Australian High Commission
Nigeria
Telephone: +234 (0) 9 461 2780 Office Mobile: +234 (0) 803 307 3519 Address: 5th Floor, Oakland Centre, 48 Aguiyi Ironsi St, Maitama, Abuja

Visas

The Australian Government does not provide visa services at the Australian High Commission in Abuja.

Electronic Lodgement of Visitor Visas
 


From 1 August 2014 access to electronic (online) lodgement for Visitor visas (visa subclass 600) will be made available to nationals from Benin, Cameroon, Gabon, The Gambia, Niger, Nigeria and the Republic of Congo.

Visitor Visas are made available for tourism purposes (including holidays, recreational activities and visiting family and friends) and some business purposes (including attending a conference, negotiation or an exploratory business visit).

The online visa application system is available for applicants to lodge Visitor visa applications, at their convenience, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, without the need to apply in person or send applications by mail. The system is accessible on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection Website at http://www.immi.gov.au/Services/Pages/online-services.aspx . Third parties may complete an online application on behalf of a visa applicant with their consent.
 

Vaccinations before Entry to Australia

For general information on public health and safety risks in Australia, please visit: www.immi.gov.au/allforms/health-requirements/threats-public-health.htm


Polio

If you have spent 28 days or longer since 5 May 2014 in Afghanistan, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Israel, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia or Syria, you should provide a certificate of vaccination against Polio with your visa application.

If you did not provide a vaccination certificate at the time you lodged your visa application, you may be contacted by the Australian High Commission detailing how you can provide your vaccination certificate. Alternatively, you can present your certificate to your nearest Visa Application Centre.


Yellow Fever

Visa holders frequently ask us about Australia's Yellow Fever vaccination requirements. Click on the following for important information about Yellow Fever and entry to Australia.
 http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/health-pubhlth-strateg-communic-factsheets-yellow.htm#7
 

Ebola
 

Ebola virus disease (EVD) has been reported in West Africa. The Australian Government continues to monitor this outbreak. The Australian Department of Health is the lead Government agency and is coordinating the government’s response.
 

EVD is very rare and the likelihood of an outbreak in Australia is very low due to the low transmissibility of the virus and the low volume of travel from affected areas to Australia. Person-to-person spread of Ebola is through direct contact with blood, secretion, other bodily fluids or environments contaminated with such fluids. The incubation period is between 2-21 days, during which people cannot spread the virus. Once active, people become sick with sudden fevers, headaches and muscle aches followed rapidly by vomiting and diarrhoea.
 

Impact on visa processing

The Department of Health has requested that border officers continue to follow current procedures at Australia's international airports. No additional visa-related measures are required at this time.


Following medical advice, Department of Immigration and Border Protection staff will not be visiting affected areas for interviews until further notice. The Department is seeking to put alternative arrangements in place.


It is recommended that if applicants are feeling unwell with sudden onset of fever, aches and pains and headache they should delay travel to Australia and seek medical advice as soon as possible.


Information on EVD is available on the Department of Health website (http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/content/ohp-ebola.htm) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Smartraveller website (http://www.smarttraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/TravelBulletins/Ebola).
 

Visa application process for Nigeria

All visa applications to Australia from Nigeria are processed through the Australian High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa. 

Biometrics

All visa applicants, regardless of their nationality, who are physically in Nigeria when applying for a visa to enter Australia, will need to provide their biometrics (fingerprints and a digital photograph) unless they are biometrics exempt.

You can find more information on the biometrics requirement on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website.

Visa types

Information about the different types of Australian visas, including procedures, application forms and fees, can be found on the DIBP’s website.

The website includes a ‘visa wizard’ which can assist you in choosing the right visa option for you, based on your particular circumstances.

The VFS Nigeria website also provides information on various visa types, including information on relevant forms, and checklists outlining the required supporting documentation.

How to lodge the visa application

All applications for Australian visas in Nigeria should be lodged through the Australian Visa Application Centres operated by VFS Nigeria in Abuja or Lagos. The visa application must be lodged in person (unless the application is biometrics exempt).

The VFS offices’ location and opening hours are:

Abuja:
Address: No:38, Lobito Crescent, Wuse-2. Abuja
Working Hours: Submission 8:00am to 3:00pm. Collection of passports – 10:00am to 3:00pm.
Working Days : Monday to Friday

Lagos:
Address: No. 16, Billings Way, Oregun Industrial Area, Ikeja, Lagos
Working Hours: Submission 8:00am to 3:00pm. Collection of passports – 10:00am to 3:00pm.
Working Days : Monday to Friday

For information on how to lodge a visa application through VFS Global, including forms, fees, and required documentation, please refer to the VFS Nigeria website.

Processing times

You can find information about processing times on the Australian High Commission in Pretoria’s website.

These are average processing times only. They do not apply if the application is lodged incomplete and without all required documentation.

If you lodge your visa application late, please be aware that you may not be able to travel on your intended travel date.

Visa labels

You do not need a visa label in your passport for travel to Australia. All visa status information is stored electronically on the DIBP’s systems. Instead of a visa label, you will be issued a grant notification letter including visa details. You can find more information on the DIBP's website.

Please be aware that if you are transiting or exiting through another country, you will need to check with the relevant government authorities regarding requirements to show a visa label in the passport. The Australian Government cannot advise on other countries' requirements.

If you would like a visa label in your passport, you must specifically request this, and pay an additional visa evidence charge after the visa has been granted. For more information on the visa evidence charge please see the DIBP's website.

How to get more information

Before you lodge your visa application:

• You can get information about the visa application process from these websites:

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Australian High Commission in Pretoria

VFS Nigeria

• If you would like to enquire about the visa application process or if you have general enquires you can contact the VFS Nigeria office:

Via email: info.ausng@vfshelpline.com
Via telephone: +234 (0)9 2916605

After you lodge your visa application

• You can enquire about the progress of your visa application or get more information by contacting the Visa and Immigration Section at the Australian High Commission in Pretoria via email at immigration.pretoria@immi.gov.au This is the preferred contact method and all enquiries are responded to within 48 hours.

• You can also contact us via telephone on +27 12 423 6060. Please note that our telephone hours are between 8:30am and 11:30am (Pretoria time), Monday to Friday. We receive a large volume of telephone calls, so there may be delays in answering your telephone query.

• Please do not contact the Visa and Immigration Section at the Australian High Commission in Pretoria if your visa application is still within standard processing times, unless you have an urgent or compassionate and compelling reason to do so. We process a large volume of visa applications every day, and responding to unnecessary visa queries can cause delays.

 

Visa applications from Benin and The Gambia 

Visa applications from Benin and The Gambia are processed by the Australian High Commission in Pretoria. For further information on how to submit an application and contact details, please visit their website.

 

Visa applications from Cameroon, Gabon, Niger, and the Republic of Congo

Visa applications from Cameroon, Gabon, Niger, and the Republic of Congo are processed by the Australian High Commission in Nairobi. For further information on how to submit an application and contact details, please visit their website.

 

Further information

For general information about visa and citizenship options, as well as visa application forms, please visit the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website.

 

Visa Scams and Warnings

The Australian Government is aware that clients in Africa have been targeted by e-mails fraudulently offering visa services in relation to offers of employment in Australia. In some cases, the scam emails purport to be sent on behalf of the Australian Government, for example from the Australia High Commission or the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Clients should only communicate with the Australian High Commission, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, or VFS Nigeria directly using the contact details provided on this website. We advise clients to carefully verify the authenticity of all offers of visa services and employment before providing any personal information or making any payments.

Should you believe that you are the victim of a scam, you should report it to your local police and you may also wish to report it via the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's Scamwatch website.


Cruise Ship Employment Scams

The Australian Government is aware that clients in Africa have been targeted by unsolicited e-mails fraudulently offering employment from Australian cruise ship companies. Victims of this scam are defrauded of fees supposedly for visas or fictitious ‘foreign worker certificates’. It appears that the fraudulent e-mails originate from other countries, not Australia. The Australian High Commission is unable to verify employment offers from Australian companies. Job-seekers are. however, strongly advised to verify all job offers using publicly available contact details for the relevant companies. Information on applying for Australian visas is available on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.