Welcome to the website of the Migration Branch of the Australian Embassy in Belgrade. We are an overseas office of the Department of Home Affairs. We service clients who are usually resident in Serbia, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Russian Federation, Armenia, Belarus, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
You should not book flights or make travel commitments until you have a visa to travel to Australia. The department will not be liable for any financial loss incurred by clients whose visa application was finalised later than expected or was unsuccessful.
The Australian Government has announced it will enhance the way visa and citizenship services are delivered using the latest digital technologies. For more information visit the Department of Home Affairs' website.
Beware of Visa Scams
There are Australian registered migration agents working all around the world in countries such as India, the United Kingdom, China and New Zealand, just to name a few. These agents are subject to the same Code of Conduct, professional development and regulations as registered migration agents based in Australia. More information about Australia’s efforts to ensure the integrity of the migration advice profession is available at: www.mara.gov.au
You can view current global visa and citizenship processing times for most visa subclasses and citizenship types. To view current processing times, see the product page for the specific visa subclass or citizenship type you are applying for. You can navigate to any product from Individuals and Travellers or Visa Support. On the product page, two processing times will be displayed, indicating how long it takes to finalise 75 and 90 per cent of all applications submitted globally.
Processing times apply from the date your complete application is lodged.
You can also use the Visa Finder to compare processing times for up to three different products.
Please note that applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis, and that actual processing times may vary due to individual circumstances including:
- whether the applicant has lodged a complete application including all necessary supporting documents
- how promptly the applicant responds to any requests for additional information
- how long it takes to perform required checks
- how long it takes to receive additional information from external parties, particularly in relation to health, character, national security, and Assurance of Support requirements
- the number of places available in the migration programme (for permanent migration visas)
- surges in demand and peak periods
To ensure your application falls within the published processing times, we strongly encourage you to submit complete applications. The checklists provided on ImmiAccount will assist in making sure you have included all required documents during the application process.
Immigration and Citizenship
We prefer applicants to lodge their application online. By making an application online, there is less likely to be a delay with receiving, processing and finalising your application.
For further information on applying for a visa online, including tip sheets and other guides, please click here.
Belgrade does not offer a counter service. Applicants who wish to discuss their application or visa and citizenship options, should contact the Global Service Centre. For their contact details, please click here.
Applications for Visa and Citizenship can be lodged online through ImmiAccount. You will be able to make the payment online as you lodge the application. This will ensure that your application and payment is received by us in a timely manner.
Applications that cannot be lodged online, can now be pre-paid through the 'Manage Payments' section to ImmiAccount. Record your receipt number and attach a copy of your receipt when lodging the application.
Available payment methods
This is a summary of the payment methods available:
I will be paying for
Available payment methods
An application submitted online
In ImmiAccount by card, PayPal or BPAY as you submit the application
A paper application submitted in and outside Australia
Pre-pay in the Manage Payments section in ImmiAccount
Other service fees and charges
Pre-pay in the Manage Payments section in ImmiAccount
If you cannot apply online and your paper application form is being sent to the Belgrade office, the Department of Home Affairs in Belgrade accepts the following payment methods:
- Credit Card in Australian Dollars: Mastercard Credit Card, Visa Credit Card, American Express Credit Card, Diners Credit Card, JCB Credit Card. Clients that complete the payment section of the application form are charged in Australian Dollars (AUD) only. Please note that if paying by credit card in Australian Dollars you may incur banking and currency conversion fees and you accept the risk associated with any currency fluctuations.
Note: Belgrade does not accept cash, personal cheques or company cheques. You must include the exact amount that you wish to pay. Failure to do so, may result in your application being invalid.
The processing charge cannot be refunded, irrespective of the outcome of the application.
Your application will be returned if:
• you do not include payment details,
• we are unable to deduct the fee from your credit card
• you authorise us to deduct a fee which is insufficient.
Current application charges
The application charges may change bi-annually on 1 January and 1 July.
Visa and Citizenship Applications
For comprehensive information about visa application charges for all types of visas and citizenship applications, please visit the Australian Department of Home Affairs website.
To see visa application charges, please click here.
From 1 May 2021, new Citizenship by Descent applications lodged outside Australia in the UK, Ireland, Europe and Israel will be processed in Australia instead of the Visa and Citizenship Office at Australian High Commission in London.
Applying online is the preferred way for you to apply and helps the Department to process your application faster. Apply online via the Department of Home Affairs website.
If you are unable to apply online, complete Form 118 Application for Australian citizenship by descent (PDF): Departmental forms (homeaffairs.gov.au)
Send the application, certified copies of documents and the payment receipt to the address on the form.
Please refer to the Department’s website regarding global processing times for Citizenship by Descent applications: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/citizenship/citizenship-processing-times
For online applications, persons should refer to ImmiAccount for the status of their application.
If the application is within the advertised global processing time, requests for priority processing will only be considered if exceptional compelling and compassionate circumstances exist and you have an imminent scheduled flight to Australia.
Should this apply to the application and you have not already confirmed this when your application was lodged, upload your claims for priority processing to ImmiAccount.
Pending Citizenship by Descent applications lodged prior to 1 May 2021 will also be processed in Australia.
The Australian Government collects biometrics from clients who are in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia or Kazakhstan at the time they lodge their application or are usually resident in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia or Kazakhstan.
Biometrics are collected through a quick and easy process that captures a photograph of your face and a 10-digit electronic fingerprint. Applicants will be required to provide their biometrics each and every time they apply for a visa (where biometrics is required).
Visa applicants in Russia will receive a letter requiring them to attend one of the six Australian Biometric Collection Centres located in Moscow, St Petersburg, Vladivostok, Novosibirsk and Rostov-on-Don in person to provide their biometrics within 14 days of lodging their application.
Visa applicants in Kazakhstan will receive a letter requiring them to attend the Australian Biometric Collection Centre located in Almaty to provide their biometrics within 14 days of lodging their application.
Visa applicants in Albania will receive a letter requiring them to attend the Australian Biometric Collection Centre located in Tirana in person to provide their biometrics within 14 days of lodging their application.
Visa applicants in Bosnia and Herzegovina will receive a letter requiring them to attend the Australian Biometric Collection Centre located in Sarajevo in person to provide their biometrics within 14 days of lodging their application.
If you are outside Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina Russia or Kazakhstan and are required to undertake biometrics, please visit the department's website for information on your nearest biometrics collection centre.
Delays in providing biometrics will cause delays in the processing of visa applications and failure to provide biometrics may result in your application being refused.
For more information on Biometrics, please visit the VFS - Australian Biometric Collection Centre website.