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
Important Information - New Work & Holiday Programme Year starting 1 July 2017
On 1st July 2017, the new Programme Year 2017/ 2018 will start for all Work and Holiday (subclass 462) Programmes. This includes applications from clients in Poland, Portugal and Spain, for which the current Programme Year 2016/ 17 has already been filled.
Applications received before 1 July 2017 for programs which have already been closed for the 2016/17 program year (Poland, Spain and Portugal) will not meet legislative requirements and will be refused.
Clients from Hungary, Luxembourg, San Marino, Slovakia and Slovenia can continue to lodge their applications with goverment letters form the current Programme Year 2016/ 17 before the start of the new year in July 2017 as these five programmes still have places available and are not yet filled for this year.
Applicants should submit their application by post to the street address of the Berlin Visa Office on or after 1st July 2017 (which falls on a Saturday). Please note that the Embassy is not open on weekends; therefore, the first applications will only be received on 3 July.
Please submit complete applications, i.e. completed application forms with valid payment and supporting documents in one single package. Do not send any supporting documents (such as an English test results) ahead of your actual paper application or ahead of 1st July. Once the new programme opens, Berlin will prioritise complete applications.
Generally, it is sufficient to include copies of documents:
- Please do not include original documents or certficates with your application.
- Please also do not include your original passport. Instead, include a high-quality copy of your passport bio-data page.
More information on the Work and Holiday program can be found at:
Important Information - Work & Holiday Programme 2017-18 Australia - Poland
The Embassy expects extremely high demand for places in the 2017-18 Australia-Poland Work and Holiday visa programme starting on 1 July 2017. In the event that the number of applications received on the first two business days of the programme (Monday 3 July and Tuesday 4 July) exceeds the 200 places available, the Embassy will randomly select applications to fairly determine the order in which applications will be processed. Applicants whose applications are not successful in gaining a place in this year’s program will be notified by email in due course.
Important Information - High Volume of Student Visa Applications
Berlin is currently receiving a high volume of student visa applications. If you have lodged, or are intending to lodge a student visa application please note the following:
- Please do not submit incomplete applications. Ensure that applications are accompanied by all required supporting documents. Incomplete applications will not be prioritised
- Processing times for student visas are expected to be over one month so please plan accordingly. For updates on average processing times see: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/500-
- If you are applying to undertake a high school exchange and have an Acceptance Advice for Secondary Exchange Students (AASES) form you should choose the school stream and select nil fee. If you are applying with a CoE then you should choose the full VAC option within the school stream
Note: Berlin office processed student visas for school-aged exchange students who are citizens of our case countries.
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.
Please note that applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis, and that actual processing times may vary due to individual circumstances including:
- whether the applicant has lodged a complete application including all necessary supporting documents
- how promptly the applicant responds to any requests for additional information
- how long it takes to perform required checks
- how long it takes to receive additional information from external parties, particularly in relation to health, character, national security, and Assurance of Support requirements
- the number of places available in the migration programme (for permanent migration visas)
- surges in demand and peak periods
To ensure your application falls within the published processing times, we strongly encourage you to submit complete applications. The checklists provided on ImmiAccount will assist in making sure you have included all required documents during the application process.
• 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).