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Visa and Immigration Information
Welcome to the Visa Office at the Australian Embassy in Berlin. We are an overseas office of the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).
The following pages will provide you with information regarding citizenship and visa options for visitors, workers, students or migrants. With the exception of Australian and New Zealand citizens, all people travelling to Australia require a visa prior to arrival.
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Frequently asked questions
First Year of the Spain-Australia Work and Holiday Agreement Draws to a Close – Important Message – Impact of German Postal Workers’ Strike and System Outages
The first year of the Spain-Australia Work and Holiday Agreement will close on 30 June 2015. The second year of the agreement commences on 1 July 2015.
Congratulations to all those who have appleid for and been granted a visa to travel to Australia, under the first year of the Spain-Australia Work and Holiday Agreement. We wish you well.
Due to the current German postal workers' strike and expected system outages between 25 and 30 June, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection cannot guarantee it will be able to process and Work and Holiday Maker visa applications between 25 and 30 June. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection therefore urges prospective applicants to apply on or after 1 July 2015, the beginning of the second year of the Spain-Australia Work and Holiday Agreement.
Visa applciations received on or after 1 July 2015 must have a Letter of Support from the Spanish Secretariat-General for Immigration and Emigration, in the Ministry of Employment issued on or after 1 July 2015.
First Year of the Portugal-Australia Work and Holiday Agreement Draws to a Close
Congratulations to all those who have applied for and been granted a visa to travel to Australia, under the first year of the Portugal-Australia Work and Holiday agreement. We wish you well.
The first year of the agreement draws to a close, on 30 June. The second year of the agreement commences on 1 July 2015.
* you have a Letter of Support from the Portuguese Ministry for Foreign Affairs Consular Department, issued before 30 June 2015; and
*you have not yet applied for a Work and Holiday visa, you must do so before 30 June 2015. If you apply for a Work and Holiday visa after 30 June, you will need to request a new Letter of Support from the Portuguese Ministry for Foreign Affairs Consular Department to submit with your visa application.
Visa applications received on or after 1 July 2015, must have a Letter of Support from the Portuguese Ministry for Foreign Affairs issued on or after 1 July 2015.
- Postal Strike in Germany
There is currently a strike affecting postal services in Germany. As a result, there may be delays in the delivery of post which you send to the DIBP Office in Berlin. If you are able to lodge your application online, we encourage you to do so. Otherwise, we suggest you look at alternative mail and courier services who will be able to guarantee delivery within the required timeframe.
- New website - border.gov.au
On 1 July 2015, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) integrated with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (the Department) and the Australian Border Force was established.
To support the integration, a new website has been launched at www.border.gov.au. From 1 July, internet searches for immi.gov.au and customs.gov.au will redirect to this new address.
Some pages will automatically redirect to the new location. You will need to fix any broken links, bookmarks or favourites in your system from 1 July 2015. The new URLs to specific webpages will not be available before this date.
Australia and the Slovak Republic sign a Work and Holiday visa arrangement
On 27 May 2015, Australia and the Slovak Republic signed a reciprocal Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa arrangement. When brought into effect, this will enable young people from the Slovak Republic and Australia, aged 18–30 years, to travel to each other's country for one year and undertake short-term work and study. There will be 200 places available for each country per programme year. Applications for this visa are not yet open. The Work and Holiday arrangement will not come in to effect until a start date has been agreed by both countries - this can take some time, up to several months, for the necessary legal and administrative processes to be completed. We will be working closely with our Slovak counterparts to establish a mutually agreed start date for this arrangement as soon as possible. Once the arrangement has commenced, eligible young people from the Slovak Republic and Australia will be able to apply for this visa. The commencement date will be announced on the embassy website (www.germany.embassy.gov.au) and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website (http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/462-).
Increase to Visa Application Charges
On 1 July 2015, there will be an increase to Visa Application Charges. Our website will be updated with more specific detail in due course. For further information, please click here.
Note, if you are lodging an application online, the increase to the Visa Application Charge will take effect from midnight 1 July in Australia (Australian Eastern Standard time). If you are lodging online and are not in Australia, the rise in fee may therefore take effect at some time on 30 June.
- Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa - Programme for Polish citizens
On 12 March 2015, the annual visa limit of 200 places for Polish citizens was reached. This means that the programme for the current programme year (01/07/2014-30/06/2015) has been closed. The programme for next year will start on 1 July 2015.
- Information for Swiss nationals: Australia-Switzerland Trainee Exchange
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Australia and Switzerland allows for the exchange of trainees between 20 and 30 years of age to visit the other country to gain professional and trade skills and to improve their linguistic knowledge.
For information on how to apply for a visa to go to Australia, please see:
Applying for an International relations (subclass 403) visa under the MoU on trainees between Australia and Switzerand (pdf)
Explanatory Note for Australian Employers (pdf)
Statutory Declaration (Visa applicant) (Word document)
- Be aware and protect yourself from migration fraud (DIBP website)
Applying for a Visa
Important information - please note:
You should 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.
- Booklets and Forms
Character Requirements (DIBP website)
Health Requirements (DIBP website)
Registered Panel Doctors and Radiologists (DIBP website)
Find a Visa - DIBP website
Resident return visas (DIBP website)
Retirement visas (DIBP website)
Maritime crew visa (DIPB website)
Visa label - do I need one?
- Australia’s modern electronic visa system does not require you to have a visa label placed in your passport to confirm your immigration status and entitlements in Australia.
When you check-in to fly to Australia, airline staff will use your passport to electronically confirm that you have authority to travel to Australia prior to boarding the aircraft. For more information on label-free travel, please see:
Visa labels - (DIBP website)
If you still need a visa label
Should you still need a visa label, for example because of other countries' entry and exit requirements, please see:
How do I get a visa label placed into my passport
ETA support for travel agents and airlines
Client Service Charter and Feedback
We value all compliments, complaints and suggestions. Your feedback helps us to improve the quality of our information, products and services.
See: Client Service Charter (DIBP website)
We seek client feedback in a number of ways, including client satisfaction surveys and direct feedback from clients.
See: Compliments and Complaints (DIBP webiste)