Visas for Children

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Overview

Applicants younger than 14 and older than 79 do not need to be fingerprinted, and as such are often excused from attending an interview, provided they are citizens or permanent residents of Australia. Applicants who are neither citizens nor permanent residents of Australia must appear in person, regardless of age.

How to Apply

If you meet the requirements above, follow the steps below to create a profile only. After you have created your profile, do not schedule an appointment. You will not require an appointment if you are exempt from an interview.

    Step 1
    Pay the visa application fee.

    Step 2
    Complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form.

    Step 3
    Click here to create a profile. Do not schedule an appointment.

    Step 4
    Gather your DS-160 confirmation page, fee receipt, current and previous passports, photo, and a letter explaining your travel purpose and itinerary. Depending on the visa category, you may require additional documentation. Please refer to your specific visa category page for additional required documents.

    Documents specific to children under 14:

    • A copy of the parent/s or guardians issued visa or ESTA approval
    • Proof of relationship between the parent and child, for instance a birth certificate or adoption papers
    • If one parent is not travelling with the child, include a notarized letter from the non-travelling parent or guardian authorizing the travel, along with copies of both parents’ passports or identity documents. You may also submit court documents demonstrating that the applying parent has sole custody of the minor child.

    Step 5
    Mail the materials listed in “Step 4” to the Consulate which serves the area where you reside. If your application is successful, the consulate will issue your visa and return it by Australia Post to the address indicated in your online profile.

    The addresses are listed below:

    U.S. Consular Offices in Australia
    State or Territory U.S. Consulate
    Australian Capital Territory U.S. Consulate Sydney
    MLC Centre
    Level 10
    19-29 Martin Place
    Sydney, NSW 2000
    Australia
    New South Wales U.S. Consulate Sydney
    MLC Centre
    Level 10
    19-29 Martin Place
    Sydney, NSW 2000
    Australia
    Norfolk Island U.S. Consulate Sydney
    MLC Centre
    Level 10
    19-29 Martin Place
    Sydney, NSW 2000
    Australia
    Northern Territory U.S. Consulate Melbourne
    553 St. Kilda Road
    Melbourne, VIC 3004
    Australia
    Queensland U.S. Consulate Sydney
    MLC Centre
    Level 10
    19-29 Martin Place
    Sydney, NSW 2000
    Australia
    South Australia U.S. Consulate Melbourne
    553 St. Kilda Road
    Melbourne, VIC 3004
    Australia
    Tasmania U.S. Consulate Melbourne
    553 St. Kilda Road
    Melbourne, VIC 3004
    Australia
    Victoria U.S. Consulate Melbourne
    553 St. Kilda Road
    Melbourne, VIC 3004
    Australia
    Western Australia U.S. Consulate Perth
    4th Floor
    16 St. George’s Terrace
    Perth, WA 6000
    Australia