Australian Embassy

Visas and Immigration

Visas and Immigration

Travelling to Australia

All travellers must obtain a visa or travel authority (ETA) before travelling to Australia. 

For general information on visa requirements and how to apply for a visa:

  • use the online enquiry form; or
  • telephone our specialist enquiry staff at the Information Service for Australian Visas on +1 613 238 1040 (10am - 5pm Ottawa Eastern Standard Time). Please note international call charges apply.

If you have applied for a visa in our office (DIBP - Brasilia) and need to contact us, please use the online enquiry form and include your full name, date of birth and passport number with your enquiry to enable us to locate your application in our system.

All enquiries can be made in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.

You should not book flights or make travel commitments until you have a visa to travel to Australia. The department will not be liable for any financial loss incurred by clients whose visa application was finalised later than expected or where an application is unsuccessful.



Australian Citizenship

Becoming a citizen represents a commitment to Australia and its people.

Applications for Australian citizenship by descent are processed at the Embassy in Brasilia. The processing time is approximately 14 days. Please allow additional time for postage, if required. More information.

To obtain a Certificate of Evidence of Australian Citizenship, read about securing proof of citizenship.



There are a number of options available to people who wish to migrate to Australia.

Read about using a migration agent.


Live the Life Australia

If you have the skills Australia has the lifestyle.

If you like the idea of Australia's climate and lifestyle and are looking for a career challenge in a country with lots of opportunities—take the next step and find out more about Australia's skilled working visas.

Your journey starts when you submit an expression of interest for a skilled visa through SkillSelect. By using SkillSelect the Australian Government could invite you to lodge a visa application or you could be nominated by an Australian or state and territory government. Find out what you need to do to complete your expression of interest through SkillSelect.

You can also follow the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s Facebook page for visa and citizenship updates and check out theLive the Life Australia Facebook app.

With sunshine more than 250 days a year, there is plenty of time to fall in love with the outdoor Australian lifestyle. Join the conversation about working and living in Australia #livethelifeAus