Procedures and Regulations for UK Visa Applicant from Australia


A set of laws exist to assist any individual who wishes to go to the United Kingdom from Australia. Different categories of visas have been put in place by the United Kingdom government so that every visa applicant can apply for the specific type of visa depending on its reason for coming to United Kingdom. A person who wishes to come to the United Kingdom from Australia for business purposes will apply on a different visa than a person who wishes to come for visit purposes or study purposes.

The Immigration Rules of the United Kingdom are a compilation of all laws regarding that have passed through out the country’s history. It is divided into several parts with each section addressing a different reason (such as work visa, visitor visa, student visa, UK investor visa scheme, tier 1 visa UK, tier 1 entrepreneur dependent UK, graduate entrepreneur visa UK etc.) an individual might be applying and sets forth regulations and rules for that category.

For any individual who wishes to apply to go the United Kingdom from Australia can do so by applying for a visa that shall be reviewed by the British High Commission or the Consulate General that is located in Australia. The office of the British High Commission is located in the city of Canberra in Australia. The official web address of the British High Commission is www.gov.uk/government/world/australia.

Also, multiple offices of the Consulate General are located in various places in Australia such as in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

Is there any scenario in which an applicant from Australia might not require a visa to go to the United Kingdom?

Yes, three scenarios exist for applicants applying from Australia under which a visa will not be required to go to the United Kingdom. These scenarios are:

  • If the individual wishes to visit the United Kingdom as an applicant from Australia for a time span that is equal to six months or less than six months.
  • If an individual wishes to come for study purposes for a course that spans a time period of six months or less than six months. The individual will come to the United Kingdom from Australia as a student or child visitor. Note that the child visitor category only applies to people who less than eighteen years of age.
  • The applicant applying from Australia to the United Kingdom is a government official who is entering the country on official duty or is on a service that is of a diplomatic nature.

Under what scenarios will an applicant applying from Australia requires a UK visa?

If an applicant from Australia fall in any of the categories that are mentioned below, a visa will be needed to go to the United Kingdom:

  • If an individual wishes to go to the United Kingdom from Australia, and has convictions registered against him/her by a relevant court that he/she has not filled.
  • If any individual has a past travel history that could be described as unfavorable.
  • If an individual is coming to the United Kingdom for the purpose of marriage or a civil partnership.
  • If an individual who is applying for a visa is not a national of Australia.
  • Individuals who even though are government officials or any officials assigned on a diplomatic service, but are travelling from Australia to the United Kingdom for personal reasons.
  • Individual from Australia who wish to stay in the United Kingdom for a time span that is greater than six months.
  • Also other categories that are not mentioned above.

Under what scenarios will applicants be asked to provide significant evidence of their immigration status in Australia?

All individuals from Australia who are holders of an Australian Electronic Visa, and are on an Australian immigration verification list known as the ‘Visa Entitlement Verification On-Line Service (VEVO), will need to provide substantial evidence of their status of residence in Australia to the United Kingdom government.

If in the scenario the applicant cannot secure a document as evidence from the Visa Entitlement Verification On-Line Service (VEVO), then an alternative still exists. The individual can contact the Australian authorities to assist them in providing evidence regarding their residence status in Australia by asking them to place a document in their passport known as the ‘paper visa label’.

All applicants applying from Australia to the United Kingdom should be aware of the fact that the Home Office reserves the right to refuse any individual entry into the country if they cannot provide substantial evidence regarding their residence status in Australia.

What is the procedure for applicants applying for a visa to the United Kingdom from Australia?

Applicants applying for a visa to the United Kingdom must apply and submit their visa applications online. Visa application forms submitted through any other mediums will not be accepted. Once the visa application form has been successfully filled and submitted online, the applicant will next be required to schedule an appointment with the British High Commission that is located in the city of Canberra. Applicants can schedule an appointment at the nearest Consulate General office. Offices of the Consulate General in Australia are located in different cities such as Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Perth and Melbourne. The applicant will be asked to appear in person and submit biometric information that includes having their fingerprints collected and a picture taken. Applicants who refuse to give their biometric information to the United Kingdom government will not see their visa applications processed.

Who can I pay the visa application fees?  

Applicants from Australia are required to make payments regarding their visa application through a Visa or debit card or a MasterCard and pay the amount in Australian dollars. No other methods of payment are accepted by the United Kingdom government. Also, applicants should be aware of the fact that they can apply for a visa to the United Kingdom at least three months before the date they have mentioned to travel.

Where do I need to send my relevant documents to when applying for a visa to the United Kingdom from Australia?

Applicants from Australia applying to go to the United Kingdom and who are sending in their relevant documents along with their visa application forms, will send it to the office that is located in Sydney. All individuals sending their documents in should be aware that the documents being sent to the Home Office’s processing center, situated in the British High Commission, must have a return address mentioned on it.

Applicants should be advised to send the documents attached with their visa application through a courier service that enables them to track their mail. The express post platinum is an example of such a third party service.

What documents do I need to send to support my visa application if I am applying from Australia to go to the United Kingdom?

Individuals applying for a visa to the United Kingdom, and who are doing so from Australia, need to send the following documents:

  • The visa application form being sent must bear the applicant’s signature along with being completely filled with no section left blank. If in the scenario that a certain section cannot be filled by the applicant, he / she must attach a relevant document to serve as evidence of having left the portion blank. If the visa application form was filled online, the printout being sent must also bear the applicant’s signature.
  • The applicant must also send his / her valid passport. United Kingdom immigration law does not require that the applicant, at the time of submitting the visa application form, have a minimum validity of six months on his / her passport. Although, it is necessary that the applicant’s passport be valid when he / she applies for the visa to the United Kingdom, and at the time the applicant arrives at the United Kingdom from Australia.
  • Applicants are also required to leave at least one page empty on both sides of passport. This is so that in the case the applicant’s visa application is granted, and he / she is given permission to come to the United Kingdom, the passport being returned to the applicant can have a visa vignette pasted on it in the form of a sticker.
  • Colored photograph is also required. The picture must be passport size and fill other criterion of the United Kingdom Home Office.
  • Applicants who wish to go to the United Kingdom with varying purposes will need to submit a visa application fee. The fee varies from visa category to category and valid evidence that the fee has been paid needs to be submitted.
  • Applicants are required to submit any document that they feel should be submitted to support relevant information given in the visa application form that was filled.
  • The documents being submitted by the applicant must be original along with copies attached with translations in English.
  • Individuals who wish to come to the United Kingdom from Australia under the United Kingdom’s point based system are required to submit a self assessment form. The self assessment form must bear the applicant’s signature along with having the date clearly mentioned.
  • Individuals coming from Australia to the United Kingdom are obligated to submit proof of past travel from outside of Australia.
  • The biometric appointment receipt that the applicant is asked to submit with his / her visa application form needs to bear a stamp.

Are Australian applicants of the United Kingdom visa asked to attend a personal interview?

Although not necessary, applicants applying from Australia can be asked to attend an interview that has been arranged by the United Kingdom Home Office. These interviews are scheduled in advance and might not apply to children of less than ten years of age. If children of less than 10 years of age are asked to give an interview, it will be under the supervision of an adult. The same goes for children between the ages of 10 to 14.

Applicants should be aware of the fact that they cannot show up at the office of the British High Commission or any consulate of the United Kingdom to collect the documents that were previously submitted. Once the documents have been submitted, the applicant will be asked to comply with the instructions of the Home Office.

The Visa Application Fee

The visa application fee for applicants applying to visit the United Kingdom differs depending on the category (such as work visa, business visa, visitor visa, student visa, UK investor visa scheme, tier 1 visa UK, graduate entrepreneur visa UK etc.) the applicant wishes to apply on. The fee is also dependent on the current exchange rate when the application was made. Dependants applying alongside the main applicant are also asked to submit the same amount of fee unless directed otherwise by the Home Office.