Australia Visa Guidelines

The Padnos International Center (PIC) provides the general information below as a service to GVSU students. We strive to maintain accurate information regarding visa procedures, however, changes to policies and procedures may occur frequently without our knowledge. Students are responsible for obtaining the appropriate visa for their program and must consult the consulate for the most up to date information on application procedures.

Please look over the visa information carefully and do not delay, as visa procedures are time sensitive.


Do I need a visa?

All students participating in study abroad programs in Australia are required to apply for a student visa

Processing Time and Visa Appointment

Students apply for the visa completely online. Processing time is approximately 4 weeks

Application Instructions

Australian Department of Home Affairs

Student Visa Information

Estimated Cost

Visa fee of $460 (visit this page for updated cost info)

Nearest Consulate or Embassy

Consulate General of Australia in Chicago

123 North Upper Wacker Drive, Suite 1330

Chicago IL 60606

Contact Information

Most information can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website. The only contact phone number is in Australia +61 2 6196 0196 (International Call Rates Apply)

Additional Information

Students should regularly check their SPAM folder for the visa confirmation email. Several past participants did not receive their email confirmation and had to call the Americas Service Centre for assistance.

Students should regularly check the status of their application on their ImmiAccount. The consulate will not notify you by email if there is a problem with your application, you will need to log in to your account to check your status.

It is possible that you will be required to have a chest x-ray and medical examination to complete your application materials. The x-ray and exam can only be completed at an approved facility. There will be extra charges for both the x-ray and the exam.