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Visa and Immigration Information
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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Frequently asked questions
- Work and Holiday Visa Arrangement with Poland – start date 1 August 2014
The reciprocal work and holiday visa arrangement between Poland and Australia commenced on 1 August 2014. It enables up to 200 young adults from Poland and Australia to have an extended holiday in each other’s country, during which time they can also undertake short-term work and study.
For more information see:
Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) – DIBP website
Visa applications should be lodged at the Visa Office of the Australian Embassy in Berlin.
For more information see:
Work and holiday visa (subclass 462)
- Please note that the only acceptable method of fee payment is by credit card (Mastercard, Visa, AMEX, Diners and JCB).
For further information on how to obtain the letter of government support, please see the link to the Polish Ministry of Labour and Social Policy at http://www.mpips.gov.pl/praca/program-zwiedzaj-i-pracuj/program-zwiedzaj-i-pracuj-australia/
- Closure of Parent and Other Family Visas (2 June 2014)
On 2 June 2014, the Government closed the following visa subclasses in the Family Stream of the Migration Programme to new applications:
Parent visa (subclass 103)
Aged Parent visa (subclass 804)
Aged Dependent Relative visa (subclasses 114 and 838)
Remaining Relative visa (subclasses 115 and 835)
Carer visa (subclasses 116 and 836)
Existing applications will continue to be processed.
Non-Contributory Parent and Other Family visas have closed to new applications (DIBP website)
For information on wait times and queuing, please see:
Other family visa queue (DIBP website)
Parent visa queue (DIBP website)
- Information for Swiss nationals: Australia-Switzerland Trainee Exchange
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Australia and Switzerland allows for the exchange of trainees between 20 and 30 years of age to visit the other country to gain professional and trade skills and to improve their linguistic knowledge.
For information on how to apply for a visa to go to Australia, please see:
Applying for an International relations (subclass 403) visa under the MoU on trainees between Australia and Switzerand (pdf)
Explanatory Note for Australian Employers (pdf)
Statutory Declaration (Visa applicant) (Word document)
- New online services
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has made improvements to immi.gov.au. There is a fresh look, improved search functionality and a user friendly structure to help you find what you need, when you need it.
On the site you can:
• use the ‘Find a Visa’ tool to search for a visa that might be right for you
• see customized information by indicating which country you are in
• find detailed information on all Australian visas such as lodgement options, pricing, conditions, entitlements and eligibility, all on a single page.
From 9 December 2013 you can create a single point of entry into online visa services with your own online account. ImmiAccount is a self-service web portal that enables you to create, submit, pay for and manage all online applications in one online system.
ImmiAccount will allow you to perform a range of tasks online, such as:
• commencing, completing and paying for an application
• attaching documents to support your application
• making changes to personal details
• tracking the status of your application
• accessing relevant forms and correspondence.
ImmiAccount accepts all online applications except for Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) and Citizenship applications.
- eLodgement for Partners
From 6 December 2013, eLodgement will be available to Partner visa applicants of all nationalities.
Partner visas enable people from overseas to enter Australia as the fiancé, spouse, or de facto partner of an Australian citizen or resident. For further information about online applications, please refer to the Department's website: Partner visa online applications.
- Be aware and protect yourself from migration fraud (DIBP website)
Applying for a Visa
- Booklets and Forms
Character Requirements (DIBP website)
Health Requirements (DIBP website)
Registered Panel Doctors and Radiologists (DIBP website)
Find a Visa - DIBP website
Resident return visas (DIBP website)
Retirement visas (DIBP website)
Maritime crew visa (DIPB website)
Visa label - do I need one?
- Australia’s modern electronic visa system does not require you to have a visa label placed in your passport to confirm your immigration status and entitlements in Australia.
When you check-in to fly to Australia, airline staff will use your passport to electronically confirm that you have authority to travel to Australia prior to boarding the aircraft. For more information on label-free travel, please see:
Visa labels - (DIBP website)
If you still need a visa label
Should you still need a visa label, for example because of other countries' entry and exit requirements, please see:
How do I get a visa label placed into my passport
ETA support for travel agents and airlines
Client Service Charter and Feedback
We value all compliments, complaints and suggestions. Your feedback helps us to improve the quality of our information, products and services.
See: Client Service Charter (DIBP website)
We seek client feedback in a number of ways, including client satisfaction surveys and direct feedback from clients.
See: Compliments and Complaints (DIBP webiste)