Australian Embassy
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Visa, Citizenship and Migration to Australia

The Australian Embassy in Paris cannot provide information regarding immigration inquiries or administer visa or citizenship applications. The Department of Home Affairs is responsible for immigration and customs border policy, including visa applications and Australian citizenship.

Visas to Australia

The Department of Home Affairs is responsible for all types of visa requests.

For information regarding travelling to Australia and the type of visa required, consult the Department of Home Affairs’ website.

All visa related questions and inquiries should be directed to the Department of Home Affairs.

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 where an application is unsuccessful.

Australian Citizenship 

The Australian Embassy in Paris does not provide citizenship certificates and applicants cannot apply for Australian citizenship through the Australian Embassy in Paris.

The Department of Home Affairs is responsible for citizenship matters. Please visit their website for more information. 

To apply for citizenship by descent for your child born overseas, please visit the Department of Home Affairs’ website.

If you require a new citizenship certificate, you can request evidence of your Australian citizenship by contacting the Department of Home Affairs.

Online-only lodgement for Visitor visa (subclass 600)

The Department of Home Affairs (the Department) is introducing 100 per cent online lodgement for Visitor visas (subclass 600). The changes will be introduced in two phases commencing from September 2021. Following these changes, paper applications will not be accepted as valid for lodgement:

  • From 30 September 2021 (phase 1), all applicants applying for a Visitor visa (subclass 600) from outside Australia in any stream must lodge their application online via ImmiAccount. Applicants applying for a Visitor visa (subclass 600) in Australia in the Tourist stream may lodge their application online via ImmiAccount or by posting their application to the Sydney office. The courier option will no longer be available.
  • From early 2022 (phase 2), all applicants applying for a Visitor visa (subclass 600) in Australia in the Tourist stream must lodge their application online via ImmiAccount.


How can I apply for a Visitor visa online?

ImmiAccount is an online service that provides a simple, efficient and convenient way to apply for a visa. You can create an ImmiAccount, select the visa type you want to apply for, attach documents, submit family applications together and pay the application fee online at

You can also get help from a family member, friend or migration agent to submit your application if required.

Australian Visa Application Centres outside Australia may also offer assisted online lodgement services, depending on local country arrangements.


Where can I get additional information?

Information about these changes will be updated on the Department’s website for each Visitor visa (subclass 600) stream page. A list of all streams is at:

Information and guidance about applying online and using ImmiAccount is available on the Department’s website at:

Get Assistance

To ensure you have the quickest, most efficient service the Department of Home Affairs encourages you to use the information already available on the Department of Home Affairs’ website. The vast majority of queries are addressed there and that is the most effective way for you to get the information you require.

The Home Affairs website also contains a range of online tools that will help you find the information you need quickly and in line with your specified circumstances and needs. In some cases, you may be able to proceed directly to online application lodgement.

If after accessing the Home Affairs website you have further questions or require additional information, please call +61 2 6196 0196 or click here for details on how to contact the Home Affairs' Global Service Centre.

Biometrics Collection in France Customs and Quarantine

Clients resident in France, regardless of nationality, applying for a visa on a paper form are required to provide their biometrics in the form of a digital facial image and fingerprint scan. Some persons are exempt from providing biometrics, for example Heads of State and accredited diplomats. For more information on biometric collection please refer to the link below.

Clients who are eligible for and are then granted an online ‘eVisa’ do not need to provide biometrics in all cases. You will be notified during the application process if you are required to provide your biometrics. All European passport holders are eligible to apply for online visas.

See: Biometrics Collection Process

To find the nearest Australian Biometrics Collection Centre, please refer to the following link. Bookings can be made on the supplier’s website:

See: Offices outside Australia

Australian Biometric Collection Centre

VFS Global
16 Boulevard du General Leclerc
92110 Clichy, 6th Floor
Opening hours:
Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.
Telephone: +33 4 26 99 00 92
Email: [email protected]

If you are required to provide your biometrics in relation to your visa application, you will have to make an appointment in advance.

For more information about the biometrics program visit the Department of Home Affairs’ website.

Customs and Quarantine

The Australian Customs Service provides information about Australian customs and quarantine regulations.

For information on customs and biosecurity for Australians travelling overseas and for overseas visitors to Australia visit the Australian Government website.

The above website also includes further information on duty-free concessions, information on entering/ leaving Australia (what to expect at the border, what I can pack, etc), sending goods to Australia, importing animals, and more.