I would like to apply for a ETA 601 visa but I'm not sure if I'm eligible or not.
I reviewed the eligibility at https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/electronic-travel-authority-601#Eligibility
But this is what is confusing:
- You must meet our character requirement. - I meet these requirements
- If you have a criminal conviction in any country, you should apply for a Visitor visa (subclass 600) and provide evidence about your criminal convictions. - I do have a criminal conviction though.
Is the "should" saying that it's more likely for me to get a Visa though the 651 and that I can still apply or is it saying that I shouldn't apply?
The criminal conviction was:
- a non-violent misdemeanor from 17 years ago.
- 2 years probation
- no jail time
I called Home Affairs and they said they could not advise.
At this point I leave for Australia in a few days. I don't have time to do the other visa process. I'm assuming that I need to at least answer "yes" to the question for the ETA application that I have been convicted of a crime?