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Diplomatic Visa – Subclass 995

What is Subclass 995 Visa?

  • This visa is for all foreign officials posted to Australia (i.e. members of the diplomatic and consular corps and the staff of some international organisations) and their dependents. For instance:

  • diplomats

  • consular officials

  • certain international representatives

  • consular employees or employees of accredited international representatives (administrative/technical staff) such as security guards

  • service staff (for example, drivers, cooks and cleaners) employed by the diplomatic or consular mission or the office of the international representative and

  • executive heads of the specialised agencies of the United Nations.

The visa is generally granted for an initial term of up to four years. Diplomatic visas cease to be valid when an official's placement is completed, regardless of the date shown on the visa grant notice.

What is the Application Process?

Eligibility for this visa depends on the applicant being recommended by the Department of Foreign Affairs or Trade (DFAT) for accreditation. The accreditation is in accordance with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations as diplomatic, administrative and technical, or service staff.

Firstly, for diplomatic and consular officials, visas must be formally requested by the sending state's foreign ministry; for staff of international organisations, visa requests must be made by the organisation's headquarters.

Secondly, the Australian diplomatic mission or consulate with responsibility for the sending country or organisation then advise what details are required for the visa request to be considered.

For service staff, they must be employed by the sending government to get an accreditation as service staff. The documents needed to establish their status are for instance:

  • CV and detailed job description;

  • proof of their employment such as a notice of engagement;

  • diplomatic, official or service passport.

Requests for new visas after the initial visa's validity expires are considered on a case-by-case basis up to a maximum of ten years.

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

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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