Australian Embassy
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Applying for a visa or citizenship

If you are applying for a visa or citizenship in Brazil, please refer to the following information in English or Portuguese and the Department of Home Affairs website before lodging your application.

Spanish language information is available on the website for the Australian Embassy in Argentina.

Visa and citizenship applications are lodged online via ImmiAccount and all required information and evidence is uploaded at the time of lodgement. Some exceptions apply.

Australian visas do not have passport labels. Present your passport and visa grant notification letter when you check in to travel. You can check your visa details, including validity and conditions, online using VEVO.

 

Visa applications

Citizenship applications

Supporting information

Translations

Health requirement

Character requirement

Biometrics requirement

Naming conventions

Communication

Label free

Visa types

 

Visa applications

The Department of Home Affairs website has webpages dedicated to each visa type. Each visa webpage has tabs labelled ‘Overview’, ‘About this visa’, ‘Eligibility’, ‘Step by step’ and ‘When you have this visa’.

·         The ‘Overview’ contains information about the stay period, visa application charge, and average processing times.

·         Read ‘About this visa’ to ensure that the visa type is appropriate for the purpose of your travel.

·         The ‘Eligibility’ section explains requirements.

·         The ‘Step by step’ section provides guidance on what documents to prepare and how to apply.

·         ‘When you have this visa’ provides information about visa conditions and obligations and travelling to and from Australia.

Explore visa options on the department's website to help you find the most appropriate visa.

You can apply for a visa or citizenship by creating your own ImmiAccount, which is designed for ease of self-service. However, if you do need help, information about who can help with your application is available on the Department of Home Affairs website.

If you wish to appoint a migration agent to act on your behalf, complete and provide Form 956. If you wish to appoint any other person to receive correspondence on your behalf, complete and provide Form 956A.

 

 

Citizenship applications

Information on lodging citizenship applications is available on the Department of Home Affairs website.

If you were born outside Australia and at least one of your parents was an Australian citizen at the time of your birth, you may wish to apply for Australian citizenship by descent.

This webpage has tabs labelled ‘Overview’, ‘Eligibility’, ‘Step by step’ and ‘After you apply’.

·         The ‘Overview’ contains information about the cost, and average processing times.

·         The ‘Eligibility’ section explains requirements.

·         The ‘Step by step’ section provides guidance on what documents to prepare and how to apply.

·         ‘After you apply’ provides further important information.

 

 

Supporting information

Refer to the ‘Step by step’ tabs of the relevant webpage for guidance on what documents to provide.

Upload high quality colour scans of all required original documentation to your ImmiAccount at the time you lodge your application. Certified copies are not required. Do not post original documents unless we specifically ask you to. Do not send your passport, only a colour scan is required. 

Supporting information must be genuine. Non-genuine documents or misleading information may lead to refusal of the application and exclude the client and family members from visa grants for several years.

 

Translations

Provide the original language document and an English translation for documents issued in a language other than English. Passports, bank statements and annual income tax declarations do not require translations if information would be clear to a person who only understands English.

In Australia, documentation must be translated by a translator accredited by NAATI.

Outside Australia, official documents must be translated by a sworn translator (tradutor juramentado in Brazil). Examples of official documents include:

·         Marriage and divorce certificates

·         Birth certificates

·         Child custody documentation

·         National ID cards

·         Police clearance certificates

·         Military discharge certificates

Accurate translations must be provided for other documentation. ‘Accurate translations’ do not need to be completed by sworn translators, but must accurately reflect the content of the document. We do not accept translations which are inaccurate or of poor quality, such as online translations.

If in doubt as to whether the translation should be from a sworn translator or just an ‘accurate translation’, provide a sworn translation.

 

Health requirement

You may be required to undertake a health examination. If required, see the department's list of office locations to find information on panel physicians close to your location that have been approved to perform medical examinations on visa applicants outside Australia. Medical examinations from other medical professionals are not accepted. Medical examinations costs are met by the applicant.

You can download a letter for the panel doctor from your application in ImmiAccount and schedule a medical examination after you apply for a visa. Present the HAP letter and your passport to the panel doctor. In emergencies, you can complete My Health Declarations before applying.

If you have any ongoing health care or any special needs, you should report such condition in detail when lodging your application, or if you develop a condition while awaiting a visa, notify the department immediately via ImmiAccount.

You may be required to undergo a health examination, if:

·         You plan to stay in Australia for 6 months or more

·         You are likely to enter a health care or hospital environment in Australia

·         If you intend to work as (or study to be) a doctor, dentist, nurse or paramedic

·         If you are likely to work (or be a trainee) at an Australian childcare centre, including preschools and crèches

·         You are pregnant and intend to give birth in Australia*

·         If you are aged 75 years or older.**

*Pregnant applicants are not recommended to undergo x-rays in the first 3 months of gestation. If you decide to undergo such examinations it is advisable to discuss the risks involved with your doctor and the examining physician. You may wish to request the deferral of your visa application until after the birth of your child.

**Applicants aged 75 year or older will be required to undertake medical examinations with one of the panel doctors. Where necessary, the panel doctor may request additional medical tests. If you are aged 75 or older you will also be requested to provide health insurance. The health insurance certificate must be valid for the period of stay in Australia and attached to the online visa application.

 

Character requirement

Everyone who applies to enter Australia is assessed against the character requirement. You may be required to provide police checks. If required, see the information on police checks for each country in which you have spent at least 12 months in the last 10 years, since turning 16 years of age. For full details, click ‘view more’ when there is an option.

When police checks are required, residents of Brazil must provide certificates from both Justice Federal and the State Justice Department.

Applications who reside or formerly resided in Brazil on Visitor visas are required to provide police checks from the Brazilian Federal Police.

 

Biometrics requirement

Applicants in Brazil currently do not need to provide biometrics information. Applicants lodging visa applications in selected locations, regardless of nationality, may be requested to attend an Australian Visa Application Centre or an Australian Biometrics Collection Centre in person to lodge their application and/or provide their biometrics. If required, see the information on biometrics collection centres for your location.

 

Naming conventions

You must enter your full name in your application form in exactly the same way that it appears on your passport. If your name differs in our systems from your passport bio-page, you may have problems obtaining a visa or boarding a flight.

If you have a preferred name, or any aliases, maiden name(s), previous name(s), variations in spelling, or any other names, these must be recorded in your application form as ‘other names/spellings’.

 

Communication

We will communicate with you via email. Therefore, ensure your email address is correct and current. Check your inbox and junk email folder regularly.

 

Label free

Australian visas do not have passport labels. Present your passport and visa grant notification letter when you check in to travel. You can also check your visa details, including validity and conditions, online using VEVO.

 

 

Visa types

All non-Australian citizens require a visa to travel to Australia. You need to get your visa before you travel to Australia. You might need a visa to transit through Australia to another destination.

Always refer to the Department of Home Affairs website before lodging a visa application. This website contains comprehensive information about the full range of visa products, including eligibility, forms, fees and application procedures. Please also refer to Applying for a visa or citizenship before lodging an application.

To find the visa best suited to your personal circumstances use the Visa Finder. Following are some of the visas commonly applied for from Brazil.

 

Visitor (Tourist and Business streams)
Transit
Student
Temporary work or Temporary activity

Skilled

Partner
Children
Resident Return
Diplomatic

 

 

Visitor (Tourist and Business streams)

The most commonly applied for Visitor visas in this region are the Tourist and Business Visitor streams.

Visitor visa holders are not permitted to work while in Australia. You cannot include family members as dependents, each family member needs to apply separately.

Visitor visas are usually granted with a validity of 12 months and for stays of up to 3 months depending on the purpose of your visit. If you wish to stay longer than 3 months, you should provide sufficient information as to why you are requesting a longer stay. The Business Visitor visa does not allow a stay of more than 3 months.

You will be required to undergo a health examination for stays of 6 months or longer.

Applicants who are 75 of age or older will also need to undergo a health examination and provide evidence of health insurance to cover the proposed period in Australia.

 

Tourist stream

This visa is for clients planning to visit Australia for:

·         Tourism

·         Visiting family or friends

·         Amateur sporting events

·         Short term study (up to 3 months)

·         Accompanying family member on a Business Visitor visa without undertaking Business Visitor activities

·         Other purposes other than business or medical treatment.

 

Business Visitor stream

This visa is for travellers planning to visit Australia for business visitor activities, including:

·         General business or employment enquiries

·         Negotiating business contracts

·         Chaperone for school trips

·         Official government to government visits*

·         Unpaid participation in a conference, trade fair or seminar.

Business visitor activities do not include:

·         Work

·         Sales of goods or services to the public

·         Competing in sporting events

·         Accompanying family member on a Business Visitor visa without undertaking Business Visitor activities

·         Acting, musical performances or commercial film-making.

* Officials applying for a visa in the course of acting as a representative of a foreign government may be eligible to apply for Visitor visas without payment of a Visa Application Charge. Officials should provide a Third Person Note (or Note Verbale) and a scanned image of the biodata page of a diplomatic or official passport with their application.

Visitor FAQs

 

 

Transit

Transit visas are free visas for travellers who intend to remain in Australia no longer than 72 hours and can demonstrate that the principal purpose of entering Australia is to pass through Australia to either:

·         transit to another country; or

·         join a vessel as a crew member*.

*If you intend to embark as a foreign sea crew, obtain a Maritime Crew visa first.

 

 

Student

Student visa

This visa is for people who want to study a full-time course in Australia. Course(s) and education providers must be registered with CRICOS. It is possible for a spouse or de facto partner and dependent children who meet visa requirements to accompany the student.

 

Student Guardian visa

This visa allows a parent or guardian to accompany an international student younger than 18 years of age studying in Australia on a Student visa. Work in Australia on a Student Guardian visa is not permitted.

Student FAQs

 

 

Temporary work or Temporary activity

This page introduces a range of temporary visas. If interested in working in Australia, you may also consider Skilled visas.

 

Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa

This visa is a temporary visa that lets you enter Australia, generally for a maximum of three months to:

·         do short-term, highly specialised, non-ongoing work

·         in limited circumstances, participate in an activity or work relating to Australia's interest.

 

Temporary Work (International Relations) visa 

This visa allows you to come to Australia on a temporary basis:

·         in relation to a bilateral agreement (Government Agreement stream),

·         to represent a foreign government, who will not be given official status in Australia, or a person who is to be employed as a foreign language teacher by a foreign government in an Australian school (Foreign Government Agency stream),

·         to do domestic work for an eligible diplomat

·         as a person with statutory privileges and immunities (Privileges and Immunities stream).

 

Temporary Activity visa

This visa has a number of streams, and allows you to come to Australia on a temporary basis to:

·         Special Program - participate in a special programme approved by the department that provides opportunities for youth exchange, cultural enrichment or community benefits

·         Entertainment Activities - work in the entertainment industry

·         Invited Participant - participate in activities at the invitation of an Australian organisation

·         Research Activities - participate or observe in an Australian research project

·         Exchange Arrangements - work in a skilled position under a staff exchange arrangement

·         Sporting Activities - participate in high-level sports competitions or sports training programs 

·         Religious Work - do full-time religious work

·         Superyacht Crew - be employed as a superyacht crew member

·         Domestic work for executives - do full-time domestic work in the household of certain senior foreign executives

·         Australian Government Endorsed Events - participate in a government endorsed event.

This visa requires sponsorship if:

·         your stay in Australia is for more than three months

·         you apply in Australia.

If you apply from outside Australia and you intend to stay in Australia for three months or less, the organisation or individual in Australia who has responsibility for the events/activities you will be involved in must pass the support test.

If you apply from outside Australia and you intend to stay in Australia for more than three months you must be sponsored by an approved temporary activities sponsor or sponsor who passes the sponsorship test.

 

 

Skilled

Australia has a number of Skilled visa options for individuals who wish to work or invest in Australia. These visas are designed to target labour shortages, diversify business expertise and increase entrepreneurial talent, without displacing Australian workers. You may need to submit an expression of interest and receive an invitation before lodging an application. 

 

 

Partner

There are several visa products for people intending to travel to Australia as the partner of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen. You may use the Visa Finder on the Department of Home Affairs website to help you choose the appropriate visa.

 

Partner visa
A partner or spouse of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen who is resident outside of Australia may apply for a Partner (Provisional) visa and a Partner (Migrant) visa. The provisional visa is temporary and the migrant visa is permanent. You only need to apply once to be considered for both the temporary, then later the permanent Partner visa.

 

Prospective Marriage Visa
This visa lets you enter Australia and marry your fiancé, who must be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen. Once married, holders of this visa can then apply for a Partner visa.

 

New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship

This visa allows a person who is not a New Zealand citizen but is a member of the family unit of a New Zealand citizen to live and work in Australia for up to five years.

You cannot lodge New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship visa applications via ImmiAccount. If in Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay or Uruguay, send the application and all supporting evidence by mail or courier to the Australian Embassy in Brazil.

 

 

Children

Children of Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens and some orphan relatives may apply for a visa to enter and remain permanently in Australia. If the parent was an Australian citizen at the time of the child’s birth, see Australian citizenship by descent.

You cannot lodge the following visa applications via ImmiAccount. If in Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay or Uruguay, send the application and all supporting evidence by mail or courier to the Australian Embassy in Brazil.

 

Child visa
The Child visa is for children who are natural, adopted or step children of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.

 

Adoption visa
This visa is for children who are under the age of 18 and who have been, or are about to be, adopted outside Australia by an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen.

If the child was adopted before the parent became an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen they should apply for a Child visa.

 

Orphan Relative visa
This visa is for children who are under the age of 18, are a relative of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen, and whose parents are unable to look after them because they are deceased, permanently incapacitated or of unknown whereabouts.

 

Dependent Child visa
This visa is for children with a parent who holds a Partner (Provisional) visa and is in the process of obtaining a Partner (Migrant) visa. The child must be sponsored by the same person sponsoring the child’s parent.

 

 

Resident Return

Resident Return visas allow current or former Australian permanent residents, or former Australian citizens to re-enter Australia after travelling overseas.

 

 

Diplomatic

Foreign government employees assigned to diplomatic missions and consular posts (and some international organisations) in Australia, and their partners and dependent children, may apply for a diplomatic visa.

To apply, the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (or the international organisation) must provide the following documents to the Australian diplomatic mission with responsibility for the sending country at least 4 weeks before proposed commencement:

·         Colour scan of passport bio-page

·         Third Person Note (or Note Verbale) for the Officer with the following information:

                                 i.            Name

                               ii.            Place and date of birth

                             iii.            Residential address

                             iv.            Citizenship, including dual citizenship

                               v.            Advice whether the applicant is an Australian citizen or a permanent resident

                             vi.            Title/position to be occupied and mission

                            vii.            Passport type and expiry date

                          viii.            Length of posting

                              ix.            Name of predecessor and expected date of departure from Australia

                               x.            Proposed date of travel to Australia

                              xi.            Full job description

                            xii.            Curriculum Vitae (if new position)

·         Third Person Note (or Note Verbale) for any accompanying family members with the following information:

                                 i.            Name

                               ii.            Place and date of birth

                             iii.            Citizenship, including dual citizenship

                             iv.            Advice whether the applicant is an Australian citizen or a permanent resident

                               v.            Passport type and expiry date

                             vi.            Study intentions for adult dependent child (until their 25th birthday) who is a member of the household.

Australian Embassy in Argentina

Australian Embassy in Brazil