Questions

General

Do Swiss passport holders need a visa for Australia?

All nationalities wishing to visit Australia on a temporary basis must apply for the appropriate visa unless they are holders of an Australian or New Zealand passport.

The ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) is designed for people to visit Australia for up to 3 months on each arrival:
• a holiday, sightseeing, social or recreational reasons
• to visit relatives, friends or for other short-term non-work purposes
• study of up to 3 months (maximum)

Work is not allowed on an ETA.

To apply for an ETA (Tourist) or ETA (Business), click here.

Where is the Australian Embassy in Switzerland?

The Australian Consulate in Bern closed in 1997.

Australian Immigration and Trade Services Ltd liab Co (AITS) was established in 1997 upon the closure of the Australian Consulate, Bern. Susan Sandhoff, co-founder of AITS was formerly engaged as Immigration Manager by Department of Immigration and Citizenship (Home Affairs) at Australian Consulate, Bern.

Since that time AITS has arranged over 100,000 visas for Swiss and EU nationals seeking to relocate to Australia on a temporary/permanent basis.

Do EU passport holders need a visa for Australia?

All nationalities wishing to visit Australia on a temporary basis must apply for the appropriate visa unless they are holders of an Australian or New Zealand passport.

The ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) is designed for people to visit Australia for up to 3 months on each arrival:
• a holiday, sightseeing, social or recreational reasons
• to visit relatives, friends or for other short-term non-work purposes
• study of up to 3 months (maximum)

Work is not allowed on an ETA.

To apply for an ETA (Tourist) or ETA (Business), click here

Does my passport have to be valid for at least 6 months to enter Australia?

It is not a mandatory requirement that your passport is valid for at least 6 months to enter Australia. It is only a recommendation. It is a requirement of Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs) that your passport is valid for the duration of your intended stay in Australia.

Although Home Affairs does not enforce the 6 month rule, some airlines do, so you may wish to check with your airline before you book your flight. Please also check with the countries through which you are transiting on your way to Australia.

Can I travel to Australia on a one-way ticket?

Yes, you may enter Australia on a one-way ticket. You may be asked by a Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs) officer on arrival at the airport about your plans for departing Australia. If you have a one-way ticket, you would need to satisfy Home Affairs officer that you do not intend to stay beyond the authorized stay period of your visa. It may assist if you can demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to purchase an onward airline ticket out of Australia. We recommend carrying a copy of your latest bank statement showing you have enough funds to purchase a return ticket.

Can I drive in Australia with my Swiss/European drivers licence?

As a general rule, overseas drivers visiting Australia, who do not hold a permanent visa, will be regarded as ‘visiting drivers’ and can use their valid overseas license to drive. Most Australian states and territories (the exception being the Northern Territory) allow visiting drivers to drive on their overseas license as long as it is current. The person who is driving in Australia must carry the overseas license with them at all times whilst driving along with an International Driving Permit or an English translation if the overseas license is not in English.

Please refer to the AusRoads website for further details.

 

Can I bring / send food items as gifts for my family and friends in Australia?

Australia has strict quarantine restrictions that apply to many raw foods and certain processed foods brought through the airport or mailed to Australia. Please refer to the Australian Border Force website for further details.

 

Do I need to pay the visa service fee in advance? How do I pay?

Yes, we will only prepare your visa application and/or apply for your visa once we have received proof of payment of our standard service fee (including Australian Government visa application charge).

If applying online for an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority), payment of our standard service fee is by credit card.

Payment of our standard service fee for other visa applications may be made in cash or at your local Swiss Post office or by ebanking to PostFinance account 60-357890-1, IBAN CH41 0900 0000 6035 7890 1 in favour of AITS clients’ account, CH-3852 Ringgenberg BE.

Proof of payment (Empfangsschein/ Récépissé/ Ricevuta) or e-banking debit receipt (Zahlungsbestätigung/ attestation de paiement/ conferma de pagamento) must be provided with your application.

I have applied for a visa for Australia. Will I get a visa label or sticker in my passport?

If you apply for an electronic visa via our office, we will send you a copy of the visa decision made by the Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs). If your electronic visa application is approved, you should travel to Australia with a copy of the Home Affairs  visa grant notice. A visa label or sticker in your passport is not required.
The visa is linked electronically to the passport provided with your visa application, and you must use the same passport to travel to Australia.

How do I check my visa entitlements using VEVO?

Your visa information is held electronically and you can access it at any time using the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) system. You can check your visa entitlements on the VEVO system by entering your Transaction Reference Number (TRN), date of birth, passport number and nationality. Your TRN number can be located on your visa grant notice. Employers, banks and government services can also check details about your visa entitlements on VEVO once they have your consent to do so.

I have been issued with a new passport since my visa was granted. What do I need to do?

Your visa is linked to the passport you provided with your application. If you obtain a new passport after your visa is granted, you need to provide a certified copy of your new passport to the Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs) to enable Home Affairs to update your visa details. If you do not inform Home Affairs about your new passport, you may experience significant delays at the airport, and may be denied permission to board your flight to Australia.

Please contact us for further assistance.

Do I need to undertake any kind of health testing in order to be granted a visa for Australia?

If you are applying for a temporary visa, the question of whether you need to complete health testing depends on the visa class/subclass; your age; the length of your intended stay in Australia; the health / tuberculosis risk rating of your country of citizenship or country or countries where you have spent three or more consecutive months in the last five years; your intended activities in Australia; any special circumstances that apply; and whether you have any significant medical conditions.

Health testing with an appointed panel doctor may be required in the following circumstances:

  • If you are 75 years of age or older
  • If you have spent more than 3 consecutive months in the last 5 years in a country with a medium / higher health risk rating
  • If you have a pre-existing medical condition

Should health testing be required, we shall provide you with relevant forms and instructions. Please note that it may take longer to finalize visa applications where health testing is required, and an additional service fee applies

ETA / Tourist Visa

Do Swiss passport holders need a Visa for Australia?

All nationalities wishing to visit Australia on a temporary basis must apply for the appropriate visa unless they are holders of an Australian or New Zealand passport.

The Australian ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) is designed for people to visit Australia for up to 3 months on each arrival:
• a holiday, sightseeing, social or recreational reasons
• to visit relatives, friends or for other short-term non-work purposes
• study of up to 3 months (maximum)

Work is not allowed on an ETA.

To apply for an online ETA (Electronic Travel Authority), click here

How long can I stay in Australia on a Tourist Visa?

Australian Tourist Visas are usually granted for 3, 6 or 12 months.

If you seek to visit Australia for up to 3 months, click here

If you seek to visit Australia for up to 6 or 12 months, click here

Can I stay in Australia for 12 Months?

To stay in Australia for up to 12 months as a tourist you will need to apply for an eTourist Visa with a 12 month stay period.

To apply, click here

Can I work in Australia on a Tourist Visa?

No, a Tourist Visa lets you visit Australia as a tourist for a holiday, sightseeing, social or recreational reasons and to see family and friends. Work is not allowed. “Work” is performing an activity in Australia for which a person would normally be paid or rewarded.

For example, working in a coffee shop is an activity that is normally paid, and hence it is not permitted whilst holding a Tourist Visa irrespective of whether a wage is received or not.

Student visa holders are generally permitted to work in Australia up to 40 hours every 2 weeks while their course is in session and unlimited hours during scheduled course breaks. Students are not allowed to work until they have started their course.

Swiss passport holders are not eligible to apply for a Working Holiday Visa.

For further information on a Tourist Visa, click here

For further information on a Student Visa, click here

For further information on a Working Holiday Visa, click here

Can I do volunteer work on a Tourist Visa?

You cannot work in Australia on a Tourist Visa, but you might be able to do volunteer work.

Current policy advises that individuals wishing to undertake voluntary work (Freiwillige Arbeit/ Travail volontaire/ Volontariato) in Australia may do so on a Tourist Visa but only if the voluntary work:

  • is unpaid (you can be provided with meals, accommodation or out-of-pocket living expenses)
  • would not otherwise be done by an Australian for pay
  • is short term (3 months or less)
  • is incidental to your visit to Australia
  • is done for a not-for-profit organisation
  • benefits the community

Is it easy to get a Tourist Visa for Australia?

Certain passport holders can apply online for an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) to visit Australia for up to 3 months.

Swiss passport holders, plus passport holders of our neighbouring countries (Germany, France, Italy, Austria) and many other EU countries are eligible to apply online for an ETA.

To apply for an online ETA (Tourist), click here

Does a Tourist Visa permit multiple entries to Australia?

If your visa is granted with multiple entries, you can travel outside Australia and return as many times as you want while the visa is valid.

If your visa is granted with single entry and you leave Australia, you cannot re-enter on the visa. You have to apply for another visa to return to Australia.

For further information on Tourist Visas, click here

To apply for an online ETA (Tourist), click here

Where can I get an Australia visa application form?

Swiss and most EU passport holders can apply online for an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) to visit Australia for up to 3 months.

To apply for an online ETA, click here

If you seek to visit Australia for up to 6 or 12 months, click here

What is an ETA?

An Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) provides authorisation to travel to and enter Australia. It is electronically linked to your passport.

It is for short term stays of up to 3 months on each entry for:

  • tourism or
  • business visitor activities such as attending a conference, making business enquiries, or for contractual negotiations.

ETA holders are permitted to travel and enter Australia on multiple occasions for 12 months from the date of grant.

An ETA is not a work visa.

Studying up to 3 months is allowed on an ETA.

To apply for an ETA (Tourist), click here

How long can I stay in Australia on an ETA?

An Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) provides authorisation to travel to and enter Australia. It is electronically linked to your passport.

It allows for a stay of up to 3 months on each entry.

ETA holders are permitted to travel and enter Australia on multiple occasions for 12 months from the date of grant.

To apply for an ETA (Tourist), click here

How do I apply for an Australian Tourist Visa in Switzerland?

An Australian Tourist Visa lets you visit Australia for 3, 6 or 12 months.

If you seek to visit Australia for up to 3 months, click here

If you seek to visit Australia for up to 6 or 12 months, click here

Where do I apply for an Australian visa in Switzerland?

Eligible passport holders can apply online for an ETA.

If you seek to visit Australia for up to 3 months, click here

If you seek to visit Australia for up to 6 or 12 months, you can send your visa application to our office by post/email.

If you seek to visit Australia for up to 6 or 12 months, click here

Can I travel to Australia on an ETA then apply for a Student Visa?

Visa applicants are required to apply for the most appropriate visa. If you intend to study for more than 3 months we strongly recommend that you enter Australia as a Student Visa holder.

Please contact us for further information.

Student Visa

Do Swiss passport holders need a visa to study in Australia?

All nationalities wishing to visit Australia on a temporary basis must apply for the appropriate visa unless they are holders of an Australian or New Zealand passport.

The Australian Student Visa is designed for people to visit Australia for:

  • study of more than 3 months
  • undertake part time work of up to 40 hours per fortnight whilst studying.

If you seek to study for more than 3 months, click here

How long can I stay in Australia on a Student Visa?

If you are studying an ELICOS (English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students) course, your student visa is generally granted for your course time plus one month.

The length of stay is based on the duration of the course you intend to study.

The ‘expiry date’ of your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and any welfare arrangements (under 18 years old) will also be taken into account.

Subject to the ‘expiry date’ of your OSHC and any welfare arrangements (where relevant), your length of stay will generally be as follows:

Length of course Length of stay
10 months or longer, finishing at the end of the Australian academic year (November to December) Home Affairs will usually grant a visa stay period to 15 March of the following year
10 months or longer, finishing from January until October Home  Affairs will usually grant a visa stay period of 2 months longer than the course
Less than 10 months Home Affairs will usually grant a visa stay period 1 month longer than the course

The maximum length of stay for a student visa will generally not exceed 5 years.

How do I apply for a Student Visa for Australia?

If you seek to study for more than 3 months, click here

Can I stay in Australia for 12 months with a Student Visa?

The length of stay is based on the duration course you intend to study.

The ‘expiry date’ of your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and any welfare arrangements (where relevant) will also be taken into account.

Subject to the ‘expiry date’ of your OSHC and any welfare arrangements (where relevant), your length of stay will generally be as follows:

Length of course Length of stay
10 months or longer, finishing at the end of the Australian academic year (November to December) Home Affairs will usually grant a visa stay period to 15 March of the following year
10 months or longer, finishing from January until October Home Affairs will usually grant a visa stay period of 2 months longer than the course
Less than 10 months Home Affairs will usually grant a visa stay period 1 month longer than the course

You will need to apply for a new visa to extend your stay in Australia for holiday after your studies.

Please contact us well in advance of your course end date to apply for an Onshore Tourist Visa.

Can I work in Australia on a Student Visa?

Student Visa holders are permitted to work in Australia for up to 40 hours per fortnight whilst their course is in session, and full-time during official course breaks.

Student Visa holders may not work until their course has commenced.

For further information, click here

Is it easy to get a Student Visa for Australia?

All Swiss and EU nationals can apply through our office for a Student Visa. If you seek to study for more than 3 months, click here

If you intend to study for less than 3 months, click here

Is an Australian Student Visa Multiple Entry?

Provided your visa is granted with multiple entries, you can travel outside Australia and return as many times as you want while the visa is valid.

Care needs to be taken to ensure you meet all conditions of a Student Visa such as:
– meet course requirements
– work limitation
– inform education provider of address and any change of address
– inform education provider and Home Affairs of change of welfare if under 18

Where can I get an Australia Student Visa application form?

Student Visa application forms are available on our website.

For Student Visa application forms, click here

Can I study on an ETA or Tourist Visa?

A maximum of 3 months study is permitted on an ETA or a Tourist Visa. If you intend to study for longer than 3 months, you need to apply for a Student Visa.

Note that the 3 month study period does not start again by leaving and re-entering Australia on the same ETA or Tourist Visa.

To apply for an ETA, click here

If you intend to study for up to 3 months and visit Australia for up to 6 or 12 months, click here

To apply for a Student Visa, click here

How do I apply for an Australian Student Visa in Switzerland?

Apply for a Student Visa through our office. If you seek to study for more than 3 months, click here

If you intend to study for less than 3 months, click here

Where do I apply for an Australian Student Visa in Switzerland?

Apply for a Student Visa through our office. If you seek to study for more than 3 months, click here

If you intend to study for less than 3 months, click here

Can I travel to Australia on an ETA and then apply for a Student Visa?

Visa applicants are required to apply for the most appropriate visa. If you intend to study for more than 3 months we strongly recommend that you enter Australia as a Student Visa holder.

Please contact us for further information.

What is a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE)?

The Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) is an official document for each reqistered course issued by your CRICOS registered Australian school/educational institution confirming your enrolment in each full-time course.

The CoE bears the official Australian Government emblem and a registration number (generally a mix of numbers and letters). You will usually receive your CoE once you pay the tuition fees for your course/s.

You must provide a valid CoE for each course of study with your Student Visa application.

I am applying for a Student Visa, but wish to stay longer in Australia than my visa will allow so that I can enjoy an extended holiday. How do I arrange this?

It is only possible to hold one Australian visa at one point in time.

To study for more than 3 months, you will need to enter Australia with a Student Visa.

Towards the end of your studies and before your Student Visa expires, you will need to apply for a new visa to extend your stay in Australia for holiday. Please contact us well in advance of your course end date to apply for an Onshore Tourist Visa.

Persons who stay in Australia beyond the expiry date of their current visa without lodging a valid visa application for a further stay, will become “illegal non-citizens”. The consequences for such persons are serious and include removal, detention and/or exclusion from Australia for a specified period of time.

I already have health/travel insurance. Do I have to pay for Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)?

Yes, Student Visa holders must maintain adequate arrangements for health insurance for the length of their stay in Australia. These arrangements must be provided in the form of Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). Some exceptions may apply if you are a student from Sweden, Norway, or Belgium.

Only a small number of registered health insurers offer OSHC. OSHC is usually arranged by your education institution or you can purchase OSHC online by visiting the OSHC insurer’s website.

Information about OSHC is available here

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For further information about OSHC, contact us

I would like to study in Australia, but have not yet found a suitable course. Can you assist me?

We have a team of consultants who are Australian university graduates ready to assist you to identify a program of study in Australia to facilitate your educational or career goals.

This includes:

  • English language courses
  • Vocational or technical training course/diploma at TAFE (Technical and Further Education)
  • Study Abroad (one or two semesters) at university
  • Bachelor degree or postgraduate program at university
  • Primary and Secondary school placement

Work Visa

Can I work on an ETA Business Visa?

No, an ETA (Business) does not allow you to work in Australia. The purpose of an ETA (Business) is for “Business Visitor Activities” such as:

  • attending a conference,
  • making business enquiries,
  • contractual negotiations.

To apply for an ETA (Business), click here

How do I get a work visa for Australia?

There are many different types of work visas for Australia. The type of visa will depend on the work you will be doing, your employer and how long you intend to work in Australia.

If you are required to undertake short term, highly skilled work, click here.

If you are sponsored by an Australian employer to fill a skilled full time position on a temporary or permanent basis, click here

If you will attend or participate at a specific event/activity such as research, entertainment or sports, click here.

Can Swiss apply for a Working Holiday Visa?

To date, there is no Working Holiday Agreement in place between Australia and Switzerland. This means that nationals of Switzerland are unable to apply for a Working Holiday Visa for Australia.

One option is to combine studying in Australia with part-time work. Student Visa holders are permitted to work in Australia for up to 40 hours per fortnight while their course is in session and unlimited hours during scheduled course breaks. Please contact us for assistance to enroll in an English language program, Certificate /Diploma program (6 – 18 months) or Study Abroad semester at an Australian university (6 – 12 months) in your preferred location in Australia.

To apply for a Student Visa, you must be enrolled in a full-time registered course of study (minimum of 20-25 contact hours per week). To apply for a Student Visa, click here.

If you are required to undertake short term, highly skilled work in Australia, click here.

If you are sponsored by an Australian employer to fill a skilled full time position on a temporary or permanent basis, click here.

If you are aged between 20 and 30 years old and have located an Australian organisation that is prepared to offer you the opportunity to complete a work-based training program, you may be eligible to participate in the Trainee Exchange Program between Switzerland and Australia. Contact us for more information.

If you are wishing to do an internship in Australia as part of your Swiss University studies, please click here.

If you are nominated by an Australian employer to fill a skilled full time position on a temporary or permanent basis, click here.

Can I get a 3 month work visa for Australia?

If you have highly specialised skills/knowledge/experience that is required by an Australian business, you may be permitted to work for up to 3 months. Evidence of a strong business case is required to work for up to 6 months.

If you are required to undertake short term, highly skilled work in Australia, click here.

Can I get a work visa for Australia if I am over 30?

Age restrictions apply to some work visas.

The Working Holiday Visa is for young people from eligible countries aged between 18 and 30 (inclusive). Applicants must apply for the visa before turning 31.

Canadian, French and Irish citizens can be up to 35 years old (inclusive). Canadian, French or Irish citizens must apply for the Working Holiday Visa before turning 36. To apply for a Working Holiday Visa, click here

Participants of the Trainee Exchange Program between Switzerland and Australia must be aged between 20 and 30. For information about Australian Internships, click here.

Applicants for Permanent – Employer Sponsored Visas must be less than 45 unless exemptions apply.

Applicants for General Skilled Migration must be less than 45 at the time of invitation.

 

What does a temporary work visa cost?

This will depend on the visa subclass, complexity and urgency.

For assistance to apply, contact us with the following information:

  • Your current occupation and overseas employer
  • The nature of your intended work/activity in Australia
  • Your requested entry and departure dates
  • Your nationality (as stated in your passport)
  • Your country of residence and permit validity (if relevant).

Our European based company needs to send a specialist to Australia to undertake a short term assignment for our Australian customer. What do we need to do?

Obtaining a visa for a highly skilled worker to undertake short term assignment in Australia is complex. For assistance to apply,  contact us with the following information:

  • Your company details (business name, contact details)
  • Occupation and nature of intended work/activity in Australia
  • Requested entry and departure dates
  • Nationality (as stated in your employee’s passport)
  • Country of residence and permit validity (if relevant).

For further information, click here

Our European based company has to urgently send one of our technicians to Australia to fix a machine. What do we need to do?

Obtaining a visa for a highly skilled worker to undertake short term assignment in Australia is complex. For assistance to apply, contact us with the following information:

  • Your company details (business name, contact details)
  • Occupation and nature of intended work/activity in Australia
  • Requested entry and departure dates
  • Nationality (as stated in your employee’s passport)
  • Country of residence and permit validity (if relevant).

For further information, click here

What is the definition of “work” for visa purposes?

“Work” is defined as an activity that, in Australia, normally attracts remuneration. Whether you receive a salary for your work is irrelevant.

Work is strictly prohibited on a Tourist Visa.

For information about visas that permit you to work in Australia, click here

For information about visas that permit you to carry out temporary activities such as research, internship, sport, entertainment or special programs, click here

Can I work as a volunteer in Australia on a Tourist Visa?

Current policy advises that individuals wishing to undertake voluntary work (Freiwillige Arbeit/ Travail volontaire/ Volontariato) in Australia may do so on a Tourist Visa but only if the voluntary work:

  • is unpaid (you can be provided with meals, accommodation or out-of-pocket living expenses)
  • would not otherwise be done by an Australian for pay
  • is short term (3 months or less)
  • is incidental to your visit to Australia
  • is done for a not-for-profit organisation
  • benefits the community

 

I have been offered skilled employment in Australia. What visa should I apply for?

Should you have a firm job offer for a skilled position from an Australian employer, you may be eligible for an employer sponsored visa for Australia.

For further information click here

I have no job offer in Australia. What visa should I apply for?

Applicants are not required to be sponsored by an Australian employer to meet eligibility criteria of the General Skilled Migration (GSM) program.  GSM applicants must be aged less than 45 years at time of applying. The GSM program focuses upon an applicant’s educational qualifications, employment experience, English language skills and nomination by participating State/Territory Governments.

For further information, click here

I would like to undertake an internship in Australia. How can I do this?

Students currently enrolled at university in their home country may complete an internship in Australia to gain credit toward their university degree.

The internship must be in line with the course of university study being undertaken and must not exceed 3 months.

Each application is decided on a case by case basis.

For further information, click here.

Non university students:

To complete occupational training in Australia on a temporary basis, your training institution needs to be with an approved occupational training sponsor. The sponsor needs to nominate the training position, and you, as the visa applicant need to apply for the appropriate visa.

To enable our office to assess your eligibility, please contact us and provide the following information: full details of your training position in Australia (name and address of employer, training program details, requested start date, duration of training, ) together with your CV.

I am a Swiss university student and want to do an internship in Australia. How can I do this?

Students currently enrolled at university in Switzerland may complete an internship in Australia to gain credit toward their Swiss university degree.

The internship must be in line with the course of university study being undertaken and must not exceed 3 months.

Each application is decided on a case by case basis.

For further information, click here

 

Working Holiday

Can Swiss apply for a Working Holiday Visa?

To date, there is no Working Holiday Agreement in place between Australia and Switzerland. This means that nationals of Switzerland are unable to apply for a Working Holiday Visa for Australia.

One option for Swiss is to combine studying in Australia with part-time work. Student visa holders are permitted to work in Australia for up to 40 hours per fortnight whilst their course is in session and unlimited hours during scheduled course breaks. Please contact us for assistance to enroll in an English language program, Certificate /Diploma program (6 – 18 months) or Study Abroad semester at an Australian university (6 – 12 months) in your preferred location in Australia.

To apply for a Student Visa, you must be enrolled in a full-time registered course of study (minimum of 20-25 contact hours per week). To apply for a Student Visa, click here

If an Australian or overseas business has offered you a skilled position of employment in Australia, you may be eligible for an employer – sponsored visa. For further information, click here

What countries can get a Working Holiday Visa for Australia?

The following passport holders can apply for a Working Holiday Visa:

Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong-Kong SAR, Italy, Japan, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Republic of Cyprus, Republic of Ireland, Republic of Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom.

To apply for a Working Holiday Visa, click here

How do I qualify for a second or third Working Holiday Visa?

Should you complete a minimum of three (3) months of specified work in regional Australia whilst on your first or second Working Holiday Visa, you may be eligible to apply for a second or third Working Holiday Visa for Australia.

Specified work is defined in the Migration Regulations and includes work in industry sectors of plant and animal cultivation, fishing and pearling, tree farming and felling, mining, or construction. The specified work must be carried out in a designated regional area. Examples of eligible specified work includes picking fruit in orchards, feeding and herding cattle on a farm, horse breeding and stud farming, landscaping the grounds of a construction/house site, painting the interior/exterior of new buildings, conservation and environmental re-forestation work, zoo work involving plant or animal cultivation, erecting fences on a construction site, scaffolding, construction work in regional disaster zones such as demolition of buildings, trench digging, land clearing, earthmoving.

Please contact us for instructions to apply for a second Working Holiday Visa.

Business Visa

What visa do I need to go for business meetings to Australia?

An ETA (Business) is for short term stays for “Business Visitor Activities” such as attending a conference, making business enquiries, or for contractual negotiations.

It allows for a stay of up to 3 months on each entry. ETA holders are permitted to travel and enter Australia on multiple occasions for 12 months from the date of grant.

An ETA (Business) is not a work visa. Work is strictly prohibited on an ETA (Business). “Work” is defined as an activity that, in Australia, normally attracts remuneration. Whether you receive a salary for your work is irrelevant.

To apply for an online ETA (Business), click here

What does a Business Visa Cost?

An ETA (Business) costs SFR40.- plus MWSt. This can be charged to your credit card when applying online.

To apply for an ETA (Business), click here 

How do I apply for a Business Visa for Australia?

To apply for an online ETA (Business) for a stay of up to 3 months, click here

For assistance to apply for a longer stay, contact us with the following information:

  • Your current occupation and overseas employer
  • The nature of your intended work/activity in Australia
  • Your requested entry and departure dates
  • Your nationality (as stated in your passport)
  • Your country of residence and permit validity (if relevant).

 

Employee Sponsored Visa

I have an employer willing to sponsor me to work in Australia. What should I do?

Should you have a firm job offer for a skilled position from an Australian employer, you may be eligible for an Employer Sponsored Visa for Australia.

For further information, click here

Australian Internship Visa

I am a Swiss university student and want to do an internship in Australia. How can I do this?

Students currently enrolled at university in Switzerland may complete an internship in Australia to gain credit toward their Swiss university degree. The internship must be in line with the course of university study being undertaken and must not exceed 3 months.

If you are aged between 20 and 30 years old and have located an Australian organisation that is prepared to offer you the opportunity to complete a work-based training program, you may be eligible to participate in the Trainee Exchange Program between Switzerland and Australia.

Each application is decided on a case by case basis.

For further information, click here

 

Migration

I would like to migrate to Australia. What do I need to do?

In order to migrate to Australia, you will be required to satisfy a complicated and ever-changing set of rules and regulations. The Migration Act and the Migration Regulations change almost as frequently as the Australian Taxation Act.

For further information, click here.

Family Sabbatical

I am planning a family sabbatical to Australia. Can you assist me with planning and organising?

Yes – many Swiss families have consulted with us to plan their sabbatical or gap year in Australia. We can assist with realising your dream of spending time as a family in Australia.

There is a lot to consider. For further information, click here

Here is a selection of some funny questions we have answered over the years at Australian Immigration and Trade Services: