Last updated 23 January 2017 

click to download a pdf of this chapterThe Need for a Visa
Visa Criteria for Temporary and Permanent Visas
Submitting a Visa Application
Visas for Visitors to Australia
eVisitor Visa
Visitor Visa
Electronic Travel Authority
Medical Treatment Visa
Visas for People Wishing to Stay in Australia Temporarily
Student Visa
Temporary Work Visa
Visas for People Wishing to stay in Australia Permanently
Permanent Family Migration Visa
Permanent Skilled Migration Visa
The Points Test Applicable to Certain Visas
Refugee and Humanitarian Visas
Onshore Protection Visas
Off-shore Protection Visas
Australian Citizenship
Loss of Australian Citizenship
Removal or Deportation of Unlawful Non-citizens
Consequences of Deportation or Removal
Administrative Appeals Tribunal Review of Deportation Decisions
Administrative Appeals Tribunal Review of Cancellation Decision
Review of Migration Decisions
The Role of Federal Courts in Deciding Immigration Matters
Freedom of Information—Access to Documents Held by the Immigration Department
Migration Agents Registration Scheme

The main legislation governing immigration in Australia is the Migration Act 1958 (Cth), the Migration Regulations 1994 (Cth), delegated legislation and ministerial directions, and policy such as the Procedure Advice Manual 3. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection also offers a plethora of information about the migration process.

Immigration is a constantly changing area of law and the following information is only a general and simplified overview. Migration advice should be obtained that is specific to an individual’s circumstances. Only registered migration agents can give immigration assistance and advice.