Visas and migration
The Department of Home Affairs at the Australian Embassy in Cairo processes most visa applications and some citizenship applications for residents of Egypt, Sudan, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Libya. The information in this website is meant as supplementary, country specific information to that contained in the main Home Affairs website, http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/
Communication with this office
All communication about active applications can be made only by email to: [email protected]
For information about visa requirement, please visit our website: http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/
For Pre-Lodgement enquiries, please check the Visa Finder link: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/visa-1
For updates regarding COVID-19 travel restrictions, please refer to the Department’s website:
How to apply
Online using immiAccount
The best option to apply is online. Most applications can be lodged online.
All Students, Temporary Work, Medical Treatment, Transit, Partner and Prospective spouse visas must apply for their visa online.
Other visitor visas, Australian Citizenship by Descent and Resident Return visa applications can be submitted online or couriered to the following address:
World Trade Center,
1191 Corniche El-Nile,
Boulaq, Cairo, Egypt
Please see: http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/Visa/Immi for more details.
To ensure the visa office can communicate with you electronically about your visa outcome and other matters, you must include an email address with your application and, when lodging online through ImmiAccount, leave the checkbox empty when responding to the question ‘The applicant does not agree to electronic communication’.
The following checklists will assist you in making a complete application for the following migration visa applications. Cairo Family Migration Checklists:
The following checklist provides information on citizenship applications:
Refugee and Humanitarian visa applications
To apply for a Refugee and Humanitarian visa, the completed form 842, with documents and one passport sized photo for each applicant, should be posted or couriered to the following address:
World Trade Center,
1191 Corniche El-Nile,
Boulaq, Cairo, Egypt
All applications must include a current e-mail address to allow this office to contact the applicant with the file number.
Please note that under the Home Affairs Code of Conduct, Visa & Immigration office staff members are prevented from giving migration advice or their professional assessment to applicants, on the likely chances of success of any future visa applications. It is only after the application is lodged that the decision-maker may make a careful assessment of the merits of the case.
The Australian Government collects biometrics from clients applying for Australian visas in Egypt and Algeria. Biometrics will be collected from visa applicants, irrespective of their nationality, who are in Egypt or Algeria at the time of making a visa application to enter Australia unless they are excluded or exempted.
Biometrics are collected at an Australian Biometric Collection Centre (ABCC) in Cairo or Algiers. The ABCC, operated by VFS Global, will charge a fee for this service. Visa applicants should register, make an appointment and make payment for the biometric enrolment as per the instructions provided on the VFS Global website.
Visa applicants will be sent a letter informing them that they need to attend the ABCC in Cairo or Algiers to provide their biometrics. Applicants should take a copy of this email and their passport to the ABCC.
For more information, please refer to:
VFS Global Cairo website: www.vfsglobal.com/Australia/Egypt
VFS Global Algiers Website: www.vfsglobal.com/Australia/Algeria
Addresses of VFS Global in Egypt and Algeria as follows:
Address of VFS
44, Office #G, 2nd Floor, Giza Residence Tower, Giza St., Giza, Egypt.
Cité Houidef Bouteldja, N°1 Ben Aknoun, Alger
Due to COVID-19, VFS updated their website with CUSTOMER ADVISORIES, as follows:
“Effective 7 April 2020, all Australian Visa Application Centres, Australian Biometric Collection Centres and call centres, across the VFS Global network, will be temporarily closed until further notice. Appointments and mail-in/courier application services to the Australian Visa Application Centres will also remain closed.”
Please refer the following links for details and update:
Mandatory appointments for Biometrics collection:
Customers wishing to attend the Australian Biometric Collection Centre must register on this website and book an appointment following receipt of their letter from the Department of Home Affairs. Customers should not register on this website until they have received a letter from the Department of Home Affairs, advising them of the requirement to enrol biometrics.
Documents posted from outside Egypt
If you intend to send an application or any documents to the Embassy from outside Egypt (including from Australia), you should engage the services of an internationally reputable courier company which will guarantee a door-to-door service. You should ensure that any courier you use has an office in Egypt and will undertake action on your behalf in relation to customs clearance. We recommend that you use DHL or TNT. Clients report problems when using Australia Post’s courier services and, as such we strongly recommend that clients DO NOT use Australia Post.
Your courier service is then responsible for ensuring that the package is delivered to the Embassy. The Australian Embassy in Cairo cannot provide you with any assistance in clearing any item through Egyptian Customs, even if you have used an international courier as recommended.
Announcement about visa reform
The Australian Government has announced it will enhance the way visa and citizenship services are delivered using the latest digital technologies. For more information please visit https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/visa-reform
Beware of Visa Scams
Due to an increase in visa scams the embassy urges caution regarding offers of employment or study in Australia. These offers claim to be from ‘registered providers’ or ‘Australian visa application services’. When dealing with any organisation offering these services please ensure that you verify any offers of employment or study are genuine. While all efforts will be made to assist wherever possible, neither the Australian Government nor the Australian Embassy in Cairo is responsible and cannot be held accountable for any loss related to such scams.
There are Australian registered migration agents working all around the world in countries such as India, the United Kingdom, China and New Zealand, just to name a few. These agents are subject to the same Code of Conduct, professional development and regulations as registered migration agents based in Australia. More information about Australia’s efforts to ensure the integrity of the migration advice profession is available at: www.mara.gov.au
Help the Australian Government improve its new Digital Assistant online chat for visa and citizenship enquiries
We are currently trialling a new Digital Assistant online chat that will make it easier and faster to find answers to Australian visa and citizenship questions.
The Digital Assistant trial will be available on the Australian Government’s Immigration and Citizenship website pages (https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au) for approximately three months.
We are asking for your help to improve the Digital Assistant by using it as much as possible throughout the trial for your Australian visa and citizenship questions, and sending any feedback you have on the Digital Assistant. Feedback can be provided by clicking on the blue feedback tab at the bottom of the screen.
You can open the Australian Visa and Citizenship Digital Assistant by clicking on the ‘Digital Assistant’ orange tab located at the bottom right hand side of the screen on our Immigration and Citizenship webpages.
For more information on our trial Digital Assistant go to www.homeaffairs.gov.au