If you've submitted your Australian visa application form and supporting documents online or via mail, you can check your Australian visa status at any time after the Australian Government’s immigration office has received your paperwork. It’s very easy to perform an Australian visa check when you have submitted an online application because the website you submit your information through assigns you a unique Transaction Reference Number (TRN). Your TRN is what you can use to check the progress of an application after it has been submitted, and also confirms that the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship has received your information.
Verifying Your Australian Visa Status
When you submit your Australian visa application forms online, you are "lodging" your application into the system and can save the application to return to it at any time. Keep in mind that you will need to attach certain types of supporting documents depending on the type of Australian visa you are applying for. The Australian Government requires all applicants who are submitting a visa application as Professional and other Skilled Workers, Tourists and Working Holiday visas, Students, and Employer Sponsored Workers visas, to attach documents in the correct file format.
Once you have saved and completed your online application, you will be assigned a Transaction Reference Number (TRN). You must write down this number and can then use it to retrieve a saved application, or to check your Australia via status after all of your paperwork has been submitted. You are only granted one TRN per application, so you will need to make sure you use the correct number when checking the Australian via status of multiple applications at any given time.
Performing an Australian Visa Check Online
In order to perform an Australian visa check online, you will need to the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship's website. The site contains information about accessing your online application after your lodgement.
Click on the appropriate link based on the type of visa you applied for, and you will be taken to a screen where you can enter your TRN, date of birth and other identifying information.
If you do not know what your Transaction Reference Number is, you can send a request electronically by emailing the Department. Requesting information through email will help you get the information you need to check your Australian visa status online.
Checking Your Australian Visa Status after Mailing in Your Forms
If you chose not to submit your Australian visa application form and supporting documents online and are mailing your application package instead, you will need to visit the Visa Enquiries page of the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship's website. Click on the type of visa you applied for to find the contact information for the processing location of your visa. You can also contact these offices if you have questions about your visa application or if you need further clarification on you visa eligibility.
If you have already contacted the Department once and have been assigned a Case Officer, you will need to correspond with your Case Officer directly via email. This will ensure a faster processing time and can make it easier for you to have your questions answered in a timely manner.