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.
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 Immigration and Border Protection’s website.
Important changes to the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa subclass 457 and strengthening the test for Australian Citizenship were announced this week. Please click on the panels under latest news on the home page of www.border.gov.au for the latest information.
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 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.
Immigration and Citizenship
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
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.
Our Department is committed to building more efficient and effective ways of delivering accessible services through the use of digital channels as our default form of delivery.
As such, you can complete a number of services online without needing to contact the department directly. This includes:
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