Australian Embassy
Cabo Verde, Sao Tome and Principe, Guinea Bissau

Visas and migration

Information regarding Visas and Citizenship

What's new?

The Australian Government has announced it will enhance the way visa and citizenship services are delivered using the latest digital technologies. For more information visit the Department of Home Affairs website.


Update:  11 February 2020 - Portuguese Work and Holiday program is nearing completion for 2019-20

Due to significant interest in Australia's Work and Holiday visa arrangements with Portugal, this program is nearing completion for the 2019-20 program year! If you are a national of Portugal and would like to lodge a Work and Holiday visa application, you may wish to do so as soon as possible. No further applications can be lodged once the cap for this program year has been reached, until the new program starts on 1 July 2020.

Applications must be lodged online via ImmiAccount. Please see for further information.

Information about whether there are places available for each country in the Work and Holiday program is available at

2019/2020 Work and Holiday Program with Portugal

On 1 July 2019, the 2019/2020 Work and Holiday (subclass 462) Programs commenced.  This includes applications from clients in Poland, Portugal and Spain.

Please submit applications i.e. completed application forms with valid payment and supporting documents, in one single package.  Do not send any supporting documents (such as an English test results) ahead of your actual paper application.  

Applicants must submit their online.

More information on the Work and Holiday program can be found at:

1 July 2019: Portuguese applicants for a Work and Holiday visa no longer require a letter of Government support

From 1 July 2019, a Government letter of support will no longer be required for Portuguese applicants for a subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa for Australia. It is important to note that all other visa requirements remain unchanged, including the requirements for adequate funds, education and Functional English. For a list of acceptable evidence to demonstrate that you have at least Functional English, please refer to the Department’s website at, then scroll down to "Have this level of English language". 


General Information

To enter Australia, you must have either an Australian Passport or a valid Australian Visa.

The Australian Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal does not process visa or citizenship applications. For clients resident in Portugal visa processing is undertaken electronically through the online ‘eVisa’ service, or by processing centres in Australia, or by an immigration office at an Australian Embassy.

You should not book flights or make travel commitments until you have a visa to travel to Australia. The Department of Home Affairs 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.


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.

Holiday Visa Information

Visa and Citizenship Information

The Department of Home Affairs provides a website with information about Australian visas and citizenship. This information is available in English. This website contains comprehensive information about the range of visa products, eligibility, forms, fees and application procedures. For most visa types there are checklists and step-by-step guides to help you make your application.


Visa processing at an Immigration Office

The Department of Home Affairs has offices in:

Berlin, Germany
London, United Kingdom 

Documents lodged at the Berlin office in languages other than English or German must be accompanied by an English translation. For further information on these requirements, please refer to the Berlin website:


Our immigration offices process the following visas:

  • Visitor visa (for passport holders who cannot apply online)
  • Working Holiday Maker visas (for passport holders who cannot apply online)
  • Work and Holiday Maker visas
  • Short Stay Business visas (for passport holders who cannot apply online)
  • Transit visa 
  • Student visa (for passport holders who cannot apply online)
  • Temporary Work visa
  • Resident Return visa
  • Partner Migration
  • Child Migration
  • Other Family Migration


Beware of Visa Scams

To avoid being scammed, you can check the Register of Migration Agents on the OMARA website, to receive the protections of an OMARA registered Migration Agent.

There are Australian registered migration agents working all around the world in countries such as India, the United Kingdom, China and New Zealand, just to name a few. These agents are subject to the same Code of Conduct, professional development and regulations as registered migration agents based in Australia. More information about Australia’s efforts to ensure the integrity of the migration advice profession is available at:


Citizenship by Descent processing office in London, UK

The immigration office in London processes citizenship by descent applications for clients resident in Andorra, Ascension Island, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faeroe Islands, Falkland Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Saint Helena, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, Vatican City.

For further information please refer to the London website. 


Telephone Enquiries

To ensure you have the quickest, most efficient service the Department of Home Affairs encourages you to use the information already available on its website. The vast majority of queries are addressed there and that is the most effective way for you to get the information you require.

The Home Affairs website also contains a range of online tools that will help you find the information you need quickly and in line with your specified circumstances and needs. In some cases, you may be able to proceed directly to online application lodgement.

If after accessing the Home Affairs website you have further questions or require additional information, please click here for details on how to contact us.


Client Service and feedback

We value your compliments, complaints and suggestions to help us to provide better products and services. We seek client feedback in a number of ways, including through client satisfaction surveys, and direct feedback from clients. Please consult our Client Service Charter and Feedback form.


Tourist and short stay business visas

All non-Australian citizens, except New Zealand citizens, travelling to Australia require an electronic travel authority (ETA) or a visa.

If you wish to travel to Australia for tourism or short stay business purposes, you should choose one of the following visa options. Working is not permitted on those visa subclasses.

If you hold an ETA-eligible Passport, and wish to visit up to 3 months for tourism or business purposes, you can apply for an ETA through a travel agent or airline.

If you hold an eVisitor-eligible Passport, and wish to visit up to 3 months for tourism or business purposes, you can apply for an eVisitor on-line.


Transit visas

Most people transiting Australia to another country or passing through Australia to join a ship as crew must obtain a visa overseas before travelling to Australia.

Note: A transit visa is required even if a traveller remains on the same aircraft in the same airport.

The relevant visa is Transit Visa (subclass 771) and allows the holder to enter and remain in Australia for 72 hours.


Airlines and Air Crew

Information and requirements for airlines, and visa information for air crew, see Department of Home Affairs.


Sea Travel

Information and entry requirements for the shipping industry, passengers and crew arriving by sea, please consult the Department of Home Affairs.

The Maritime Crew Visa is replacing the Special Purpose Visa from 1 July 2007. For more information on how to apply, please see Department of Home Affairs.


Student visas 

Visitors to Australia who wish to attend a formal or informal course, which lasts for up to 3 months (for example: English language course, diving course, or computer course) can do so using a Visitor Visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). You should be aware, however, that work is not permitted while holding a tourist visa, and that health formalities still apply.

If your course of study lasts for more than 3 months, or you are participating in a Secondary School Exchange (no matter how short) you need to apply for a Student Visa. Secondary School Exchange refers to official exchange programs registered with an Australian State Department of (School) Education.


Temporary residence visa options

Temporary residence visa options include:

• For invited academics to visit Australia to observe or participate in research projects, without remuneration other than a contribution towards living expenses and travel costs

• You wish to participate in a sporting event, perform as an artist or travel to Australia as a film maker, photographer or journalist.

• Investor retirement visa

• Special program visa

• Occupational trainee visa


Australian permanent residents 

Australian citizenship

All Australian Citizenship by Descent applications for people who are resident in Portugal should be lodged at the Australian High Commission in London.

For further information about Citizenship by Descent, please click here.

For information on how to lodge your application in London, please click here.

Please note that all payment must be made in Pound Sterling. Information about payment options can be found here.

If you have specific enquiries, please click here

For general information on other citizenship matters, click here


Migrating to Australia   

Skills-related Migration Visas

There are different visa options available for people who want to migrate to Australia and who have the required skills and qualifications. Please read the following overview.


Partner and Family Migration Visas

If you intend to stay in Australia permanently or if your personal circumstances require a permanent residence permit for Australia, you need to apply for a migration visa. Please read the following overview.