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VISAS, IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP
IMPORTANT NOTICE: PROCESSING TIMES FOR VISITOR AND TEMPORARY WORK VISAS
Please note that applications for Visitor (subclass 600) and Temporary Work (subclass 400) visas should be lodged at the Australian Embassy Moscow at least 4 weeks ahead of your travel date. This is in keeping with the Australian Government’s global service standard of 4 weeks for these visa classes.
Applications must be complete and will be processed as quickly as possible within this timeframe. However, processing times may vary depending on a range of factors and personal circumstances. If your application is likely to take longer than 4 weeks, we will inform you.
The Visa and Immigration Office of the Australian Embassy in Moscow handles Australian visa and citizenship applications from nationals and legal residents of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Citizens of all of these countries MUST obtain a visa to travel to and enter Australia.
Residents of Azerbaijan must lodge their visa applications at the Australian Embassy in Ankara, Turkey. See: www.turkey.embassy.gov.au
Applying for a visa
Tourist and Business visa changes:
On 23 March 2013, the Australian government will introduce a simplified Visitor visa framework and a Short Stay Activity visa that will allow for highly specialised non-ongoing work. If you are considering applying for a visa to Australia as a tourist or for short term business or work purposes after 23 March 2013, these changes will affect you.
Temporary Work Visa Changes
On 24 November 2012 there were significant changes to the Temporary Work visa options. Five new Temporary Work visa subclasses were introduced, replacing previous types of visas.
Label-free visa arrangements for visa holders
Citizens of all countries who are granted a visa by the Australian Embassy in Moscow are able to travel to Australia without a visa label (sticker) in their passport. The visa record will be held electronically against the passport details of the visa holder. Visa applicants who are granted a visa are not required to send their passport to the Embassy to obtain evidence of their visa.
Applicants who are granted visas will receive a visa grant notice, which explains the validity and conditions of their visa.
Other Important Information
- Relationship Scams - Beware of sending money overseas to a pen-friend or prospective marriage partner you have met over the Internet
See: Victims' Stories
- Using Migration Agents - Before engaging a migration agent, we recommend that you read some important information
- Australian Passports - Applications for Australian passports are dealt with by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Adoption and Surrogacy
- Adoption - If you are planning to adopt a child overseas, please be aware that the Visa and Immigration Section of the Australian Embassy in Moscow cannot provide advice or information on the adoption requirements or processes in any country. Please refer to the Fact Sheet on Expatriate Adoptions which you should read carefully.