Pakistan - Visa information and lodgement

This visa office provides immigration and visa services to clients in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Biometrics collection

The Australian Government is introducing biometrics collection into the visa application process.

If you are applying in Pakistan, regardless of nationality, you need to provide your biometrics in person at an Australian Visa Application Centre. Your 10-digit fingerprint scan and a facial photograph will be collected.

Note: Applications from people in Afghanistan do not have to attend an Australian Visa Application Centre in person or provide their biometrics to lodge their application in Pakistan.

Lodging a visa application

At an Australian Visa Application Centre

The Department has an agreement with VFS Global to provide Australian visa lodgement services in Pakistan through the Australian Visa Application Centres, in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi. The centres can only accept applications for Australian visas lodged in person, so that biometrics can be collected. Applications must not be mailed or couriered to the Australian Visa Application Centres.

Further information on the Australian Visa Application Centres and the services they provide is available on the Pakistan AVAC website.

By courier to the Australian High Commission, Islamabad

Please ensure if you send your application by courier to the Australian High Commission, Islamabad, that you enclose the appropriate visa application charges. Sponsors can also pay at any departmental office in Australia and include the official receipt with the application.

See: Method of Payment Accepted at Australian Missions

Note: If you are in Pakistan when you courier your application directly to the Australian High Commission, after your application has been received, you will be requested in writing to attend an Australia Visa Application Centre to provide your biometrics.

At the Australian High Commission in person

You can not lodge your visa or citizenship application in person at the High Commission in Islamabad. Visa and citizenship applications that can be lodged in Pakistan should either be lodged in person, at an Australian Visa Application Centre or sent by courier to the Australian High Commission, Islamabad.

Permanent entry visas

Partner, prospective marriage and child visa applications from applicants usually living in one of the countries in the country coverage list above are lodged and processed in Islamabad.

Exception: Partner and family migration applications from Afghan nationals who live in Afghanistan or Pakistan are processed at the Australian Consulate-General in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Partner and family applications from Afghan nationals who live in Pakistan can be lodged at an Australian Visa Application Centre in Pakistan or directly with the Australian Consulate-General in Dubai. When you lodge your application at an Australian Visa Application Centre in Pakistan you can provide your biometrics at the time of lodgement and the application will then be forwarded securely to the Australian Consulate-General in Dubai for processing.

Alternatively when you lodge your application directly with the Australian Consulate-General, Dubai, you will be requested in writing to go to an Australian Visa Application Centre in Pakistan to provide biometrics after the application has been received.

Applications for general skilled, business innovation and investment, Distinguished Talent (subclass 124), Former Resident (subclass 151) and parent subclasses are lodged and processed in Australia.

Refugee and Humanitarian visas

For applicants living in Afghanistan or Pakistan, applications for a Refugee and Humanitarian (Class XB) visa accompanied by a proposal form (form 681) should be lodged at the Special Humanitarian Processing Centre in Sydney.

For applicants living in the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, applications for a Refugee and Humanitarian (Class XB) visa accompanied by a proposal form (form 681 or 1417) should be lodged at the Special Humanitarian Processing Centre in Melbourne.

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

See: Lodging Certain Humanitarian Applications in Australia

All other Refugee and Humanitarian applications should be directed to the Australian Consulate-General, Dubai.

Temporary entry visas

Temporary entry visa applications, except those listed below, from applicants usually living in one of the countries in the country coverage list above are lodged and processed in Islamabad.

Student visa applications from citizens of Pakistan (living in Pakistan or New Zealand) and Afghanistan (living in Afghanistan, Pakistan or New Zealand) must be lodged with the Student Visa Centre (South Australia).

From 2 April 2013, student visa applicants who are Afghan or Pakistan nationals living in Pakistan can submit their applications and provide their biometrics at an Australian Visa Application Centre in Pakistan. When Afghan or Pakistan nationals submit their student visa application through an Australian Visa Application Centre, their application will be couriered securely to our Adelaide office in South Australia - attention Student Processing Centre - where required under current legislation.

Note: Any other nationalities lodging their student visa applications in Pakistan also need to provide biometrics at the time of lodgement at an Australian Visa Application Centre, however their application will be couriered to the Australian Visa Office Islamabad.

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 can be lodged at the Australian High Commission, Pakistan.

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.

Note: The Australian Visa Applications Centres in Pakistan will accept applications for Australian Citizenship by descent, but these applicants are exempt from needing to provide biometrics.