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Visas, Migration and Citizenship
Welcome to the website of the Migration Branch of the Australian High Commission in 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.
Processing arrangements in the lead up to Christmas
In the lead up to Christmas, we experience a higher volume of applications, particularly for visitor visas. In order to ensure that there is sufficient time to process and finalise your application, we encourage you to lodge your application as soon as possible.
For information on our service standards, please click here. Where there are significant temporary variations to this, we will try to advertise this on our website.
Cap and Cease Arrangements for offshore General Skilled Migration visa applications
The Assistant Minister set a cap for offshore General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas which took effect on 22 September 2015. The following visas are affected:
- Skilled Independent (subclass 175)
- Skilled Sponsored (subclass 176)
- Skilled Regional Sponsored (subclass 475)
The cap sets the maximum number of places that can be granted in the 2015-16 financial year for these visa subclasses. This total has already been reached. Therefore, applications for these visas that were not finalised before 22 September 2015 are taken not to have been made and the relevant visa application charge will be repaid to affected applicants.
For comprehensive information on this, please refer to our department's website by clicking here.
Cessation of Australian Visa Labels
From 1 September 2015, Australia ceased issuing visa labels to holders of Australian visas. This means that visa holders are no longer able to request and pay for a visa label. Visa holders can access their electronic visa record through our free Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) services or the myVEVO mobile application. For further information, including links to VEVO, please click here.
Application process and other immigration matters
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Visa information
- Citizenship by descent information
- Check the status of your Australian visa online
- Migration Agents
- Protecting yourself from migration fraud
- Translation and certification of documents
- ‘Refer to Embassy’ message instructions
- Travelling to, entering and departing Australia
Forms, Fees, Health and Character
- Application forms
- Application charges (fees)
- Health information and Panel Doctors
- Character information and UK/Irish Police Clearances