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Entering Australia

What to expect at the border and what you can bring into the country

Check if visa cancellation or refusal affects you

You might not be eligible to apply for some Australian visas if:

  • your visa application was refused, or
  • your visa was cancelled

But you might be eligible to apply for some other visas. To be granted a visa, you must meet all relevant visa eligibility criteria.

No substantive visa and had a visa refused or cancelled

If you don't have a substantive visa and you:

  • since last entering Australia, were refused a visa, other than a Bridging visa
  • were refused an entry permit and became an illegal entrant before 1 September 1994, and have not subsequently left Australia
  • had a visa that was cancelled on or after 1 September 1994

You can apply for:

Cancelled visa due to concerns about your character

You are permanently excluded from being granted most visa types except for a Protection visa (subclass 866).

Refused visa due to concerns about your character

If your visa was refused while you are in Australia, you can only apply for a Protection visa (subclass 866).

Criminal Justice Entry visas

If you have a Criminal Justice Entry visa, or you were in Australia after we cancelled your Criminal Justice Entry visa, the only visa you can apply for is Protection visa (subclass 866).

Refused a protection visa

You can't apply for a Protection visa again if, since you last entered Australia, you were refused a Protection visa.

You can only make an application for another Protection visa if the Minister decides it is in the public interest for you to submit a further application.

Read more

See Form 1026i Limitations on applications in Australia