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 - 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.

Any applications received for a place in the new Programme Year 2017/ 18 but before 1 July 2017 will be deemed invalid and not be eligible for a place in the new programme.  This applies to clients from Poland, Portugal and Spain.

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. 

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.

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.

More information on the Work and Holiday program can be found at:


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:
  • 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.


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?

  • 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.

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