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

Visas, Migration and Citizenship

Welcome

The visa office at the Australian Embassy in Moscow, Russia closed on 15 March 2019. The responsibility for processing applications for clients residing in Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan is with the Australian Embassy in Belgrade, Serbia.

You can continue to lodge your application online and it will be automatically directed to the relevant visa office for consideration and decision.

For further information, please see the frequently asked questions

 

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.

 

Online-only lodgement for Visitor visa (subclass 600)

 

The Department of Home Affairs (the Department) is introducing 100 per cent online lodgement for Visitor visas (subclass 600). The changes will be introduced in two phases commencing from September 2021. Following these changes, paper applications will not be accepted as valid for lodgement:

  • From 30 September 2021 (phase 1), all applicants applying for a Visitor visa (subclass 600) from outside Australia in any stream must lodge their application online via ImmiAccount. Applicants applying for a Visitor visa (subclass 600) in Australia in the Tourist stream may lodge their application online via ImmiAccount or by posting their application to the Sydney office. The courier option will no longer be available.
  • From early 2022 (phase 2), all applicants applying for a Visitor visa (subclass 600) in Australia in the Tourist stream must lodge their application online via ImmiAccount.

 

How can I apply for a Visitor visa online?

ImmiAccount is an online service that provides a simple, efficient and convenient way to apply for a visa. You can create an ImmiAccount, select the visa type you want to apply for, attach documents, submit family applications together and pay the application fee online at https://online.immi.gov.au

You can also get help from a family member, friend or migration agent to submit your application if required.

Australian Visa Application Centres outside Australia may also offer assisted online lodgement services, depending on local country arrangements.

 

Where can I get additional information?

Information about these changes will be updated on the Department’s website for each Visitor visa (subclass 600) stream page. A list of all streams is at:

https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/visitor-600

Information and guidance about applying online and using ImmiAccount is available on the Department’s website at:

https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/applying-online-or-on-paper/online

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Citizenship

Applying for Citizenship by Descent

From 1 May 2021, new Citizenship by Descent applications lodged outside Australia in the UK, Ireland, Europe and Israel will be processed in Australia instead of the Visa and Citizenship Office at Australian High Commission in London.

Applying online is the preferred way for you to apply and helps the Department to process your application faster. Apply online via the Department of Home Affairs website.

If you are unable to apply online, complete Form 118 Application for Australian citizenship by descent (PDF): Departmental forms (homeaffairs.gov.au)

Send the application, certified copies of documents and the payment receipt to the address on the form.

Please refer to the Department’s website regarding global processing times for Citizenship by Descent applications: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/citizenship/citizenship-processing-times

For online applications, persons should refer to ImmiAccount for the status of their application.

If the application is within the advertised global processing time, requests for priority processing will only be considered if exceptional compelling and compassionate circumstances exist and you have an imminent scheduled flight to Australia.

Should this apply to the application and you have not already confirmed this when your application was lodged, upload your claims for priority processing to ImmiAccount.

Pending Citizenship by Descent applications lodged prior to 1 May 2021 will also be processed in Australia.

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