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VISAS, IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP
1. DEADLINE FOR CHRISTMAS /NEW YEAR TRAVEL 15 November 2013
The Visa Office will be closed from 21 December 2013 for the Christmas and New Year period. If you are planning to travel to Australia between 14 December 2013 and 5 January 2014 you must apply for a visa no later than 15 November 2013 to allow a minimum of 4 weeks’ processing time.
Note: Applications lodged later than 15 November 2013 cannot be guaranteed a visa decision by 14 December 2013.
2. PROCESSING TIMES FOR VISITOR AND TEMPORARY WORK VISAS
Applications for Visitor (subclass 600) and Temporary Work (subclass 400) visas should be lodged at the Australian Embassy Moscow at least 4 weeks ahead of your travel date. This is in keeping with the Australian Government’s global service standard of 4 weeks for these visa classes.
Applications must be complete and will be processed as quickly as possible within this timeframe. However, processing times may vary depending on a range of factors and personal circumstances. If your application is likely to take longer than 4 weeks, we will inform you.
Please also note the information above specifically relating to 2013 processing times over the Christmas and New Year period.
Changes to Protection Visa Conditions
From 3 June 2013 all persons who are granted a Protection visa in Australia will be subject to condidtion 8559. This means that the visa holder will not be able to return to their home country or the country from which they ar eclaiming protection, unless they receive written permission from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship to do so. If written permission is not granted and the person travels, the Protection visa may be cancelled.
Fraud in Visa Applications
All applicants for visas should be aware that if your application includes false or fraudulently obtained documents, or information that is false or misleading, your application may be refused. This includes information given by you, a member of your family, or another person acting on your behalf. You and your family members may also be barred from entering Australia for 3 years, which would include being considered for other visa types. This applies to both temporary visas (such as Visitors and Students), and permanent visas (such as Partner, Child and Other Family visas).
Visa Pricing Changes
From 1 September 2013, new visa prices will be introduced. A visa application incurs a charge per applicant in an individual or combined application.
The Visa Application Charge (VAC) is the amount of money in Australian Dollars (AUD) or equivalent Russian Roubles that must be paid for a visa application. Depending on your circumstances, there will be different types of charges included in the total visa application charge. Please refer to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website for further information on these new arrangements.
Please not that staff at our Embassy will not calculate your application charge. For information about how to calculate your application charge please visit the link below or download the Visa Pricing Table here.
Applying for an Australian visitor visa online
How to apply online for an Australian visitor visa for citizens of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova, and Ukraine
From 22 July 2013, citizens of the Republic Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine, who hold a valid passport issued by their respective government, will be eligible to apply for a subclass 600 Visitor Visa online. Paper applications will continue to be accepted (see details below on how to apply using a paper application).
Visitor visas are for travel to Australia for a holiday, to visit family or friends and for non-work business purposes for a period of up to three months.
See: How to Apply and General Information
Visa Applications - Moscow Office Countries of Responsibility
The Visa and Immigration Office of the Australian Embassy in Moscow handles Australian visa and citizenship applications from nationals and legal residents of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Citizens of all of these countries MUST obtain a visa to travel to and enter Australia.
Residents of Azerbaijan must lodge their visa applications at the Australian Embassy in Ankara, Turkey. See: www.turkey.embassy.gov.au
Applying for a visa
Tourist and Business visa changes
On 23 March 2013, the Australian government will introduce a simplified Visitor visa framework and a Short Stay Activity visa that will allow for highly specialised non-ongoing work. If you are considering applying for a visa to Australia as a tourist or for short term business or work purposes after 23 March 2013, these changes will affect you.
Temporary Work Visa Changes
On 24 November 2012 there were significant changes to the Temporary Work visa options. Five new Temporary Work visa subclasses were introduced, replacing previous types of visas.
Label-free visa arrangements for visa holders
Citizens of all countries who are granted a visa by the Australian Embassy in Moscow are able to travel to Australia without a visa label (sticker) in their passport. The visa record will be held electronically against the passport details of the visa holder. Visa applicants who are granted a visa are not required to send their passport to the Embassy to obtain evidence of their visa.
Applicants who are granted visas will receive a visa grant notice, which explains the validity and conditions of their visa.
Other Important Information
- Relationship Scams - Beware of sending money overseas to a pen-friend or prospective marriage partner you have met over the Internet
See: Victims' Stories
- Using Migration Agents - Before engaging a migration agent, we recommend that you read some important information
- Australian Passports - Applications for Australian passports are dealt with by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Adoption and Surrogacy
- Adoption - If you are planning to adopt a child overseas, please be aware that the Visa and Immigration Section of the Australian Embassy in Moscow cannot provide advice or information on the adoption requirements or processes in any country. Please refer to the Fact Sheet on Expatriate Adoptions which you should read carefully.