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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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
Announcement of Work and Holiday Agreement between Australia and Austria
On 19 October 2017 Australia signed a Work and Holiday arrangement with Austria, which, once implemented, will allow young adults from Austria the opportunity to apply for a visa under the Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa programme.
Work has started on the implementation of the arrangement and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s website will be updated to advise eligible nationals from Austria that they are able to apply for a visa.
Announcement of Work and Holiday Agreement between Australia and the Czech Republic
On 19 October 2017 Australia signed a Work and Holiday arrangement with the Czech Republic, which, once implemented, will allow 500 young adults from the Czech Republic the opportunity to apply for a visa under the Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa programme each year.
Work has started on the implementation of the arrangement and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s website will be updated to advise eligible nationals from the Czech Republic that they are able to apply for a visa.
Announcement of additional 300 places for Polish Work and Holiday Maker agreement
The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection has announced that an additional 300 places in this year’s Work and Holiday arrangement between Australia and Poland will be opened on 1 October 2017.
Please read the below carefully before lodging your application:
- Applications must be accompanied by a letter of government support
- Applications should be lodged by post to the Australian Embassy in Berlin
- Please ensure that your payment details are correct and that your bank will allow for international transactions. Applications where the payment does not work will be deemed invalid and not eligible for a place.
High volumes of visa applications in Berlin - November/ December 2017
We are handling high volumes of visa applications in Berlin at the moment and are expecting to receive even higher numbers of applications ahead of the traditional Christmas and end-of-year season. This means that processing times may take longer than usual.
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.
• Berlin Visa Office - Contact Us
• Who can apply in Berlin? [Berlin Case Countries]
• Please note that we no longer offer a visa counter service in Berlin.
• Do I need to send my original passport with my application? No, please do not send your original passport. You are kindly requested to provide a high quality colour copy/scan of the bio data page of your passport.
• How can I see my visa status? Using VEVO to view your visa status and conditions
• FAQs - Partner Migration
• Known issues with German Passports (Europe Service Centre London website)
• What is a passenger card and how do I fill one out?
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 www.border.gov.au, but a summary of these changes follows:
On 19 November 2016, reforms were made to the temporary visa framework. This means that, from 19 November 2016, the following visas will be closed to new applications:
• Subclass 401 Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity) visa
• Subclass 402 Training and Research visa
• Subclass 416 Special Program visa
• Subclass 420 Temporary Work (Entertainment) visa
• Subclass 488 Superyacht Crew visa.
These visas have been incorporated within the following temporary activity visa framework:
• Subclass 400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa
• Subclass 403 Temporary Work (International Relations) visa
• Subclass 407 Training visa
• Subclass 408 Temporary Activity visa.
The new framework is designed to make applying for a temporary visa easier. Further information on these changes can be found on our department’s website, at: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/temporary-activity-visa-changes
What will change from 18 November 2016?
Sponsors of Partner and Prospective Marriage visa applications who lodge a visa application on or after 18 November 2016 will be required to:
• Provide Australian and/or foreign police checks to the department when requested; and
• Consent to the department disclosing their convictions for relevant offences to the visa applicant(s).
Further information is available on our department's website at www.border.gov.au/Trav/Brin/sponsor-requirements
Several enhancements and updates will be made in ImmiAccount, including the following:
Expansion of online lodgement for e600
- eForm: Additional declarations and dynamic document checklist
- Longer validity: option for parents to request longer validity and removal of parents/children relationship questions
- UN Laisser-Passer (UNLP) holders: will be allowed to lodge online applications for the Tourist adn Business Visitor streams
- Chinese Passport holders: will be able to apply online for Visitor Visas (e600)
Evidence of Citizenship online application
- eForm 119: Evidence of Australian citizenship form will be available online and application can be made through ImmiAccount
Applicants who have completed three months (88 days) of work on their first Work and Holiday visa in specific industries in specific areas of Australia will be able to apply for a second Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462). The work must have been undertaken after the commencement of the new regulations (18/11/2016).
The work must have been undertaken in the specific area defined as the Northern Australia region, which includes all of the Northern Territory, and those parts of Western Australia and Queensland above the Tropic of Capricorn).
Second Work and Holiday applications need to be lodged online or sent directly to the onshore processing centre in Brisbane, regardless of client location.
More information on the Work and Holiday Maker visa is available on the department's website, http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/462-
New Work and Holiday arrangements commencing 1 January 2017On 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 visaPlease 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.
Immigration - Visas
Find a Visa - DIBP website
• Student visas with Berlin specific guidance
• General information on Australian citizenship (DIBP website)
How to apply for Australian citizenship, information for Australian citizens, Australian citizenship day and the citizenship test.
• Citizenship by descent information (London website)
How to apply for Citizenship by descent.
Important to note: The Australian High Commission in London processes citizenship by descent applications lodged for nationals and residents of all Berlin case countries (Denmark, Estonia, Faeroe Islands, Finland, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, San Marino, Sweden, Switzerland and Vatican City).