Embassy of Australia in the U.S

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Australia Ambassador the President Obama

The Embassy of Australia is located at 1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington DC.

  • Embassy hours: General office hours : 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday
  • Passport Interview hours – no appointments: 9:00am to 12:00pm and 2:00pm to 4:00pm Monday to Friday
  • Telephone: (202) 797 3000 Fax: (202) 797 3168

Ambassador Joe Hockey:The Honorable Joe Hockey is Australia’s Ambassador to the United States of America, taking up his posting in Washington in January 2016. Mr Hockey is married to Ms Melissa Babbage, a company director and former investment banker. They have three young children Xavier, Adelaide and Ignatius.

Deputy Head of Mission Caroline Millar: Ms Millar arrived in Washington DC as Deputy Head of Mission in January 2014. Ms Millar is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Ms Millar was educated at the University of Cambridge and holds a BA (Hons) degree in history.

Rear Admiral Steve Gilmore AM, CSC, RAN, Australian Defence Attaché, Head of the Australian Defence Staff, Defence in Washington: Rear Admiral Steve Gilmore, AM, CSC, RAN joined the Royal Australian Navy as a junior entry Cadet Midshipman in 1977. He assumed the position as the Head Australian Defence Staff (Washington) and Australian Defence Attaché at the Embassy of Australia, Washington DC, in January 2014.

Australian Consulates and Trade Commissions in the USA

*Please note that there is no Visa Agency for travel and immigration to Australia in Consulates and Trade Commissions in the following states. For queries on Australian visa, immigration and citizenship issues, please call our Visa and Citizenship Information Service by phone – +1 613 238 1040 (Call costs to Canada apply) or send your query by email using the email enquiry form for the Americas Region*

Chicago – Australian Consulate-General: 

123 North Wacker Drive, Suite 1330
Chicago IL 60606
Tel: +1 312 419-1480 / Fax: +1 312 419 1499
General office hours: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday to Friday

Honolulu – Australian Consulate-General

1000 Bishop Street
Penthouse
Honolulu HI 96813
Tel: +1 808 529 8100 / Fax:  +1 808 529 8142
General Office Hours 8.00 am – 4.00 pm Monday to Friday

Houston – Australian Consulate-General

3009 Post Oak Blvd, Suite 1310
Houston TX 77056
Tel: +1 832 962 8420 / Fax: +1 832 831 2022
General Office Hours 9.00 am – 5.00 pm Monday to Friday / Passport interviews and notary services by appointment only

Los Angeles – Australian Consulate-General

2029 Century Park East, Suite 3150
Los Angeles CA  90067
Tel: +1 310 229 4800 / Fax: +1 310 277 5746
General Office Hours 9:00 am – 5.00 pm / Passport Office by appointment only +1 310 229 4800

New York – Australian Consulate-General

Australian Consulate General
150 East 42nd Street, 34th Floor
New York NY 10017-5612
Tel: +1 212 351 6500 / Fax: +1 212 351 6501
General Office Hours 8.30 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday

New York – Australian Mission to the United Nations

Australian Mission to the United Nations
150 East 42nd Street, 33rd Floor
New York NY 10017-5612
Tel: +1 212 351 6600 / Fax: +1 212 351 6610
Office hours 9.00 am to 5.21 pm Monday to Friday

San Francisco – Australian Consulate-General

575 Market Street, Suite 1800,
San Francisco, CA, 94105
Tel: +1 415 644 3620 / Fax: +1 415 536 1982
General Office Hours 9.00 am – 5.00 pm Mon to Friday

Honorary Consuls: * By appointment only *

Denver

Mr Mark O’Regan AM
Honorary Consul for Australia
8480 E Orchard Road, Suite 1100
GREENWOOD VILLAGE CO 80111-5015
Telephone +1 303 321 2234

(Passport, visa and notarial services not available at this consulate.)

Miami

Mr Don Slesnick
Honorary Consul for Australia
Law Offices of Slesnick and Casey, LLP
2701 Ponce de Leon Boulevard – Suite 200
Coral Gables, Florida 33134-6020
Tel: +1 786 505 6802
Fax: +1 305 448 5685

(Passport, visa and notarial services not available at this consulate.)

Visas, Immigration and Citizenship

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website www.border.gov.au contains comprehensive information about the full range of visa products, including eligibility, forms, fees and application procedures.

  • Visitor Visa: For clients planning to visit Australia for holiday, sightseeing, social or recreational reasons, to visit relatives, friends or for other short-term non-work purposes.You must not work whilst in Australia. Limited volunteer work may be acceptable.You must not engage in any studies or training for more than three months.

This visa lets you visit Australia:

  • to visit or for business visitor purposes
  • for up to three, six or 12 months.

The base application charge for this visa ranges from AUD135 to AUD340. If you hold a certain passport, you might be able to apply for a free or cheaper visa. The eVisitor (subclass 651) visa is free. You must be a passport holder of a certain country. The Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601) visa has an AUD20 service charge. You must be a passport holder of a certain country.

If you are in Australia you can apply for the Tourist stream of the Visitor visa online provided you currently have a valid visa that does not have condition 8503 imposed. If you are outside Australia only certain passport holders can apply for this visa online. If you cannot apply online, you can lodge a paper application.

  • Business Visitor Visa: Clients planning to visit Australia for business purposes, for example, to attend a conference or training session, to conduct business with an Australia-based organisation, to conduct business negotiations or for an exploratory business visit. Business activities do not include acting, musical performances or commercial film making.

This visa lets you visit Australia:

  • to visit or for business visitor purposes
  • for up to three, six or 12 months.

The base application charge for this visa ranges from AUD135 to AUD340. If you hold a certain passport, you might be able to apply for a free or cheaper visa. The eVisitor (subclass 651) visa is free. You must be a passport holder of a certain country. The Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601) visa has an AUD20 service charge. You must be a passport holder of a certain country.

If you are in Australia you can apply for the Tourist stream of the Visitor visa online provided you currently have a valid visa that does not have condition 8503 imposed. If you are outside Australia only certain passport holders can apply for this visa online. If you cannot apply online, you can lodge a paper application.

  • Temporary Work Visa: Clients planning to work in Australia on a temporary basis. Passport holders from the countries listed in the table below are eligible to apply online for a Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (subclass 400). Important: We recommend that clients hold a passport valid for at least six months. A Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa can usually only be granted to a client with a valid passport.

Start an application: To start an online application you will need to login to your ImmiAccount. If you do not have an ImmiAccount you will be prompted to create one. You must add as much information as possible before you submit your application. Applications with missing information might take longer to finalize. When completing your online application you must not copy and paste bullet points, numbering, accents etc from formatted documents into the free text fields. Only use numbers 0 – 9 and letters A – Z (upper and lower case), dashes ‘-‘ and underscores ‘_’. To complete an application you might be required to attach supporting documentation. You will need to check the relevant document checklist on the visa subclass page.

Application type

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Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (subclass 400)For people who want to travel to Australia to do short-term, highly specialised, non-ongoing work, participate in non-ongoing cultural or social activities at the invitation of an Australian organisation or in limited circumstances, participate in an activity or work relating to Australia’s interests.

Generally the stay period allowed is up to three months but up to six months may be considered in limited circumstances if supported by a strong business case.

You must be outside Australia when you apply for this visa and arrive in Australia within six months of the date your visa is granted.

Start application

To complete an application you might be required to attach supporting documentation. You will need to check the relevant document checklist on the visa subclass page.

Eligible passport holders

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burma
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Cayman Islands
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Congo, Democratic Republic of the
  • Congo, Republic of the
  • Costa Rica
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • Falkland Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong – British National (Overseas)
  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, People’s Republic of China
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Korea, Republic of
  • Korea, Democratic People’s Republic
  • Kosovo
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau Special Administrative Region
  • Macedonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia, Federated States of
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Montserrat
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Palestinian Authority
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan, Republic of
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan, Republic of
  • Suriname
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • United Nations Organisation/United Nations Agency
  • United States of America
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican
  • Venezuela
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

 

If you are not eligible to make an online application you should submit a paper application Form 1400 Application for a Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (743KB PDF).

Track and manage your application: You will need to login to your ImmiAccount. If you do not have an account you will need to create one to access online visa services. You can use your account to:

  • continue a saved application
  • attach documents
  • update passport details
  • change email and address details
  • check progress of your application.

 

Transaction Reference Number: A Transaction Reference Number (TRN) is a unique number assigned to each online application. You will need this to:

  • track and manage your application
  • identify your application when you communicate with us
  • check your visa entitlements.
  • Partner Migration – Prospective Marriage and Partner Visa: Clients who are married, in a de facto relationship, or intend to marry an Australia citizen or permanent resident partner. If you are married, or intending to marry, it must be a marriage which is recognised by Australian Law. The Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300) is for people who want to come to Australia to marry their prospective spouse. It is a temporary visa for nine months. You must be outside Australia when you lodge your application and when the visa is granted. You can have the wedding in any country: the wedding does not need to be in Australia. More information is available from the Partner Migration booklet.

What this visa lets you do: This visa allows you to:

  • enter Australia before you marry your prospective spouse
  • travel in and out of Australia as often as you want
  • work in Australia, although some employers might not hire people with temporary visas
  • study in Australia, but with no access to government funding for tertiary study
  • apply for a Partner visa, in Australia, after your marriage.

You might be able to get this visa if you intend to marry:

  • an Australian citizen
  • an Australian permanent resident
  • an eligible New Zealand citizen.

Before you apply: You need a valid passport or other travel document for this visa. If you plan to get a new passport, you should do so before applying for your visa. If you get a new passport after you have lodged your application, give the details of your new passport to one of Australian Embassy offices. You might be able to update your passport details using ImmiAccount.

Other costs: You might have to pay other costs, such as the costs of health assessments, police certificates, or any other certificates or tests. You are responsible for making the necessary arrangements.

  • The Partner (Provisional) visa (subclass 309) allows you to live in Australia if you are the spouse or de facto partner of: an Australian citizen, a permanent resident, an eligible New Zealand citizen.

The Partner (Provisional) visa (subclass 309) is the first stage towards a permanent Partner visa (subclass 100). You lodge only one application for your temporary and permanent visas and pay one application charge. Your application is processed in two stages, about two years apart. You must be outside Australia when you apply and also when the Partner (Provisional) visa (subclass 309) is granted. You can be in or outside Australia when Partner visa (subclass 100) is granted.

The Partner (Provisional) visa (subclass 309) lets you:

  • enter Australia and stay here until a decision is made about your permanent Partner visa
  • work in Australia
  • study in Australia, but with no access to government funding
  • enrol in Medicare, Australia’s scheme for health-related care and expenses.

If you are later granted a permanent visa, you can:

  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)
  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • receive some social security payments
  • travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted – after that time you will need another visa to enter Australia.
  • Child Migration: Children migrating to Australia with their Australian permanent resident parent(s). This category also includes Adoption and Orphan Relative.

A child will need a visa if they are:

  • Not the holder of a permanent visa, and are
  • Intending to travel to, enter, or remain in Australia indefinitely.

The information on this page is about child visa or adoption visa options for people who want to bring a child to live permanently in Australia.

Child visa options: A child might be eligible for a child visa if they are:

  • Under 18 years of age, and
  • Single (not married, engaged to be married, or in a de facto relationship)

In certain circumstances, a person over 18 years of age might be considered as a child. These circumstances are described in the child visa options below.

Adoption visa options: A child might be eligible to apply for an adoption visa if they are:

  • Under 18 years of age, and
  • Single (not married, engaged to be married, or in a de facto relationship)

A person who has been adopted, but is over 18 years of age cannot apply for this visa

Visa options: The visa options listed below allow a child to live in Australia as a temporary or permanent resident.

You might be able to sponsor a child if you are:

  • an Australian permanent resident or the holder of a permanent visa.
  • an Australian citizen, or
  • Other Family Migration: This category includes, Aged Dependent Relative, Remaining Relative and Carer.
  • Relative visa options

When might you need a relative visa?

You will need a relative visa if you want to move to Australia and live here permanently because:

  • you are aged and financially dependent on a relative who lives here, or
  • your and your partner’s only remaining relatives live here and you want to be near them.

If you only want to visit Australia for a short or temporary period of time, you will need  a different kind of visa. Find out more about visas to visit Australia.

Eligibility for relative visa options: You may be eligible to apply for a relative visa if:

  • You are related to:
    • An Australian citizen, or
    • An Australian permanent resident, or
    • An eligible New Zealand citizen
  • The person you are related to is 18 years of age or older

You should be aware that not many people are eligible for relative visas. Please read the scenarios below for more information.

Sponsors: You will need to have a sponsor to apply for a relative visa to live in Australia as a permanent resident. A sponsor must be one of the following or their partner:

  • An Australian citizen, or
  • An Australian permanent resident, or
  • An eligible New Zealand citizen

And:

  • Be 18 years of age or over
  • Be related to the visa applicant
  • Be lawfully resident in Australia for a reasonable period of time

Your sponsor will have further eligibility requirements depending on your visa option.

  • Resident Return Visa: Clients who hold a permanent visa and who need a return visa to travel back to Australia. You may be eligible to apply for a returning resident visa if you are:
  • A current or former permanent resident of Australia, or
  • A former Australian citizen, or
  • A former member of the Australian Defence Services and you meet the definition of a ‘defence service applicant’ in the Migration Regulations 2007

Visa options: The following visa options allow a returning resident to:

  • Live in Australia as a permanent resident, and
  • Travel to and from Australia for up to five years from the date the visa is granted

You can make an application for a returning resident visa either inside or outside Australia.

Fees and charges for visas: If you pay for your application by credit card, a surcharge will apply. The current surcharge rates are:

  • Visa and MasterCard* – 0.98%
  • American Express and JCB – 1.4%
  • Diners Club International – 1.99%

* The surcharge will also apply to Debit Visa cards and Debit MasterCards when making payments online.

The cost of visas changes from time to time. The cost of your visa is dependent on the date we receive your application. If there is a price increase between the date you lodge your application and the date we receive your application, you will need to pay the new application charge.

The visa application charge is the amount of money in Australian dollars (AUD) that must be paid for a visa application. In some cases the visa application charge is nil.

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