Australian Embassy and Permanent Mission to the United Nations
Austria
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia

Visas and migration

Thank you for visiting the Visa and Citizenship Page. There is no Visa Office at the Australian Embassy Vienna. 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Travel Restrictions

From 9pm on 20 March 2020, only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia. Up to date information on Australia's response to COVID-19 and current travel restrictions, as well as exemptions, is available at https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/news-media/current-alerts/novel-coronavirus

 

Visa information

All travellers to Australia must hold a visa in order to enter the country.  The visa finder can help you determine the visa best visa for your personal circumstances. Further information on visa options and how to apply is available on the Department of Home Affairs website. 

Please note that most applications must be lodged online via ImmiAccount at www.homeaffairs.gov.au/immiaccount

Some applications may still be lodged via post. Any paper applications for clients usually resident in Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Slovakia and Slovenia need to be sent to:

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

If you require assistance with lodging a visa application, you may wish to consider employing the services of a registered Migration Agent. Further information about using a Migration Agent is available at https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/who-can-help-with-your-application/using-a-migration-agent

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.

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

 

11 February 2020: Austrian Work and Holiday program is nearing completion for 2019-20

Due to significant interest in Australia's Work and Holiday visa arrangements with Austria, this program is nearing completion for the 2019-20 program year! If you are a national of Austria and would like to lodge a Work and Holiday visa application, you may wish to do so as soon as possible. No further applications can be lodged once the cap for this program year has been reached, until the new program starts on 1 July 2020.

Applications must be lodged online via ImmiAccount. Please see https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/work-holiday-462/first-work-holiday-462 for further information.

Information about whether there are places available for each country in the Work and Holiday program is available at https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/what-we-do/whm-program/status-of-country-caps

 

Help us improve our new Digital Assistant online chat function for Visa and citizenship enquiries

We are currently trialling a new Digital Assistant online chat function 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 from November 2019. 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

 

Austrian applicants for a Work and Holiday visa do not require a letter of Government support

Government letters of support are not required for Austrian applicants for a subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa for Australia. It is important to note that all other visa requirements remain unchanged, including the requirements for adequate funds, education and Functional English. For a list of acceptable evidence to demonstrate that you have at least Functional English, please refer to the Department’s website at https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/work-holiday-462/first-work-holiday-462#Eligibility, then scroll down to "Have this level of English language". 

 

Beware of Visa Scams

To avoid being scammed, you can check the Register of Migration Agents on the OMARA website, to receive the protections of an OMARA registered Migration Agent.

There are Australian registered migration agents working all around the world in countries such as India, the United Kingdom, China and New Zealand, just to name a few. These agents are subject to the same Code of Conduct, professional development and regulations as registered migration agents based in Australia. More information about Australia’s efforts to ensure the integrity of the migration advice profession is available at: www.mara.gov.au

 

Citizenship

Detailed information about becoming an Australian citizen is available on the Departmentof Home Affairs website at General information on Australian citizenship

All citizenship by descent applications for nationals and residents of Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Slovakia and Slovenia are processed at the Australian High Commission in London.  

Once a person becomes an Australian citizen, he/she is eligible to apply for an Australian passport. Australian citizens entering Australia should do so on an Australian passport. Please note that it is not possible for an Australian citizen to be granted an Australian visa even if that person is also a citizen of another country and wishes to travel on that country’s passport

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Contact Us

Check our website for any visa and citizenship information. If you still have further questions or require more information please call us.

If you are calling from the Americas or Europe please call our Global Service Centre (GSC) located in Australia on +61 2 6196  0196, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm local time in your country. 

If you would like to provide feedback to the Department of Home Affars, you can do so via https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-and-support/departmental-forms/online-forms/complaints-compliments-and-suggestions

 

You can 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.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/462-

The Australian Government collects 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 Berlin, 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:

Teleperformance website

Department of Home Affairs website