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, Montenegro, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Bulgaria and Albania.
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.
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.
Payment must be included for your application to be valid. All payments for visa applications should be made by credit card.
Payment using credit cards are processed in Australian Dollars (AUD) - only Master card, Visa, AMEX, Diners and JCB are accepted.
Note: When paying by credit card in Australian Dollars you may incur banking and currency conversion fees and you must accept the risk associated with any currency fluctuations. Please ensure with your bank that your daily credit limit and funds are sufficient to cover the visa application charge.
If you do not have a credit card, you may arrange for another person to pay by credit card on your behalf. Please ensure the credit card holder signs the authorisation form.
See: Credit Card Authorisation Form (PDF)
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.
The Australian Government has commenced collecting biometrics from clients applying for Australian visas in Albania.
Biometrics will be collected from visa applicants, irrespective of their nationality, who are in Albania at the time of making a visa application to enter Australia unless they are excluded or exempted.
Biometrics will be collected at an Australian Biometric Collection Centre (ABCC) in Tirana. The ABCC, operated by Teleperformance, will charge a fee for this service.
The Australian Biometric Collection Centre receives visitors by appointment only. In order to submit your biometrics at the Australian Biometric Collection Centre you must:
Visa applicants who mail their applications to the Australian Embassy in Belgrade, or who lodge their visa applications online, will be sent a letter informing them that they need to attend the ABCC in Tirana to provide their biometrics. Applicants should take a copy of this email and their passport to the ABCC.
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