Visas and Australian citizenship
IMPORTANT CHANGES TO VISA AND CITIZENSHIP PROCESSING AT THE AUSTRALIAN EMBASSY IN CAIRO
- The Department of Home Affairs office at the Australian Embassy in Cairo no longer provides visa and citizenship services and will not respond to any related enquiries.
Please note the Embassy cannot help you with visa and citizenship enquiries. You can contact the Department of Home Affairs directly 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
From February 2022, Cairo ceased processing Refugee and Humanitarian visa applications and transferred the caseload to the Australian High Commission in Nairobi. For enquiries on applications previously lodged or processed in Cairo, contact [email protected]
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.
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