Apply for a U.S. Visa
MRV FEE EXTENSION VALIDITY: 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 are working diligently to restore all routine visa operations as quickly and safely as possible. In the meantime, rest assured that the U.S. Mission will extend the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until December 31, 2021, 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. Please continue to monitor this site for information on when we will return to routine visa operations.
EXTENTION TO APPLY BY MAIL UNTIL 31 DECEMBER 2020: The Apply by Mail reissue program has been extended from 12 months to 24 months for a limited time. Our office can reissue a visa that expired within 24 months up until 31 December 2020, please allow a minimum of 10 business days for our office to process the visa.
PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION (10014): On Monday, June 22, President Trump signed a proclamation suspending entry into the United States of certain immigrants and nonimmigrants who present a risk to the U.S. labor market following the coronavirus outbreak. Effective immediately, the proclamation extends the suspension of entry for certain immigrants (Presidential Proclamation 10014) through December 31, 2020. The new restrictions imposed by the proclamation are effective at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 24 and expire on December 31, 2020, 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 are not subject to the proclamation.
The proclamation suspends entry of nonimmigrants in the following categories: H-1B, H-2B, J (for aliens participating in an intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel program) and L, along with their spouses and children. No valid visas will be revoked under the proclamation. Presidential Proclamation 10014 and this proclamation provide exceptions to their restrictions for certain categories of immigrants and nonimmigrants. The full text of the presidential proclamations are available on the White House website.
INFORMATION FOR VISA APPLICANTS REGARDING NOVEL CORONAVIRUS: As of 16 July 2020, the United States Consulates General in Sydney and Perth are resuming certain immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services, including travelers with urgent travel needs and students (F, M and J categories). On 01 September 2020, the U.S. Consulate General Melbourne resumed interviews for some students (F, M, and J categories). While the Consulates General aim to process cases as soon as practicable, there is likely to be increased wait times for completing such services due to substantial backlogs. The MRV fee is valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment 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 to request an emergency appointment.
Applicants for H1B, H2B, H4, L and certain J categories covered by Presidential Proclamation 10052 should request an appointment only if you have reason to believe you may qualify for one of the exceptions listed in the Proclamation.
On April 22, President Trump signed a proclamation suspending entry into the United States of certain immigrants who present risk to the U.S. labor market during the economic recovery following the COVID-19 outbreak. The proclamation is effective at 11:59 p.m. EDT on April 23 and expires in 60 days, unless continued by the President. U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and those holding valid immigrant visas on the effective date of the Proclamation, are not subject to the proclamation. No valid visas will be revoked under this Proclamation. Routine visas services have been suspended at U.S. posts worldwide, but as resources allow, Embassies and Consulates will continue to provide emergency and mission critical visa services for applicants who are not subject to this presidential proclamation. The full text of the presidential proclamation is available on the White House website.
In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State has temporarily suspended routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates. We will continue to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services as resources and local conditions allow. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. Please see these notices which contain detailed information about the current status of visa services worldwide and visa restrictions related to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
INTERSTATE TRAVEL: 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.
INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL UPDATE: 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:
- 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.
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.
ALIENS WHO WERE PRESENT IN CHINA: 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.
APPLYING FOR A VISA: 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.
INTERNET ACCESS FOR A 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.
SECURITY REGULATIONS TO ENTER CONSULATE: 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.
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.
Nonimmigrant Visa Information
- Visa Types
- Visa Fees
- Other Fees
- Payment Options
- DS-160 Information
- Appointment Wait Times
- Photos and Fingerprints
- Visa Waiver Program
- Security Regulations
Nonimmigrant Visa Application
- Apply for a Visa
- Pay My Visa Fee
- Complete My DS-160
- Schedule My Appointment
- Change Document Delivery Address
- Retrieve My Passport/Visa
- Apply for an Expedited Appointment
- Apply By Mail
- Application Refused Under INA 221(g)
Immigrant Visa Information
Local Visa Programs
- Travel Coordinator
- Group Appointments
- Diplomatic and Government Officials
- Government Sponsored J1 Visa
- Visas for Children and the Elderly