Thursday, January 15, 2015

New extended period for Australian Subclass 400 Temporary Work visa

Temporary workers in Australia can in some circumstances now apply for a Subclass 400 visa for an increased period of six months. Previously the maximum period of stay was three months. These changes were introduced on 23rd November 2014.

The subclass 400 visa is a short term, temporary work visa which is normally issued quickly to employ overseas workers who are urgently required for specialist level work in Australia. Overall it is much easier obtaining a Subclass 400 visa than, for example, a Subclass 457 Temporary skilled work visa.

In order to be granted a six month visa, you will need to put forward a strong business case detailing the reason for the extended stay. The Department of Immigration will consider the following when deciding whether to grant the six month extended visa period:
  • The number of Australian workers employed on the project, or within the company
  • The salary of the applicant, and whether they meet local labour market requirements
  • The size, nature and duration of the project to be carried out, and its impact to the local community
  • Whether there is time available for an Australian worker to be trained to carry out the proposed work

If these conditions are met then the Australian Government will consider granting the extended six month visa period.

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