Australian Embassy

General visa information – all visas – before you apply

General visa information – all visas – before you apply


Incomplete applications

Under the Migration Act 1958 applications may be decided on the basis of available information. Therefore, it is important that applications are as complete as possible and all supporting documentation is provided at the time of lodgement. Incomplete or poorly documented applications may be delayed or refused.

You may be asked to provide further documents or information relating to your particular circumstances after your application has been lodged.

You should support your application with as much information as possible at the time of lodgement as a decision may be made solely on the information that you have provided with your application.

Fraud or misrepresentation

Any degree of fraud or misrepresentation is likely to result in your application being refused. Applicants should answer all questions fully and truthfully and disclose any information relevant to the question. All signatures on forms and in the applicant’s passport must be the applicants.

Do not make non-refundable plans

You should not book flights or make travel commitments, or non-refundable plans in Australia 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 where an application is unsuccessful. 

Watch a short online video about applying for a visa to come to Australia. Coming to Australia.

Check our processing times and lodge your application well in advance of your travel.