to consider applying for one of the following visas, based on their role at the event.

1. Business Visas - is the most appropriate option for delegates fulfilling an official role such as speaking/presenting at the event, or if the delegate is employed and is travelling to Australia to be involved in an activity that is related to their profession.

NB: IECN assistance will NOT guarantee a visa grant. Visa applicants must demonstrate that they meet all the legislative requirements for an Australian visa.

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Health and character requirements
All visa applicants will be required to meet certain character and health requirements as part of their visa application process. These requirements exist to uphold the safety and security of the Australian community. The following links provide further information on these requirements, see: http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/health-requirements/ and http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/character-requirements/.

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