Temporary Activity Visa changes 2016

Legislative Instrument – F2016L01743 – Migration Amendment (Temporary Activity Visas) Regulation 2016, specifies the changes to the Temporary Activity Visas on 19 November 2016.

As this Amendment is a very large document, a brief summary is provided here for MIA members and a more detailed explanation will follow.

The Regulation repeals five visas:

  • 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; and
  • Subclass 488 (Superyacht Crew) visa.

Creates two new visas to replace the repealed visas, the Subclass 407 (Training) visa and the Subclass 408 (Temporary Activity) visa.

A new single class of sponsor for these visas, called the ‘temporary activities sponsor’. This class of sponsor replaces six classes of sponsors:

  • professional development sponsor;
  • special program sponsor;
  • superyacht crew sponsor;
  • long stay activity sponsor;
  • training and research sponsor; and
  • entertainment sponsor.

The requirement for sponsors to complete a nomination in relation to sponsored visa applicants have been removed for all but the occupational training stream of the Subclass 407 visa. Retaining nominations for occupational trainees is beneficial for the visa holders in this cohort, as it enables movement between sponsors without the additional burden of a visa application.

The Regulation also makes minor amendments to the Subclass 400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa and the Subclass 403 Temporary Work (International Relations) visa.

A uniform $275 visa application charges will apply to the new Subclass 407 and Subclass 408 visas, and the existing Subclass 400 and Subclass 403 visas. This pricing structure introduces greater equity and fairness into the visa pricing structure.

Online lodgement for sponsor, nomination and visa applications will become available on 19 November 2016 with the introduction of the new visas.

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