Transit visa subclass 771 is 1 of the very few visas that you could apply before you are immigration cleared and when you arrived in Australia without an entry visa. One can apply for a Transit visa, subclass 771, to depart the airport if your stop-over is more than 8 hours.
This Transit visa is basically for those who is passing through Australia on their way to another destination country, or for those whose outbound flight is suddenly delayed for more than 8 hours.
To be eligible for a Transit visa, you must be holding a complete onward flight to leave Australia for a third country within 8 hours of arriving. A copy of your visa of your destination country might be required while you apply for an Australian transit visa.
You can use your Transit visa subclass 771 to leave the airport or airport transit lounge. You can also use the Transit visa subclass 771 to visit family and friends, or for some sightseeing.
This visa will allow people to be in Australia for up to 72 hours before they must leave Australia. Maritime Crew visa holders can also use this transit visa to enter Australia by air to join a non-military ship.
With this visa, you can
To be eligible for transit visa, Subclass 771, you must
Step 1 – Check if you need a transit visa
Make sure that you apply for transit visa well ahead of your travel. We may need more information from you and time to assess that information. You can check if you are eligible to transit without a visa
Step 2 – Gather your documents
To apply for the transit visa, you must provide
Step 3 – Apply for the visa
Step 4 – After you apply
DHA will let you know when we they received your application. Normally you will not get an update on application within the standard processing time.
You can check if DHA need more information from you in ImmiAccount.
You must update as soon as possible if you made a mistake on your application. In that case, you may need to complete Form 1023 Notification of incorrect answers (168KB PDF).
Step 5 – Visa outcome
You must be outside Australia when DHA decides your visa application.
DHA will let you know the decision in writing.
If we grant your visa, we will tell you:
Completing an Incoming Passenger Card
All people coming in Australia must fill up an Incoming Passenger Card. Applicant will receive this onboard flight.
Leaving the airport faster
Department of Home Affairs has an automated process that uses facial recognition system and your ePassport. Applicant might be able to leave the airport faster if you use SmartGate.Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia