Australian High Commission

Visas and migration

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (the department) at the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur processes visa applications and applications for citizenship by descent, for people who are resident in Malaysia and Brunei.

Everyone, with the exception of Australian or New Zealand citizens, requires a visa prior to travelling to Australia.

Please do not book flights or make travel commitments until you have a visa to travel to Australia. The department will not be liable for any financial loss incurred by clients whose visa application was finalised later than expected or where an application is unsuccessful.

Visa related FAQs

Answers to the following FAQs can be found here.

News/Important Information

On 18 April 2017, Prime Minister Turnbull announced that the subclass 457 visa would be abolished and replaced with a new temporary work visa.  Further details on this announcement can be found here.

New sponsor requirements for Partner and Prospective Marriage Visa applications

Changes to the temporary activity visa framework from 19 November 2016

Warning regarding visa scams in Malaysia

2016-17 Malaysia/Australia Work and Holiday Visa Programme 

For visa arrangements for Australian students travelling to Malaysia, click here



Applying for a visa to Australia

For information on where to apply for your visa see here.

Not sure what visa to apply for? Use the Visa Finder tool on the department’s website.


Applying for Australian Citizenship

Applications for Australian citizenship by descent are processed at the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur. A person born outside Australia who is the child of an Australian citizen parent at birth may acquire Australian citizenship by descent. See here for more information about Australian citizenship by descent eligibility.

All other categories of citizenship application (grant/adoption/renunciation/resumption/evidence) must be lodged in Australia. For details, see the Australian Citizenship page of the department's website

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This page was last updated on 09 January 2017