Australian Embassy
China

Visas and Citizenship

 

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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.

IMPORTANT NEWS:

  1. Planning to visit Australia as part of a Study Tour? Make your visa applications online as a group now!
  2. Update on the five year subclass 870 Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa
  3. Third Round of Work and Holiday Visa Appointments full
  4. Next Round of Work and Holiday Appointments are now open 18 February 2019
  5. Next Round of Work and Holiday Appointments to open 18 February 2019
  6. Spring Festival travel reminders
  7. Travelling to Australia during Spring Festival? You should have applied by now!
  8. Travelling to Australia during Spring Festival? Apply now! 
  9. Tavelling to Australia over the Christmas/Spring Festival Period? Apply online and apply early!
  10. Second Round of Work and Holiday Visa Appointments full
  11. Next Round of Work and Holiday Appointments are now open 31 October 2018
  12. Next Round of Work and Holiday Appointments to open 31 October 2018
  13. Planning a Trip to Australia over Christmas or Spring Festival? Apply online now to beat the rush!

Previous News

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

Processing Times

Lodging a Visa Application in China

Visa checklists 

Australian Visa Application Centres in China


Mongolian Applicants: Information in English / Визний мэдээлэл Монгол хэлээр

Other nationality applicants residing in China: Information in English / Information in Chinese

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:
·  Contact the VFS Global Helpline by telephone or email (pre-lodgement enquiries only). Please note that VFS Global cannot provide advice on applications already submitted to, or decided by, the Department of Home Affairs.
·  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

Not all visa and citizenship applications are processed in China. If your application is processed in another office please refer to Home Affairs Offices and Locations for contact details.

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Page last updated 15 April 2019