18/11/16 - Temporary Changes to Partner and Prospective Visa Framework

After 18th November 2016, a new temporary activity visa framework will be implemented in aim of a simpler process for business, industry and individuals.

Key changes include:

•a reduction in the number of subclasses from seven to four

•sponsors and applicants will be required to lodge their applications online using ImmiAccount with the exception of the subclass 403 International Relations visa, which will also retain a paper visa lodgement option.

•if you apply for a subclass 408 Temporary Activity visa:

  • you will not need a nomination
  • you will not need to be sponsored if you applied from outside Australia and you intended to stay in Australia for three months or less
  • you will need to be sponsored if you applied from inside Australia, regardless of how long you intend to stay
  • you will need to be sponsored if you applied from outside Australia and you intend to stay in Australia for more than three months.

•if you apply for a subclass 407 Training visa, you will need a nomination and sponsorship, regardless of how long you intend to stay. No nomination is required if the sponsor is a Commonwealth agency

•a single sponsorship (temporary activities sponsor) will replace six existing sponsorship types.

Temporary changes have been made by the Australian Government to reduce violence, including family and sexual violence. As a result, sponsors of these type of applications lodged on or after 18 November 2016 to provide Australian/and or foreign police checks to disclose convictions to visa applications.

For specified changes to your visa application or general questions, please contact one of our migration agents.