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). 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.
Global visa and citizenship processing times
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, 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.
On 1 January 2017 the Work and Holiday arrangement with Hungary came into effect and young adults from these countries are now able to apply for a subclass 462 visa. More information about this visa, and how to apply can be found at: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/462- and on the Hungarian government's website, http://nyilvantarto.hu/hu/ausztral_whs_vizum
As at the end of March 2017, there are still more than 150 places available in the programme for 2016/17.
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-
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.
- 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)