For comprehensive information on visas for Australia and Australian citizenship, please visit the main website of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection http://www.border.gov.au
From 1 July 2015 Student visa applications for applicants in Iran must be lodged at the Australian Embassy in Tehran. See below under Changes to Student visa processing for more information.
Online lodgement of some visa applications
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You should not book flights or make travel commitments until you have a visa to travel to Australia. The Australian Government will not be liable for any financial loss incurred by clients whose visa application was finalised later than expected or where an application is unsuccessful.
ONLINE LODGEMENT OF SOME VISA APPLICATIONS
Iranians can now apply online for Visitor visas (Subclass 600 - Tourist and Business streams), Temporary Work visas (Subclass 400), Partner visas (Subclass 309/100), Prospective Spouse visas (Subclass 300) and Resident Return visas (Subclass 155 and 157).
To lodge an online visa application, you must create an immiAccount. This is a self-service online system where you can create, lodge, pay for and manage online Australian visa applications. It is available seven days a week.
ImmiAccount lets you:
• create, lodge and pay for an Australian visa application
• attach documents to support your application
• make changes to your personal details
• track the status of your application
• access relevant forms and correspondence
You need a credit card to pay for an online application. Another person may complete an online application for you with your consent.
Important note: Subclass 400, 600 and 155 applications must upload all supporting documents immediately as a decision may be made on the documents you submit at the time of lodgement.
While online applications are preferred, you can still lodge a paper visa application at the Embassy (see below: How to lodge a paper visa application)
Guides to assist you to create an immiAccount, lodge a visa application, upload supporting documents and make a payment are available at the Help tab for immiAccount
If the guides do not assist solve your problem, techincal support for immiAccount problems is available here
From 1 September 2015 all Australian visas are issued electronically. If your visa is granted, you will not receive a visa label in your passport. Airlines check online to confirm you have a visa when you are travelling. You can also check your visa conditions using the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) system, see Visa Entitlement Verification Online. When you receive your electronic Australian visa you are issued with a visa grant notification letter that explains the conditions of your visa, including period of validity and entry requirements. You should retain this for your own reference and you can take it with you when you travel. It is no longer possible to purchase an Australian visa label for your passport at an additional charge.
Both airline operators and Iranian authorities are aware that a visa label is no longer issued for travel to Australia, including for departure from Iran. However, you should carry your visa grant notice with you in case you are asked to produce details of your visa.
Paper visa applications can only be lodged at the Australian Embassy in Tehran by courier or post. We recommend that you use an international courier company and not postal services such as registered mail, pre-paid post or express delivery, as mail from other countries (including from Australia) is subject to Iranian Customs and cannot be cleared by the Embassy. Items sent by overseas postal services are usually held in Iranian Customs for one month before being returned to sender.
To lodge an application by post or courier you must use the Embassy's street address listed below:
Australian Embassy Tehran
No. 2, 23rd Street
Khaled Eslamboli Ave
Tehran 1513934113, Iran
What you need to include: Visa application form, receipt of Visa Application Charge, and supporting documents. Please note the receipt for the Visa Application Charge must be obtained from Australia (see below: How to pay the visa application charge for a paper visa application).
If you are lodging a paper application, please make sure you provide all the documents listed in the document checklist for the visa category which you are applying. See 'Information on visas processed in Tehran' below.
Please note that documents presented in support of your application comprise part of your file and will not be returned to you. This includes official translations of documents. We also recommend that you do not send valuable documents such as passports or property deeds by post. Certified copies of these documents will be acceptable.
There are two ways to pay the Visa Application Charge for a paper visa application. The Australian Embassy in Tehran cannot accept payment in cash, by credit card or money order and no longer accepts payments into the Embassy bank account.
1. Payment in Australia
An Australian relative or friend can pay the Visa Application Charge for you ways to pay for a visa application in Australia and then send you the receipt to lodge with your application at the Embassy.
2. Payment by credit card
Complete Form 1440 – Payment Details then you will need to email this form to email@example.com. Please allow up to 3 working days for your payment to be processed and to receive the receipt by email. You may then lodge your visa application with this receipt at the Embassy.
Receipt of payment must accompany your visa application. We will not start processing your paper visa application until you have submitted the receipt to the Embassy. The Visa Application Charge is not refunded if the application is unsuccessful.
• Credit card transactions are processed in Australian dollars and a credit card surcharge may apply.
• To avoid delay ensure you have provided the correct personal details of the visa applicant.
• Write neatly in BLOCK LETTERS.
• If you require any amendments to be made to the payment receipt, send your amended request to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following details:
o Copy of the payment receipt
o Details that need to be amended
o Contact details of the person requesting the amendment: Name, phone and email address
For further information about how to pay the Visa Application Charge and other charges in Australian Dollars see how much will my visa application cost
Which visa should I apply for?
You can use the Visa Finder to assist determine which visa is right for you.
Some visa applications must be lodged in Australia, but applications for visitor, student, transit, temporary residence, and some permanent migration visas can be lodged at the Australian Embassy Tehran.
Detailed information on these visas, including application forms, document checklists and processing times, are available via the links below:
Staff at the Embassy cannot provide lodgement advice or assist you prepare your application. If you have additional questions you may discuss these with a migration agent (see below: Using Migration Agents).
For details of other visas not processed in Tehran, please see www.border.gov.au
Children of Australian citizens born outside Australia can apply for Citizenship by Descent in Tehran.
See also: Information about Australian Citizenship
Visa applicants are not able to visit the Embassy to lodge their paper visa application, submit documents or make enquiries. If we need to see you in person we will contact you to make these arrangements.
Applications should be lodged online or by courier. Enquiries may be made by telephone or email.
Australian Embassy - Tehran
No. 2, 23rd Street
Khaled Eslamboli Ave
Tehran 1513934113, Iran
Australian Embassy - Tehran
P.O. Box 15875-4334
Tehran 1513934113, Iran
We strongly recommend that you use an international courier company if you intend to lodge an application by post.
+98 21 8872 4456 8.30 am to 12 noon Sunday to Wednesday
Details of Embassy public holidays can be viewed at "About us" on www.iran.embassy.gov.au
We are pleased to inform you that from 1 July 2015 new Student visa applications for applicants residing in Iran must be lodged by courier or registered mail at the Australian Embassy Tehran.
For assistance deciding which student visa subclass and assessment level is right for you, as well as the relevant document checklist to assist you prepare your application please refer to http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Stud
As there is no client access to the Australian Embassy in Tehran, it is not possible for clients to enter to the Embassy to lodge their own application. As per the instructions on this webpage under: How to pay the Visa Application Charge (VAC) in Australia, the VAC must be paid in Australia in Australian dollars and the valid receipt submitted with the application. There is currently no facility to lodge these applications through immiAccount.
Applications lodged up to and including 30 June 2015 will continue to be processed to finalisation at the Australian Embassy in Amman, and progress enquiries should be sent to email@example.com
If your application is within the standard processing time, please send only urgent inquiries. A case officer will contact you regarding your application should further information be required, or once your application has been finalised.
Please lodge your application with all the necessary information and supporting documents. After you have lodged your application, you may be asked to provide further information to support your visa application. If so, you will be given a timeframe to provide the information, after which a decision may be made on your application.
We recommend that visa applicants do not make non-refundable travel or other arrangements until a visa has been granted, due to the possibility of processing delays or visa refusal.
You do not need to use a migration agent to apply for any visa. However, if you choose to use a migration agent, you should use a registered migration agent. Further information on registered migration agents is available at
If you would like us to discuss your application with another person, you will need to provide us with a completed and signed Form 956. Otherwise, for privacy reasons, we are not able to discuss your application with other people, including family and friends.
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