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Visas, Migration and Citizenship
Welcome to the website of the Migration Branch of the Australian High Commission in London. We are an overseas office of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). We service clients who are usually resident in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
The London counter is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays only, between 9am and 11am. You must make an appointment to attend. In order to make an appointment, please contact the Europe Service Centre.
Processing Times in the Lead up to Christmas
In the lead up to Christmas, we generally receive a higher number of applications for visas to Australia, as well as applications for citizenship by descent. In this period, our processing times may be longer than normal and so we encourage anyone who intends to travel to Australia over the Christmas period to make their application as soon as possible.
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 unsuccessful.
Increase in Partner Visa Application Charge from 1 January 2015
On 15 December 2014, the Australian Government announced its intention to increase the Visa Application Charge for Partner visas in the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook. The new pricing arrangements will apply to Partner visa applications lodged on, or after 1 January 2015.
How much is the Visa Application Charge (VAC) now for Partner or Prospective Marriage visas?
The amount will vary based on your circumstances. You can calculate the total cost for your visa using the Visa Pricing Table at www.immi.gov.au/fees-charges/visa-pricing-table.htm.
What subclasses are affected?
This increase will apply to permanent Partner visa subclasses (subclasses 100 and 801) and the Prospective Marriage Visa (subclass 300).
What if I have already lodged my application?
The new fee will only apply to Partner visa applications lodged on, or after 1 January 2015.This increase will not affect you if you have lodged a valid application prior to 1 January 2015.
What other options are available if I can’t afford the increased VAC?
You may consider applying for a visa under the skilled stream, which generally has quicker processing times. Visit the department’s website for more information at: www.immi.gov.au/Work
Why has the cost for Partner visas been increased?
This price increase is part of a range of measures being made by the Australian Government to repair the budget and fund policy priorities.
Can I receive financial assistance to pay the VAC? Can the VAC be waived?
There is no provision to waive, reduce, or pay a Partner or Prospective Marriage visa application charge in instalments. For your application to be valid it is a legislative requirement that the VAC is paid and assessment of your visa application can’t commence until payments have been made.
How can I lodge a Partner visa application before 1 January 2015?
You should lodge your Partner visa application online via ImmiAccount as this service will be available over the Christmas/New Year Period. You will also have quicker confirmation that your application has been lodged and you will be able to track the progress of your application online.
Planning a holiday in Australia?
If you hold a passport from the European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland or Vatican City you can apply electronically free of charge for a visa to visit Australia for a holiday.
Application process and other immigration matters
- Visa information
- Citizenship by descent information
- Check the status of your Australian visa online & visa evidencing (visa label)
- Migration Agents
- Protecting yourself from migration fraud
- Translation and certification of documents
- ‘Refer to Embassy’ message instructions
- Travelling to, entering and departing Australia
Forms, Fees, Health and Character
- Application forms
- Application charges (fees)
- Health information and Panel Doctors
- Character information and UK/Irish Police Clearances