Australian Embassy

Visas and migration

Welcome to the Website information of the Berlin Visa Office.

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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What's New

The Australian Government has announced it will enhance the way visa and citizenship services are delivered using the latest digital technologies. For more information visit the Department Immigration and Border Protection’s website

High volumes of visa applications in Berlin - August/ September 2017

We are handling high volumes of visa applications in Berlin at the moment.   This means that processing times may take longer than usual.


Important Information - Work & Holiday Programme 2017-18 Australia - Poland - update 27 July 2017

We are very pleased to announce that 200 places have been filled in the Work and Holiday agreement between Poland and Australia.  All successful applicants have now been notified. 


Important information - paying visa application charges by credit card

When providing credit card details with your visa application, please ensure that your bank allows foreign transactions, i.e. transfer of payments outside your own country.  Please also make sure that the limit of the transactions allowed by your bank sufficiently covers the amount of the  visa application charges to be paid.   If we are unable to take payment using the provided card information, your application may be deemed invalid.

Clients wishing to make an application under one of the Work & Holiday Programmes that started afresh on/ after 1 July 2017, should be aware that only valid applications can be considered against the number of places available per programme year.  We are unable to hold places for applications not yet validated (for example due to failed or pending credit card payments).


 Global visa and citizenship processing times

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (the Department) is continually looking to improve client information and processing arrangements. 

From 13 March 2017, you will be able to view current global visa and citizenship processing times for most visa subclasses and citizenship types. To view current processing times, see the product page for the specific visa subclass or citizenship type you are applying for. You can navigate to any product from Individuals and Travellers or Visa Support. On the product page, two processing times will be displayed, indicating how long it takes to finalise 75 and 90 per cent of all applications submitted globally.

Processing times apply from the date your complete application is lodged.

You can also use the Visa Finder to compare processing times for up to three different products.

Submitting your application

Please ensure that any supporting documents required with your application are attached with lodgement of your application. A decision may be made solely on the information that you provide with your application. 

 Any document in a language other than English should be accompanied by an English translation. Please note that the translation does not have to be certified, however it does need to be accurate.  This approach will assist in processing applications expeditiously.  

Please ensure that when providing an English translation, that a copy of the original document is also provided. Failure to provide an English translation of supporting documentation may delay processing and result in the document not being considered as part of the visa application.


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Who can apply in Berlin? [Berlin Case Countries]

• Please note that we no longer offer a visa counter service in Berlin.

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Important Changes 2016

From 18 November 2016, a number of significant changes will take place to Australia's immigration and citizenship legislation, as well as an upgrade of our systems.

More comprehensive information can be found at, but a summary of these changes follows:

What's New?

  • New Work and Holiday arrangements commencing 1 January 2017

    On 1 January 2017 the Work and Holiday arrangements with Hungary, Luxembourg and San Marino came into effect and young adults from these countries are now able to apply for a subclass 462 visa.  More information about this visa, and  how to apply can be found at the Department’s website.
  • Changes to lodging your Work and Holiday visa

    Please note that as of 1 January 2017 all Work and Holiday (subclass 462) applications for applicants from Hungary, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal,  San Marino, Slovak Republic, Slovenia and Spain should be lodged via post. 
  • Australia has simplified its student visa framework. It has been designed to make the process of applying for a student visa simpler to navigate for students. From 1 July 2016:
  • International students will apply for a single Student visa (subclass 500), regardless of their chosen course of study 
  • Student guardians will apply for the new Student Guardian visa (subclass 590) 
  • All students and student guardians will generally be required to lodge their visa application online by creating an account in ImmiAccount.
  • For more information, please click here.
  •  Original documents in languages other than English or German must be accompanied by an English translation. The English translations must be appropriately endorsed translations. In Australia, translators must be accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI). Their accreditation details must be recorded on the translation. Translations provided by non-NAATI accredited translators outside Australia should be endorsed by the translator with their full name, address, telephone number, and details of their qualifications and experience in the language being translated.
  •  If available in your country, you may also upload multilingual or international records, providing English is one of the languages on the record.
  •  Note - this does not apply to Letters of Government Support issued for the Work and Holiday Maker programme.

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