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Visas and migration

Australian immigration stamp

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.

Visa types

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.

Visa application lodgement

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:

Submitting a paper application

Please DO NOT send your passport. All Australian visas are electronically attached to the passport used in the visa application.

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, Embassy of Australia
1145 17th St NW, Suite GP410
Washington DC 20036

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.

Beware of Visa Scams

To avoid being scammed, you can check the Register of Migration Agents on the OMARA website, to receive the protections of an OMARA registered Migration Agent.

There are Australian registered migration agents working all around the world in countries such as India, the United Kingdom, China and New Zealand, just to name a few. These agents are subject to the same Code of Conduct, professional development and regulations as registered migration agents based in Australia. More information about Australia's efforts to ensure the integrity of the migration advice profession is available at: www.mara.gov.au