i'm an Italian citizen and have some questions regarding the visa requirement for my intended six-month visit to Australia as a tourist 1. Must this visa be secured prior to arrival in Australia? 2. Is the visa available online or must I visit an Australian consulate? 3. If I must visit an Australian consulate and I'm travelling in Canada, the U.S. or Ecuador, is it possible to visit any Australian consulate in any of those countries in order to secure the visa? 4. In addition to my passport and visa, what additional documentation must I have upon arrival in Australia (e.g., is proof of health insurance required?)? 5. How long might it typically take for the visa to be approved and issued? Thank you.
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I just researched the Subclass 600 you referred to and saw information suggesting that what I would specifically apply for is the Subclass 676.
Are we talking about the same thing here?
And are you certain that a full 6-month visa (subclass 676) can't be approved from outside the country, without the need to first apply for a three-month period and then, later, secure the three-month extension from within Australia? I may be wrong but I thought the 676 permitted the prior approval of the full six-month period.
Thank you for that; I had trouble accessing that link but will keep trying.
And to confirm...am I correct that the three-month extension should be a formality for upstanding citizens and that I would not need to appear physically at an Australian consulate for the 3-month visa but could rather secure it online?
My final followup (thanks for the help): if I am not permitted to apply online for the visa and am travelling abroad, am I correct that I can simply go to my nearest Australian consulate (in whichever country I happen to be located) in order to obtain the visa...and that I do not have to go to the Australian consulate in my home country?
Thanks again. That covers it.
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