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Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) – Subclass 400

What is Subclass 400 Visa?

This temporary visa is for people with specialised skills, knowledge or experience not generally available in Australia, to do short-term, highly specialised work in Australia

This visa lets you:

  • stay in Australia for generally up to three months, or six months in limited circumstances

  • do short-term, highly specialised, non-ongoing work in Australia

  • in limited circumstances, participate in an activity or work relating to Australia’s interests

The subclass 400 visa comprises 2 streams:

+ Stream 1 – Highly Specialised Work Stream

This stream captures highly specialised skills, knowledge or experience that can assist Australian business and cannot reasonably be found in the Australian labour market; for applicants who holds the skills required to carry out this work.

The work must be not ongoing in nature. This means that the activity is likely to be completed within 3 months. A stay of up to 6 months may be considered where there is a strong business case. Workers must not be "rotated" through the same position. If the position requires to be filled for periods longer than 6 months, the TSS subclass 482 visa may be more suitable.

+ Stream 2 – Australia’s Interests Stream

Applicants to this stream would be typically required to demonstrate compelling circumstances affecting Australia's interests - such as:

  • Major disasters or emergencies
  • Impact on Australia's diplomatic, trade or business interests
  • Significant benefit due to the person's contribution

What is the Application Process?

+ Common Criteria

  • you need to show that you genuinely intend to stay temporarily in Australia (also known as the Genuine Temporary Entrant criteria)
  • you have enough money to support yourself and your accompanying family members while you are in Australia
  • you meet health and character requirements
  • the work or activity you want to do is short term and non-ongoing
  • you have relevant skills and experience to the work or activity
  • where applicable, you have the support of the organisation for which you will be working or which invited you to Australia

+ Limitations on your Work or Activity

  • Working in the entertainment industry – if you intend to perform as an entertainer in Australia, you should consider applying for Subclass 408 visa. The subclass 400 visa does not allow the visa holder to:
  • perform as an entertainer in Australia or support an entertainer or group of entertainers performing in Australia
  • direct, produce or take any other part in a production that will be shown, broadcast or performed in Australia (including theatre, film, television, radio, concert or a recording).
  • Workplace-based training: you cannot undertake training on this visa. If you intend to undertake workplace-based training in Australia, you should consider applying for Subclass 407
  • Studying in Australia: you cannot study for any course that either:
    • leads to finishing a primary or secondary education programme
    • leads to a degree, diploma, trade certificate or other formal award
    • could be credited towards (or accepted as a prerequisite for a course of studies) a higher educational institution, unless it is a language training programme.

What We Like About This Visa?

This visa subclass provides opportunity for those who are living in their home country and subject to persecution in home country. Unlike other refugee visas, the applicants do not need to show that they are residing outside of their home country.

There are no costs associated with this visa, unless the applicant is applying under the Community pilot. The Australian Government pays for:

  • travel costs to Australia

  • other costs before the Applicant leaves for Australia, including medical examinations and cultural orientation.

If a member of the Applicant’s immediate family was granted this visa in the past five years, he or she can propose the Applicant for this In-country Special Humanitarian visa under ‘split family’ provisions.


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What Questions Do Migration Agents Ask Our Accredited Specialists

  1. Under what business structure, can a job placement company, apply to be a sponsor with the sole purpose of charging a fee to visa applicants? And is there a method which would allow the sponsor to place the visa applicant with another unrelated business?

  2. How can employers charge a payment to the visa applicants in exchange to sponsor, without being caught under the immigration offence ‘cash for visa’?

  3. How many types of visas (including streams), can a Temporary Activities Sponsor benefit from, in sponsoring more candidates? And are there any difference in the sponsorship obligation?

  4. Can a visa applicant pay for costs related to the visa applicant? or must the Sponsor pay for all costs? How do I explain & educate my client, a large company who does not wish to pay for any costs for the sponsorship because the Director feels that the visa applicant has more to benefit than the company.

  5. In what circumstances will a visa applicant lose their right to appeal a refusal?


How Much Do We Charge?

Professional Fees

Sponsorship Application
(a) From $1,000 + GST
(b) From $2,000 + GST
(c) From $3,000 + GST

Nomination Application
(a) From $1,000 + GST
(b) From $2,000 + GST
(c) From $3,000 + GST

Visa Application
(a) From $1,000 + GST
(b) From $2,000 + GST
(c) From $3,000 + GST

Dependent Application
(a) From $1,000 + GST
(b) From $2,000 + GST
(c) From $3,000 + GST

Credit Card Surcharge
- MasterCard: 1.5%
- VISA: 1.67%
- American Express: 2.75%
- EFTPOS: 30 cents


Sponsorship Application
- $420

Nomination Application
- $330

Levy Charges
- $1200 per annum (<$10m)
- $1,600 per annum (>$10m)

Visa Application
- $1,000 (over 18 years)
- $2,000 (under 18 years)
- $700pp (applying in Australia)

Health Check
- $330 (chest x-ray)
- $330 (medical exam)

Credit Card Surcharge
- MasterCard: 1.32%
- VISA: 1.32%
- American Express: 1.40%
- Diners Club: 1.99%
- JCB: 1.40%


Police Clearance
- $47 (Australia)
- TBA (Outside Australia)

Health Insurance

Interpreter & Translator

Job Advertisements

Other 3rd Party Services
(only if applicable)
- Recognized Prior Learning
- Skills Assessment
- Registration/Membership/Licence
- Labour Market Testing (Unions only)
- Business Plan writers
- Accounting services
- Researchers for salary, LMT, etc

a newer & better
financial expectation

The beautiful part is that if you find that your immigration lawyer does not meet your expectations, you have the option of changing immigration lawyers with different teams, without having to completely change law firms where they’d charge a significant amount as part of the initial fact finding and preliminary advice.


Why are there different prices for the same service?

We have a variety of legal professionals, allowing you the freedom to choose according to lawyer’s fees, speed, experience and most importantly a personality that matches yours. This way, our clients get the best of shopping around different law firms while eliminating the need to re-tell the story again and transferring of supporting documents. Naturally, junior lawyers charge lower fees and the more years of experience our lawyers gain, the higher their fees. However, it is not all always about profitting, some of our lawyers are open to pro bono cases (free legal advice).

What are the Legal Personas to Choose From?

Our lawyers are considered “book-smart”, while others are more inclined towards being labelled “street-smart”. The younger lawyers tend to be very fast & responsive, but a handful are slow (although they beg to differ, that slow & steady wins the race). The older lawyers are usually more attentive and have a reputation of customer relations. But if money is no object, you can engage a bunch of them, or all of them.

Similar to the concept of “shopping centers”

shopping around has never been easier