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Australian Declaratory Visa

Overview

What is an Australian Declaratory visa?

The Australian Declaratory visa is an entry authority that resembles a visa. In limited circumstances it can be issued to Australian citizens who hold a foreign passport, including if you are:

  • under 18 and will be travelling with a non-citizen parent
  • have an emergency or other compelling situation preventing travel on an Australian passport. You will need to provide supporting documentation.

There is a charge for processing Australian Declaratory visa applications.

The Australian Declaratory visa is valid for five years from the date of grant. If you cease to be an Australian citizen, the Australian Declaratory visa becomes invalid and you will need a visa to return to Australia. The Australian Declaratory visa is linked electronically to the passport details that you provided to the department.

Visa Fees

Visa Category BASE VISA APPLICATION CHARGE (AUD) BASE VISA APPLICATION CHARGE (LKR) ADDITIONAL APPLICATION CHARGE – OVER 18 (AUD) ADDITIONAL APPLICATION CHARGE – OVER 18 (LKR) ADDITIONAL APPLICATION CHARGE – UNDER 18 (AUD) ADDITIONAL APPLICATION CHARGE – UNDER 18 (LKR)
Australian Declaratory-Adult 240 30800   - - - -
Australian Declaratory-Child 185 23800   - - - -

*Fees updated effective from 01 January 2020.

Please refer Visa Pricing Table for more information.

Introduction of Service Fees

From 18 May 2015, the Department of Home Affairs is moving to a full user-pays model at all biometric Australian Visa Application Centers. This means that the Service Delivery Partner will charge clients a service fee for visa application lodgment and biometric collection. This is in addition to visa application charges. The service fees will be as follows:

PRIMARY CLIENT/APPLICANT FEE
Application lodgement and biometric collection – Primary applicant LKR 2,037
Biometric collection only LKR 1,935
Resident Return visa applications – no biometric required LKR 2,037
SECONDARY CLIENT/APPLICANT FEE
Application lodgement and biometric collection – Secondary applicant LKR 1,426
Additional document submission – if not accompanied by a letter from the Visa Office LKR 1,426

*Fees are subject to change & inclusive of taxes.

How to pay for your visa

Visa fee payment should be made using a "Bank Draft" made payable to the Australian High Commission . Visa fees must be in Sri Lankan rupees and drawn against a Sri Lankan bank. The visa office cannot accept bank drafts in Australian Dollars or bank drafts drawn against an Australian bank or any other non-Sri Lankan bank.

Documents Required

Photo Specifications

One passport-sized photograph (please attach to the form). NB - ID photos that have been digitally enhanced or altered to improve or change appearance or remove distinguishing features are not acceptable. As the photos are required for identity purposes, if they do not represent your true appearance, your visa application may be delayed if you need to be asked to provide new photos. The photos should also meet normal passport size and pose (front on head and shoulders, no facial coverings or sunglasses).

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PROCESSING TIME

For the current average processing time of visa application kindly click here.