Australian Immigration Ukraine Crisis Update

In response to the escalating crisis currently in Ukraine, the Australian Government has implemented the following immigration measures:

  1. Outstanding visa applications from Ukrainian citizens will be prioritised and fast tracked for a decision by immigration officials, as soon as possible. The Department of Home Affairs is progressing outstanding visa applications from Ukrainian nationals as a priority, across all visa categories
  2. The Prime Minister has announced that automatic visa extensions for 6 months will be given to Ukrainian nationals in Australia who have a visa expiring before 30 June 2022

The Prime Minister has also stated that while Ukrainian visa applications will be prioritised, such applications can still be refused on security and or other criteria grounds.

How to apply for the visa extension?

Eligible visa holders do not need to do anything to receive the visa extension. The Department is contacting visa holders in Australia who have visas expiring soon to make arrangements if they wish to remain in Australia.

Who to contact to receive an update?

Enquiries from Ukrainian temporary visa holders in Australia, and those waiting on a visa outcome or looking for visa options, can contact Global Service Centre (In Australia) on 131 881.

Ukrainian nationals or their family members can also submit an enquiry form if they are a:

  • Temporary visa holder already in Australia;
  • Ukrainian national waiting on a visa holder; or
  • Looking for visa options to come to Australia

Advice from Smart Traveller

There are reports of major delays at land border crossings. Expect highly congested routes, checkpoints, lengthy queues and delays. Make sure you have a supply of food, water, medication and fuel. Use your judgement to decide the best time and safest means of exit.

There are reports that Ukrainian males (including dual nationals) from 16 to 60 years of age are being stopped from leaving Ukraine at some border crossings.

If you have significant concerns for your welfare, or that of another Australian, contact the Consular Emergency Centre on 1300 555 135 in Australia or +61 2 6261 3305 outside Australia.

For further travel advice and information please visit:

Further Updates

Ethos Migration Lawyers will continue to monitor announcements from the Australian government and will provide updates as they become available.

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