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PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE TEMPORARY ACTIVITY VISA FRAMEWORK

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A number of changes to the temporary activity visa framework are scheduled to come into effect on 19 November 2016. 

The new framework is designed to make the process of applying for a temporary visa or sponsoring an applicant simpler for business, industry and individuals. The proposed changes include creating a new sponsor class to replace six existing sponsor classes, removing some sponsorship and nomination requirements for specific short stay activities and introducing the ability to lodge applications online. 

These proposed changes follow on from the Skilled Migration and Temporary Activity review, commenced by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (the Department) in December 2014.

The diagram below provides an overview of how the current visas are incorporated within the proposed new temporary activity visa framework. In summary, there would be four visa subclasses:

  • Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) (subclass 400) visa;
  • Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403) visa;
  • Training (subclass 407) visa; and
  • Temporary Activity (subclass 408) visa.

These four visas would come into effect following the:

  • repeal of five visas - Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity) (subclass 401); Training and Research (subclass 402); Special Program (subclass 416); Temporary Work (Entertainment) (subclass 420) and Superyacht Crew (subclass 488);
  • restructuring of two existing visas - Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) (subclass 400) and Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403); and
  • creation of two new visas - Temporary Activity (subclass 408) and Training (subclass 407).

The six existing sponsor classes (Long Stay Activity, Training and Research, Professional Development, Entertainment, Special Program and Superyacht Crew) would be replaced by a single Temporary Activities sponsor class.

We will have access to the new government policy on the reformed framework on 19 November 2016. Please contact our Registered Migration Agents for Assistance in this regard.

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