Visas and Migration
Closure of Visa Office at the Australian Embassy in Madrid
Effective 30 June 2018, there will be no visa processing office at the Australian Embassy in Madrid. The Migration Branch within the Australian High Commission in London is now responsible for clients residing in Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Andorra and Monaco.
You can continue to apply for a range of temporary visas, permanent visas and Australian Citizenship online through your ImmiAccount.
ImmiAccount allows you to scan and attach supporting documents to your online application. You can create an ImmiAccount at https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/applying-online-or-on-paper/online.
Should you still have enquiries, the contact us channels are available on the www.homeaffairs.gov.au website.
If you reside in Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Andorra or Monaco and would like to lodge a paper visa application, please send to the following address:
London, WC2B 4LA
If you are sending documentation by courier, please ensure this is sent to the address below:
Australian High Commission
43 Bedford Street
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 information on all other visa options can be found on our website, www.homeaffairs.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 of Home Affairs' website.
Work and Holiday visa program: Mandatory online lodgement of visa applications
We are pleased to announce that the Department of Home Affairs is moving to mandatory online lodgement for Work and Holiday visa applications on 17 November 2018. This will make it faster and easier for you to lodge a Work and Holiday visa application for Australia.
The change means that from 17 November 2018 all nationals of Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Israel, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, and Slovenia, as well as Spain and the Slovak Republic, must lodge their Work and Holiday application online. This can be done through the Department of Home Affairs’ website at www.homeaffairs.gov.au using ImmiAccount.
Paper applications will no longer accepted from 17 November 2018. This change only relates to the method of lodging the visa application, so all visa requirements and eligibility criteria remain unchanged.
Please note that this change does not affect the number of places available in the 2018-19 Work and Holiday program. Therefore, due to the high number of applications already received, applicants from Spain and Israel will not be able to lodge applications until further notice.
It is important to note that the requirement of Functional English also remains unchanged. 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 then go to the tab “visa applicants” and refer to the information listed in the drop-down text for “Functional English”. Please ensure that you include this evidence when you lodge your application.
Information relating to the Work and Holiday program is available at https://germany.embassy.gov.au/beln/Visas_and_Migration.html and https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/work-holiday-462.
Temporary Work (Skilled) visa subclass 457 and Australian Citizenship
Important changes to the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa subclass 457 and strengthening the test for Australian Citizenship have been announced. Please click on the panels under latest news on the home page of www.homeaffairs.gov.au for the latest information.
Global Visa and Citizenship Processing Times
You can 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
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.
The Australian Department of Home Affairs 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 (https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/visa-scams/reporting) 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 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