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Visas and citizenship

Visas and Citizenship

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Important news:

  1. Temporary activity visa framework changes
  2. Australia's simplified student visa framework
  3. Online services
  4. Australian Visa Application Centres in the Gulf region
  5. Hoax alert


1. Temporary activity visa framework changes

On 19 November Australia introduced reforms to the temporary activity visa framework. The new framework is designed to make applying for a temporary visa easier.

Four new visa subclasses have been introduced:

  • Subclass 400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa
  • Subclass 403 Temporary Work (International Relations) visa
  • Subclass 407 Training visa
  • Subclass 408 Temporary Activity visa.

The following visas are now closed to new applications:

  • Subclass 401 Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity) visa
  • Subclass 402 Training and Research visa
  • Subclass 416 Special Program visa  
  • Subclass 420 Temporary Work (Entertainment) visa
  • Subclass 488 Superyacht Crew visa.

Note: new applications for any of the above visas lodged on or after 19 November 2016, including applications that were sent prior to 19 November but received by the DIBP office at the Australian Consulate-General Dubai on or after 19 November 2016, will be considered invalid and returned to the applicant together with payment of the visa application charge.

For more information see: Temporary activity visa framework changes


2. Australia's simplified student visa framework

On 1 July 2016 Australia introduced a simplified student visa framework.

Under the new student visa framework:

For more information see: Simplified student visa framework

Note: paper student visa applications lodged on or after 1 July 2016, will be considered invalid and returned to the applicant together with payment of the student visa application charge.


3. Online Services


ImmiAccount is the 'front door' to our online services. After creating an ImmiAccount you can:

  • apply for a visa or citizenship
  • update your passport details
  • update your contact details

Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)

VEVO is a free online service that allows visa holders to check the details and entitlements of their visa. You can also use VEVO to print a copy of your visa details to take with you when you travel, or email your visa details.

Visa holders may also download our free myVEVO app, which allows you to view and email your visa details via an Android or iOS mobile device.


4. Australian Visa Application Centres in the Gulf region

We have a service delivery partner - VFS Global - for the provision of visa lodgement services throughout nine Australian Visa Application Centres (AVACs) in the Gulf region.

AVACs offer visa application lodgement services such as:

  • biometrics collection
  • application fee payment
  • application tracking
  • responses to general application enquiries

Applicants can lodge an Australian visa application in person at any one of the Australian visa application centres currently located in the United Arab Emirates » Saudi Arabia » Kuwait » Bahrain » Qatar and Oman

Australian visa application centres have extended client service hours. You do not need to make an appointment, however during peak travel periods scheduling an appointment online is recommended.


5. Hoax alert

The DIBP is aware of an online hoax claiming a visa-free option for nationals from Oman, Pakistan and several other countries will be available from January 2017. This is a hoax. Australia has a universal visa programme, which means all non-citizens require a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia.

See our main website for more information and current alerts about migration fraud, scams and hoaxes.


Visa categories

There are a range of visa options for people who want to visit, work, study or live in Australia. We endeavour to help you find relevant visa information but we will not provide you with advice on your visa eligibility.

To see which Australian visa might suit you, use our Visa Finder

For information about the different visa categories, use the following links:



See our step-by-step guide about how to apply for Australian citizenship

Applications for citizenship by descent can be lodged online or in-person at an Australian visa application centre.

Applications for Australian citizenship general eligibility and applications to resume or renounce Australian citizenship should be lodged at our Canberra office in the Australian Capital Territory.

If you have lost, damaged or had your Australian citizenship certificate stolen, see our online guide to apply for proof of your Australian citizenship


Lodging your application

Apply online

Eligible applicants should apply online by creating an ImmiAccount

Apply at an Australian Visa Application Centre

To see which visa applications can be lodged at an Australian visa application centre, refer to Visa Types

To avoid processing delays, all documents and information to support your visa application must be submitted together at the time of application lodgement – see our information to help you prepare your application. You can expect your visa application to take longer to process if you have not provided all the required documentation when you apply.

 Note: you should not finalise travel commitments until you have a visa to travel to Australia. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection will not be liable for any financial loss incurred by clients whose visa application was processed later than expected or where an application is unsuccessful.


Application processing times

The processing time for your application will depend on the visa or citizenship category you have chosen. For a detailed list of processing times, see our global visa and citizenship processing times

Processing times will be updated monthly and will be available for most visa and citizenship application types.


Police clearance certificate from Saudi authorities

If you are requested to provide a Saudi Police Clearance Certificate for an immigration/visa purpose, please contact the Australian Embassy in Riyadh via for requirements and rates, if applicable.


Visa and citizenship enquiries are managed by our service delivery partner VFS Global:

Australian Embassy in Riyadh:


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