Australian High Commission
Responsibility for Bermuda

Visas, Migration and Citizenship

Visas, Immigration and Citizenship

About the Immigration and Citizenship Section in Ottawa, Canada

Who Do We Service

Americas Service Centre (Visa and Citizenship Information)

Centro De Servicio De Las Americas (Informacion de Visas y Ciudadania)

Centro de Serviços das Américas (Informações de vistos e de Cidadania)

What's New

New sponsor requirements for Partner and Prospective Marriage visa applications

Temporary activity visa framework changes

Changes to the Student visa programme - from 1 July 2016

Introduction of Biometrics into visa processing for clients in Mexico

Online lodgement for Temporary Work (Short Stay) Activity visas (subclass 400)

For Papua New Guinea Visa Applications

Australia's Visa Label Policy

Maritime Scams

Visa lodgement and processing arrangements for clients in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Cuba

Procedimiento de envio de solicitudes de visas para clientes en Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama y Cuba 

Capping and Queuing - Family Migration

Sending Messages with Attachments by Email


Lodging a Visa or Citizenship by Descent Application

Important Tips When Making an Application in Ottawa
Application Charges and Fees
Current Processing Times and Status Checks for Applications processed by the Ottawa office
Status Checks for Online Applications
Health requirement
Character and police certificate requirements
Panel doctors


Visa types

IMPORTANT: 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 where an application is unsuccessful.

The following lists are NOT exhaustive and refer only to the more common types of visas available.  For more comprehensive information on all visa types, please refer to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website.

The Visa finder tool can help you find the Australian visa most likely to meet your specific circumstances.

Visiting Australia

1.  Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)
2.  Visitor Visa
3.  Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) Visa
4.  Working Holiday Maker Visa
5.  Transit Visa 

Studying and Training in Australia

1.  Student Visa
2.  Training and Research Visa (subclass 402)
3.  Student Guardian Visa

Working in Australia 

Temporary Work and Specialist Entry

1.  Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) Visa (subclass 400)

2.  Temporary Work (International Relations) Visa (subclass 403)

3.  Training Visa (subclass 407)

4. Temporary Activity Visa (subclass 408)

5. Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa (subclass 457)


Family Sponsored Temporary Visa

1.  New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary) Visa subclass 461

Migrating to Australia 

Family Migration

Skilled Migration

Business Migration

Returning Residents

1.  Resident Return Visa
2.  Former Resident Visa (subclass 151)


The Citizenship Wizard will give you information on what to do and how to apply for Australian citizenship.

1.  Citizenship by Descent

NOTE: For information on delivery and/or return of documents, please refer to item 6 under Important Tips When Making an Application in Ottawa 

2.  Proof of Australian Citizenship
3.  Resumption of Australian Citizenship
4.  Citizenship by Conferral
5.  Renouncing Australian Citizenship
6.  Citizenship by Birth in Australia
7.  Adopted Children and Australian Citizenship
8.  Dual Citizenship
9.  Entering and Leaving Australia as an Australian Citizen
10. Other Citizenship Issues


Forms and Booklets

Our forms are subject to change. Generally, this occurs three times a year with fixed dates of March, July and November.

However, in certain circumstances there may be a requirement for publishing forms outside of these dates. Prior to submitting any application you should ensure that you have completed the most current form. 

Download Visa Application Forms
Download Citizenship Application Forms
Download Booklets
Download Information Forms