Visas and Migration
Welcome to the website of the Migration Branch of the Australian Embassy in Madrid. We are an overseas office of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). We service clients who are usually resident in Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Andorra and Monaco.
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 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.
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-
On 28 September 2016, Australia and Luxembourg signed a reciprocal Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) arrangement. When brought into effect, this arrangement will allow up to 100 young adults from Luxembourg and up to 100 young adults from Australia to enjoy a holiday in each other's country and undertake short term work and study.
The Work and Holiday visa requires applicants to have the support of their government, hold or be studying towards tertiary qualifications, and to speak functional English.
The Work and Holiday arrangement will not commence until a start date has been agreed by both countries.
The commencement date will be announced on the Department’s website (link http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/462-).
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.
The Spanish Work and Holiday programme for 2016-17 has now been filled.
No further visa applications will be accepted this programme year. New applications should not be made before July 2017.
We would like to thank everyone for their interest in the programme this year.
Immigration and Citizenship - General Information
• Fraud and Scams
• Visa Information
• Citizenship by Descent
• Forms, Fees, Health and Character
• Office and Contact Details
• Client Service Charter and Feedback
Methods of payment at DIBP office in Madrid
The preferred method for making payments at the office in Madrid is credit card. Payments using credit cards are processed in Australian Dollars (AUD) - only Mastercard, Visa, AMEX, Diners, JCB accepted.
Please ensure with your bank that your daily credit limit and funds are sufficient to cover the visa application charge.
Biometrics collection venue in Paris
The biometrics collection centre in Paris, is located in:
UK Visa Application Centre
56 Rue de Châteaudun
Visa Application Centre Hours:
8:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m. Monday to Friday (Except for Public Holidays)
If you are applying for an Australian visa, you DO NOT have to make an appointment.
For further information please refer to the following website: https://au.tlscontact.com/fr/par/page.php?pid=home
Fraud and Scams
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.
Fraud Warning: http://www.border.gov.au/Visasupport/Pages/fraud.aspx
The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection is aware that there are scams operating internationally, seeking financial gain based on a promise of a visa to Australia and/or employment in Australia.
As the department becomes aware of these scams, steps are taken to identify those involved and, if sufficient evidence exists, referrals are sent to local law enforcement agencies.
The Department also regularly raises awareness of migration fraud and scams through its website (http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa/migration-fraud-and-scams) and social media channels.
The best ways for a prospective visa applicant to Australia to avoid these scams is to:
- Use the Department’s website to be aware of DIBP fees and charges and educate themselves on their visa status and entitlements.
- Use a registered migration agent when looking to apply for a visa to Australia
- Contact the Australian High Commission in their country
- Use the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) system to check your visa status
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.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) provides a website for all primary information about visas.
This website contains comprehensive information about the range of visa products, eligibility, forms, fees and application procedures. For key visa types, there are checklists and step-by-step guides to help you make your application:
In order to assist you identify the most appropriate visa product to suit your circumstances, the Department has developed the Visa Wizard tool.
See: Visa Finder
See: About Your Visa
Citizenship by Descent
All citizenship by descent applications for Spain are processed at the Australian High Commission in London. Applications must be sent directly to London. For further details on what documents to send to London, refer to the following website: http://uk.embassy.gov.au/lhlh/immi_citz.html
Forms, Fees, Health and Character
For applications lodged at the Madrid office, you do not need to provide certified copies of supporting documentation; simple copies (or scanned copies) are sufficient.
Clients applying at the Madrid office will be advised of the health requirement once they have lodged an application. It is no longer possible for clients to undertake medicals or radiological examinations before lodging an application.
Once you have lodged an application your case officer will advise if any examinations need to be undertaken. If you are required to undertake a medical and/or radiological examination you must attend a panel doctor/radiologist designated by the Australian Government. Details of panel doctors and radiologists can be found through the links below.
For general information in regard to the Health Requirement, please click here.
All applicants are required to present their passport to the panel doctor when undertaking medicals. Do not send your passport to us if you have not already undertaken any medicals you may be required to do.
Panel doctors are not authorised to return medical results to you. The Australian government requires all medical results to be sent directly to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP . Electronic medical results are automatically sent to your case officer (within 24 hours).
Character Information and Police Clearance Certificates
Everyone who wants to enter Australia must be of good character and will be assessed against the character requirements. As part of your visa application, you might be required to provide a police clearance certificate or other evidence to satisfy the character requirements.
For further information on the character requirement, please click here.
How to obtain a clearance
Applicants should refer to the Character Requirements Information Form instructions on how to apply for clearances from various countries. Applicants should bear in mind that processing times vary considerably and should apply in a timely manner.
Office and Contact Details
Client Service Charter and Feedback
We value all compliments, complaints and suggestions. Your feedback helps us to improve the quality of our information, products and services.
We seek client feedback in a number of ways, including client satisfaction surveys and direct feedback from clients.