Subject to final approval from the Governor-General, significant reforms to the temporary activity visa framework will be made on 19 November 2016.
The proposed changes include creating a new single sponsor class to replace the six existing sponsor classes, removing certain sponsorship and nomination requirements for specific short stay activities, and introducing the option to lodge applications online.
New Sponsor Class
The current six sponsor classes (Entertainment, Long Stay Activity, Training and Research, Professional Development, Entertainment, Special Program and Superyacht Crew) will be replaced with the Temporary Activities sponsor class.
Visa Subclasses Closed
The changes will also result in the following visa subclasses being closed to new applications:
Applications made for the above visas before 19 November 2016 would be processed under the pre-19 November 2016 legislation.
Restructured Visa Subclasses
From 19 November 2016, the visa subclasses listed above are to be incorporated into the following four restructured or newly created visa subclasses:
The subclass 400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa would be for people who want to come to Australia on a temporary basis to undertake short-term, highly-specialised, non-ongoing work and, in limited circumstances, participate in an activity or work relating to Australia’s interests.
The subclass 403 Temporary Work (International Relations) visa would be for people who want to come to Australia on a temporary basis:
The subclass 407 Training visa would be for people who want to come to Australia to undertake occupational training or participate in classroom based professional development activities on a temporary basis.
The subclass 408 Temporary Activity visa would be for people who want to come to Australia on a temporary basis to:
From 19 November, if the proposals are approved: