The Department of Home Affairs office at the Australian Consulate-General in Dubai manages visa and citizenship services for residents of Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
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Australian Visa Application Centres in the Gulf region ⇒ INTRODUCTION OF MANDATORY APPOINTMENT SYSTEM
On 20 December 2017 the Department of Home Affairs was formally established.
The establishment of the Department of Home Affairs brings together Australia's federal law enforcement, national and transport security, criminal justice, emergency management, multicultural affairs and immigration and border-related functions and agencies.
The Department of Home Affairs includes the entirety of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
For more information, please refer to our main website
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.
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
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.
See our main website for information and current alerts about migration fraud and visa scams.
Australian visa options
There are a number of visa options available for people who want to visit, work, study or live in Australia. To see which Australian visa might suit you, use our Visa Finder
For information about the different visa categories, use the following links:
- Visiting Australia - note: passport holders from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman or the United Arab Emirates are eligible to apply online for a Visitor visa (subclass e600)
- Studying in Australia
- Working in Australia
- Returning Residents
- Skilled Migration
- Family Migration
Lodging your visa application
Watch a short online video about applying for a visa to come to Australia
► Apply online
Eligible applicants should apply online by creating an ImmiAccount
► Apply at an Australian Visa Application Centre
To see which Australian 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.
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.
► Applying for Australian citizenship
See our step-by-step guide about how to apply for Australian citizenship
Applications for citizenship by descent can be lodged at any of the Australian visa application centres in the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman or Qatar.
If you have lost, damaged or had your Australian citizenship certificate stolen, use our online guide to apply for proof of your Australian citizenship
Applications for Australian citizenship general eligibility and other situations, and applications to resume or renounce Australian citizenship should be lodged at our Canberra office in the Australian Capital Territory.
Contacting the visa and citizenship section:
Visa and citizenship application general enquiries are managed by our service delivery partner VFS Global:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: +971 4 2055900 (09:00 – 17:00 UAE local time, Sunday to Thursday – see the VFS Global website for Ramadan business hours).
After lodging your visa application, if you need to contact us then use the Australian Immigration Enquiry Form – United Arab Emirates
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