How long have you been dreaming of visiting Australia? What are you waiting for? Even if the pandemic is not over yet, it’s time to start planning your holiday in Australia. If you live in Europe or any part of the world where you just hop on a plane and go to whatever destination you have in mind, you need to know that Australia is a bit different. You need a tourist visa and obtaining one can take quite a lot of time, up to 7-9 months worth of waiting, so get moving.
What sort of visa do I need?
That depends on the type of holiday you have in mind. If you’re thinking of simply visiting the country, taking a cruise and spending a bit of time in some of the country’s major cities you should apply for a Subclass 600 visitor visa.
For most people this can be easily done online, but you should check the eligibility conditions to see if you meet the criteria.
Also, if you’re under the age of 30 or 35 for French, Canadian or Irish citizens, you can apply for a Working Holiday visa, which allows you to work while you travel.
Why do I need a background check?
Many people applying for a tourist visa for Australia are baffled by this requirement. A background check is part of the so-called character test all applicants must pass. According to Australian law, you need to submit a police check from your country of origin and any other country where you have lived for 12 continuous months. That can be quite a bother if you’re a wanderer at heart and like to visit all sorts of places.
Still, you’ll have to get a police clearance from every country you’ve ever called home even for a short while. This also includes Australia itself.
Many of those who visit the country fall in love with this wonderful place and want to revisit it. To be able to do that you’ll have to prove you did not commit any major offences like assault when you visited Australia for the first time. And it obviously makes sense. If the first time you came to Australia you did something bad, why would they let you in a second time?
How do I get a background check for Australia?
Getting a background check in the country you reside at the moment is not a problem, but what do you do when it comes to a background check for Australia which is probably thousands of miles away?
Actually, that’s very easy. You can use one of the many online police check agencies. These are all accredited and provide 100% valid and accurate criminal history checks. For employment purposes you can access the services of such an agency like the following website for ANCC – https://www.australiannationalcharactercheck.com.au no matter where you live at the moment and it only takes a few minutes to fill in the form and upload a selfie. You’ll get the result via email in a couple of days.
Sadly, Australian Home Affairs bureaucrats don’t work anywhere near as fast and it will be many months before you get your visa.