Information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus:  As of March 24, 2020, the United States Consulates in Australia are further reducing routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments. Processing on nonimmigrant mail in applications including children and the elderly has been suspended until further notice. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. Note, the MRV fee, including for mail in applications, is valid and may be used for a visa application in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at http://ustraveldocs.com to request an emergency appointment.

As of March 18, 2020, the United States Consulates in Australia are reducing routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments. At this time your visa appointment is cancelled. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. The MRV fee is valid and may be used for a visa application in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at  http://ustraveldocs.com to request an emergency appointment.

IMPORTANT UPDATE:

Entry of foreign nationals who were physically present within the following list of countries within 14 days preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, 9993, and the subsequent proclamation issued March 14, 2020:

- The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, excluding overseas territories outside of Europe;

- The Republic of Ireland; 

- The 26 countries that comprise the Schengen Area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland)

- The Islamic Republic of Iran;

- The People’s Republic of China, not including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau

There are certain exceptions to the suspension of entry, including exceptions for U.S. lawful permanent residents and certain family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, among other exceptions listed in the proclamations. If you reside in, have traveled recently to, or intend to transit or travel through any of the above listed countries prior to your planned trip to the United States, we recommend you postpone your visa interview appointment until 14 days subsequent to your departure from the subject country(ries). Additionally, if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, or believe you may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, you are strongly encouraged to postpone your appointment by at least 14 days. There is no fee to change an appointment and visa application fees are valid for one year in the country where the fee was paid. For questions about rescheduling a pending consular appointment, please contact us at http://cdn.ustraveldocs.com/au/au-main-contactus.asp for specific guidance

Presidential proclamation (9989): On January 31, 2020, a new Presidential Proclamation ("Presidential Proclamation 9983") was issued which added to the ongoing travel restrictions of P.P.9645 by expanding them to the nationals of six additional countries. The restrictions only apply to immigrant visas and/or diversity visas, not nonimmigrant visas. More information is available at this link.

Attention: Entry of aliens who were present in China, excluding the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, within 14 days prior to their arrival at port of entry in the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamation. If you reside in China, have travelled to China recently or intend to travel to China prior to your planned trip to the United States, we recommend you postpone your via interview appointment until 14 days subsequent to your departure from China.

Attention to visa applicants: You are reminded to apply for your U.S. visa interview well in advance of your traveling plans. You should never pay for travel arrangements (e.g., airfare, hotels) without having a visa in your possession. The U.S. Consulate General accepts no responsibility if you do so. You risk significant financial losses if you ignore this advice. Appointment dates and time slots are released by the U.S. Consulate at its sole discretion, depending on the visa types and other criteria. Call center agents may not be able to assist you in getting an earlier appointment, when you contact them by telephone or by email. Please be sure to review the Apply by Mail option as we find many applicants do not require an interview. Consulate General Perth prioritizes regular and emergency appointment requests from residents of Western Australia (WA). Requests from applicants applying from outside of WA are accommodated on a space available basis.

Visa Application: Applicants must use Microsoft Explorer or Google Chrome to fill out their application. You will not be able to make payment or schedule your appointment if you are using Safari or Firefox.

Emergency Appointments: If you have been found eligible for an Emergency appointment, it can only take place in the same US Consulate as your original appointment.  Emergency appointments cannot take place in another Consulate and cannot be transferred.  As you are only entitled to one Emergency appointment request per regular appointment, you will not be able to book another one.

Before your interview: Before arriving at a U.S. consulate or embassy, please review the security regulations posted on this site.  In particular, please be aware that you will not be allowed to enter the consulate or embassy with battery-operated or electronic devices.  Persons arriving with these devices will be refused entry and risk having their appointments cancelled.  Please be aware that neither the consulates nor embassy can store electronic devices.  Please make arrangements to leave electronic devices at home or store them off-site before arriving for your appointment.

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Welcome to the U.S. Visa Information Service for Australia. On this website you can find information about U.S. immigrant and nonimmigrant visas and the requirements to apply for each. You can also learn how to pay the required visa application fee, and book an interview appointment at the U.S. Consulates General in Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

This is the official visa information website of the U.S. Mission in Australia.