On January 20, 2021, President Biden signed a Presidential Proclamation titled “Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to the United States.” This proclamation ends the travel restrictions under Presidential Proclamations 9645 and 9983 that had suspended entry into the United States of certain nationals, based on visa type, from Burma, Eritrea, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Nigeria, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Venezuela, and Yemen. Click here for additional information.


Effective January 26, 2021 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers entering the United States to present a negative COVID-19 test (a viral detection test for SARS-CoV- 2 approved or authorized by the relevant national authority), taken within 72 hours of departure. Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers before boarding. Airlines must deny boarding of passengers if they do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery. This requirement is separate from the visa application process. All Presidential Proclamations restricting travel due to COVID-19 remain in place, and continue to apply to subject potential travelers regardless of their test results or vaccination status. Travelers holding a National Interest Exception also remain subject to all applicable pre-departure testing requirements.


A Self-Addressed Express Post Prepaid Satchel (Plastic Envelope) from Australia Post MUST be provided for the return of your passport and U.S. Visa. Paper envelopes from Australia Post, and envelopes/satchels from courier services/companies other than Australia Post will not be accepted. It is suggested that you take a photo with your phone of the tracking number on the prepaid satchel for any future inquiries and for your records.


The U.S. Mission to Australia understands that many visa applicants have paid the visa application processing fee and are still waiting to schedule a visa appointment. We have worked diligently and restored all routine visa operations as of January 11, 2021. For receipts valid on or after March 18, 2020 or purchased between March 18, 2020 and January 11, 2021, the U.S. Mission extended the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until September 30, 2022, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment as a result of the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the already paid fee. Fees paid on or after January 11, 2021 are valid for one year from their date of purchase.


On April 22, 2020, President Trump signed a proclamation suspending entry into the United States of certain immigrants who present a risk to the U.S. labor market following the coronavirus outbreak (Presidential Proclamation 10014). A second proclamation was signed on June 22, 2020 which further suspends the entry of certain immigrants and nonimmigrants (Presidential Proclamation 10052). On December 31, 2020, both of these proclamations were extended through March 31, 2021, unless continued by the President. U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and aliens who are or were inside the United States or those holding valid nonimmigrant or immigrant visas on the effective date (12:01 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 24, 2020) are not subject to the proclamation.


Due to the current COVID-19 situation in Australia, we recommend that you refer to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to see if there are travel restrictions that may affect your attendance at an interview. This may include border closures and/or 14-day isolation. You should contact the Consulate if this affects you and you need to reschedule your interview.


Urgent information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus. Entry of foreign nationals who were physically present within the following list of countries within 14 days prior to their entry or attempted entry into the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, 9993, 9996 and the subsequent proclamation issued May 24, 2020:

- Brazil

- 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 to the above list of 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 for specific guidance.


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.


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.


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.


Before arriving at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy, please review the security regulations posted on this site.  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 plan 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.