People's Republic of China, Hong Kong Office - Visa information and lodgement

This visa office provides immigration and visa services to certain clients in the People's Republic of China (PRC), Hong Kong (SAR of China), Macau (SAR of China) and Taiwan.

Lodging a visa application at an Australian Visa Application Centre

We have an agreement with VFS Global to provide Australian visa lodgement services in Hong Kong through an Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC). The AVAC accepts applications for Australian visas. You can lodge your applications in person through the AVAC.

More information on the AVAC and their services is available from VFS Global – Hong Kong.

Permanent entry visas

Partner, prospective marriage and child (including orphan relative and dependent child) visa applications from clients living in Hong Kong (SAR of China), Macau (SAR of China) and Taiwan are lodged and processed in Hong Kong.

Business Innovation and Investment applications for the Mainland PRC, Hong Kong (SAR of China), Macau (SAR of China) and Taiwan are processed and decided at the Australian Consulate-General Visa Office in Hong Kong.

Refugee and Humanitarian visas

Clients from the East Asia region whose application for a Refugee and Humanitarian (Class XB) visa is accompanied by a proposal form (form 681) must lodge their application at the department’s NSW Offshore Humanitarian Processing Centre.

This applies to people who are lodging a visa for consideration under the Global Special Humanitarian Program (SHP) or as an immediate family member.

Email: The Special Humanitarian Programme (SHP)

See: Lodging Certain Humanitarian Applications in Australia

All other Refugee and Humanitarian applications should be directed to the Australian Embassy in Beijing.

Temporary entry visas

The information below gives the lodgement arrangements for temporary entry visas. For more detailed information refer to the relevant subclass visa pages on how to apply.

Visitor, Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) and Transit visa applications from clients living in Hong Kong (SAR of China), Macau (SAR of China) and Taiwan, unless indicated below, are lodged and processed in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passport holders are eligible to apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) online or through travel agents and airlines.

See: Electronic Travel Authority – Online Applications

Taiwan passport holders and other ETA eligible passport holders in Taiwan are eligible to apply for an ETA through authorised travel agents.

See: Approved Travel Agents in Taiwan

Taiwan passport holders outside Taiwan should apply for an ETA at their closest Australian visa office.

See: Immigration offices outside Australia

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Taiwan passport holders are eligible to apply online for a Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417).

See: Working Holiday Visa – Online Applications

Hong Kong (SAR of China), Macau (SAR of China) and Taiwan passport holders are eligible to apply online for a Student visa.

See: Students Visa Online Applications

Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa (subclass 400) - Visa applicants will need to lodge an online application

Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (subclass 403) - Sponsorship (if required) and visa applicants can lodge an online application.

Training visa (subclass 407) - Sponsorship, nomination and visa applications will need to lodge an online application.

Temporary Work Activity visa (subclass 408) - Sponsorship and visa applications will need to lodge an online application.

Paper applications for the Sponsored Family stream of the Visitor (subclass 600) visa must be lodged in Australia. These applications will be processed at one of the Sponsored Family Visitor processing centres below.

Sponsor's locationProcessing centre
New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania or the ACT Sydney office in New South Wales - attention Sponsored Family Visitor Processing Centre
Queensland, Northern Territory, South Australia or Western Australia Brisbane office in Queensland - attention Sponsored Family Visitor Processing Centre

Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457)​ sponsorship, nomination and visa applications must be lodged online. These applications will be processed at one of the Centres of Excellence in Australia.

If you are sponsored by an Australian employer, you must lodge your visa application at the same office in Australia where your employer lodged papers to support your application. Please ask your employer where they lodged these papers.​​​​​

Citizenship

Applications for Citizenship by Descent are lodged and processed at the Australian Consulate-General in Hong Kong.

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.

For more information see: Australian Citizenship.

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