Australian Embassy

Visas and migration

Welcome to the website of the Visa Office at 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


UPDATE: Work and Holiday status for 2018-19 program year

Are places still available?
Czech Republic
San Marino


When you lodge a visa application, please ensure that it is complete and contains all supporting documentation. Incomplete applications may be refused.


UPDATE: Additional Work and Holiday places for Spain and Israel - 28 December 2018

The Work and Holiday visa arrangements with Spain and Israel now allows even more young people to explore, work and study in Australia.

As of 28 December 2018, the number of places available to Spanish nationals has increased to 3,400. The number of places available to Israeli nationals has increased to 2,500.

Nationals of Israel and Spain can therefore now lodge a Work and Holiday visa application as part of the 2018-19 program. All applications must be lodged online via ImmiAccount at Paper applications will not be accepted. However, any paper applications lodged before 17 November 2018 will continue to be processed. All applications are processed in the order in which they are received.

Please see for further information.


Mandatory online lodgement of visa applications - as of 17 November 2018

The Department of Home Affairs moved to mandatory online lodgement for Work and Holiday visa applications on 17 November 2018. This makes it faster and easier for you to lodge a Work and Holiday visa application for Australia.

The change means that from 17 November 2018 all nationals of Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Israel, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, and Slovenia, as well as Spain and the Slovak Republic, must lodge their Work and Holiday application online. This can be done through the Department of Home Affairs’ website at using ImmiAccount. As of 17 November 2018, paper applications are no longer accepted

It is important to note that all visa requirements remain unchanged, including the requirement of Functional English. For a list of acceptable evidence to demonstrate that you have at least functional English, please refer to the Department’s website at, then scroll down to "Have this level of English language".  Please ensure that you include evidence of your English language ability when you lodge your application.

For further information, please see


Information for Swiss citizens: Memorandum of Understanding on Trainees between Australia and Switzerland (Stagiaires Abkommen) 



• 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 update my my address or passport details? Please refer to Changes in your situation at

How can I check my visa details and conditions?

• FAQs - Partner Migration

Known issues with German Passports (High Commission London website)

  •  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.



General information on Australian citizenship (Home Affairs website)

How to apply for Australian citizenship, information for Australian citizens, Australian citizenship day and the citizenship test.

Citizenship by descent information (London website)

Important to note: The Australian High Commission in London processes citizenship by descent applications lodged for nationals and residents of all Berlin case countries (Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faeroe Islands, Finland, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, San Marino, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and Vatican City).

Other useful links for travellers

Australian Customs Service

Therapeutic Goods Administration (Taking medication to Australia)