Australia introduces 4 new visa subclasses

November 16, 2016

According to the Australian government, four new work visas will replace existing visas for work and training & research.

Beginning 19 November 2016, a new temporary activity visa framework will be implemented to make visa application in the segment easier, faster, and more seamless.

"It [seeks] to reduce red tape for business, industry, and individuals by removing sponsorship and nomination requirements for specific short stay activities," said the government on its official website.


Under the new framework are four (4) new subclasses, namely:

Subclass 400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa

For foreign nationals planning to undertake short-term, highly specialised non-ongoing work, and to those who will participate in an activity or work relating to Australia's interest in limited circumstances.


Subclass 403 Temporary Work (International Relations) visa

For foreign nationals entering the country by way of a bilateral agreement or as a person with legal privileges and immunities, and to teach a foreign language in an Australian school or participate in the Seasonal Worker Programme.


Subclass 407 Training visa

For foreign nationals planning to undertake occupational training or participate in classroom-based professional development activities.


Subclass 408 Temporary Activity visa

For foreign nationals planning to work in the entertainment and sports industry; participate in occasions organised by the Australian government; academic research projects and various cultural exchange programs; as well as render full-time domestic work for a senior foreign executive or work as a superyacht crew member.

All new subclasses are available only to foreign nationals entering the country on a temporary basis. The Australian government also reminds applicants that the preferred lodging method is online via the ImmiAccount.


Talk to our seasoned migration consultants for information and advice on which temporary travel visa suits your qualifications. You can also try our free online visa assessment to see if you are eligible to apply for a visa to Australia.