How to obtain an Australian business visa

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.

Sample Letter



The Australian Embassy

Attention: Non-immigrant Visa Services Section

(Embassy Address)


Action Requested: Visa Issuance

To The Non-immigrant Visa Services Section:

The above stated company, XYZ Corporation, designs and manufactures 123 products out of our headquarters in Adelaide. We have been in business for 30 years and currently have 50 employees with annual sales of XXX. Historically, over 90 percent of our sales have been within Australia, but in the last few years we have recognized the opportunities, and necessity, of pursuing international sales. Our current focus is on Latin America.

We have recently signed an agreement with ABC Industries of Managua, Nicaragua. They will be the official representative for sales, technical support, and product distribution for XYZ Corporation in Australia. XYZ Corporation and ABC Industries have a number of mutual customers and this agreement is a natural fit for both our business interests.

ABC Corporation has recently added a personnel manager (personal details below) to handle staffing and recruitment and we would like him to visit Adelaide for intense training on human relations. We also plan to visit a number of our customers in Australia so that ABC Industries can see how our products are used in the industry. The total time for the visit will be 5 days, beginning September 24, and ending September 29, He will be staying in the XXX Hotel located at (full address). XYZ Corporation will be covering all travel, lodging, and meal expenses for the duration of their visit in the Australia.

George CRUZ,

Personell Manager, ABC Industries


Managua, Nicaragua

Phone Number:+ 505-5555-5555

Direct Line: +505-5555-5555

Fax: +505-5555-5555

Email: ….

Passport Number: XXX

Gender: Male

Marital Status: Married

Date of Birth: March 05, 19XX

Place of Birth: Managua, Nicaragua

Home Address: XXX

Home Phone: XXX

Thank you for your assistance. I believe Mr. Cruz has an appointment schedule on DATE for his visa interview. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I can be reached by e-mail at or on my mobile at +1 (555) 555-5555.


John Doe


Enclosures: Passports Copies

Financial Statement

Phone: +1 (555) 555-5555 │ Fax: +1 (555) 555-5555 │ Email: │ Web:

Sponsored business visas are usually processed and delivered in 5 days from the date of the application, subsequent to which other personal travel arrangements can be made and executed.

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