Visas and migration
Whether you are visiting Australia for a short period of time or planning to stay of several years, you must have a valid Australian visa. A visa is a form of permission for a non-citizen to enter, transit or remain in a particular country.
Information on visas to Australia can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website.
Explore visa options on the department's website to help you find the visa most likely to meet your specific circumstances.
If you are a US citizen and hold a valid US passport, you may be eligible for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). ETAs are free of charge and most are issued automatically. See our Visa FAQs for more information.
Most visa applications can be lodged online by creating an ImmiAccount. This is our preferred method of visa lodgement to helps us process your application faster.
If you are lodging an application in the US, please refer to the following information before submitting your application:
- Changes and updates to visa programmes
- Visa fees and processing times
- Visa requirements (health, character, biometrics)
- Translation of documents not in English
- Visa FAQs
Submitting supporting information
Please DO NOT send original documents unless you are requested to do so by your case officer, as they are not required for initial processing of your application. Any original documents sent to the Home Affairs office in Washington will be immediately returned to your nominated postal address via standard mail.
All copies of your supporting documents, whether lodging online or by paper, should be clear and legible.
To submit a paper visa application in the US, please post to:
Department of Home Affairs
1601 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington DC 20036
DO NOT send your passport. All Australian visas are electronically attached to the passport used in the visa application.
Please note, you should not book flights or make 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 whose visa application was finalised later than expected, or where an application is not successful.