Effective Saturday 24 November 2012, a number of Australian visa subclasses will no longer be open to new applicants. There will also be changes to the operation of Entertainment Subclass 420 and Business (Long Stay) Subclass 457 visas.
Prospective applicants can no longer apply for the following visa subclasses:
- Government Agreement (Subclass 406) visa
- Exchange (Subclass 411) visa
- Foreign Government Agency (Subclass 415) visa
- Visiting Academic (Subclass 419) visa
- Sport (Subclass 421) visa
- Medical Practitioner (Subclass 422) visa
- Media and Film Staff (Subclass 423) visa
- Domestic Worker (Temporary) – Diplomatic or Consular (Subclass 426) visa
- Domestic Worker (Temporary) – Executive (Subclass 427) visa
- Religious Worker (Subclass 428) visa
- Occupational Trainee (Subclass 442) visa
- Professional Development (Subclass 470) visa.
Applicants who were previously eligible for one of the above visa subclasses, may now qualify for on of the following:
- Temporary Work (Long Stay Activity) (Subclass 401) visa
- Training and Research (Subclass 402) visa
- Temporary Work (International Relations) (Subclass 403) visa
- Temporary Work (Entertainment (Subclass 420) visa
- Temporary Work (Skilled) (Subclass 457) visa.
Changes to the Subclass 457 and 420 visas will be minimal and will not affect sponsorship and nomination under these categories.
Please contact Expat’s visa team if you have any questions regarding the transitional arrangements for any of the repealed visa categories.