Australian Embassy

Visas and migration

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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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 Immigration and Border Protection’s website

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).


Important Information - Work & Holiday Programme 2017-18 Australia - Poland - update 12 July 2017

We are pleased to advise that we are close to filling all 200 places in the Work and Holiday program between Australia and Poland. 
Those who have not been successful in gaining one of the 200 places will be notified by email shortly.


 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:


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.


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• Please note that we no longer offer a visa counter service in Berlin.

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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, but a summary of these changes follows:

What's New?

  • New Work and Holiday arrangements commencing 1 January 2017

    On 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 visa

    Please 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.

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