Visas and Citizenship
The Department of Home Affairs office at the Australian Embassy in Tehran manages visa and citizenship services for residents of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
For detailed visa and citizenship information, please visit our main website: www.homeaffairs.gov.au
- Parent's of Australian Citizen or Permanent Residents who want to visit children can request a longer visa. See additional evidence requirements at: 'Longer Validity Tourist Visa for Parents' that should be attached with your application
- Have question? Check out the Migration Blog to find out information. See: https://migrationblog.border.gov.au/
- The Australian Government has announced it will enhance the way visa and citizenship services are delivered using the latest digital technologies. For more information visit: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/visa-reform
- Visa applications can be submitted online using ImmiAccount . Detailed information on how to set up an account is explained at this link including FAQs and where to find help.
- If sending documents from outside Iran please use international courier services - do not use postal services (such as registered mail, pre-paid post or express delivery) as mail from overseas (including from Australia) is subject to Iranian Customs and cannot be cleared by the Embassy. These items sent by overseas postal services are usually held in Iranian Customs for one month before being returned to sender.
Applying for an Australian visa
There are a number of visa options available for people who want to visit, work, study or live in Australia. To see which Australian visa might suit you, use our Visa Finder
Watch a short online video about applying for a visa to come to Australia
Lodging your visa application
► Apply online
Eligible applicants applying online must create an ImmiAccount
To avoid processing delays, all documents and information to support your visa application should be submitted together at the time of application lodgement – see our information to help you prepare your application
For information on how to pay the Visa Application Charge see:
After lodging your application
Check your own visa details and conditions with Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Busi/visas-and-migration/visa-entitlement-verification-online-(vevo)
Need to update address, contact or passport details? Please update your details on your ImmiAccount or download Form 929 at www.homeaffairs.gov.au/929 and email the completed form to email@example.com.
You can check your own visa details with VEVO through the following link: www.homeaffairs.gov.au/VEVO
Please note that Passport changes may take 24-48 hours to be reflected in VEVO. This will not affect your travel.
For a detailed list of indicative processing times by visa category see our service standards
Note: visa application processing timeframes are indicative only and are applicable only after a complete application is received. Actual processing times are dependent on a number of factors, including but not limited to:
- whether you have provided all necessary supporting documents when you lodge your application;
- how accurately and how promptly you respond to any requests for additional information;
- how long it takes to complete any required checks on information you have provided to support your application.
You should not book flights or make travel commitments before being notified of the outcome of your visa application. The department will not be liable for any financial loss incurred by applicants whose visa application was finalised later than expected or where an application is unsuccessful.
Temporary entry visas
Visitor visa (subclass 600) is divided into two streams. If applying for this visa you must select one of the following streams:
- Tourist stream: for people travelling to Australia as a tourist or to visit family
- Business stream: for business people travelling to Australia for a short business trip
All applicants from Iran should apply online for a Visitor visa (e600). Note: If you live in Iran, in response to question "Which is the closest office to the applicant's current location?" choose "Tehran"
I am a parent of an Australian citizen or permanent resident. What are the requirements if I want to apply for a longer visa?
Parents of Australian permanent residents or Australian citizens may be eligible for the grant of one of the following:
- Tourist visa of up to five years validity with a stay of up to 12 months on each entry where they are applying from outside Australia and are in the Parent (subclass 103) visa queue
- Tourist visa of up to three years validity with 12 months stay on each entry where they are applying from outside Australia, are not in the Parent visa queue and have a previous Australian visa and have complied with all visa conditions
In addition to meeting all other Tourist visa requirements, you will need to:
- hold health insurance to cover any healthcare costs during your stay and provide evidence of this when you apply
- not stay in Australia for more than 12 months in any 18 month period. (Like all tourists, parents granted Tourist visas are expected to maintain extended periods of absence between visits to Australia).
Should you want to be considered for the longer validity visa, you are requested to make note of this when you apply and to provide evidence of health insurance coverage for your initial stay period.
See the following links for information about other temporary entry visas:
Eligible applicants should apply online using ImmiAccount
Permanent entry visas
Detailed information regarding options for permanent migration to Australia can be found on FAQ’s Family Migration
For comprehensive information about Child migration, see Booklet 2, Child Migration
Applications must be lodged complete with all required documents to avoid processing delays. You must provide all documentation relevant to you and the sponsor with your completed application form and failure to do so may result in the processing of your application being delayed, or a decision being made to refuse to grant the visa. Sufficient evidence of identity is critical for ensuring your application is complete.
Note: identity for Afghan applicants is assessed on the basis of a machine readable passport and the original copy of an English translated tazkira attested by the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
For further information, see our Family Migration Questions and Answers
Refugee and humanitarian visas
For comprehensive information about the Refugee and humanitarian (Class XB) visa and the relevant application forms, see Refugee and humanitarian visas
Applicants who are living outside their home country may approach the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for refugee determination. If the UNHCR finds them to be refugees, they may be referred to a country such as Australia for resettlement.
Applicants from the following list of countries whose application is accompanied by a Refugee and special humanitarian proposal (Form 681) must lodge their application at the Victorian Offshore Humanitarian Processing Centre – this applies to people who are lodging a visa for consideration under the Global Special Humanitarian Program (SHP) or as an immediate family member:
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates
Applying for Australian citizenship
See our step-by-step guide about how to apply for Australian citizenship
If you have lost, damaged or had your Australian citizenship certificate stolen, use our online guide to apply for proof of your Australian citizenship
Applications for Australian citizenship general eligibility and other situations, and applications to resume or renounce Australian citizenship should be lodged at our Canberra office in the Australian Capital Territory.
Enquiries you have prior to lodging your application you should consult the main website at www.homeaffairs.gov.au
You can contact the Department of Home Affairs by email only at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive an automated response when you send us an email. Please read this carefully. If your enquiry is answered by the information in the automated response, you will not receive another reply.
We do not respond to status-related enquiries for applications that fall within the published processing times. You should wait until after the processing time has elapsed before contacting us. If you lodged your application online, you can monitor the status of your application through ImmiAccount
If you are asked to provide documents to the office please post or courier to the following address:
Australian Embassy Tehran
Department of Home Affairs
No 2 23rd Street
Khaled Eslamboli Ave
Tehran 1513934113, Iran
Note: You do not need to visit the Australian Embassy in Tehran in order to lodge an application or provide documents.
Details of Embassy public holidays can be viewed on http://iran.embassy.gov.au/tran/contact-us.html
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Visa Fraud Information
Report something suspicious
If you wish to provide details of suspicious or fraudulent behaviour you can lodge an online report at http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/about/contact/report-suspicious-activities-behaviour. Alternatively, you can provide information by phone or fax on the following toll-free numbers:
Phone: 1800 009 623
Fax: 1800 009 849
You can send this information in writing to:
National Allegation and Assessment Team
Department of Home Affairs GPO Box 241 MELBOURNE VIC 3001
Health examinations for Australian visas may only be carried out by specially appointed panel doctors. Panel doctors located in Iran are listed on our main website at Immigration Panel Doctors in Iran
Passport enquiries should be directed to the Consular Section of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade within the Australian Embassy Tehran. Further information is available on the Australian Embassy’s website under Services for Australians Overseas
This office does not provide advice or otherwise deal with matters relating to visas to enter the Islamic Republic of Iran. All such enquiries should be directed to the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Islamic Republic of Iran (for those outside Iran), or to:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran
No 3 Building, Consular Section
No 30 Avenue, Imam Khomeini Square