Changes to Australia’s Temporary Activity Visa scheme come into effect on 19 November 2016 with the intention of simplifying application requirements and procedures.

Effective 19 November, Australia will overhaul its Temporary Activity Visa scheme, which provides the immigration route for short-term work assignments in Australia. The changes will consolidate several visa categories, amend sponsorship requirements, and, in many cases, simplify and liberalise application requirements and procedures. In almost all cases, application submission and processing will be completed online.

Temporary Activity Visas in Australia’s immigration scheme

As the primary route for employers to sponsor foreign nationals on long-term assignments to Australia, the Subclass 457 visa program often receives the most attention in Australia’s employment-based immigration system.