Australian Embassy
Poland
Czech Republic, Lithuania

Visas and migration

Visa and Citizenship Services


Neither the Australian Embassy in Warsaw, Poland or the Australian Consulates in Prague, Czech Republic; Vilnius, Lithuania; or Kyiv, Ukraine, process visa or citizenship applications. Visa processing is undertaken electronically through the online ‘eVisa’ service, or by processing centres in Australia, or by the immigration office at the Australian Embassy in Berlin, Germany for clients resident in Poland and Lithuania, the Australian Embassy in Vienna for clients resident in Czech Republic, or the Australian High Commission in London for clients resident in Ukraine.

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 where an application is unsuccessful.
 

The 2018/19 Work and Holiday visa program for Poland opens on 1 July 2018

The new program year for Work and Holiday visa applications for Polish nationals will commence on 1 July 2018 and all applications must be lodged by post to the Australian Embassy in Berlin.

Important information

  • Applications must be posted to:

Australian Embassy
Visa Office
Wallstrasse 76-79
D-10179 Berlin, GERMANY

  • Applications can only be processed if they are received by post on or after 1 July 2018. Applications lodged in person will not be accepted.
  • The Visa Application Charge will be $450AUD from 1 July 2018. The correct amount must be paid in order to lodge a valid application.
  • Payment of the Visa Application Charge should be made via ImmiAccount prior to submitting your paper application.  To use this function, you need to create your own ImmiAccount, make the payment, and then include a copy of the Online Payment receipt with your visa application.  Information on ImmiAccount is available at https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/visa/immi. Information on “how to pay” is available at https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/visa/fees/how-to-pay-for-an-application
  • The cap for the Polish Work and Holiday program is now 500 places per year. Once 500 visas are granted, other applications will not be considered.
  • The Department will publish a notice on the Australian Embassy Berlin website at http://germany.embassy.gov.au/beln/Visas_and_Migration.html when the cap of 500 places has been filled.
  • More information about the subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa, and how to apply, can be found at the Department’s website and the Australian Embassy Berlin website at http://germany.embassy.gov.au/beln/Visas_and_Migration.html.

 

Work and Holiday visa program: Mandatory online lodgement of visa applications

We are pleased to announce that the Department of Home Affairs is moving 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 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://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/visa-1/462-#tab-content-1, then go to the tab “visa applicants” and refer to the information listed in the drop-down text for “Functional English”. Please ensure that you include this evidence when you lodge your application.

For further information, please see https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/visa-1/462-#tab-content-1.

 

Closure of Visa Office in Australian Embassy Vienna

Effective 1 July 2018 there will no longer be a Visa Office presence at the Australian Embassy Vienna. 

You can continue to apply for a range of temporary visas, permanent visas and Australian Citizenship online through your ImmiAccount. 

ImmiAccount allows you to scan and attach supporting documents to your online application. You can create an ImmiAccount at www.homeaffairs.gov.au/immiaccount.

This is the strongly preferred and most efficient way to have your application managed and considered promptly.

Any paper applications need to be sent to:

Australian Embassy Berlin
Visa Office
Wallstrasse 76-79
D-10179 Berlin, Germany

Please note that most applications must be lodged online and cannot be accepted by mail.  Please closely consider information provided regarding your visa product on www.homeaffairs.gov.au prior to application lodgement.

Once received, your application will be automatically allocated to a Visa Office within the Europe Region or Australia for consideration and decision.

Comprehensive information regarding visa options are available on the website www.homeaffairs.gov.au

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions, please click here.

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.

 

New Work and Holiday arrangement with the Czech Republic commencing 1 March 2018

The new Work and Holiday arrangement with the Czech Republic comes into effect on 1 March 2018. Young adults from the Czech Republic can apply for a subclass 462 visa from the date of commencement. 

Information for Czech citizens on how to lodge and prepare an application is available at http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/visa-1/462-.  Further important information and announcements about the program are available at http://germany.embassy.gov.au/beln/Visas_and_Migration.html

 

 

Planning a holiday in Australia?

All European Union and Swiss passport holders can apply electronically free of charge for a visa to visit Australia for a holiday.

Visa and Citizenship information

The Department of Home Affairs provides a website with information about Australian visas and citizenship. This information is available in English.

This website contains comprehensive information about the range of visa products, eligibility, forms, fees and application procedures. For most visa types there are checklists and step-by-step guides to help you make your application.

www.homeaffairs.gov.au

Immigration Office Berlin, Germany - for clients resident in Poland and Lithuania

The immigration office in Berlin processes the following visas for clients resident in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, San Marino, Sweden, Switzerland and Vatican City.

  • Visitor visas (for passport holders who cannot apply online)
  • Working Holiday Maker visas (for passport holders who cannot apply online)
  • Work and Holiday Maker visas (for Polish passport holders)
  • Short Stay Business visas (for passport holders who cannot apply online)
  • Transit visa
  • Student visas (for passport holders who cannot apply online)
  • Temporary Work visas
  • Resident Return visas
  • Partner Migration
  • Child Migration
  • Other Family Migration

For further information please refer to the Berlin website: www.germany.embassy.gov.au/beln/Visas_and_Migration.html

Documents in languages other than English or German must be accompanied by an English translation. For further information on these requirements, please refer to the Berlin website:  www.germany.embassy.gov.au/beln/Visas_and_Migration.html

 

Immigration office Vienna, Austria - for clients resident in Czech Republic

The immigration office in Vienna processes the following visas for clients resident in Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Slovak Republic and Slovenia. (Note: Permanent visa applications from clients currently residing in Kosovo can also be lodged at the Australian Embassy in Belgrade).

  • Visitor visas (for passport holders that cannot apply online)
  • Working Holiday Maker visas (for passport holders who cannot apply online)
  • Short Stay Business visas (for passport holders who cannot apply online)
  • Transit visa
  • Student visas (for passport holders who cannot apply online)
  • Temporary Work visas
  • Resident Return visas
  • Partner Migration
  • Child Migration
  • Other Family Migration

For further information please refer to the Vienna website: www.austria.embassy.gov.au/vien/Visas_and_Migration.html

Immigration Office London, UK - for clients resident in Ukraine

The immigration office in Moscow processes the following visas for clients resident in Ukraine.

  • Visitor visas (for passport holders who cannot apply online)
  • Working Holiday Maker visas (for passport holders who cannot apply online)
  • Short Stay Business visas (for passport holders who cannot apply online)
  • Transit visa
  • Student visas (for passport holders who cannot apply online)
  • Temporary Work visas
  • Resident Return visas
  • Partner Migration 
  • Child Migration 
  • Other Family Migration
  • For further information please refer to: http://www.uk.embassy.gov.au/lhlh/Visas_and_Migration.html
     

Citizenship by Descent processing office London, UK

The immigration office in London processes citizenship by descent applications for clients resident in Andorra, Ascension Island, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faeroe Islands, Falkland Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Saint Helena, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, Vatican City.

For further information please refer to the London website: www.uk.embassy.gov.au/lhlh/immi_citz.html


Contact Us

To ensure you have the quickest, most efficient service the Department of Home Affairs encourages you to use the information already available on its website. The vast majority of queries are addressed there and that is the most effective way for you to get the information you require.

The Home Affairs website also contains a range of online tools that will help you find the information you need quickly and in line with your specified circumstances and needs. In some cases, you may be able to proceed directly to online application lodgement.

If after accessing the Home Affairs website you have further questions or require additional information, please click here for details on how to contact us.