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.
Short stay visits to Australia
European Union passport holders who want to visit Australia for tourism or business purposes may apply for an eVisitor visa (subclass 651). Tourism includes holidays, recreation and seeing family and/or friends. Business purposes may include attending a conference, negotiations or exploratory business visit. Work is not possible on this visa; any applicants looking to engage in short term work in Australia should consider the Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (subclass 400).
The eVisitor is valid for multiple entries into Australia for a 12 month period from the date of approval. Each time you enter Australia within the 12 months you can stay for a period of up to 3 months from the date of entry.
The eVisitor is free to apply for and you do not require a physical visa label or any paperwork for travel. The eVisitor is electronically linked to your travel document number. A separate online application must be completed for each person travelling to Australia, including children and infants.
Full infromation on all other visa options can be found on our website, www.border.gov.au
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.
On 1 July 2017, the new Programme Year 2017/2018 will start for all Work and Holiday (subclass 462) Programmes. This includes applications from clients in Poland, Portugal and Spain, for which the current Programme Year 2016/ 17 has already been filled.
Applications received before 1 July 2017 for programs which have already been closed for the 2016/17 program year (Poland, Spain and Portugal) will not meet legislative requirements and will be refused.
Clients from Hungary, Luxembourg, San Marino, Slovakia and Slovenia can continue to lodge their applications with government letters for the current Programme Year 2016/ 17 before the start of the new year in July 2017 as these five programmes still have places available and are not yet filled for this year.
Please submit complete applications, i.e. completed application forms with valid payment and supporting documents in one single package. Do not send any supporting documents (such as an English test results) ahead of your actual paper application or ahead of 1st July. Once the new programme opens, Berlin will prioritise complete applications.
Applicants should submit their application by post to the street address of the Berlin Visa Office on or after 1st July 2017 (which falls on a Saturday). Please note that the Embassy is not open on weekends; therefore, the first applications will only be received on 3 July.
More information on the Work and Holiday program can be found at:
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.
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 3:00 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