Australian High Commission
United Kingdom

Visas, Migration and Citizenship


Welcome to the website of the Migration Branch of the Australian High Commission, London. We are an overseas office of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). We service clients who are usually resident in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Ukraine. 

You should not book flights or make travel commitments until you have a visa to travel to Australia. The department will not be liable for any financial loss incurred by clients whose visa application was finalised later than expected or unsuccessful. 

What's New?

Travel to Australia prior to Christmas

In the lead up to Christmas and New Year, we expect to receive an increased volume of applications for visitor visas to Australia. As a consequence, processing times may be slightly longer than normal.

If you are intending to travel between now and the end of the year, you may wish to consider applying earlier in order to avoid delays and to ensure that your visa status has been confirmed prior to your intended date of travel.

Change to Student Visa Framework

Australia has simplified its student visa framework. It has been designed to make the process of applying for a student visa simpler to navigate for students.

From 1 July 2016:

  • international students will apply for a single Student visa (subclass 500), regardless of their chosen course of study
  • student guardians will apply for the new Student Guardian visa (subclass 590)
  • all students and student guardians will generally be required to lodge their visa application online by creating an account in ImmiAccount

For more information, please click here.

Immigration and Citizenship - General Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Visa information

Citizenship by descent information

Evidence of Australian Citizenship

Migration Agents

Protecting yourself from migration fraud

Translation and certification of documents

‘Refer to Embassy’ message instructions 

Travelling to, entering and departing Australia


Our Department is committed to building more efficient and effective ways of delivering accessible services through the use of digital channels as our default form of delivery. 

As such, you can complete a number of services online without needing to contact the department directly. This includes:

Applying for visas online

Change your details

Check status of your Australian visa online

Contact us

Visa and Citizenship section in London

Europe Service Centre

Client Service Charter

Compliments and Complaints

Allegations and Dob-ins


Forms, Fees, Health and Character

Application forms

Application charges (fees)

Health information and Panel Doctors

Character information and UK/Irish Police Clearances