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​​​Check twice, submit once​

Get it right the first time for a faster visa process.

Want to get to Australia sooner? You can help prevent delays in your visa application. Here are some top tips from the Australian Department of Home Affairs to help get it right the first time. Provide all your information and documents the first time so your visa won’t be held up.

Don’t forget documents need to be translated into English. Make sure you include the translator’s details on the translated document.

Check your name is spelt correctly and it exactly matches your passport. Watch out for auto-correct!

If you’re under 18 you will need to submit extra information. As well as a copy of your own passport and birth certificate, you will need to attach a copy of each of your parent’s passports.

Submit your application well ahead of time. We recommend you book your flight after your visa has been granted.

Many visas to Australia need you to have a health examination. You can get your health examination done before you apply for your visa using the My Health Declarations Service. Search ‘MHD’ on the Department’s website.

If you’re a student, submit a current Confirmation of Enrolment, known as a COE, with your application. If your course start date has passed, you’ll need to submit an updated COE with the new start date.

When you apply for your visa, make sure you opt-in to receive electronic communication from us. Check your ImmiAccount regularly for updates. This is where we will send you messages – including any requests for further information.

You may receive a request from us in ImmiAccount asking for biometric data, such as a photo and fingerprints. It is important that you get your biometrics collected quickly to avoid any delays with processing your visa application. Get it right the first time for a faster visa process.



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We are currently processing a high number of visa applications.

Your visa application can take longer if it contains incorrect information or documents are missing. It may even be refused.

There are things you can do to make sure that when you submit your visa application it is ‘decision ready’. This will help us process your application faster.

When preparing your application for a visa to Australia, remember to:

  • provide all the required information and documents
  • allow plenty of time to collect the necessary documents and information. It can take longer than you expect to get copies of official documents such as birth and marriage certificates, police checks, medical reports and translations of documents
  • double check you have included everything and all information is correct before you submit your application
  • make sure your name is spelt as it appears in your passport, including your middle name, and that it has not been auto-corrected by your device
  • check you have entered your date of birth in dd/mm/yy format
  • submit your application well ahead of when you want to travel. We suggest you book your flight after your visa has been granted.

Submit one application for the visa type you want

Submitting multiple visa applications for the same type of visa can slow the decision process.

For visitor visas, submit one application per person, including children.

For student visas, dependents can be included in their parent or guardian’s application.​​​

ImmiAccount – your gateway to an Australian visa​

You can apply online for an Australian visa through ImmiAccount. We will also send requests for more information to your ImmiAccount.

Using ImmiAccount you can also:

  • access information about your application
  • track the processing of your application
  • update your contact details and other information.

To help us process your application as quickly as possible:

  • make sure you consent to receive electronic communications from us by entering your email address. Regularly check your inbox for emails from us, including your junk mail.
  • if another person helps you apply for your visa, the application must include your personal contact details. If your contact details change, update them in ImmiAccount so we can get in touch with you.
  • make sure you can access your own visa application. You can ask your family member, migration agent or lawyer to ‘share’ the application with you.
  • keep your information secure, including your ImmiAccount password.
  • after you submit your application check your ImmiAccount regularly. If you respond to our requests quickly, you will get a faster visa decision. 

If you’re applying for a visitor or student visa to come to Australia, the following tips will help you get it right first time for a quicker, smoother visa journey.