NOTICE: The 2017 ICML conference may close registration ahead of the declared deadline in case it reaches the capacity limits of the convention center. There may be no onsite registration. Please register early.

VISA Applications for Austraila

With a paid registration to ICML, you will have access to a Letter of Invitation, which is helpful for your VISA application. ICML will update your Letter of Invitation to note your accepted papers and other participation in the meeting when that information becomes available.  Doing this depends on the release of paper decisions at CMT and whether you registered with the same email address at both CMT and

For your VISA application, the local Australian contact is:

Richard Nock
Australian National Univ.
Univ. of Sydney
5/13 Garden St
Eveleigh NSW 2015, Australia
+61 2 9490 5639  

We recommend that you register for the meeting and apply for your VISA application as early as possile.  You may cancel and refund your registration for any reason until Fri Jul 21, 2017 23:59 PM UTC.

Under Australia's universal visa system, all visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia (other than New Zealand passport holders who will normally be granted a Special Category visa on arrival, provided they meet health and character requirements; and permanent residents of Norfolk Island who may be granted a Permanent Resident of Norfolk Island visa on arrival). For more information, see the fact sheet:

There are many visa options available to people wishing to visit Australia. The appropriate visa option will depend, amongst other things, on the person's purpose for visiting Australia.

Please refer to the attached Business Information Sheet for guidance on the visa options that may be most suitable for your event participants.

Your event participants should also refer to the attached document containing General Information for Visa Applicants.

NB: These are the visa options available presently but the Department reserves the right to change regulations. IECN assistance will NOT guarantee a visa grant. Visa applicants must demonstrate that they meet all the legislative requirements for an Australian visa.

For additional background relating to:

visas for people to come to Australia for tourism or business purposes, please see:
visas for people to come to Australia to participate in an event as an invited participant, please see:
visas for people to come to Australia to undertake short-term, highly specialised work, please see:

To assist timely processing by Australia's visa offices overseas, you can:
Complete the attached bio-data collection sheet as event participants are invited to your event and email it to:

NB: In accordance with Australia's Privacy Act 1988, any information an event organiser or participant provides to the IECN will only be used to facilitate visa processing with the relevant Australian visa office overseas.

What you can do for event participants

Provide participants with a copy of the attached Business Information Sheet to ensure that they apply for the correct visa.

Provide participants with a copy of the attached General Information for Visa Applicants to ensure that they are aware of visa requirements before they lodge their visa applications.

Provide participants with confirmation of registration, or a letter of invitation, to participate in the event. Letters of invitation should only be issued to event participants who are known to, and invited by, you. Confirmation of registration should only be issued to event participants who have registered for the event and have paid their registration fees, in full.

Request event participants apply for their visa well in advance of their intended date of travel to Australia. Information about visa processing times is available on the Department’s website:

What we can do for you

We can provide further assistance in relation to visa-related issues associated with your event.

Please feel free to contact the IECN team if you need any further assistance or to discuss our service in more detail.
John Walker (02) 8861 4374
Maria Szanto (02) 8861 4380
Iris Bartley (02) 8861 4383

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