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Welcome to the website of the Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs) in China (excluding SARs and Taiwan province). Our offices in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai manage visa and citizenship services for residents of China and Mongolia.  

General information on Australian visas and citizenship can be found on the Home Affairs website.

This website contains supplementary information specifically for residents of China and Mongolia.


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Australian Visas

You must have a valid Australian visa to travel to and enter Australia. It is your responsibility to apply for the visa which most suits your circumstances. Use the Visa Finder to help you find the visa most likely to meet your specific circumstances.

The following pages provide information on the most common visa options for applicants in China and Mongolia.

Visiting Australia

Working in Australia

Studying in Australia

Migrating to Australia

Returning Residents

For a full list of Australian visas, see Visa List


Applying for a visa in China and Mongolia

You can now apply for most visas online in ImmiAccount. This is the preferred and most efficient way to apply.

If you reside in China or Mongolia, please refer to the following information before submitting your application:

Visa requirements (including health and character) Visa Application Charge

Lodging a Visa Application in China




IMPORTANT: You should apply for your visa well in advance of your intended travel date.

Check the current global visa processing times and ensure you leave sufficient time for processing of your application. We recommend that you do not finalise your travel arrangements until you have a valid visa to travel to Australia. We will not be liable for any financial loss incurred by travellers whose visa application was finalised later than expected, or where an application is not successful.

Visa Holders

Before you travel to Australia you should check that your visa is valid, that you understand the conditions of your visa, and that all your details are correct. You can use online services to:

Australian Citizenship 

Information on Australian citizenship is available on the Home Affairs website.

The following pages provide supplementary information for citizenship applicants in China and Mongolia.

Citizenship by Descent

Citizenship by Conferral

Citizenship by Adoption

Contact Us

Before contacting us, we encourage you to use online services and information available on this website, and the Home Affairs website, to get the information you require. If, after accessing these websites, you still require additional information or assistance you can:
·  Call the Home Affairs Global Service Centre number in Australia on +61 2 6196 0196, open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (local time).
·  Contact Home Affairs in China online using the Australian Immigration Enquiry form. Select the overseas post as China (Beijing, Guangzhou or Shanghai).

For more information, see Contacting Home Affairs in China

If your query is complex and requires us to access your details you can contact the Global Service Centre (GSC). Contact us (

When you call the GSC, select option 6 to engage a TIS interpreter in your language

Option 6 can be selected straight after dialling the GSC number.

Alternatively, a TIS interpreter can also be engaged directly via:

Your feedback is valuable to us. We use this feedback to improve our services and investigate and respond to any issues of concern. See: Provide feedback – compliments, complaints and suggestions

When we contact you

If you have applied for a visa, you may receive a phone call from the Department of Home Affairs to ask for  more information. This phone call may be outside normal Australian business hours and could come from any office in the world. Our staff will always identify themselves before they ask you for any information.

Our officers will never ask for your:

  • credit card information
  • banking details
  • mmiAccount password.


Page last updated 29 January 2024