Australian Embassy
Germany

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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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.

 

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:

What's New?

Work and Holiday programs: 2016-17

On 1 January 2017, the Work and Holiday programs for the following countries opened:

  • Hungary – 200 places and there are still more than 150 places available for this program year.
  • Luxembourg – 100 places
  • San Marino – 100 places

On 1 July 2016, the Work and Holiday programs for the following countries re-opened:

  • Poland - Program filled
  • Portugal -  We are pleased to announce that the Work and Holiday program for 2016-17 has now been filled. No further visa applications will be accepted this program year.  Applications for the next program year can be made from 1 July 2017. We would like to thank everyone for their interest in the program this year.
  • Slovakia - Places still available
  • Slovenia -  Places still available
  • Spain - Program filled

Slovakia and Slovenia Work and Holiday programs 2016-17 - places still available:

More information on the Work and Holiday program can be found at: www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/462-

Polish and Spanish and Portuguese - Work and Holiday programs for 2016-17 have now been filled.

No further visa applications will be accepted this program year. New applications can be made from 1 July 2017. We would like to thank everyone for their interest in the program this year.

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