Kuwait


Service locations

The Australian Embassy in Sharq has no visa function.  The Department's office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, manages visa and citizenship services for clients in Kuwait.  It has a Service Delivery Partner agreement with VFS Global to provide Australian visa lodgement services in Kuwait through an Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC).   

More information about visa and lodgement is available.​

Service Delivery Partner - VFS Global

Kuwait City

Kuwait City
Summary

​This Service Delivery Partner (SDP) is a commercial company working in partnership with the Commonwealth of Australia to provide Australian visa application services, including:

  • pre-lodgement enquiries
  • visa application lodgement
  • application tracking
  • biometric collection.

Biometrics Collection
Biometrics are collected from visa applicants in this location. Applicants need to attend the Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) in person to lodge their application and provide their biometrics. A 10-digit fingerprint scan and a facial photograph will be collected.

Street address

Australian Visa Application Centre
Level 25, Al Tijaria Tower
Al Soor Street
Kuwait City
Kuwait​​

Counter hours

There are nine AVAC offices located throughout the Gulf, each has its own operating schedule. For opening days and hours see, VFS Global website.

Telephone

+971 4 205 5900​
Refer to VFS Global website for telephone contact hours.

Electronic contact

info.ausdxb@vfshelpline.com

Website
http://www.vfsglobal.com/Australia/GCC/
Additional information
The Department processing post is Australian Consulate-General Dubai.

Australian Consulate General

Dubai

Dubai
Summary

This office provides immigration and visa services to clients in United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

It also processes partner and family migration applications from Afghani nationals resident in Afghanistan or Pakistan.

We have an agreement with our Service Delivery Partner to provide Australian visa lodgement services. We refer to them as our Australian Visa Application Centres.

You can lodge your application in person at one of the Australian Visa Application Centres. The Australian Visa Application Centre charges a fee with each application lodged.

Street address

Australian Consulate General
Level 25
Burjuman Business Tower (Trade Centre Road)
Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Postal address
PO Box 124400
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Counter hours
By appointment only
Telephone
971 4 508 7200
Fax
971 4 355 0708
Electronic contact
Australian Immigration Enquiry Form - United Arab Emirates
Additional information

Payment information

Visa applications may be lodged at the Australian Visa Application Centre. For methods of payment accepted at the Australian Visa Application Centre GCC.

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Demand Bank Draft

Demand bank drafts drawn on a UAE bank only (and in AED) should be made payable to 'Australian Consulate-General Austrade – official public account'. Only Demand Drafts issued with MICR codes will be accepted.

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Credit Card​

Payments using credit card will be processed in Australian dollars (AUD). We accept MasterCard, Visa, AMEX, Diners and JCB. When paying by a credit card you may incur a credit card surcharge, banking and currency conversion fees and you will need to accept the risk associated with any currency fluctuations.​​​​​

Prior to lodging your application, you may need to notify your bank of an upcoming foreign credit card transaction. Failure to do so may result in your transaction being declined. Without payment your application is invalid.

Credit card transactions processed in Australian dollars (AUD) are processed in Australia.​​​​​ A credit card surcharge may apply to transactions made using your credit card.

For credit card payments use the Payment Details Form - 1440​.​​​​​


​Making payment in Australia

Fees may be paid​ at any of our offi​ces in Australia. Once the fee has been paid, you will need to provide a copy of the receipt with your application.​​​

Payment for Partner visa and Citizenship by descent applications

When lodging a Partner visa and Citizenship by descent applications at VFS Global, two payment options are available:

  1. Payment by credit card, the details must be provided in the application form.
    or
  2. Attach evidence to the application form that the VAC has been paid in Australia.

VFS Global will not accept any other payment method for Partner visa applications and Citizenship by descent applications.

Biometrics

Regardless of your nationality, if you are lodging a paper-based visa applications in the United Arab Emirates, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Countries and Yemen you will be required to attend an AVAC in person to lodge your application and provide your biometrics. A 10 digit fingerprint scan and a facial photograph will be collected.​ ​

Citizenship

Applications for Citizenship by Descent can be lodged at this office or at any of the Australian Visa Application Centres in the UAE or the GCC, excluding Australian Visa Application Centres in Saudi Arabia.​

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Applications for Australian citizenship general eligibility and other situations, and applications to resume or renounce (give up) Australian citizenship should be lodged at the Canberra office in Australian Capital Territory​.

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Panel physician

Medical and Radiology Clinic - Safat

Medical and Radiology Clinic - Safat
Street address

Hadi Clinic
Street 110, Block 8 - Jabriya

Telephone

+965 2 531 2555

Fax

+965 2 531 4717

Additional information

Doctor(s):
Dr Rafat Bseiso
Dr Assem Abdulaziz

Police check

Kuwait

Kuwait
Additional information

Relevant document: ‘Criminal Status Certificate’.
Residents: Apply in person at the Ministry of Interior, Department of Criminal Evidence.
Provide: a letter from the Department stating you require the certificate for immigration purposes (or provide a copy of the application form), original passport or civil identity card and one copy, and two passport sized photos.
Fingerprints will be taken by the police at the time of application.
Non-residents: Apply to the nearest Kuwaiti embassy. An alternative is to provide power of attorney to a relative or to your former employer’s Public Relations Officer to lodge an application on your behalf with the Ministry of Interior in Kuwait.
You will need to confirm the documentation required with the Kuwaiti embassy.
Processing time: at least two weeks.