Australian Embassy
Germany

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

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 visa program: Spain and Israel

Due to the high number of Work and Holiday visa applications already received in the 2018-19 program year, applicants from Spain and Israel will not be able to lodge applications until further notice. Updates on work and holiday programs will continue to be posted on this site.

 

Christmas is just around the corner

Christmas is just around the corner, so don’t leave it too late to apply for a visa for Australia! Lodge your visa application online via https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/visa/immi

 Lodge your visa application early, as processing can take longer during popular times to visit Australia. Current processing times are available at https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/about/access-accountability/service-standards/global-visa-citizenship-processing-times 

 

Work and Holiday visa program: 
Mandatory online lodgement of visa applications - as of 17 November 2018

We are pleased to announce that the Department of Home Affairs has moved to mandatory online lodgement for Work and Holiday visa applications on 17 November 2018. This will make 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 www.homeaffairs.gov.au using ImmiAccount. 

Paper applications will no longer be accepted from 17 November 2018. This change only relates to the method of lodging the visa application, so all visa requirements and eligibility criteria remain unchanged.

Please note that this change does not affect the number of places available in the 2018-19 Work and Holiday program. Therefore, due to the high number of applications already received, applicants from Spain and Israel will not be able to lodge applications until further notice.

It is important to note that the requirement of Functional English also remains unchanged. For a list of acceptable evidence to demonstrate that you have at least functional English, please refer to the Department’s website at https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/work-holiday-462/first-work-holiday-462#Eligibility, 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 https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/visa-1/462-#tab-content-1.

 

2018-19 Work and Holiday program with Spain - 25 October 2018 update

There have been a high number of visa applications received as part of the Work and Holiday arrangement with Spain since the opening of the 2018-19 program on 1 July 2018. These applications are currently being processed and, once we have granted the annual quota of 1500 visas, we will formally close the program. Those who are interested in the Work and Holiday program should continue to check this page for information and updates.

 

2018-19 Work and Holiday program with Israel - 12 July 2018 update

 

There have been a high number of visa applications received as part of the Work and Holiday arrangement with Israel since the opening of the 2018-19 program on 1 July 2018. These applications are currently being processed and, once we have granted the annual quota of 500 visas, we will formally close the program. Due to the high demand for this program, it is likely that not all applicants will gain a place this year.

 

 

• 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 https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/change-in-situation

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.

 

 Citizenship

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)