A visa is permission for a non-citizen to:
The definition of visa is at section 29 of the Migration Act 1958. Visas, and the regulations governing their grant, are administered by the DIAC. Since 1 September 1994, Australian citizens are the only people who can be legally present in Australia without holding a valid visa.
There are many types of visas available to foreigners, each designed to suit a specific purpose, the length of the proposed stay in Australia and the type of activities people want to do when they get here.
Visas can be divided into 2 broad groups:
This chapter contains the following sections:
Last reviewed: 7 June 2010