Individuals and Travellers

Electronic Travel Authority (Business Entrant) (subclass 956 and 977)

​This visa is closed to new applications.​

Features

This visa lets you visit Australia for short-term business purposes, including:

  • attending educational or business related meetings, seminars, conventions, conferences, or networking
  • informal studies or training.

Requirements

You might be able to get this visa if you:

  • are outside Australia
  • hold an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) eligible passport.

About these electronic travel authorities

The Electronic Travel Authorities (Business Entrant – long validity) (subclass 956) and (Business Entrant – short validity) (subclass 977) closed to new applications on 22 March 2013.

You might be able to apply for Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601).

Electronic travel authority holders

This information is for people who have already been granted:

  • an Electronic Travel Authority (Business Entrant – long validity) (subclass 956)
  • an Electronic Travel Authority (Business Entrant – short validity) (subclass 977)

It explains your rights and obligations.

You can use Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your ETA status and entitlements.

How long your electronic travel authority lasts

Electronic Travel Authority (Business Entrant – long validity) subclass 956

You can stay in Australia for up to three months on each visit for the life of your passport.

Electronic Travel Authority (Business Entrant – short validity) subclass 977

You can stay in Australia for up to three months on each visit within either:

  • a 12-month period from the date of grant
  • the life of the passport, if it is less than 12 months.

Electronic travel authorities cannot be extended. If you want to extend your stay after arriving in Australia, you will need to apply for a different type of visa at least two weeks before your authority expires.

What these ETAs let you do

These authorities let you visit Australia for short-term business purposes, including:

  • educational or business-related meetings, seminars, conventions, conferences or networking
  • informal studies or training.

You cannot work in Australia. If your main reason for coming to Australia is to work, you should apply for a different visa.

Your obligations

You must comply with all electronic travel authority conditions and Australian laws.

You must also:

  • be free from tuberculosis when you enter Australia
  • not do work in Australia that an Australian citizen or permanent resident could do
  • not study or train for more than three months
  • not have any criminal convictions for which you were sentenced to a total of 12 months or more in prison, regardless of whether you went to prison or not.

Report changes in circumstances

You must tell us if your circumstances change.  This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth, divorce, separation, marriage, de facto relationship or death in your family.

Please report changes in your circumstances via ImmiAccount.  If you are not able to use ImmiAccount, you can use the following forms:

If you do not provide us with the details of any new passport issued to you, you could experience significant delays at the airport and may be denied permission to board your plane.
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