Posted March 16th, 2014, 12:30 PM
Do I need to get an Australian visa or do you think I just squeak into the 72 hour spot!
That 72 hr transit visa is interesting but think you will be over the time limit. http://www.immi.gov.au/Visas/Pages/771.aspx
The transit visa is still a visa, though - and it sounds like Theodorable
was trying to avoid getting a visa.
Moreover, it requires a full-scale paper visa application, together with a requirement to post passports and additional photographs, and an additional envelope with return postage.
The form also requires specifying the arrival and departure details, and the application could be refused if the department spots that it's more than 72 hours. Then you'll have an Australian visa refusal on your record.
Or, if nobody spots it then, you'll have overstayed by the time you depart Australia. And if it's picked up at the exit immigration control (which Australia still has), then that could be a black mark on your record too.
And the form makes clear that this visa is intended for people whose principal purpose in entering Australia is to pass through Australia in transit to another country. It also says that where a "stopover" is intended, you should apply for the appropriate visa in a visitor class instead. It could be hard to convince the department that when you could easily get an ETA for your visit to Sydney, you're not actually really intending to visit Sydney at all but just passing through Australia. The very fact that you're applying for a transit visa rather than an ETA might raise eyebrows and cause questions to be raised.
I can't see why anyone would want to go through this whole rigmarole when (assuming that the OP is Canadian) they could easily and quickly get an ETA that is absolutely routine and would cause no issues whatsoever.