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Consular services in Australia are offered by the U.S. Consulates in Melbourne, Perth & Sydney. The U.S. Embassy in Canberra does not process visa applications. Immigrant Visas are only processed by the U.S. Consulate in Sydney.
A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship or nationality.
Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel under the Visa Waiver Program. The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States. If you cannot find what you are looking for here, please visit Travel.State.gov for additional information.
Note: U.S. citizens do not need a U.S. visa for travel to the United States, but when planning travel abroad a U.S. citizen may need a visa issued by the embassy or consulate of the country they wish to visit.
For nonimmigrant visas, you can go directly to the online application for the DS-160; or for immigrant visas, directly to the USCIS site for the relevant forms. If you are unsure, please use the Visa Wizard below to help you determine your visa type.
The U.S. Consulate General in Sydney processes all diplomatic and official visa applications in Australia. If the application is complete and subsequently approved, standard processing time is ten (10) business days from receipt of all required documentation.Australian Diplomats and Officials Foreign Government Representatives International Organization Employees Locally Engaged Staff
All officials traveling on behalf of the Australian federal government require visas to transit or enter the United States. You are not required to appear for an in-person interview, but you are required to submit an application to our office via VisaLink.
All officials traveling on behalf of their federal government require particular visas to transit or enter the United States
To receive a G-1, G-2, G-3, or G-4 visa, you must be traveling to attend meetings at, visit, or work at a designated international organization. If you are entitled to a G visa, under U.S. visa law, you must receive a G visa
Applicants working at an Embassy or Consulate in the U.S. as Locally Engaged Staff require visas to enter the United States. You are not required to appear for an in-person interview, but you are required to submit an application to our office.
Petitioners residing in Australia must file their Form I-130, Petition for an Alien Relative , with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), unless they believe that their situation qualifies as an emergency may request an exemption to allow a U.S. Consulate General in Australia to accept the filing
The K-1 visa permits a foreign-citizen fiancé(e) to travel to the United States and marry their U.S. citizen fiancé(e) within 90 days of arrival.
Complete information on applying for an immigrant visa, including employment-based immigration and diversity visas
A U.S. lawful permanent resident (LPR) who has remained outside the United States for longer than one year or beyond the validity period of a Re-entry Permit must obtain a new immigrant visa to re-enter the United States and resume permanent residence.
U.S. Immigration law presumes that a person admitted to the United States as an immigrant will live in the United States permanently. Remaining outside the United States for more than 12 months may result in a loss of lawful permanent resident status.
Review the “Boarding of Lawful Permanent Residents” file on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website. If you do not fall under any of the categories listed, you may be required to apply for a Carrier Document.
If you are not in possession of a valid Green Card to facilitate your travel, you may need to submit an Application for a Travel Document (Carrier Documentation)
Use Form I-407 to let USCIS know you are voluntarily abandoning your status as a lawful permanent resident (LPR) of the United States. USCIS will update your records to show you are no longer an LPR.
Under U.S. immigration regulations, a child born abroad to Lawful Permanent Residents or Immigrant Visa Holders, you may print and present the following letter to airline staff.
Individuals requiring a U.S. Criminal History Check are required to apply to the FBI directly. Fingerprint services are only available for certain applicants
The pamphlet linked below informs you of your rights as a nonimmigrant visa holder in certain employment- and education-based categories.
The pamphlet informs applicants applying for K-1 visas, K-3, IR-1/CR-1 immigrant visas, and F2A immigrant visas of their legal rights relating to domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.
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