When migrating to Australia your country of Origin can have a significant impact on the speed in which your Visa application is processed. The Australian Department of immigration classify certain countries as either  a  low risk  or high risk country.

If your country is a high risk country then it’s nothing to be offended about. The factors which make your country of origin a low or high risk country are not really understood either.

As the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) Visa list is utilised It’s been suggested that high risk countries are those whose citizens have an historic high rate of visa over staying in Australia, whilst low risk countries are those countries whose citizens are good boys and girls and normally leave before their visas have expired.

If your country falls into the high risk category then additional checks will be undertaken prior to your visa being approved and different service levels are applied by the department for the time to process your application.

Trawling through our forums I see that folks often struggle to ascertain whether or not their country of origin is classed as a high or low risk country. Finding the answer to this question is a little easier then you might have thought.

In the eyes of the Australian Immigration department Low risk countries are ETA eligible. High risk countries are those not on the ETA list.

At time of typing the current low risk countries  are:

Andorra
Austria
Belgium
Brunei
Canada
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hong Kong SAR
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Malaysia
Malta
Monaco
Netherlands
Norway
Portugal
San Marino
Singapore
South Korea
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
United Kingdom
United States Of America
Vatican City

If your country isn’t listed here then it means your living in a high risk country i’m afraid. To be absolutely sure though  I’d suggest that you check the ETA site for the most current list.

You see. not that hard is it :)