Australia has a universal visa system. This means that all non-Australian citizens require a visa to enter or stay in Australia. You must have a visa before you travel to Australia. We do not recommend booking flights or making travel commitments until you have a valid visa to travel to Australia. The Department of Home Affairs will not be liable for any financial loss incurred by travellers unable to obtain a visa before their intended travel date.
Refer to the Department of Home Affairs website before applying for a visa or citizenship. Visa options on the department's website help you find an appropriate visa type. We encourage you to review supporting information in English or Portuguese at:
Average visa processing times indicate how early travellers should apply for a visa. Actual processing times are subject to a number of factors including whether an application includes all necessary supporting documents, how promptly applicants respond to requests for additional information, the time of the year, and other variables. As stated above, we do not recommend booking your travel to Australia until you have obtained a visa.
Australian visas do not have passport labels. Present your passport and visa grant notification letter at the airport when you check in to travel. You can check your visa details, including validity and conditions, online using VEVO. As your visa is linked to your passport, notify the department if you obtain a new passport.
If you are unable to locate information on the Department of Home Affairs website, you may telephone the Global Service Centre in Australia on +61 2 6196 0196. International call charges apply.
If you require assistance, refer to who can help with your application. 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.
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Page Last Updated: September 2020