Visas and Migration
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The Visas and Immigration section of the Australian Embassy in Cambodia processes visa applications for people who are resident in Cambodia. Everyone except for Australian citizens will need to obtain a visa prior to travelling to Australia.
Australian Visa Application Centre
All visa applications should be lodged at the Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) in Cambodia operated by VFS Global. Clients should attend in person in order to have their biometrics collected.
The AVAC is located at:
Phnom Penh Tower, 10th floor
Preah Monivong (Street 93), Phnom Penh
Telephone: +855 23 964 333
Business hours: 08:00 – 17:00, Monday to Friday (Except Embassy Public holidays)
- Submission of Application: 08:00 – 15:00 Monday to Friday
- Collection of visa notification letter: 15:00 - 16:30 Monday to Friday
A fee will be charged for this service in addition to the scheduled fee charged by the Australian Government for all visa applications. To make and appointment or for more information about lodgement procedures, fees charged, contact details, office locations and office hours, please visit www.vfsglobal.com/Australia/Cambodia
Visa applications can take 4 weeks to process. For that reason we encourage you to lodge your visa application, with adequate supporting documentation, well in advance of your travel to avoid disappointment.
You should not book flights or finalise 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.
Applying for a Visa
- Assistance in selecting the correct visa: Visa Finder
- Download Visa application form: Visa application form
- Download Citizenship application form: Citizenship application form
- Visa application charges
- Character and Penal Clearance Requirements
- Health Requirements
- Standard Processing Times
- Information about using a Migration Agent
Collection of Biometrics
The Australian Government requires the collection of biometrics in a range of offshore visa application processes. Visa applicants will need to lodge their visa applications in person and provide their biometrics at the Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) in Phnom Penh, from 11 March 2014.
Applications should be lodged online, via ImmiAccount, please refer to the below link:
Under the Migration Act 1958 applications may be decided on the basis of available information.
Therefore, it is important that applications are as complete as possible and all supporting documentation are provided at the time of lodgement as a decision may be made solely on the information provided. Incomplete or poorly documented applications may be delayed or refused.
Fraud or misrepresentation
Any degree of fraud or misrepresentation is likely to result in your application being refused. Applicants to answer all questions fully and truthfully and disclose any information relevant to the question
Coming to Australia
Australia's modern electronic visa system does not require you to have a visa label placed in your passport to confirm your immigration status and entitlements in Australia. When you check-in to fly to Australia, airline staff will use your passport to electronically confirm that you have authority to travel to Australia prior to boarding the aircraft.
Further information: About your visa
There are a few other important things you should know before applying for, or being granted, an Australian visa.
Further information: Coming to Australia
Adoptions, Foster Care and Surrogacy in Cambodia
Adoptions and Foster Care arrangements
The Australian Government strongly warns Australians against trying to arrange domestic or private adoptions through an overseas country, even if they hold citizenship or rights to permanent residency in that particular country. You should seek independent legal advice both in Australia and in the child’s country of usual residence before going ahead with any application to an overseas authority. Expatriate adoptions occur when an Australian citizen or permanent resident living abroad for 12 months or more adopts a child through an overseas agency or government authority. Australian adoption authorities are not responsible for expatriate adoptions, and do not assess or approve applicants for such adoptions. There are specific requirements that must be met in order to be eligible to be granted an Australian adoption visa, including living overseas for at least 12 months prior to lodging an application, that this time overseas was not contrived to circumvent the requirements for entry to Australia of a child for adoption and that you have lawfully acquired full parental rights for the child you have adopted. More information on expatriate adoption and immigration requirements is available here.
The Australian Embassy does not issue 'Letters of No Objection', 'Letters of Support', or 'To Whom it May Concern Letters' in connection with any foster care arrangement or adoption in Cambodia.
The Royal Cambodian Government has formally advised that the act of surrogacy is prohibited and punishable under Cambodian crimial law.
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