Australian Embassy
Germany

Visas and migration

Welcome to the website of the Migration Branch of the Australian Embassy in Berlin. We are an overseas office of the Department of Home Affairs.

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.

Um die folgende Seite in deutscher Sprache zu lesen, gehen Sie bitte zu "Visa und Einwanderung" auf der deutschen Unterseite . Bitte haben Sie Verständnis dafür, dass weniger frequentierte Unterseiten nicht immer übersetzt sind.

 

 


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 of Home Affairs' website

 

Work and Holiday program 2017/ 18 with Spain closed – 20 April 2018

We are pleased to announce the successful completion of the Spanish Work and Holiday program 2017/ 18 . The annual limit of 1,500 places has now been reached. This means that we are unable to grant further visas.  Clients who wish to apply for a Work and Holiday visa will need to wait and apply in the next program year starting in July 2018.

 

New Work and Holiday arrangement with the Czech Republic commencing 1 March 2018

The new Work and Holiday arrangement with the Czech Republic comes into effect on 1 March 2018. Young adults from the Czech Republic can apply for a subclass 462 visa from the date of commencement. More information about the subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa, and how to apply, can be found at the Department’s website.

Important information

  • Applications should be lodged by post to:

Australian Embassy
Visa Office
Wallstrasse 76-79
D-10179 Berlin, GERMANY

  • Applications must be accompanied by a letter of introduction from your educational institution. (This is equivalent to a letter of government support, so you do not need to request a letter of government support in addition to a letter from your educational institution.)
  • 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 invalid and will not be processed.
  • Any application received before 1 March 2018 will be invalid and will not be processed.
  • The cap for the Czech work and holiday program is 500 places per year. We will only process the first 500 applications received and all other applications will not be considered.
  • Applications mailed together by groups or couples will not necessarily be considered together or given priority.
     

New Work and Holiday arrangement with Austria commencing 15 February 2018

The new Work and Holiday arrangement with Austria comes into effect on 15 February 2018. Young adults from Austria can apply for a subclass 462 visa from the date of commencement.  More information about the subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa, and how to apply, can be found at the Department’s website.

Important information

  • Applications should be lodged by post to:

    Australian Embassy
    Visa Office
    Wallstrasse 76-79
    D-10179 Berlin, GERMANY

  • Applications must be accompanied by a letter of government support.
  • 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 invalid and will not be processed.
  • Any application received before 15 February 2018 will be invalid and will not be processed.
  • The cap for the Austrian work and holiday program is 200 places per year. We will only process the first 200 applications received and all other applications will not be considered.
  • Applications mailed together by groups or couples will not necessarily be considered together or given priority.
  • Please remember to include in your application formal evidence that you have at least functional English.  For most clients, this is the result of a formal English test.  Further  info at http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/visa-1/462-#tab-content-1, Tab "Visa applicants" and then section on "functional English".

 

Announcement of additional 300 places for Polish Work and Holiday Maker agreement

An additional 300 places in this year’s Work and Holiday arrangement between Australia and Poland were made available 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.

 

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 Home Affairs is continually looking to improve client information and processing arrangements. 

You can 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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