Australian Embassy

Visas and migration


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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Contact Details

Frequently asked questions 

What's New

  • Important update: Polish Work and Holiday programme for 2016/17 has been filled (17 August 2016)

    The Polish Work and Holiday programme for 2016-17 has now been filled. This means that the annual limit of 200 places have been allocated to successful visa applicants.

    No further visa applications will be accepted this programme year. New applications should not be made before July 2017.

    We would like to thank everyone for their interest in the programme this year.

  • Translations of non-English or non-German documents:          

    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.        

  • Spanish Work and Holiday visa
    Berlin Office has now received well over 600 applications for the Work & Holiday visa programme with Spain. We are officially closing the Spanish programme to new applications.
    For those who have already submitted applications, we ask for your patience as we work through the high volumes on hand.
  • The Polish Work and Holiday programme for 2016/ 17 closed as of 11 July 2016: As of 11 July 2016, the Berlin visa office received over 200 applications for the Polish Work and Holiday programme. This means that the annual limit of 200 places has been reached and no further visa applications will be accepted this programme year. New applications should not be made before July 2017. Please note that Berlin post is currently working on the Polish Work and Holiday applications.  Due to the high volume of applications you may not receive advice about your application immediately.  We appreciate your understanding during this period.
  • Change to Student Visa Framework
    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.
  • Work and Holiday Maker programmes: 2016-17
    On 1 July 2016, the Work and Holiday Maker programmes for the following countries reopened:

    - Poland (200 places)
    - Portugal (200 places)
    - Slovakia (200 places)
    - Slovenia (200 places)
    - Spain (600 places)

    For further information on the progress of these programmes, please click here.

             Note: DIBP Berlin no longer offers a counter service

  • Australia and Hungary sign a new Work and Holiday visa arrangement – 24  February 2016

    On 24 February 2016, Australia and Hungary signed a reciprocal Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) arrangement. When brought into effect, this arrangement will allow up to 200 young adults from Hungary and up to 200 young adults from Australia to enjoy a holiday in each other's country and undertake short term work and study. 

    The Work and Holiday arrangement will not commence until a start date has been agreed by both countries.

    The commencement date will be announced on the Department’s website (link and on this website (Australian Embassy Berlin).

  • Important Notice - Cessation of Visa Counter Operations in Berlin
    From 1 April 2016, we will no longer offer a visa counter service in Berlin.
  • Change to telephone contact numbers for the Europe Service Centre
    As of Wednesday, 4 November, local access numbers have been removed for a number of countries, including Germany.  This means that callers from these countries must call an international number to speak with the ESC about visa matters.  The ESC continues to offer the same non-English language services as before (availability of services in eight non-English languages, including the German language). 
    For more information about this, please click here
  • Information for Swiss nationals: Australia-Switzerland Trainee Exchange (Stagiaires)


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.


Visa Types

Find a Visa  - DIBP website 


  • 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).


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: Provide feedback – Compliments, Complaints and Suggestions (DIBP website)