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What's New?

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.

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:

Need to update your address, contact or passport details

Please update your details on your ImmiAccount or download Form 929 at and email the completed form to

You can check your own visa details with VEVO through the following link:

Please note that Passport changes may take 24-48 hours to be reflected in VEVO. This will not affect your travel.

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 Home Affairs 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).

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.

Transit (subclass 771) visa – Online lodgement

What is changing?

In line with the Department of Home Affairs (The Department) commitment to improve services and expand online service delivery, we are planning to implement online lodgement for the Transit (subclass 771) Visa by the end of the 2017-18 financial year. The change means:

  • From 1 July 2018 online lodgement will be the only option available for Transit (subclass771) visa applications.
  • From the date of introduction of the online form, clients will no longer have access to, or be able to lodge, paper applications for this visa.
  • A transit visa online application form will be available through ImmiAccount.
  • The new form for a Transit visa will include additional questions.

    What is not changing?

    Core aspects of the Transit visa remain the same.

  • Transit visa will continue to be free of charge
  • A Transit visa will continue to be a visa option for
    • Applicants transiting through Australia
    • Ship crew arriving by air to join a ship

      How does this affect you?

  • The current paper application form will not be available after 30 June 2018.
  • The Department will not accept paper application or applications submitted after the 30th June 2018

    If you encounter a problem with submitting Transit visas online, you can contact the department through the ImmiAccount technical support form