Visas for Children and the Elderly

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Applicants younger than 14 and older than 79 do not need to be fingerprinted, and as such are often excused from attending an interview.

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. Select Melbourne as the Consulate.

Step 3
Click here to create a profile as a new user (select Melbourne), or access your current profile if it already exists. 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

Submission of Documents 

  1. Print DS-160 confirmation page and keep in a safe place.
  2. Obtain from Australia Post two (2) x Express Post Satchels.
  3. On one satchel, self-address it with your preferred mailing address (e.g. home, work, family member, PO Box etc.). This is for the return of your passport when your application has been finalized.
  4. Address the second satchel (this is the office that will be processing your mail-in application) to:

U.S. Consulate General
Attn: Visas - Apply By Mail
Level 6 / 553 St. Kilda Road
Melbourne, VIC 3004

  1. Place your DS-160 confirmation page, MRV fee receipt, current and previous passports, photo, the self-addressed express post satchel, and a letter explaining your travel purpose and itinerary into the express post satchel addressed to the U.S. Consulate.
  2. Record the unique tracking number detailed on both express post satchels and keep them in a safe place 

Important Note: The use of the mail-in service does not guarantee visa issuance. In some cases, applicants may still be required to appear for a visa interview at the Embassy or Consulate. Examples of this include incomplete and/or inaccurate applications.

The addresses are listed below:

U.S. Consular Offices in Australia
State or Territory U.S. Consulate

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

Norfolk Island

Northern Territory


South Australia



Western Australia




U.S. Consulate Melbourne
Level 6 / 553 St. Kilda Road
Melbourne, VIC 3004