I'm a UK citizen, my dad is an Australian citizen, and I booked flights for February 9, 2024, not realizing that a visa is required to visit Australia.

I applied for the eVisitor visa 2 days ago, with only 8 weeks to go until my flight. Believing that honesty is the best policy, I answered "yes" to the criminal conviction question. When I was 15 years old (17 years ago), I was reprimanded for affray, which wasn't an actual conviction that went to court but more like a caution or warning. As a registered nurse, this does not appear on my DBS check, which is always clear. I'm concerned whether Australia will request a police check, as there is no way I could obtain one in time for my flights. To demonstrate good character, I have uploaded a statement of events, my NMC registration, my most recent DBS check, and a declaration of good character from my employer. Will this suffice, or are they likely to request a police check anyway? My application is still at "received."

I can't believe how much information is required just to visit Australia for 10 days. I wish I had done my research before booking.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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    I think you may have been a little too honest here, since as far as I can tell you we're not actually convicted, and were a minor at the time to boot. Unfortunately your eVisitor is likely to be automatically refused and you'll need to apply for a regular tourist visa, which likely will be granted, but will also take some time. Commented Dec 16, 2023 at 6:53
  • just wondering how you get on with this? My husband's in a similar situation having applied for an eVisitor with an old drink driving conviction. Not sure if we'll be able to get an ACRO certificate back in time so wondering if a DBS would help? Thanks, and really hope everything worked out for you!
    – HelenW
    Commented Mar 2 at 0:43

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Honesty is the best thing to apply to anything immigration related

Will Australia ask for a police check?

It's all case-dependant, we can't know in advance what you will be asked for

We may ask you to:

provide a police certificate

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