Australia streamlines Temporary Activity Visa process
Applications for both entrants and sponsors just got easier.
The Australian government has streamlined the framework for Temporary Activity Visas, making the process simpler and more efficient for those applying and for businesses and industries involved.
The improved visa structure reduces the seven existing subclasses to just four: Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visas, International Relations visas, Training visas and Temporary Activity visas.
Sponsor classes have also been scaled down to just one - the temporary activities sponsor - easing the administrative burden.
Eligibility and evidentiary requirements remain similar to those previously in place.
There is now a flat pricing structure of $275 for primary temporary activity visa applications.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection says the revised changes particularly benefit those in the entertainment industry.
Promoters bringing foreign acts to Australia no longer need to pay a nomination fee per entertainer ($170) and the visa application charge has been reduced from $380 to $275, halving costs.
Bulk discounts previously available for large productions no longer exist, although transitional arrangements can be made to eligible sponsors for events to be held up until 30 June 2017.
"The changes reduce red tape for business, industry and individuals by streamlining sponsorship requirements and removing the nomination stage for a range of activities," Assistant secretary, Planning, Design & Assurance, Michael Burke said.
The new Temporary Activity Visa framework has been in place since 19 November 2016. The changes were made in consultation with stakeholders, including a survey, discussion and proposal papers.
Australia has a strict immigration policy. If you're planning on visiting, working or staying for an extended period it's important to understand the application process and what you'll need in order to apply.