Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City - Visa information and lodgement

The Ho Chi Minh City visa office provides immigration and visa services to clients in Vietnam and Laos.

Lodging a visa application

At an Australian Visa Application Centre

We have an agreement with VFS Global in Vietnam to provide Australian visa lodgement services through Australian Visa Application Centres located in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

Exception: Visa applicants travelling on official government business are encouraged to lodge their applications at the Australian Embassy, Hanoi.

You can lodge your application in person at one of the Australian Visa Application Centres in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. The Australian Visa Application Centres charge applicants a service fee in addition to any visa application charge.

Further information on the Australian Visa Application Centres and their services is available from the VFS website.

See: VFS Global

By post to the Australian Consulate-General, Ho Chi Minh City

You can lodge your application by post directly to the Australian Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City. Please ensure you have enclosed the appropriate visa application charge (or evidence that the fee has been paid).

At the Australian Consulate-General, Ho Chi Minh City in person

You can lodge your application in person at the Australian Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City by appointment only. Appointments can be made by telephone or email.

Note: Due to the high demand for appointments it may be a few weeks before an appointment can be scheduled. You can lodge your application at an Australian Visa Application Centre, however, at any time during business hours without an appointment

Permanent entry visas

Partner, prospective marriage and child visa applications from applicants usually living in one of the countries in country coverage list above are processed in Ho Chi Minh City.

Applications for general skilled, business innovation and investment, Distinguished Talent (subclass 124), Former Resident (subclass 151) and parent subclasses are lodged and processed in Australia.

For Points Based Skilled Migration (subclasses 189, 190 and 489) and Business Innovation and Investment (subclasses 132 and 188) visas you will have to submit a complete Expression of Interest (EOI) and receive an invitation to apply.

Former Resident (subclass 151) applications are lodged and processed at the Perth office in Western Australia.

Distinguished Talent (subclass 124)​ visas must be lodged (by post or courier) and are processed at the Adelaide office in South Australia - attention Adelaide Business Skills Processing Centre.

Contributory parent migration applications are lodged and processed at the Perth office in Western Australia - attention Parent Visa Centre.

Refugee and Humanitarian visas

Clients from the East Asia region whose application for a Refugee and Humanitarian (Class XB) visa is accompanied by a proposal form (form 681) must lodge their application at our NSW Offshore Humanitarian Processing Centre.

This applies to people who are lodging a visa for consideration under the Global Special Humanitarian Program (SHP) or as an immediate family member.

Email: NSW Offshore Humanitarian Processing Centre Enquiry Form

See: Lodging Certain Humanitarian Applications in Australia

All other Refugee and Humanitarian applications should be directed to the closest immigration office outside Australia.

Citizenship

Applications for Citizenship by Descent can be lodged in person, by post or at one of the Australian Visa Application Centres in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City and are processed at the Australian Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City.

Applications for Australian citizenship general eligibility and other situations, and applications to resume or renounce (give up) Australian citizenship should be lodged at the Canberra office in Australian Capital Territory.

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Last reviewed Monday 2 June 2014

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