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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
- FAQs - General Questions
- FAQs - Working Holiday Maker
- FAQs - eVisitor (DIBP website)
- FAQs - Partner Migration
- 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)
- 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.
- Changes to the Europe Service Centre Contact Hours
Please note that from 1 November 2013, the service hours of the ESC will change to ensure more equitable access to service from both English and non-English Speakers. For further information, please see relevant part on the Website of the Australian High Commission in London.
- Visa Charges as of 1 September 2013 (DIBP website)
- Important Changes to Visa Application Charges from 1 July 2013
From 1 July 2013, new visa pricing arrangements will be introduced, changing visa application charges from a single charge at the time of application to a charge per applicant in an individual or combined application.
The visa application charge is the amount of money in Australian Dollars (AUD) that must be paid for a visa application, unless there is an exemption. The visa application charge might be broken into instalments, with one part payable at the time of application, and another before grant.
Depending on your circumstances, there will be different types of charges included in the total visa application charge amount that is payable at the time of lodging a visa application. For further information on these new arrangements, please refer to the information on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.
- Important Changes to Resident Return and Working Holiday Visas from 1 July 2013
From 1 July 2013, applications for the Resident Return and Working Holiday visas which are not made electronically will attract a further fee of AUD 80. If you lodge an electronic application for the Resident Return or Working Holiday visa, you will not pay this additional fee, but only pay the base application fee.
- To make an application for a Resident Return visa, please click here
- To make an application for a Working Holiday visa, please click here
- 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)
- Transit in Australia (DIBP website)
Travellers to Australia do not need a visa label in their passport (label-free). Australia’s electronic visa system enables visa status to be checked electronically by airline staff at check-in at airports servicing direct flights to Australia, and by cruise ship staff on-route to Australia. Airlines not flying direct to Australia, but feeding into airlines that do, also have the ability to check visa status using the Electronic Travel Authority System (ETAS).
VEVO is a free, online facility available for visa holders to check their current visa details. VEVO enables visa holders to confirm their visa details without a visa label being placed in their passport.See: VEVO (DIBP website)
- From 24 November 2012, if travellers still need or request a label they will need to pay a fee for it. This cost for a visa label is called the Visa Evidence Charge (VEC). Travellers can only request and pay for a visa label if they have a current Australian visa. Regardless of when a visa application was lodged, or a visa granted, anyone who requests a visa label after 24 November 2012 will be charged. Australia does not require travellers to have a label in their passport, however, clients are still provided with the option of requesting one if it is necessary for transit or exit purposes. It is the traveller’s responsibility to confirm other countries’ transit or exit requirements before travel to Australia.
The charge for a visa label is AUD$ 70.
There will be exemptions to the VEC for humanitarian, diplomatic and government sponsored visa applicants.
- More information on label-free travel is available on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.
See: About Your Visa (DIBP website)
Where to get Help
Department of Immigration and Border Protection - Helpdesks (DIBP website)
What can"t I bring to Australia? (DAFF website: Passenger and Mail Import Inquiry)
Australian Customs Service (ACBPS website)
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)