Australian Immigration launches New Temporary Work Visas from November 2016

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Australian immigration has launched a series of new, temporary work visa subclasses. From 19 November, 2016 the following four new visa types have become available:

  • Subclass 400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) Visa.
  • Subclass 403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Visa.
  • Subclass 407 Training Visa.
  • Subclass 408 Temporary Activity Visa.

In a bid to make the process of applying for a temporary work visas easier, the new framework is geared towards reducing red tape for businesses, industry and foreign workers by scrapping sponsorship and nomination requirements for specific short stay activities.

Applicants will be able to lodge a visa application online, and a single sponsorship (temporary activities sponsor) would replace the six sponsorship types that currently exist (long stay activity, training and research, professional development, entertainment, special programme and superyacht crew).

New Australian subclass visas explained

As of November 19, foreign workers can apply to enter Australia for temporary work or a specified activity under new Australian visa Categories.

The Subclass 400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) Visa

For applicants seeking entry to Australia on a temporary basis, this visa enables foreign workers to:

  • Take up highly specialised, short-term work that isn’t ongoing

  • Participate in an activity or employment relating to Australia’s interests (only in limited circumstances)

Subclass 403 Temporary Work (International Relations) Visa

Eligible applicants can come to Australia for a temporary period under the following circumstances:

  • In accordance with a bilateral agreement

  • To represent a foreign government or to teach a foreign language in an Australian school

  • To take up full-time, domestic work for a diplomat

  • As a person with statutory privileges and immunities

  • To participate in the Seasonal Worker Programme

Subclass 407 Training Visa

This visa is designated for applicants seeking entry to Australia for the purposes of occupational training or participation in classroom-based professional development activities on a temporary basis.

Subclass 408 Temporary Activity Visa

This visa is reserved for applicants looking to come to Australia on a temporary basis and meet any of the following criteria:

  • Seeking work in the entertainment industry

  • Participating in non-ongoing cultural or social activities at the invitation of an Australian organisation

  • Observing or participating as an academic in a research project

  • Undertaking full-time religious work

  • Participating in a special programme to enhance international relations and cultural exchange

  • Participating in high-level sports (including training)

  • Working in a skilled position under a staff exchange arrangement

  • Participating in an Australian government endorsed event

  • Working as a superyacht crew member

  • Undertaking full-time domestic work in the household of certain senior foreign executives can help with Australian skilled immigration visas, working holidaymaker, temporary work visa and other visa schemes

For help and advice on Australian visas call 0344 991 9222 or email -