1.1.V.10 Visa

Definition

For the purposes of FA, a visa is an authority to travel to and remain in a country. Australian visas may allow a person to remain in Australia (1.1.A.120) temporarily or permanently.

Increasing amounts of DIBP's services no longer involve the physical exchange of paper forms and letters and alternatively encourage the use of online immigration services.

Australian visas are recorded electronically and the Australian Government no longer requires visa holders to have an Australian visa label in their passport. Most non-citizens of Australia who now travel to and reside in Australia do not have visa labels in their passports.

Online visa verification provides more timely and secure information as to the entitlements of a visa holder.

Some visa holders may continue to present with a printed visa label affixed to their passport.

Policy reference: SS Guide 9.1 What Is a Visa?, 9.1.1 Checking Visas

Last reviewed: 11 May 2015