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Australian Consulate-General - San Francisco
575 Market Street, Ste 1800
Australian Consulate-General / Austrade
Tel: +1 415 644 3620
Consular & Passports
For queries on Australian visa, immigration and citizenship issues, please call our Visa and Citizenship Information Service by phone - +1 613 238 1040 (Call costs to Canada apply) or send your query by email to: http://www.immi.gov.au/contacts/forms/americas/
The Australian Consulate-General in San Francisco provides consular and passport services to Australian citizens residing or travelling within the North-West of the United States of America.
Australian Trade Commission (Austrade)
Austrade provides information and assistance to Australian exporters and international buyers of Australian products. www.austrade.gov.au
Invest Australia (North America) -- provides information and assistance to companies and individuals wanting to make major direct investments in Australia or Australian enterprises. www.investaustralia.gov.au
Consular and Passport and Services
The Australian Consulate-General in San Francisco is located in downtown San Francisco and is open from 9:00 am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday (except public holidays)
The Australian Consulate-General in San Francisco provides consular and passport services to Australian citizens residing or travelling in:
Northern California (north of 36N latitude), Nevada (except Las Vegas), Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.
The services and information we provide includes:
Australians in distress and prisoners (including Australia-US prisoner transfer treaty issues)
The Consular Section offers 24-hour emergency service to Australians who are in distress and/or require urgent consular assistance. If you are an Australian citizen in need of emergency assistance, please call +1 415 644 3620 during normal business hours.
If you require assistance when the Consulate-General is closed such as after hours, on weekends or public holidays, call Consular Operations at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra toll-free at 1 (888) 239-3501 from any phone in the United States.
In December 2003 the Australian Government introduced new measures to strengthen the integrity of Australia’s passport system.
New Australian passport applications have been introduced for people in the United States applying for an Australian passport and includes new identification, name change and photographic requirements. From December 2003, a new series of Australian passports will feature the latest in passport security features. Australian passports for all the Americas and the Caribbean will be processed by a new regional production facility at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC.
From December 2003, passport applications will continue to be received at all diplomatic and consular posts, which will also interview passport applicants.
However, full validity passports will no longer be issued across the counter at diplomatic and consular posts in the Americas and the Caribbean. Passports will be delivered by mail or courier to the applicant’s residential address, or can be collected from an Australian diplomatic or consular post, within ten working days which is the same service standard provided to passport applicants in Australia. (Passport applicants should plan ahead to ensure they apply for their new or replacement passport in plenty of time for their travel needs.)
Australians with urgent, unforeseen travel needs will still be able to obtain a limited validity emergency passport at Australian posts in the Americas. An emergency passport will attract a priority processing fee.
For more information:
Witnessing and Certifying Signatures
The Consulate-General provides notarial services such as witnessing of signatures on legal documents, statutory declarations, acknowledgments and witnessing of signatures for renewal of driver's licenses. Appointments for these services can be made by calling +1 415 644 3620.
There is a fee for all notarial services performed by the Consulate.
Voting in Australian Elections
The Consulate-General provides postal voting facilities for Federal and many State elections. For further information, election results, enrolment and postal voting forms, please visit the Australian Electoral Commission website at www.aec.gov.au.
Australian citizens residing overseas for an extended period of time are not necessarily eligible to vote, even if they were registered when they left Australia. To check eligibility criteria and to find out about registering as an "Eligible Overseas Voter" read the Australia Electoral Commission's special enrollment provisions. Registering as an overseas voter does not mean you will automatically be notified of upcoming elections or sent ballots.
Registration of Australian Citizens Abroad
The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has introduced an online registration service for Australians planning to reside overseas for extended periods, and those travelling to locations where there are security risks. The registration information will help the Department find you in an emergency - whether it is a natural disaster, civil disturbance or a family emergency. For more information go to: https://www.orao.dfat.gov.au/
We also send out regular updates via email regarding upcoming Australian cultural and business events as well as public affairs information directly from the Consulate-General. If you would like to receive these regular updates, please contact SFPublicAffairs@Austrade.gov.au
DFAT Travel Advisory
With nearly 3.5 million Australians travelling internationally each year, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade have created a website to give travellers valuable information, particularly concerning overseas security. Before you travel, be sure to log on to www.smartraveller.gov.au to receive helpful travel tips such as the 10 listed below. No matter where your destination, we also recommended you contact the nearest Consulate, Embassy or High Commission for the country of your destination to seek advice regarding current need for visas and vaccinations etc.
This information is sent for your information only and not intended to create legal relations
The Australian Consulate General in San Francisco, does not issue visas or ETAs and is unable to answer questions regarding immigration, citizenship or visas for Australia.
The Australian Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (DIMIA) Visa Information Service, provides an information line, to assist people in North America and most of the Caribbean with questions about Australian immigration, visas and citizenship. Call: 1.905.280.1437 Mon-Fri 10:00am to 5:00pm EST (Recorded information available at other times.) or visit http://www.usa.embassy.gov.au/whwh/DIAC_ContactCentre.html
General information about Australian immigration, visas and citizenship can be found on the Internet at: Australian Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs -- www.immi.gov.au
Office Hours: 9.00am to 5.00pm weekdays