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Please do not send your original passport when lodging a visa application. You must however provide photocopies of the personal details page of your passport (bio-page). Please do not provide copies of blank passport pages (i.e. with no visa labels or entry/exit stamps).
The Embassy is unable to arrange customs clearances for documents sent by courier to the Embassy from outside of Russia. Please verify clearance procedures with your chosen courier company prior to sending documents. The Embassy does not accept responsibility for any delays in the delivery of documents due to issues with your chosen courier company or with Russian customs clearance procedures.
All personal documents, such as birth, marriage or divorce certificates, provided in a language other than English, must be accompanied by an English language translation translated by an accredited translator. Copies of other documents, such as work certificates, ownership certificates, and bank statements, do not normally have to be translated by an accredited translator, but must be accompanied by an English translation. 
Copies of documents other than child custody documents, do not normally need to be certified, but please be aware that the Embassy may request original documents in some circumstances.
All applicants for visas should be aware that if your application include false or fraudulently obtained documents, or information that is false or misleading, your application may be refused. This includes information given by you, a member of your family, or another person acting on your behalf. You and your family members may also be barred from entering Australia for three years, which would include being considered for other visa types. This applies to both temporary visas (such as Visitors and Students), and permanent visas (such as Partner, Child and Other Family visas).
Protect yourself from migration related scams and beware of sending money overseas to a pen-friend or prospective marriage partner you have met over the Internet.

Please note that the Department does not advise applicants to make any irreversible / non-refundable travel and accommodation arrangements until a visa has been granted. While you may wish to book your airfare and/or accommodation for your Australian trip and attach evidence of this, this is not a requirement for visa grant. For example, purchasing air tickets does not increase a chance of visa grant, and the embassy is not liable for compensation of such expenses if you have been refused a visa or if your application is not finalised in time for the booking.  In addition, non-refundable bookings are not grounds for prioritising applications and applicants should lodge their applications well in advance of their intended travel to avoid disappointment.

Follow these steps to apply for your Australian visa:

1. Choose your visa type

Ensure the activity you intend to undertake in Australia is appropriate for your chosen visa. There are no refunds of the visa application charge if you apply for the wrong type of visa, and, your visa may be refused.

View details of the different visa types and associated requirements. 

2. Apply online or using a paper application

Apply online

Citizens of the Russian Federation, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan who hold a valid passport issued by their respective government are now eligible to apply for a Visitor Visa - subclass 600 (Tourist or Business streams) or a Partner Visa online. Paper applications will continue to be accepted (see details below on how to apply using a paper application).

Complete the application form, attach any required documents and pay for your application using ImmiAccount. If you do not have an ImmiAccount, you will be prompted to create one. You can use your account to:
• continue a saved application
• attach documents - including after lodgement of the application
• check the progress of your application.

You must complete all parts of the application form and attach all documentation listed in any relevant checklist – otherwise, your application cannot be processed.

Please ensure that any supporting documents required with your application are attached during, or by the next business day, following the lodgement of your application. A decision may be made solely on the information that you provide with your application.

When completing your online application you must not copy and paste bullet points, numbering, accents and other special symbols from formatted documents, into the free text fields. Only use numbers 0 – 9 and letters A – Z (upper and lower case), dashes '-' and underscores '_'. Please type the letters in your passport number in UPPERCASE.

If you encounter technical problems with ImmiAccount (for example, the system freezes or won’t let you complete the relevant fields) please email:

Click here to access ImmiAccount for visa applications

Apply using a paper application (mail or in-person)

All application forms must be completed in English. All questions must be answered clearly using block letters and the form must be signed. If you include your email address in the application please take particular care to ensure that it is clearly legible. 

The relevant checklist for your visa type will list which form is required. All application forms are available from the website of the Department of Home Affairs. See Forms.

You do not have to attend the Embassy in person to apply for a visa. A visa application can be lodged via mail or courier, or may be lodged by your authorised third person or agent. We regret that applications can not be lodged by email. You should not send us your original passport unless you are requested to do so.

Please note that the Embassy is unable to arrange customs clearances for documents sent by courier from outside of Russia. Please verify clearance procedures with your chosen courier company prior to sending documents to our Embassy. We do not accept responsibility for any delays in the delivery of documents to the Embassy due to issues with your chosen courier company or with Russian customs clearance procedures.

Please do not include folders, plastic sheets or paper clips with your application. Please ensure your complete application is placed in an envelope before it is posted or submitted to the Embassy.

If you wish to lodge your application in-person at the Australian Embassy in Moscow, you can drop it off at the Embassy between 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday and an appointment is not needed. You should be aware that the security guards at the entrance may check your application before allowing you to enter the premises and that you will not be able to meet or discuss your application with any visa officers. Please place your completed application in the secure drop-box next to the guardhouse. Ensure a completed Credit Card Authorisation Form is included with your application and that your application and supporting documents are placed in a sealed envelope prior to placing in the drop-box.

For applicants travelling in a group, please place your applications together in a single envelope. If the group is large and requires multiple envelopes, please clearly mark on the envelopes the name of the group and the number of envelopes used. We prefer that a single credit card is used for a group application.

3. Pay the correct fee or charge

The correct visa or citizenship application charge must be paid at the time the application is lodged. See Pay for Your Visa.

4. After you have applied

Acknowledging your Application

Temporary visa applications will generally not receive an acknowledgement letter, given the short processing times. Therefore please wait at least six weeks after you lodge your application, before contacting the Australian Embassy. If you applied online, you can check the progress of your application via ImmiAccount.

Permanent visa applications will generally receive an acknowledgement letter within five working days. If you applied online, you can check the progress of your application via ImmiAccount.

It is important that you submit all documentation in support of your application at the time you apply for a visa. You should support your application with as much information as possible at the time you apply. A decision may be made solely on the information that you provide with your application.

If you are asked to provide additional information, you should clearly indicate your name, date of birth, passport and file reference details when you provide the requested information.

Processing Times

From 13 March 2017, you will be able to view current global visa and citizenship processing times for most visa subclasses and citizenship types. To view current processing times, see the product page for the specific visa subclass or citizenship type you are applying for. You can navigate to any product from Individuals and Travellers or Visa Support. On the product page, two processing times will be displayed, indicating how long it takes to finalise 75 and 90 per cent of all applications submitted globally.

Processing times apply from the date your complete application is lodged.

You can also use the Visa Finder to compare processing times for up to three different products.

Please note that applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis, and that actual processing times may vary due to individual circumstances including:

  • whether the applicant has lodged a complete application including all necessary supporting documents
  • how promptly the applicant responds to any requests for additional information
  • how long it takes to perform required checks
  • how long it takes to receive additional information from external parties, particularly in relation to health, character, national security, and Assurance of Support requirements
  • the number of places available in the migration programme (for permanent migration visas)
  • surges in demand and peak periods

To ensure your application falls within the published processing times, we strongly encourage you to submit complete applications. The checklists provided on ImmiAccount will assist in making sure you have included all required documents during the application process.

Progress Enquiries 

We request that you do not make progress enquiries about your application within the processing time period applicable to your application (check the relevant visa page for each visa's service standard period).

Embassy staff cannot instruct you on how to complete an application form, give migration advice, provide any assessment of the likely chance of success of a future visa application, assist in resolving rejected visa application payments (please contact your bank instead) or reconsider a finalised application. 

We encourage you to use the information already available on this website or the Home Affairs website. The vast majority of queries are addressed on these websites and that is the most effective way for you to get the information you require.

If, after reading the websites, you still have questions or need additional information, you may contact the Europe Service Centre (ESC). The ESC is a multi-lingual client contact centre based in London which provides information about Australian visas and citizenship by telephone.

  • Tel: +44 (0) 2074203691 (international call to the United Kingdom)
    • Russian language from 12:00-15:00 (Moscow Time) – (press 2 from alternative language options)
      English language from 16.00-19.00 (Moscow Time)

Further information on the Europe Service Centre can be found by clicking here.

Personal Information and Authorising Others

We legally cannot discuss visa or citizenship applications (including reasons for decisions) with friends or sponsors, or other third parties, unless we have specific authorisation from the applicant.

If you wish to authorise a person to receive communication and act on your behalf, you will need to advise us in writing. You should do this by completing and submitting Form 956 or Form 956A.