Australian immigration has launched a series of new, temporary work visasubclasses. 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)