The Department of Home Affairs in the Australian Embassy in Brasilia is responsible for visa and citizenship applications from Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. These pages contain visa and citizenship information in English and Spanish for clients residing in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.
Australia has a universal visa system. This means that all non-Australian citizens require a visa to enter or stay in Australia. You must have a visa before you travel to Australia. We do not recommend booking flights or making travel commitments until you have a valid visa to travel to Australia. The Department of Home Affairs will not be liable for any financial loss incurred by travellers unable to obtain a visa before their intended travel date.
Refer to the Department of Home Affairs website before applying for a visa or citizenship. Visa options on the department's website help you find an appropriate visa type. We encourage you to review supporting information in English, Spanish or Portuguese at:
Applying for a visa or citizenship
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Average visa processing times indicate how early travellers should apply for a visa. Actual processing times are subject to a number of factors including whether an application includes all necessary supporting documents, how promptly applicants respond to requests for additional information, the time of the year, and other variables. As stated above, we do not recommend booking travel until you have obtained a visa.
Information about entering or leaving Australia is available on the Department of Home Affairs website. Australian visas do not have passport labels. Present your passport and visa grant notification letter at the airport when you check in to travel. You can check your visa details, including validity and conditions, online using VEVO. As your visa is linked to your passport, notify the department if you obtain a new passport.
If you are unable to locate information on the Department of Home Affairs website, you may telephone the Global Service Centre in Australia on +61 2 6196 0196 between 9am – 5pm. International call charges apply.
If you require assistance, refer to who can help with your application. If you wish to appoint a migration agent to act on your behalf, complete and provide Form 956. If you wish to appoint any other person to receive correspondence on your behalf, complete and provide Form 956A.
Keep up to date by monitoring What’s new on the Department of Home Affairs website and follow the Australian Embassy in Argentina on Facebook and Instagram and the Ambassador on Twitter.
Australia’s borders remain closed, with limited provisions for inbound and outbound travel.
Australian citizens or permanent residents may enter Australia. Other travellers must have a valid visa and an exemption approved by the ABF Commissioner. Temporary visa holders seeking to travel to Australia will need to apply for a Commissioner exemption by completing the online form and attaching all relevant supporting documentation.
Depending on the reason for travel, supporting documentation includes but is not limited to:
- Evidence of proposed/confirmed travel date (flight itinerary);
- For compassionate cases, evidence from doctors, hospitals or health care workers;
- For urgent business travel, a letter of support from a Chief Executive Officer to demonstrate how travel relates to a critical business need and/or serves a reciprocal benefit (economic or otherwise) to Australia and the foreign country;
- For Trade related travel, a letter from DFAT Protocol Branch or an Australian mission;
- For posted officers or official travel, supporting letters from agency heads or where appropriate and in limited circumstances, the Head of Mission.
Information about travel restrictions and quarantine rules due to COVID-19. Also see Frequently Asked Questions.
International student support initiatives
On 20 July 2020, Ministers Tehan and Tudge announced a number of changes to student visa arrangements to support international education and international students. Monitor the following webpage for further information: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/student-visa
Temporary visa holders, including students, will only be able to enter Australia when Australia’s border restrictions are relaxed. This will only occur when it is safe to do so, and we do not currently have a timeframe.
· We are recommencing granting student visas in order to be prepared for the reopening of borders. Actual visa processing times are dependent upon a number of factors, including local COVID-19 conditions. We encourage applicants with pending visa applications to ensure all information is kept current in their ImmiAccounts. This will help minimise any processing delays. Additional time will be given where COVID-19 has disrupted access to this information, let us know via ImmiAccount if you need more time.
· We are waiving the visa application charge (VAC) for international students who satisfy all of the following criteria:
o apply online for a Student visa after 5 August 2020
o held a student visa on or after 1 February 2020
o were unable to complete their studies within their original visa validity due to COVID-19; and
o include a completed Form 1545 COVID-19 Impacted Student (PDF - 228 KB) with their application.
· Eligible graduates will soon be eligible to apply for a post-study work visa outside Australia if they are unable to return due to COVID-19. Current student visa holders studying an approved course online outside Australia due to COVID-19 are able to use that study to count towards the Australian study requirement for a post-study work visa. Further information on these visas is available at: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/temporary-graduate-485.
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COVID-19 travel restrictions
What you can or cannot bring to Australia
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Departmental offices outside Australia (includes Health, Character and Biometrics information)