Australian Embassy
Russian Federation
Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

Visas, Migration and Citizenship


Welcome to the website of the Visa Section of the Australian Embassy in Russia. The section is an overseas office of the Australian Department of Home Affairs. We service clients who are usually resident in Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Deadline for visitor and temporary work visas during the Christmas and New Year Period

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. The Embassy will also be closed over the Christmas and New Year period. As such, people wishing to travel to Australia over this period should lodge their applications before Tuesday 20th November 2018 to avoid disappointment.

What's New: Biometrics Requirements

From 19 November, the Department of Home Affairs will start collecting biometrics from people who are in Russia or Kazakhstan at the time they lodge their application or who are usually resident in Russia or Kazakhstan.

Biometrics are collected through a quick and easy process that captures a photograph of your face and a 10-digit electronic fingerprint. Applicants will be required to provide their biometrics each and every time they apply for a visa (where biometrics is required).

Visa applicants in Russia who lodge their applications from 19 November 2018 will receive a letter requiring them to attend one of the six Australian Biometric Collection Centres located in Moscow, St Petersburg, Vladivostok, Novosibirsk, Rostov-on-Don and Almaty in person to provide their biometrics within 14 days of lodging their application. If you are outside Russia or Kazakhstan and are required to undertake biometrics, please visit the department's website for information on your nearest biometrics collection centre.

Delays in providing biometrics will cause delays in the processing of visa applications and failure to provide biometrics may result in your application being refused.

For more information on Biometrics, please visit the VFS - Australian Biometric Collection Centre website.

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