Visas and Immigration
Processing times for Student visas
Due to an sustained increase in applications for Student visas, it is currently taking approximately 8-9 weeks to process complete applications. Please take this into account and lodge your Student visa application well before your planned travel date. As always, you should not purchase flights to Australia until your visa has been granted.
Please ensure that you include all information required to process your application, as processing will be delayed if we have to contact you or your agent to request further information. To ensure that you lodge a complete application, please refer to the document checklist at : http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/500-. To locate the checklist, please scroll to the bottom of the page and look for the heading ‘document checklist tool’. As per this checklist, please make sure you include evidence of any claims that you make in your genuine temporary entrant statement, especially relating to employment and/or previous education. You should also include a copy of your current Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) and health insurance (OSHC) covering the full period of stay in Australia.
If your application is still within the above processing times, please monitor the progress of your application by logging onto IMMIaccount. Instructions for logging on to IMMIaccount are available at: http://canada.embassy.gov.au/files/otwa/ImmiAccount%20–%20How%20to%20login%20to%20ImmiAccount.pdf
New sponsor requirements for Partner and Prospective Marriage visa applicants
From 18 November 2016, sponsors of Partner and Prospective Marriage visa applicants will need to:
- provide Australian and/or foreign police checks when requested
- consent to us disclosing their convictions for relevant offences to the visa applicant(s).
For more information see: New sponsor requirements for Partner and Prospective Marriage visa applicants
Temporary activity visa framework changes
The Australian Government recommends, subject to approval by the Governor-General, the introduction of reforms to the temporary activity visa framework on 19 November 2016.
From 19 November 2016, the following visas would be closed to new applications:
- Subclass 401 Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity) visa
- Subclass 402 Training and Research visa
- Subclass 416 Special Program visa
- Subclass 420 Temporary Work (Entertainment) visa
- Subclass 488 Superyacht Crew visa.
Applications lodged before 19 November 2016 would be processed under pre-19 November 2016 legislation. These visas would be incorporated within the proposed new temporary activity visa framework.
There would be four new visa subclasses introduced from 19 November 2016:
- Subclass 400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa
- Subclass 403 Temporary Work (International Relations) visa
- Subclass 407 Training visa
- Subclass 408 Temporary Activity visa.
For more information see: Temporary activity visa framework changes
Changes to Member of the Family Unit definition from 19 November 2016
The definition of Member of the Family Unit (MoFU) is changing. For applications made on and after 19 November 2016, MoFU will be limited to direct family members.
The change will apply to permanent visa subclasses and some provisional and temporary visa subclasses. The change won’t apply to refugee, humanitarian or protection visas.
Further details about the changes to MoFU arrangements are available on the Department's website.
Travelling to Australia
All travellers must obtain a visa or Eletronic 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 Americas Service Centre (ASC) on +1 613 238 1040 (10am - 5pm Ottawa Eastern Standard Time - Monday to Friday). 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.
Becoming a citizen represents a commitment to Australia and its people.
Applications for Australian Citizenship by Descent are processed at the Australian 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.
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