The Australian High Commission in Port of Spain cannot advise on immigration/visa matters as it is not a visa issuing office.
All enquiries or requests for information regarding immigration or visa issues should be directed to the Global Service Centre in Australia by telephone at +61 2 6196 0196.
The Department of Home Affairs website contains comprehensive information about the full range of visa products, including eligibility, forms, fees and application procedures.
Australian Online Visa Applications
Australia is making it quicker and easier to apply for many of our visas. From 9 May 2014, the following Caribbean countries are eligible to lodge Australian visa applications online:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- St Kitts and Nevis
- St Lucia
- St Vincent and Grenadines
- The Bahamas
- Trinidad and Tobago
The online service will also be available for the following territories:
- Aruba (Dutch)
- Curacao (Dutch)
- Guadeloupe (French)
- Guiana (French)
- Martinique (French)
- Saba (Netherlands)
- St Eustatius (Netherlands)
- St Maarten (Dutch)
- Turks and Caicos (UK)
- Bonaire (Netherlands)
The online application system is easy to use and is accessed through the Department of Home Affairs website. Third parties may complete an online application on behalf of a visa applicant with their consent.
If an online visa application is approved, the applicant will be notified via email or by their preferred contact method. A visa label is not required in the traveller’s passport as the visa information is held electronically and is linked to the passport number provided in the online visa application.
Visa applicants who choose to make their visa applications online can check the status of their application or visa through the online system.
For more information on how to apply for a visa online, please visit the Department of Home Affairs website.
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The Department of Home Affairs website contains information on becoming an Australian citizen.
WARNING: Jobs/Phishing Scam Alert
The Australian Government advises all persons interested in visiting, working or living in Australia to please be aware of a number of Job Scams that may be related to Phishing Scams.
Social media sites and the wider Internet present many opportunities to earn extra money; many of which are not legitimate. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
Always ensure that any potential employers and requests are legitimate and be wary of the following:
- any job where you are asked to accept and transfer money from one bank account to another
- being asked for your bank account number or for the bank account number of another person so that someone’s salary or money owing to them can be credited to the account
- instructions to forward funds to persons abroad
- visa application through third parties/agents and invitations to live in Australia
WARNING: Cruise Ship Employment Scam Alert
The Australian Government is aware that clients in the Caribbean 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 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.