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Travelling to the UK from Australia
You should apply no more than 3 months before your intended travel date, unless you are applying under the Youth Mobility Scheme, where you can apply up to 6 months before.
You must provide an accurate travel date as part of your application. If your visa is valid for more than 6 months, you will be given a 30 day travel window based on the information provided in the application form. Make sure you know the date you will travel to the UK before you apply.
If successful, your temporary visa will be valid for 30 days once you receive it and you will need to travel within this period. If you are unable to travel during this 30 day window, you will need to apply for a vignette transfer to change the dates.
The priority visa service
You can pay an additional fee to fast track your application and have your visa application placed at the front of the processing queue and expedited. This service is available for all visa categories.
Use of the priority visa service is optional and does not imply or guarantee that your visa application will be successful. All visa applicants must meet the requirements of the UK Immigration Rules. The fee for the priority service and the visa application fee are not refundable if your visa application is refused.
This expedited service will begin when both the application and supporting documents are received by UKVI rather than when they are submitted.
Your application may take longer if you:
- do not include the priority service receipt with your application, or you submit it afterwards. Please ensure this receipt is stapled to the front of the application form (applicable only Adelaide and Hobart applications)
- have previously been refused a visa for the UK, or refused leave to enter the UK
- have previously been deported, removed, or otherwise required to leave the UK
- have overstayed a period of leave in the UK
- have previously been refused a visa for Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA or the Schengen countries
- have been convicted of a criminal offence in any country
- do not submit all relevant documentation with your application
- are applying for a visa for the Channel Islands. These applications may take longer than the standard processing times as they may need to be referred
- are applying for a visa for another Commonwealth country or a dependent territory
Apply for a UK visa in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra
Information about applying in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra is available on the VFS website.
Apply for a UK visa in Adelaide and Hobart
Apply online and follow the instructions to:
- book your appointment at one of the following Dept of Home Affairs offices: Adelaide: Dept of Home Affairs, 70 Franklin St, Adelaide; Hobart: Dept of Home Affairs, 188 Collins Street, Hobart, 7000
- pay your fee
- go to your appointment (you will have your photo or fingerprints (known as ‘biometric information’) taken
- you will be handed an information leaflet advising you what to do next
- post your application
Posting your application (Adelaide and Hobart visa applicants and only)
Once your application is complete and you have enrolled your biometric data, you have 5 days to post your application form, supporting documents, passport, photos and a self-addressed return postage paid envelope to the address provided below.
All applications must have a valid passport with at least 1 page without any endorsements. If the application arrives at the decision making centre without a passport, the application will be refused.
For those applying for settlement visas, please post your passport and application form to the address below, and follow the instructions for submitting settlement supporting documentation below. Follow the instructions on the VFS Global website for preparing your application for posting.
UK Visas and Immigration
GPO Box 2718
Sydney NSW 2001
Apply for a UK settlement visa from Australia
There is a different process for submitting UK Settlement applications in Australia.
Your application form and passport will be submitted at the visa application centre, or posted to the address above, if you are applying from Adelaide and Hobart.
Your supporting documents, including the appendix will be posted to the following address by the sponsor or the applicant. Full details of how to prepare a settlement application can be found on the VFS Global website.
PO Box 5852
We aim to make a decision on a settlement visa in 60 working days. If you have opted for our Settlement Priority Visa Service, your application will be put at the front of the queue and the decision expedited.
Apply for a Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode
Whether you are applying for a new certificate of entitlement to the right of abode, or replacing an expired one, you need to follow the same application process online. You may still use the priority visa service.
Apply for a visa for some Commonwealth countries or a British overseas territory
We also accept applications from some Commonwealth Countries and British overseas territories. See more guidance in the Commonwealth Countries and British overseas territories section.
Apply for an exempt diplomatic visa
If you are being posted to work at the Australian High Commission in the UK or , you should make an application online and apply under exempt: diplomatic posting to the UK.
If you have any dependants, they should apply under exempt: diplomatic posting to the UK (dependants).
You will be prompted to book an appointment at one of our visa application centres or our biometric enrolment centres in Adelaide or Hobart to have your photograph taken.
When you submit or post your signed copy of the application form, please ensure you include your passport, a current passport photo, a third party note from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and a self- addressed return envelope if you are applying from Adelaide or Hobart.
Each dependant is required to make a separate application. Their names should be included in the third party note. Dependants must also submit copies of relevant birth certificates for accompanying children, marriage certificates for spouses or a letter from DFAT to show you are recognised as a same-sex or de facto couple. This documentation should be included in the application.
Please note that Dependants in a de facto relationship are not exempt and may have to enrol fingerprints as well as their photo. Please make this clear to the biometric enrolment officer when you attend the appointment. They will ensure that they enrol your biometrics and avoid delays.
If you need the visa urgently, please advise the biometric enrolment officer that your application is a priority application before they take your photos. There will be no additional charge for this service.
Apply for an exempt visa as a member of the armed forces
If you are going on a course or a posting to work as a member of the Australian Defence Forces in the UK, you should make an application online and apply under exempt: Member of UK or visiting forces.
If you have any dependants, they should apply under exempt: member of UK or visiting forces (dependant). The main applicant is exempt from immigration control and does not have to pay a fee. When you submit your signed copy of the printed application form you should include a third party note, your postings notice, your official passport and a passport photo. If you are applying from Adelaide or Hobart please also provide a self-addressed return envelope.
Each dependant is required to make a separate application. Their names should be included in the third party note and postings notice. Dependents must also submit copies of relevant birth certificates for accompanying children, marriage certificates for spouses or evidence that you have been in a relationship akin to marriage for a minimum period of two years. This documentation should be included in the application.
Dependants are not exempt from immigration control, even though the form implies this. Dependants will not need to enrol their fingerprints unless the main applicant is going on a course. If this is the case, please advise the biometric enrolment officer, so they know to enrol your biometric data, if you do not, your application may be delayed.
If you need to make an urgent application, you will need to pay the priority payment for all the family members with the exception of the main applicant. However the main applicant should make it clear to the biometric enrolment officer that the application is priority.
Apply for a visa as a civilian member of the Australian Defence Forces (ADF)
If the main applicant is going for study, please read the guidance on Tier 4 (General) Students. You may need to apply for an ATAS certificate depending on the nature of your course. This certificate takes around one month to process and you will need to apply for this before you submit a Tier 4 Student application. Read the guidance on qualification codes and guidance on applying for an ATAS certificate for more information.
If the main applicant is going on a posting to work, there is a special category for civilian members of the ADF going on a posting to work in the UK. This also applies to DSTO staff working with DSTO/DSTL in the UK.
There is currently no specific category set up for Civilians working in the UK on our on-line visa application site , so the main applicant and any dependants should apply online under the following category: employment; non points based employment; Dependant of a current work permit holder.Once the form is completed and printed out, please write in red ink across the top of the form, CIVILIAN MEMBER OF THE DEFENCE FORCES.
You will need to provide a third party note from the Department of Defence, or the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade stipulating the details of your posting and listing accompanying dependants.
Each dependant is required to make a separate application. Their names should be included in the third party note. Dependents must also submit copies of relevant birth certificates for accompanying children, marriage certificates for spouses or evidence that you have been in a relationship akin to marriage for a minimum period of two years. This documentation should be included in the application.
You will then submit your application following the instructions for either a submission at a visa application centre or posting if you enrol your biometric data in Adelaide or Hobart.
Biometric residence permits
Biometric residence permits (BRPs) are issued for non European Economic Area (EEA) nationals travelling to the UK for more than 6 months, with the exception of those applying under an exempt category or those applying for a certificate of entitlement to the right of abode, or for any visa valid for 6 months or less.
You must provide an accurate UK postcode as part of your application, as you will be designated a specific Post Office branch on the basis of the information provided in the application form. You will receive a letter with your passport and visa which provides these details. BRP’s must be collected from a post office within 10 days of arriving in the UK. The BRP card can then be used as proof of the right to work, study and access public services in the UK.
Read the guidance on how to get a BRP if you are an overseas visa applicant.
Contact UK Visas and Immigration
Visit UK Visas and Immigration to find information and guidance on:
- whether you need a visa
- the requirements for each visa category and the cost
- how to apply for your visa
- information on your nearest visa application centre
For questions about the visa application process, you can contact UK Visas and Immigration where you will find telephone and email contact details.
Staff at our High Commission, Consulates and biometric enrolment centres cannot help with visa enquiries.
Make a complaint
Letters or emails about decisions to refuse a UK visa will not be treated as complaints. If you do not agree with the decision on your visa application, please use the existing appeals process, or apply for an administrative review.
If you have a complaint about how your visa application has been handled, or the conduct of UK Visas and Immigration staff please guidance on the complaints procedure