Australian Embassy
Lebanon

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Visitor – Tourist Stream or Business Visitor Stream (subclass 600)

This visa allows people to visit Australia for a holiday or recreation, or to visit family and friends. You may also use this visa for business visitor activities. However, you cannot work on a visitor visa.

There are 2 streams that you can choose when lodging an application for a Visitor Visa in Beirut:

Tourist stream - for holiday and visiting family and friends

  • Business Visitor stream - for business visitor activities which included:
    making general business or employment enquiries
    investigating, negotiating, signing or reviewing a business contract
    activities carried out as part of an official government-to-government visit
    participating in conferences, trade fairs or seminars, as long as you are not being paid by the organisers for your participation.

You should apply for the stream that best suits your situation.

For more information on this visa please visit our main website page.
How to apply
  1. Download the Subclass 600 Visitor visa checklist to help you prepare all the documents you need for the application (600 English)
  2. You can apply and pay for this visa online using ImmiAccount and attach all of your supporting documents.
  3. Once you submit your application you may be required to provide your biometrics at an Australian Visa application Centre.  If this is necessary you will be sent a written request by email to do so. 
  4. Once a decision is made you will be notified of the decision by email provided in your application.
Processing time

The time taken for applications to be assessed fluctuates based on the number of applications received at any one time by the department. You should apply well in advance of your planned travel date, we suggest at least 6 weeks prior to your planned departure.

For current processing times please visit:  Processing Times

eVisitor (subclass 651)

Citizens from Cyprus, and a number of other countries are eligible for eVisitor visas.  Lebanon citizens are not eligible for eVisitor visa

Before applying for a Visitor visa, you may want to check if you are eligible for an eVisitor visa. The eVisitor can be used for tourism purposes and you can apply for the visa online.

Visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website for more information about the eVisitor visa.

Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) (subclass 601)

If you hold a citizen passport issued by one of the below countries or regions, you may be eligible for an ETA. Certificate of Identity and Document of Identity holders are not eligible and must apply for a tourist visa.
• Malaysia
• Brunei
• Canada
• Hong Kong SAR
• Japan
• Singapore
• South Korea
• United States of America

For more information on ETAs including how to apply, visit Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)

Prospective Marriage (subclass 300) visa (Fiancé) & 309 Partner visa (subclass 309/100) (Married or Defacto)

Prospective marriage visa (Subclass 300)

This visa allows you to enter Australia to marry your intended Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen fiancé within the visa’s 9 month validity period. For more information about the Prospective marriage visa, see Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 300)

Partner visa (Subclass 309/100)

This visa allows you to enter or remain in Australia on the basis that you are married or in a de facto relationship with your Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen partner. The Partner temporary visa (Subclass 309) permits you to enter or stay in Australia until a decision is made about your permanent visa. The Subclass 309 visa will let you work and study in Australia.

The Partner permanent visa (Subclass 100) is for relationships that continue to exist and you seek permanent residence in Australia.

For more information about the Partner visa, see Partner (Provisional) visa (subclass 309) and Partner (Migrant) visa (subclass 100)

How to apply
  1. Download the Subclass Partner checklist to help you prepare all the documents you need for the application (300 309 English)
  2. You can apply and pay for this visa online using ImmiAccount and attach all of your supporting documents
  3. Once you submit your application you may be required to provide your biometrics at an Australian Visa application Centre.  If this is necessary you will be sent a written request by email to do so. 
  4. Once a decision is made you will be notified of the decision by email provided in your application.
Processing time

The time taken for applications to be assessed fluctuates based on the number of applications received at any one time by the department.

For current processing times please visit:  Processing Times

Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa (subclass 400)

This visa is for people who want to travel to Australia to:
·do short-term, highly specialised, non-ongoing work
·in limited circumstances, participate in an activity or work relating to Australia’s interests. ​
Generally the stay period allowed is up to three months but up to six months may be considered in limited circumstances if supported by a strong business case.
Further information is available on the Department’s website: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/400-
How to apply
  1. Download the Subclass 400 checklist to help you prepare all the documents you need for the application (400 English)
  2. You must apply and pay for this visa online using ImmiAccount.
  3. Once you submit your application you may be required to provide your biometrics at an Australian visa application Centre.  If this is necessary you will be sent a written request by email to do so. 
  4. Once a decision is made you will be notified of the decision by email provided in your application.
Processing time

The time taken for applications to be assessed fluctuates based on the number of applications received at any one time by the department.

For current processing times please visit: Processing Times

Transit visa (Subclass 771)

This visa allows people to transit through Australia for up to 72 hours while on their way to another country. A transit visa is required even if you fly out on the same plane and from the same airport which you arrive, or you stay in the transit lounge and do not leave the airport.

In very limited specific circumstances you will not need a transit visa if you qualify for transit without a visa.

How to apply

To lodge a paper application:

  1. Download the transit visa checklist the checklist will help you prepare all the documents you need for the application (771 English)
  2. Download and complete the correct form Form 876
  3. There is no application charge for this visa
  4. Submit your paper application form, required documents and pay for the visa application charge and provide your biometrics at our Visa Application Centre.  For more information please read the information under ‘Paper applications’ at How to lodge an application in Lebanon
  5. Once a decision is made you will be notified of the decision by email provided in your application.
Processing time

The time taken for applications to be assessed fluctuates based on the number of applications received at any one time by the department.

For current processing times please visit:  Processing Times

Child visas

There are different types of visas for child migration.

Child (Subclass 101)
This visa is for applicants who are the dependent child of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen and are younger than 25 years old when the application is lodged.

Orphan Relative (Subclass 117)
This visa is for applicants (under 18 years of age) who are orphan relatives of an Australian relative who is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.

Adoption (Subclass 102)
This visa is for applicants (under 18 years of age) who have been lawfully adopted by an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.

If you are planning to adopt a child overseas, please be aware that the Australian Embassy Visa and Immigration Section cannot give advice or information on adoption requirements or the adoption process in Lebanon (or any other country).

Please refer to the department's website for the following Adopting a Child from Outside Australia

Important: If the child was adopted before the parent became an Australian citizen or the holder of an Australian permanent visa or an eligible New Zealand citizen, they should instead apply for a Child visa (subclass 101)

Dependent Child Visa (Subclass 445)
This visa is for applicants who are the dependent child of the holder of a visa-holding parent such as subclass 309, 445, or 820,and is sponsored by the nominator or sponsor of the visa holding parent.

How to apply

To lodge a paper application:

  1. Download the child visas checklist the checklist will help you prepare all the documents you need for the application (101 445 117 102)
  2. Download and complete the correct forms
  3. Submit your paper application form, required documents and pay for the visa application charge and provide your biometrics at our Visa Application Centre.  For more information please read the information under ‘Paper applications’ at How to lodge an application in Lebanon
  4. Once a decision is made you will be notified of the decision by email provided in your application.
Processing time

The time taken for applications to be assessed fluctuates based on the number of applications received at any one time by the department.

For current processing times please visit:  Processing Times

Other Family visas

There are different types of visas for other family visas:

Aged Dependent Relative visa (subclass 114)

This visa is for some older people to migrate to Australia if they rely on an eligible relative in Australia to provide financial support. The applicant must be old enough to be granted an old age pension under the Social Security Act 1991.

For more information please visit Aged Dependent Relative visa (subclass 114)

Remaining Relative visa (subclass 115)

This visa allows someone outside Australia whose only near relatives are living in Australia to live in Australia as a permanent resident. To qualify, your (and your partner’s) only near relatives are settled in Australia and are all Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens

For more information please visit Remaining Relative visa (subclass 115)

Carer visa (subclass 116)

This visa is for someone who needs to move to Australia to care for a relative in Australia with a long-term medical condition, or assist a relative providing this care to a member of their family unit. The relative must not be able to reasonably get the care they need from any other relative or from welfare, hospital, nursing or community services in Australia.

For more information please visit Carer visa (subclass 116)

How to apply

To lodge a paper application:

  1. Download the child visas checklist the checklist will help you prepare all the documents you need for the application (114 115 116)
  2. Download and complete the correct forms
    • Form 47OF and Form 40   (sponsors should complete Form 40 and give it to the applicant to submit with their application).
  3. Submit your paper application form, required documents and pay for the visa application charge and provide your biometrics at our Visa Application Centre.  For more information please read the information under ‘Paper applications’ at How to lodge an application in Lebanon
  4. Once a decision is made you will be notified of the decision by email provided in your application.
Processing time

Other family visas are subject to a visa queue.  There are very limited numbers of places available and applicant should expect a lengthy wait time from the time that the application is queued to the time that a decision is made.

For further information on queue waiting times please see Other Family Visa Queue

As a general guide, Carer applications can expect to wait approximately 4.5 years after they meet the primary criteria to be placed in  the queue, Remaining Relatives and Aged Dependent Relatives are likely to take approximately 50 years to be released for final processing. 

Refugee and humanitarian visas

For comprehensive information about the Refugee and humanitarian (Class XB) visa and the relevant application forms, see Refugee and humanitarian visas

Refugee applications – UNHCR Referred

Priority is given to applications formally referred to the Australian Embassy by the United Nations High Commissioner for refugees (UNHCR). If the UNHCR assesses that you are a refugee whose life and freedom depends on urgent resettlement, they may refer your case to the Australian Embassy.  If you are registered with the UNHCR please do not contact them to ask that your application be referred to the Australian embassy, they will contact you if your application is referred to Australia.

The limited number of places available and the high demand for these places means that not everyone will be accepted.

Special Humanitarian Programme (SHP)

(Applications lodged in Australia by an Australian Proposer)

Applications can now be lodged electronically.  You and your proposers need to complete application forms on your computer and submit them with the relevant documentation according to the instructions available on our website. 

For more information on this visa see: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/202-#tab-content-0

For information on how to lodge a (SHP) visa application see: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Refu/Offs/Lodging-certain-humanitarian-applications-in-Australia

Note: The number of applications we receive for resettlement each year is far greater than available visas. 

It is important to note that not all applicants, even in high priority groups, will be successful as they must meet all requirements, including the compelling reasons criterion.  Applicants are advised to consider all options available to them, including resettlement in other countries, and alternatives to resettlement.

Refugee applications – Self Referred

The Beirut office has now received several thousands more applications for self-referred Refugee visas than there are places available for.  Any new applications received are unlikely to be successful. 

The Australian Embassy in Beirut is aware of scams where agents will charge you money to translate your documents and fill in your forms and promise a refugee visa to Australia.  All agents have been advised that new applications are unlikely to be successful and not to take advantage of vulnerable clients.