June 9, 2022

Australia Electronic Travel Authority Will Allow Eligible Passport Holders to Apply for an ETA using the ETA app

From April 6, 2022, all Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) eligible passport holders intending to visit Australia for a holiday or for business purposes, under subclass 601, must apply for their visa via the Australia ETA application form on the ETA app. They will then be permitted to visit Australia as often as they like in a 12-month period for stays of up to 3 months at a time.

This applies for genuine visitors who intend to stay temporarily in Australia and obey any condition and stay period attached to their visa. Individuals found not to be genuine visitors will have their ETA cancelled.

Applicants will first need to download the ETA app before applying for the entry visa. Each family member will need to submit a separate application.

If an individual is ineligible or unable to apply using the Australian ETA app, applications can be made for an alternative visa through ImmiAccount. European passport holders may be eligible for an eVisitor (subclass 651) visa and other passport holders may be eligible for a Visitor “subclass 600” visa.

In most cases the individual will be notified immediately of the result of their ETA application. Advice on the submission, either; confirmation it has been granted along with the grant number, request for further information, or refusal, will be in writing via email.

For further information on immigration in Australia, please contact the Sterling Lexicon immigration team.

Leanne Cottrell

Leanne Cottrell

As Head of Immigration with Sterling Lexicon, Leanne leads a team of specialists who are responsible for ensuring the entire immigration process is smooth and stress-free for clients, assignees and their accompanying family members. She brings over fifteen years of experience in strategic immigration management, planning and consultation to her role, and has cultivated invaluable knowledge and experience in processing countless global migration applications. As a trusted partner, she consults with clients on everything from policy considerations and cost or efficiency improvements, to the impact of opening offices in new locations. Leanne is a frequent presenter and author on global immigration topics and trends, and currently serves as a member of the Worldwide ERC (WERC) Immigration Advisory Council.

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