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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.

The Visa Finder tool can 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 to lodge an application for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) visa. ETAs are free of charge and most are issued automatically.

Visa lodgement

Most visa applications can be lodged online by creating an ImmiAccount - this is our preferred method of visa lodgement.

If you are lodging an application in the USA, please refer to the following information before submitting your application:

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 DIBP 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 USA, please post to:

Department of Home Affairs
1601 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington DC 20036

DO NOT send your passport. On 1 September 2015, Australia ceased issuing visa labels to holders of Australian visas.  Australian visas are issued and recorded electronically only. 

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.

If you are a US citizen and hold a valid US passport, you may be eligible for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). Please visit the Department of Home Affairs website for more information and to lodge an application. Most ETAs are issued automatically.