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The Australian Government has announced it will enhance the way visa and citizenship services are delivered using the latest digital technologies. For more information visit the Department of Home Affairs' website.

Planning to travel to Australia over Christmas and New Year's?

In the lead up to Christmas we receive a significant increase in the number of visa applications for people wanting to travel to Australia over the Christmas and New Year period.  People wishing to travel over this period should lodge their applications before Monday 20 November 2017 to avoid disappointment.

Any document in a language other than English must be accompanied by an English Translation

The Australian Department of Home Affairs is moving towards a global visa processing model. This means that any Russian application may be processed in an office other than Moscow. As such it is important that all supporting documents attached to the application which are not in English, be accompanied by an English translation.  

Please note that the translation does not have to be certified, however it does need to be accurate.  This approach will assist in processing applications expeditiously.  

Please ensure that when providing an English translation, that a copy of the original document is also provided. Failure to provide an English translation of supporting documentation may delay processing and result in the document not being considered as part of the visa application.

Departmental policy relating to supporting documentation can be found on the Department’s website:

Applications for Citizenship by Descent

From 1 July 2017, applications for Citizenship by Descent will no longer be assessed by the office in Moscow.

People residing in the following countries must now lodge applications for Citizenship by Descent at the Australian High Commission in London:

  • Armenia
  • Belarus
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Moldova
  • Russia
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan

For information on how to make an application for citizenship by descent, please visit either or

Global visa and citizenship processing times

You can 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.

Change to Panel Physician List

As of 01 July 2016, Tashkent International Clinic will no longer be conducting medical examinations on behalf of the Australian government. The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection is currently reviewing alternative options.  From 01 July 2016, clients can locate a panel clinic convenient to them via

The closest panel clinic to Tashkent is located at the Office of the International Organization for Migration in Almaty, Kazakhstan (6A Zverev Street, Almaty 050060 Kazakhstan (+7 727 2345 0044, +7 727 2582 240, +7 727 2919 030).

Online Visa Lodgement for Russian Nationals

Access to electronic (online) lodgement for Visitor visas (subclass 600) and Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visas (subclass 400) is now available to passport holders of the Russian Federation who want to visit Australia for tourism or business purposes.

See our announcement or get answers to frequently asked questions.

Adoption and Surrogacy

If you are planning to adopt a child overseas, please be aware that the Embassy cannot provide advice or information on the adoption requirements or processes in any country. See more info on adopting children from outside Australia.