Processing times are impacted by seasonal peaks. During the holiday season you can expect longer processing times as a result of the volume of applications received.
If you will be applying for a visitor visa (subclass 600) and are travelling during the Christmas and New Year holiday period we encourage you to submit your application by 15 November 2017. It is important that all relevant supporting documents are attached to your application at the time of lodgement.
Due to scheduled systems upgrades the Americas Service Centre will be closed on Friday November 17th. For information on Australian visas or citizenship please refer to our website at www.border.gov.au.
Americas Service Centre (ASC)
The Americas Service Centre (ASC), based in Ottawa, provides client contact support for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) offices in the Americas region. This includes North America (Canada and USA), South and Central America and the Caribbean. The service is provided in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.
Days of Operation
Americas Region - 10 am to 5pm EST, Monday to Friday
Phone number: +1 613-238-1040 (long distance/overseas call cost will apply)
For general information: General Enquiries Form
Note: If all of the phone lines at the Americas Service Centre are occupied, you will hear a busy signal.
Our office will be closed on public holidays.
To help you find the Australian visa most likely to meet your specific circumstances please go to the Visa finder. If you still require assistance after viewing the options provided please contact the ASC at the number below.
If you have applied online for your visa and wish to check the status of your application you can do this by logging in to your ImmiAccount with your user name and password. https://online.immi.gov.au/lusc/login
For tips on using your ImmiAccount please refer to the quick reference guides below:
- How to attach documents to a citizenship application
- How to attach documents to a visa application
- How to create an ImmiAccount (individuals)
- How to login to ImmiAccount
Once your application has been finalised you can access your visa details and entitlements by using the online service for Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO). You can also send your entitlement details to any email address you like.
If you cannot find your departmental reference number or you no longer have your visa grant notification you can request this information by completing the Request for reference number form and your reference number will be emailed to you.
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.