Visas, Immigration & Citizenship
Welcome to the website of the Visa & Immigration Section of the Australian Embassy Vienna. We are an overseas office of Australia's Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).
Our office processes visa applications from nationals and residents of the following countries:
Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Slovakia, Slovenia
Important Changes - November 2016
From 18 November 2016, a number of significant changes will take place to Australia's immigration and citizenship legislation, as well as upgrade to our systems.
More comprehensive information can be found at www.border.gov.au, but a summary of these changes follows:
On 19 November 2016, reforms will be made to the temporary visa framework. This means that, from 19 November 2016, the following visas will be closed to new applications:
• Subclass 401 Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity) visa
• Subclass 402 Training and Research visa
• Subclass 416 Special Program visa
• Subclass 420 Temporary Work (Entertainment) visa
• Subclass 488 Superyacht Crew visa.
These visas will be incorporated within the following temporary activity visa framework:
• Subclass 400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa
• Subclass 403 Temporary Work (International Relations) visa
• Subclass 407 Training visa
• Subclass 408 Temporary Activity visa.
The new framework is designed to make applying for a temporary visa easier. Further information on these changes can be found on our department’s website, at: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/temporary-activity-visa-changes
What will change from 18 November 2016?
Sponsors of Partner and Prospective Marriage visa applications who lodge a visa application on or after 18 November 2016 will be required to:
• Provide Australian and/or foreign police checks to the department when requested; and
• Consent to the department disclosing their convictions for relevant offences to the visa applicant(s).
Further information is available on our department's website at www.border.gov.au/Trav/Brin/sponsor-requirements
Several enhancements and updates will be made in ImmiAccount, including the following:
Expansion of online lodgement for e600
- eForm: Additional declarations and dynamic document checklist
- Longer validity: option for parents to request longer validity and removal of parents/children relationship questions
- UN Laisser-Passer (UNLP) holders: will be allowed to lodge online applications for the Tourist adn Business Visitor streams
- Chinese Passport holders: will be able to apply online for Visitor Visas (e600)
Evidence of Citizenship online application
- eForm 119: Evidence of Australian citizenship form will be available online and application can be made through ImmiAccount
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-
Changes to Australian visa processing in Bosnia-Herzegovina
From 13 October 2016, the Australian Government 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:
Slovak and Slovenian Work and Holiday programmes: places still available for 2016/17
There are currently still places available for eligible applicants from the Slovak Republic and Slovenia for this programme year 2016/17. The Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) arrangements allow young adults from the Slovak Republic and Slovenia to enjoy an extended holiday of up to 12 months in Australia, during which time they can undertake short term work and study.
Further information on the visa requirements can be found here.
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- Change to Student Visa Framework
Australia has simplified its student visa framework. It has been designed to make the process of applying for a student visa simpler to navigate for students.
From 1 July 2016:
- international students will apply for a single Student visa (subclass 500), regardless of their chosen course of study
- student guardians will apply for the new Student Guardian visa (subclass 590)
- all students and student guardians will generally be required to lodge their visa application online by creating an account in ImmiAccount.
For more information, please click here.
- Australia and Hungary sign a new Work and Holiday visa arrangement - 24 February 2016
On 24 February 2016, Australia and Hungary signed a reciprocal Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) arrangement. When brought into effect, this arrangement will allow up to 200 young adults from Hungary and up to 200 young adults from Australia to enjoy a holiday in each other's country and undertake short term work and study.
The commencement date will be announced on the Department's website (http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/462-) and on this website.
- Slovak Republic and Slovenia Work and Holiday arrangements commence
The new Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) arrangements between Australia and the Slovak Republic and Australia and Slovenia commenced on 1 January 2016. These arrangements allow up to 200 young adults from the Slovak Republic and up to 200 young adults from Slovenia each year to enjoy an extended holiday of up to 12 months in Australia, during which time they can undertake short term work and study. The arrangements also offer reciprocal opportunities for an equivalent number of young Australians to visit the Slovak Republic or Slovenia each year. Further information on how to apply can be found on the website for the Australian Embassy in Germany.
- New website - border.gov.au
On 1 July 2015, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) integrated with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (the Department) and the Australian Border Force was established.
To support the integration, a new website will be launched at www.border.gov.au. From this date, internet searches for immi.gov.au and customs.gov.au will redirect to this new address.
Some pages will automatically redirect to the new location. You will need to fix any broken links, bookmarks or favourites in your system from 1 July 2015. The new URLs to specific webpages will not be available before this date.
- Increase to Visa Application Charges
On 1 July 2015, there will be an increase to Visa Application Charges. Our website will be updated with more specific information in due course. For further information, please click here.
- Increase in Partner Visa Application Charge from 1 January 2015
On 15 December 2014, the Australian Government announced its intention to increase the Visa Application Charge for Partner visas in the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook. The new pricing arrangements will apply to Partner visa applications lodged on, or after 1 January 2015.
How much is the Visa Application Charge (VAC) now for Partner or Prospective Marriage visas?
The amount will vary based on your circumstances. You can calculate the total cost for your visa using the Visa Pricing Table.
What subclasses are affected?
This increase will apply to permanent Partner visa subclasses (subclasses 100 and 801) and the Prospective Marriage Visa (subclass 300).
What if I have already lodged my application?
The new fee will only apply to Partner visa applications lodged on, or after 1 January 2015.This increase will not affect you if you have lodged a valid application prior to 1 January 2015.
What other options are available if I can’t afford the increased VAC?
You may consider applying for a visa under the skilled stream, which generally has quicker processing times. Visit the department’s website for more information at: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work
Why has the cost for Partner visas been increased?
This price increase is part of a range of measures being made by the Australian Government to repair the budget and fund policy priorities.
Can I receive financial assistance to pay the VAC? Can the VAC be waived?
There is no provision to waive, reduce, or pay a Partner or Prospective Marriage visa application charge in instalments. For your application to be valid it is a legislative requirement that the VAC is paid and assessment of your visa application can’t commence until payments have been made.
How can I lodge a Partner visa application before 1 January 2015?
You should lodge your Partner visa application online via ImmiAccount as this service will be available over the Christmas/New Year Period. You will also have quicker confirmation that your application has been lodged and you will be able to track the progress of your application online.
- 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.
- ImmiAccount - 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
- 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
- Visa office contact details
- Visa office contact details - multilingual information (D, BiH, CZ, HR, HU, RKS, SK, SI, UKR)
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)
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.