Visas for Children and the Elderly

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Overview

Applicants younger than 14 and older than 79 do not need to be fingerprinted, and as such are often excused from attending an interview, provided they are citizens or permanent residents of Australia. Applicants who are neither citizens nor permanent residents of Australia must appear in person, regardless of age.

How to Apply

If you meet the requirements above, follow the steps below to create a profile only. After you have created your profile, do not schedule an appointment. You will not require an appointment if you are exempt from an interview.

Step 1
Pay the visa application fee.

Step 2
Complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form.

Step 3
Click here to create a profile. Do not schedule an appointment.

Step 4
Gather your DS-160 confirmation page, fee receipt, current and previous passports, photo, and a letter explaining your travel purpose and itinerary. Depending on the visa category, you may require additional documentation. Please refer to your specific visa category page for additional required documents.

Documents specific to children under 14:

      • A copy of the parent/s or guardians issued visa or ESTA approval
      • Proof of relationship between the parent and child, for instance a birth certificate or adoption papers
      • If one parent is not travelling with the child, include a notarized letter from the non-travelling parent or guardian authorizing the travel, along with copies of both parents’ passports or identity documents. You may also submit court documents demonstrating that the applying parent has sole custody of the minor child.

 

Step 5
Mail the materials listed in “Step 4” to the Consulate which serves the area where you reside. If your application is successful, the consulate will issue your visa and return it by Australia Post to the address indicated in your online profile.

The addresses are listed below:

U.S. Consular Offices in Australia
State or Territory U.S. Consulate
Australian Capital Territory U.S. Consulate Sydney
MLC Centre
Level 10
19-29 Martin Place
Sydney, NSW 2000
Australia
New South Wales U.S. Consulate Sydney
MLC Centre
Level 10
19-29 Martin Place
Sydney, NSW 2000
Australia
Norfolk Island U.S. Consulate Sydney
MLC Centre
Level 10
19-29 Martin Place
Sydney, NSW 2000
Australia
Northern Territory U.S. Consulate Melbourne
553 St. Kilda Road
Melbourne, VIC 3004
Australia
Queensland U.S. Consulate Sydney
MLC Centre
Level 10
19-29 Martin Place
Sydney, NSW 2000
Australia
South Australia U.S. Consulate Melbourne
553 St. Kilda Road
Melbourne, VIC 3004
Australia
Tasmania U.S. Consulate Melbourne
553 St. Kilda Road
Melbourne, VIC 3004
Australia
Victoria U.S. Consulate Melbourne
553 St. Kilda Road
Melbourne, VIC 3004
Australia
Western Australia U.S. Consulate Perth
4th Floor
16 St. George’s Terrace
Perth, WA 6000
Australia