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‘Melbourne Declaration’ affirms ASEAN and Australia partnership for the future – People from Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries and Timor-Leste now have more opportunities to do business in Australia

Australia has extended the time people from these nations can visit to conduct business. This will boost trade, people to people links, investments and grow jobs.

The Department has extended the business visitor visa to up to 5 years, instead of up to 3 years, for applications lodged after 1 April 2024. These changes were announced by Prime Minister Albanese at the 2024 ASEAN-Australia Special Summit held in March.

Business visitors with a Visitor (subclass 600) visa can stay in Australia for up to 3 months at a time during multiple visits, for up to 5 years. Visa holders can visit to:

  • negotiate contracts
  • make general business or employment enquiries
  • participate in conferences or trade fairs
  • be part of official government visits.
  • We will also extend the 10-year visitor visa Frequent traveller stream to ASEAN states and Timor-Leste later this year.

These measures do not include Myanmar.

The visa changes are part of recommendations from Australia’s blueprint to deepen ties with Southeast Asia. Refer to Invested: Southeast Asia Economic Strategy to 2040.

These changes complement our Migration Strategy by:

  • boosting international mobility
  • supporting regional relationships
  • strengthening community connections between ASEAN and Australia.

Contact the best migration lawyers in Melbourne to learn more about the Visitor visa (subclass 600) Business visitor stream or the Visitor visa (subclass 600) Frequent Traveller stream.​

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