Visa provisions for Ukrainian nationals

Joint media release

  • The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • The Hon Scott Morrison MP, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

5 March 2014

Given the volatile situation in Ukraine, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Immigration Minister Scott Morrison today announced visa provisions to allow Ukrainian nationals in Australia to temporarily remain while their nation is under threat.

Ukrainian nationals who are currently in Australia on a visa due to expire and who may be affected by the unrest in Ukraine will be able to approach the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to make an application and receive an extension of their visa for a temporary period.

Subsequent applications may also be made if the situation of unrest in Ukraine is further deemed by the Government at that time to warrant a further extension.

Australian Government travel advice issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade was upgraded overnight for Ukraine. Australians thinking of travelling to Ukraine and the surrounding area, and those already there, are urged to reconsider their need to travel and are encouraged to log on to the Government's Smartraveller website.

Media enquiries

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