Welcome to the website of the Migration Branch of the Australian Embassy in Vienna. We are an overseas office of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). We service clients who are usually resident in Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Slovakia and Slovenia.
You should not book flights or make travel commitments until you have a visa to travel to Australia. The department will not be liable for any financial loss incurred by clients whose visa application was finalised later than expected or was unsuccessful.
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.
Announcement of Work and Holiday Agreement between Australia and Austria
On 19 October 2017, Australia signed a Work and Holiday arrangement with Austria, which, once implemented, will allow young adults from Austria the opportunity to apply for a visa under the Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa programme.
Work has started on the implementation of the arrangement and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s website will be updated to advise eligible nationals from Austria that they are able to apply for a visa.
On 1 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 government letters for 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 must 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:
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, click here or 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.
Applicants who have completed three months (88 days) of work on their first Work and Holiday visa in specific industries in specific areas of Australia will be able to apply for a second Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462). The work must have been undertaken after the commencement of the new regulations (18/11/2016).
The work must have been undertaken in the specific area defined as the Northern Australia region, which includes all of the Northern Territory, and those parts of Western Australia and Queensland above the Tropic of Capricorn).
Second Work and Holiday applications need to be lodged online or sent directly to the onshore processing centre in Brisbane, regardless of client location.
More information on the Work and Holiday Maker visa is available on the department's website, http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/462-
The Australian Government has commenced collecting biometrics from clients applying for Australian visas in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Biometrics will be collected from visa applicants, irrespective of their nationality, who are in Bosnia-Herzegovina at the time of making a visa application to enter Australia unless they are excluded or exempted.
Biometrics will be collected at an Australian Biometric Collection Centre (ABCC) in Sarajevo, by appointment. The ABCC, operated by Teleperformance, will charge a fee for this service.
Visa applicants who mail their applications to the Australian Embassy in Vienna, or who lodge their visa applications online, will be sent a letter informing them that they need to attend the ABCC in Sarajevo to provide their biometrics.
Visa applicants should register, make an appointment and make payment for the biometric enrolment as per the instructions provided on the Teleperformance website prior to attending the ABCC. Applicants should also take a copy of the request letter and their passport to the ABCC.
For more information please click here:
- A short video has been developed to raise awareness of migration fraud. Clients are encouraged to check out the fraud warning pages before engaging the services of online companies. Video: www.youtube.com/user/ImmiTV?feature=mhee#p/c/1/Nqwd9CJXlcg
- Be aware and protect yourself from migration fraud
Applying for a visa
- Applying for a visa - general instructions
- Visa application charges and methods of payment
- Online (electronic) visas - information & enquiries
- Health requirements
- Panel doctors list
- Character requirements & police clearance certificates
- Do I require a visa label?
- Migration agents
- Visa Finder - help with finding the right visa
- Index of visa types & where to apply
- Tourist/Visitor Visas
- Student Visas
- Migration Visas
- Partner Migration Visas
- Resident Return Visas
- Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity)
- Long Stay Business Visas
- Temporary Residence Visas
- Transit Visas
- Maritime Crew Visas
- Working Holiday Visas
Forms and checklists
Other useful links
- Requests for international movement records
- Australian National Archives (requests for historical records of immigration to Australia)
- Australian Government entry point (for all government services; includes links to State & Territory government websites)
- Study in Australia
- Tourism Australian (tourist information)
- Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government (flying to Australia - security requirements)
- Australian Customs Service
- Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
- Therapeutic Goods Administration (taking medicines to Australia)
- Foreign Investment Review Board (buying a house – requirements for foreign investors)