ASEAN Nationals Can Visit for Longer Business Stays

The Australian government has announced that it has extended the time people from Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries and Timor-Leste can visit to conduct business to up to five years, instead of three years, for applications lodged after April 1, 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 three months at a time during multiple visits, for up to five 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.

The government will also extend the ten-year visitor visa Frequent Traveller stream to ASEAN states and Timor-Leste later this year.

These measures do not include Myanmar.

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