This post was most recently updated on December 16th, 2017
How to Obtain a Business Visa to Attend a Seminar, Workshop or Business Meeting In Australia
Australia’s place in world economy is top rank – over time, the country has proven itself to be a formidable force in matters regarding to business, and its little wonder it has over time become a haven for prospective investors, new and old alike.
Australia provides a Business Visa Program which encourages successful business owners, investors and senior executives to travel into and/or settle in Australia while developing new or existing opportunities in Australian business.
In order to obtain a business visa a preliminary tool that may be used to access your eligibility is an online Australian Business Visa assessment that begins the visa application process subsequent to which intending travelers may then apply for the Business Visa ETA or Sponsored Business Visitor Visas.
Whilst staying in Australia on a business ETA Visa, examples of business activities for which the Visa covers includes;
- Attending conferences;
- Negotiations; or
- Exploratory business visits.
The visa does not include acting or music performance or commercial film making.
Individuals from ETA eligible countries may apply simply by completing the Online Application, entering the travel information and passport details, making the required payment after which the application is processed instantly and linked to your passport number and your ETA status is confirmed by email within a few minutes.
The ETA business Visa is perhaps the easiest to obtain provided the required conditions are met adequately.
Alternately, individuals may also obtain Sponsored Business Visitor Visas which are designed to enable members of local, state and federal government and government agencies, as well as specified organizations in Australia, to offer formal sponsorship to short stay business visitors.
The visa is designed for applicants who wish to enter Australia for a period of no more than 3 months for business purposes. This can include activities such as attending conferences and training, but must not include the undertaking of business employment (this could have an adverse effect on the employment and training opportunities of Australian citizens or permanent residents).
An Australian sponsor can vouch for an applicant’s purpose of visit and provide an undertaking that their business visitor will abide by visa conditions, including that they depart Australia before their visa expires.
In this instance, along with other basic requirements for the visa application a letter similar to the one written below is required.