United Arab Emirates - Visa information and lodgement

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

Note: The visa office also processes partner and family migration applications from Afghani nationals resident in Afghanistan or Pakistan.

Biometrics collection

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

All people, regardless of nationality, lodging paper-based visa applications in the UAE, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Countries and Yemen will be required to attend an Australian Visa Application Centre in person to lodge their application and provide their biometrics. A 10 digit fingerprint scan and a facial photograph will be collected.

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 the UAE through the Australian Visa Application Centres. The Australian Visa Application Centres accept applications for Australian visas. Clients can lodge their applications in person at any of the Australian Visa Application Centres in the UAE or the GCC.

Further information on the VFS and services they provide are available from their website.

See:VFS Global

By post or courier to the Australian Consulate-General

Please ensure you have enclosed the appropriate visa application charges if you post or courier your application to the Australian Consulate-General. 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 lodge your application directly with the Consulate-General you will still need to go to the Australian Visa Application Centre to provide biometrics.

See:VFS Global

At the Australian Consulate-General in person

To lodge in person at the Australian Consulate-General you will need to make an appointment. However, you can lodge your application at an Australian Visa Application Centre during their business hours without an appointment.

Note: If you lodge your application directly with the Consulate-General you will still need to go to the Australian Visa Application Centre to provide biometrics.

See:VFS Global

Permanent entry visas

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

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 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.

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.

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 closest immigration office outside Australia​.

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.

Temporary entry visa applications from United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, unless indicated below, are processed and decided in Dubai.

Passport holders from United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are eligible to apply online for a Visitor visa (e600).

See:Visitor (e600) 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 can be lodged at the Australian Consulate-General, United Arab Emirates or at any of the Australian Visa Application Centres in the UAE or the GCC, excluding Australian Visa Application Centres in Saudi Arabia.

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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