Australian High Commission
United Kingdom
Australia House, London

Immigration, Visas and Citizenship

Welcome to the website of the Department of Home Affairs at the Australian High Commission in the United Kingdom.

For information on applying for Australian visas, please visit the Home Affairs website.

The information provided here highlights some of the more frequently asked queries relating to applying for a visa.

Please note that Australian citizens are expected to travel to Australia using an Australian passport. 

Latest News and Changes 

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and Australian visas

Please visit the Department of Home Affairs Entering and leaving Australia webpage for up-to-date information.

COVID-19: Australian Government Response

Students

As part of the Government’s response to COVID19, Student visa holders who are currently offshore and travel to Australia between 19 January 2022 and 19 March 2022, are eligible for a refund of their visa application charge. You will be able to apply for a refund up until 31 December 2022. Students are also able to work unlimited hours in any sector in Australia for at least the next three months.

Student visa holders can travel to Australia without applying for a travel exemption but must be fully vaccinated with an Australian approved or recognised vaccine. 

For information on these changes visit: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/student-500/temporary-relaxation-of-working-hours-for-student-visa-holders

Working Holiday Makers

As part of the Government’s response to COVID19, Working Holiday Maker visa holders who are currently offshore and travel to Australia between 19 January 2022 and 19 April 2022, are eligible for a refund of their visa application charge.  You will be able to apply for a refund up until 31 December 2022.   Working Holiday Makers can also now work for the same employer for more than six months until 31 December 2022.

Working Holiday Maker visa holders can travel to Australia without applying for a travel exemption but must be fully vaccinated with an Australian approved or recognised vaccine. 

For information on these changes visit: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/what-we-do/whm-program/latest-news

For information on vaccine requirements visit: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/vaccinated-travellers

 

Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)

From 6 April 2022, all ETA-eligible passport holders can now apply for an ETA using the Australian ETA app. For more information, see our Step-by-step guide.

If you are unable to use the app, you can apply online through ImmiAccount for another visa that suits your needs.

European passport holders may be eligible for an eVisitor (subclass 651).

At this time, ETA lodgement is only available through the Australian ETA app. To apply you must lodge the application via the ETA app which you can download for free from the Apple Store (Apple) or Google Play store (Android).

•               The app provides an easy to use method to apply for an ETA using the technology available on mobile devices. This includes using the camera to scan a passport to pre-populate biographic data into the application.

You can apply for an ETA through the app if:

•               you meet all ETA eligibility requirements; and

•               you hold a passport from an eligible country.

Whether you are visiting Australia for a short period of time or planning to migrate, you must have a valid Australian visa.