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
- Slovenian and Slovakian Work and Holiday Programmes commence - 1 January 2016
The new Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) arrangements between Australia and the Slovak Republic and Australia and Slovenia commenced on 1 January 2016. These arrangements allow up to 200 young adults from the Slovak Republic and up to 200 young adults from Slovenia each year to enjoy an extended holiday of up to 12 months in Australia, during which time they can undertake short term work and study. The arrangements also offer reciprocal opportunities for an equivalent number of young Australians to visit the Slovak Republic or Slovenia each year. For further information, please click here.
- Spanish Work and Holiday programme for 2015/ 16 closed as of 18 November 2015
As of 18 November 2015, the Berlin visa office received over 500 applications for the Spanish Work and Holiday programme. This means that the annual limit of 500 places has been reached and no further visa applications will be accepted this programme year. New applications should not be made before July 2016.
- 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.
- Cessation of Australian Visa Labels
As of September 2015, Australia ceased issuing visa labels to holders of Australian visas. This means that visa holders are no longer able to request and pay for a visa label. Visa holders can access their electronic visa record through our free Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) service or the myVEVO mobile app. For further information, including links to VEVO, visit: www.border.gov.au/aboutyourvisa
- 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 redirect to this new address.
Some pages automatically redirect to the new location. You will need to fix any broken links, bookmarks or favourites in your system from 1 July 2015.
Work and Holiday arrangement signed with Slovenia (16 June 2015)
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.
- Forms (information and application forms, courier request form)
Character Requirements (DIBP website)
Health Requirements (DIBP website)
Registered Panel Doctors and Radiologists (DIBP website)
Using a migration agent (DIBP website)
- Be aware and protect yourself from migration fraud (DIBP website)
Find a Visa - DIBP website
Resident return visas (DIBP website)
Maritime crew visa (DIPB 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)