Visa and Citizenship Services
Neither the Australian Embassy in Warsaw, Poland or the Australian Consulates in Prague, Czech Republic or Vilnius, Lithuania 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, Lithuania and the Czech Republic.
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 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.
Please help the Australian Government improve its new Digital Assistant online chat for Visa and citizenship enquiries
We are currently trialling a new Digital Assistant online chat that will make it easier and faster to find answers to Australian visa and citizenship questions.
The Digital Assistant trial will be available on the Australian Government’s Immigration and Citizenship website pages (https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au) for approximately three months. You can open the Australian Visa and Citizenship Digital Assistant by clicking on the ‘Digital Assistant’ orange tab located at the bottom right hand side of the screen on our Immigration and Citizenship webpages.
We are asking for your help to improve the Digital Assistant by using it as much as possible throughout the trial for your Australian visa and citizenship questions, and sending any feedback you have on the Digital Assistant. Feedback can be provided by clicking on the blue feedback tab at the bottom of the screen.
For more information on our trial Digital Assistant go to www.homeaffairs.gov.au
Work and Holiday visa program
Additional Work and Holiday places for Poland – 1 October 2019
The Work and Holiday visa arrangement with Poland now allows even more young people to explore, work and study in Australia.
As of 1 October 2019, the number of places available to Polish nationals has increased to 1500.
Nationals of Poland can still lodge a Work and Holiday visa application as part of the 2019-20 program. All applications must be lodged online via ImmiAccount at https://online.immi.gov.au/lusc/login. Paper applications will not be accepted and all applications are processed in the order in which they are received.
Please see https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/work-holiday-462/first-work-holiday-462 for further information.
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.
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.
- Holiday Information (this link directs to our embassy in London)
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.
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
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.