IMPACT – MEDIUM

What is the change? Australia has introduced a new six-year, multiple-entry visa for Singaporean business travelers and tourists.

What does the change mean? The arrangement will improve visa procedures for Singaporean nationals who frequently travel to Australia.

  • Implementation timeframe: Ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: Visitor visa (subclass 600) – long validity option for Singapore nationals.
  • Who is affected: Singaporean nationals traveling to Australia.
  • Business impact: The visas can be used for certain business activities, including making general business or employment enquiries, conducting negotiations and participating in conferences.
  • Impact on processing times: The extended visa validity will ease processing by eliminating a number of visa renewals.

Background: Australia and Singapore first announced that long-term visas would be introduced in June, when Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull made an official visit to Singapore. Issuance of the new visas commenced last month. Visas will be valid for six years with a maximum stay of three months for each arrival. Additional information is available on this website.

BAL Analysis: The change will facilitate business and tourist travel and reduce the inconvenience of having to apply for a visa more frequently. Applicants should note, however, that work activities and stays of longer than three months are not permitted on the new visas.