Visas and migration
IMPORTANT CHANGES TO VISA AND CITIZENSHIP PROCESSING AT THE AUSTRALIAN EMBASSY IN CAIRO
The Department of Home Affairs section at the Australian Embassy in Cairo no longer processes temporary and permanent Australian visa and citizenship applications and will not respond to enquiries regarding visa and citizenship matters. Please note that Refugee visas (only those referred by UNHCR) and Humanitarian visas (lodged at the Special Humanitarian Processing Centre in Australia) continue to be processed in Cairo.
Any temporary or permanent visa application, other than a refugee or humanitarian visa application, lodged at this office but not yet finalised has been transferred to another processing location. To check the status of your visa or citizenship application, or otherwise to contact the Department, please refer to the information at: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/contact-us.
To find information regarding other related services available in your country, such as the nearest Australian Biometric Collection Centre or panel physician, you can select a country on the following web-page: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/contact-us/offices-and-locations/list.
IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFORMATION
For all information on coming to Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic, including exemptions to travel restrictions and applying for a visa to Australia, please see: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/coming-australia-0
You do not need to request additional time to provide biometrics, requested information, or attend health examinations. You will be afforded additional time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We cannot extend the validity period of a visa once granted. If you cannot travel due to COVID-19, you will need to apply for another visa once travel is permitted. Some former visa holders may be eligible for a visa application charge waiver: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/refunds-and-waivers-visa-application-charges.
If you are a family visa holder seeking an extension of your initial entry date due to difficulties in travelling during the pandemic, this cannot be considered until this date has passed and you have been unable to travel. For a travel facilitation letter to allow travel after your initial entry date has expired, please apply here: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/departmental-forms/online-forms/travel-facilitation-letter-request-form.
General Visa and Citizenship information
Online applications can be lodged via ImmiAccount: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/immiaccount.
Overseas applicants who are unable to apply online for a visa can refer to the information at: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/contact-us/offices-and-locations/offices-outside-australia.
If you are seeking information on which visa to apply for please see: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-finder.
Should you require assistance with your visa application, you may wish to consider Registered Migration Agent. For more information go to: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/who-can-help-with-your-application/using-a-migration-agent
If you are seeking information on citizenship by descent for your child, please consult the Home Affairs website: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/citizenship/become-a-citizen/by-descent.
On-line applications will need to be lodged before biometrics can be collected.
If you are required to provide biometrics, you will receive a letter with a formal request. You will need to book an appointment at the nearest Australia Biometrics Collection Centre, managed by VFS Global: https://www.vfsglobal.com/en/individuals/index.html
Refugee category visa applications
For information on Refugee (subclass 200, 201, 203, or 204) visas, including eligibility and step by step information on how to apply, please refer to: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/refugee-200#Overview
The Refugee category of Australia’s Humanitarian Program focusses on refugees referred by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Many people apply for Refugee and Humanitarian (Class XB) visas, but places are limited and most applications will be refused.
Applicants who have not been referred by UNHCR are likely to be unsuccessful.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Refugee and Humanitarian (Class XB) visas are not being prioritised.
Travel restrictions currently apply. Holders of Refugee and Humanitarian (Class XB) visas who have not yet entered Australia may not travel unless they have obtained a travel exemption.
Exemption is available only in exceptional circumstances – refer to the Department of Home Affairs’ website for information.