Annoucement regarding temporary activity visa framework changes

Publish Date: Nov 07, 2016

As recently announced from 19 November 2016, the following visas would 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.

There would be four new visa subclasses introduced from 19 November 2016:

  • 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.

People who want to come to Australia on a temporary basis may be able to qualify for a Subclass 400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa if they:

  • undertake short-term, highly specialised, non-ongoing work
  • in limited circumstances, participate in an activity or work relating to Australia’s interests

For individuals who want to enter Australia on a temporary basis under the Subclass 403 Temporary Work (International Relations) visa efforts to demonstrate the following circumstances would apply:

  • carrying out activities in relation to a bilateral agreement
  • representing a foreign government or to teach a foreign language in an Australian school
  • undertaking full-time domestic work for a diplomat
  • as a person with statutory privileges and immunities
  • participating in the Seasonal Worker Programme.

Individuals who want to come to Australia on a temporary basis to undertake occupational training or participate in classroom based professional development activities would be required to lodge an application for a Subclass 407 Training visa.

Finally, persons interested in entering Australia on a temporary basis to as a Subclass 408 Temporary Activity visa holder must demonstrate they are:

  • working in the entertainment industry
  • participating in a 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.

Further announcements will be made in relation to the changes.

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