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Temporary Activity Visa – Subclass 408

What is Subclass 408 Visa?

This temporary visa allows people to do short-term, specific types of work or activities in Australia, such as:

  • work in the entertainment industry

  • participate in activities at the invitation of an Australian organisation

  • participate or observe in an Australian research project

  • work in a skilled position under a staff exchange arrangement

  • participate in high-level sports competitions or sports training programs

  • participate in a special programme approved by the department that provides opportunities for youth exchange, cultural enrichment or community benefits

  • do full-time religious work

  • be employed as a superyacht crew member

  • do full-time domestic work in the household of certain senior foreign executives

  • participate in a government endorsed event.

The applicant must also have the skills to undertake the activity to be carried out in Australia and be supported or sponsored.

The subclass 408 visa comprises 10 eligibility streams:

+ Stream 1 – Special Program

This stream is for people who wants to take part in an approved special program, such as youth exchange, cultural enrichment or community programs, school language assistants or gap year volunteering. The visa allows the visa holder and their family to stay in Australia for up to 1 year.

+ Stream 2 – Religious Work

This stream is for people who wants to do full-time religious work for a religious institution in Australia. The visa allows the visa holder and their family to stay in Australia for up to 2 years.

+ Stream 3 – Research Activities

This stream is for people who wants to observe or take part in a research project at a research or tertiary institution in Australia. The visa allows the visa holder and their family to stay in Australia for up to 2 years. Researcher activities include those who:

  • are an academic who has made significant achievements in your field
  • have the necessary qualifications to take part
  • have been invited to observe or take part in an Australian research project at an Australian tertiary or research institution, usually in collaboration with other academics employed there

Research student activities include those who:

  • are students or recent graduates of an overseas educational institution
  • have been invited to undertake research related to your field of study at an Australian tertiary or research institution
  • have not yet graduated, but will be undertaking the research to meet the requirements for overseas qualification.

+ Stream 4 – Invited for Other Social and Cultural Activity

This stream is for people who are invited for cultural or social events, including sporting events. The visa allows the visa holder and their family to stay in Australia for up to 3 months. Suitable applicants for this stream include those who:

  • are sportspersons or member of a sports team, or team support staff such as a manager, medic, coach, referee or official (apart from those who have been contracted to play for or coach an Australian team)
  • are ministers conducting religious services or taking part in other religious activities as the guest of an Australian religious institution
  • are working at a religious event
  • are academics invited by a tertiary academic institution to lecture, hold workshops or take part in research
  • are public speakers or lecturers
  • are speaking, presenting or lecturing at a trade fair, expo, exhibition, conference, or seminar
  • are entertainers attending specific promotional events, but not performing
  • are artists making visual art or exhibiting their work
  • are authors, presenting their work at a writers festival
  • are choreographers, conducting a dance workshop that includes an unticketed closing performance

+ Stream 5 – Sporting Activities

This stream is for people who wants to play, coach, instruct or adjudicate for an Australian sporting team or organisation, or engage in high-level sports training. The visa allows the visa holder and their family to stay in Australia for up to 2 years.

+ Stream 6 – Entertainment Activities

This stream is for people who wants to work in the entertainment industry on film, television or live productions as a performer or production staff. The visa allows the visa holder and their family to stay in Australia for up to 2 years.

+ Stream 7 – Superyacht Crew

This stream is for people to work in Australia as a crew member of a superyacht. The visa allows the visa holder and their family to stay in Australia for up to 1 year. A superyacht is defined as a high-value luxury sailing or motor vessel that:

  • is 24 metres or longer
  • doesn't carry cargo
  • is used for sport or recreation

+ Stream 8 – Exchange Agreements

This stream is for people to come to Australia as part of a staff exchange with an Australian organisation. The visa allows the visa holder and their family to stay in Australia for up to 2 years.

+ Stream 9 – Australian Government Endorsed Events

This stream is for entrepreneurs participating in the Supporting Innovation in South Australia event and their family travelling with them. The applicant needs to have the endorsement of the Government of South Australia and can stay in Australia for the duration of the event, or up to 4 years if the applicant is an organiser.

Stream 10 - Domestic Work for Executives

This stream is for people to come to Australia to do full-time domestic work in the household of certain senior foreign executives. The visa allows the visa holder and their family to stay in Australia for up to 2 years.


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) [insert hyperlink to GTE article][1]

  • you have enough money to support yourself and your accompanying family members while you are in Australia

  • you meet health and character requirements

  • sponsorship by an approved Temporary Activities Sponsor is generally required, unless the applicant is overseas and seeking to stay in Australia for 3 months or less.

  • If sponsorship is not required, then in most cases the application must be supported by an eligible supporter

  • have the skills to undertake the activity to be carried out in Australia

Who is the Sponsor or Supporter?

Eligible sponsor is:

  • a temporary activities sponsor or an entertainment sponsor; and is

    • an Australian organisation that is lawfully operating in Australia; or

    • a government agency; or

    • a foreign government agency.

 Eligible supporter is:

  • an Australian organisation that is lawfully operating in Australia; or

  • a government agency; or

  • a foreign government agency; or

  • an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen


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

Immigration
Charges

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%

Other
Charges

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

Health Insurance
- TBA

Interpreter & Translator
- TBA

Job Advertisements
- TBA

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







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Why are there different prices for the same service?

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