Understanding Temporary Work Visa (Subclass 400) in Australia

There are many ways to come to Australia. Due to this, a number of visas are on offer specific to the purpose and eligibility of a visitor, migrant or employee. One of which is Subclass 400 visa.

Eligible Persons

  • This type of visa is specially allocated for people who wish to travel to Australia to:
  • Conduct a short-ranged, specified, non-ongoing work
  • Take part in a non-ongoing socio-cultural activity as invited by Australian organizations
  • In some degree, join in activities or work relating to Australia’s interests.

Furthermore, there are 197 countries eligible to apply for this type of visa subclass. However, applicants must not be in Australia when they apply and must enter Australia within 6 months from the date visa is approved.

Visa Restrictions and Limits

  • There are several restrictions that must be taken into consideration. These restrictions include the following:
  • The work or activity must be non-ongoing. This means that the work should have not yet started upon application and must be terminated within six months.
  • Do not make engagements to stay in Australia for more than 6 months.
  • Subclass 400 visa holders cannot be rotated to a position classified under overseas workers even if it is just for a short period.
  • Subclass 400 visa holders cannot work for the entertainment industry
  • Subclass 400 visa holders’ activity or work should not provoke unemployment, hamper training opportunities, or promote adverse conditions on employment in Australia.


Requirements for Application

In order to speed up application process and avoid delay, an applicant must be able to prepare the following documents:

  • Application forms
  • Personal Documents
    -passport-sized picture (45 mm x 35 mm, plain background)
    -Certified true copies of the passport’s biographical pages
    -Certified true copy of birth certificate with both parents’ names on it
    -National identity card
  • Proof of activities in Australia
  • Letter of invitation
  • Letter stating job offer
  • A copy of proposed itinerary

Application Process

During the application process, the following steps must be taken:

  1. Prepare the requirements and documents needed. Make sure to check documents at hand and that listed on the document checklist.
  2. Lodge the application either online or in person.
  3. Pay the visa application fee. Once application has been lodged and fees have been paid the Australian embassy will let the applicant know what has been received. Moreover, application can be tracked and managed using the ImmiAccount.
  4. Wait for a decision on the application. The length of decision depends upon the applicant and the documents submitted. For instance, an application may take a longer time if the applicant will need character or health checks, such as X-rays, provide more documentation, or if the application submitted is incomplete.

Furthermore, it is important for an applicant not to make any travel arrangements to Australia until one is advised by the Australian embassy through writing that a visa has been granted. In addition, the immigration offices outside Australia can be contacted for more information on the following information:

  • where and how to lodge an applicant’s application along with the supporting documents
  • the hours of operation for the embassy’s counter and landline services
  • how and where to pay the visa application charge
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