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SPECIALIST ENTRY VISAS


At GMH Legal, we have a wealth of experience is handling specialist entry and sponsored training visas, particularly for doctors and medical professionals. The Australian government has established a small number of visas that are available to people in certain professions who do not qualify for other work visas. These include:

  • sports people
  • religious workers
  • academics
  • actors and people involved in the entertainment industry
  • people who are internationally recognised as leaders in their field.

You must be sponsored by an Australian citizen, permanent resident or approved organisation to qualify for any of these visas. With the exception of the people who are internationally recognised as leaders in their field, these visas will enable you to remain in Australia for a certain period.

The following is a range of visas for people to participate in specific professional, cultural or social activities or to do temporary work in Australia.

TEMPORARY WORK (SHORT STAY ACTIVITY) VISA (SUBCLASS 400)

For people travelling to Australia for up to 3 months to undertake short-term, highly specialised non-ongoing work or to participate in non-ongoing activities at the invitation of an organisation in Australia.

TEMPORARY WORK (LONG-STAY ACTIVITY) VISA (SUBCLASS 401)

A temporary visa for exchange and sporting activities, full-time religious work and domestic work in the household of eligible senior foreign executives in Australia.

RELIGIOUS WORKER VISA

We have a particularly deep knowledge of religious worker visas and have handled many applications in this area. Religious worker visas are available to people who satisfy the requirements of the Department of Immigration in relation to their qualifications to work in Australia as ministers, priests and spiritual leaders.

Before applying for a religious worker visa, you must first secure sponsorship from an eligible religious institution. There are strict rules around the types of religious organisations that can sponsor people. It is very important that you get advice about whether your organisation can sponsor you before proceeding with your visa application.

There are a series of eligibility requirements, including financial requirements and health insurance requirements that must be met to establish eligibility for a religious worker visa. If your application is approved, you will be required to meet a number of ongoing obligations whilst residing in Australia.

SPORT VISA

Sport visas are available to sportspeople (amateur and professional), judges and adjudicators who want to compete or train in Australia. Sport visas are not always the most appropriate visa option for sportspeople, with business or other short-stay visas sometimes more appropriate and easier to get.

Before applying for a sport visa, you must first secure sponsorship from an approved sport visa sponsor. Approved sport visa sponsors include government agencies and Australian organisations who administer or promote sports events in Australia.

There are a number of eligibility requirements that must be met to establish eligibility for a sports visa. The eligibility requirements are complex and vary depending on why you are coming to Australia.

Sport visas are usually subject to work restrictions that limit what you can do in Australia. It is very important that you understand these restrictions before applying for a sport visa.

Obligations are also imposed on the sponsoring organisation. Non-compliance with these obligations can result in the organisation being fined or having restrictions placed on its ability to sponsor sportspeople in the future.

TEMPORARY WORK (INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS) VISA (SUBCLASS 403)

A temporary visa for government agreements, foreign government agencies, persons accorded Privileges and Immunities and domestic work in the household of eligible diplomats and consular officials in Australia.

SPECIAL PROGRAM VISA (SUBCLASS 416) FOR THE SEASONAL WORKER PROGRAM

The Special Program visa (subclass 416) is a temporary visa that allows you to participate in the Seasonal Worker Program. You must be invited to participate in the program by an approved special program sponsor.

TEMPORARY WORK (ENTERTAINMENT) VISA (SUBCLASS 420)

For people to work in the Australian entertainment industry – in film, television or live productions in either a performance or behind-the scenes role, such as directors, producers and other production personnel.

Before applying for an entertainment visa, you must secure sponsorship from an approved entertainment sponsor (e.g. a government agency) and with other interested parties, such as the relevant Australian unions.

To obtain an entertainment visa the applicant must show that their placement will not jeopardise the employment of Australians working in the entertainment industry. The Department often requires considerable evidence from a range of parties.

Other eligibility criteria for an entertainment visa include financial and health insurance requirements. If your application is approved, you will be required to meet a number of continuing obligations, including taxation obligations, whilst residing in Australia.

SPECIAL PROGRAM VISA (SUBCLASS 416)

For people who have been invited to participate in an approved special program such as a community benefit, cultural enrichment or youth exchange program and for people who will be participating in the Seasonal Worker Program.

DISTINGUISHED TALENT VISA (OFFSHORE) (SUBCLASS 124)

A permanent visa for people outside Australia, nominated for migration on the basis of their internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in a profession, the arts, sport, research or academia.

The Distinguished Talent visa is a unique path to migrate to Australia and is available to individuals who have outstanding achievements in a profession, the arts, sport or academia.

To be considered for a distinguished talent visa, the applicant must be regarded as a leader in his/her field and demonstrate that the applicant will be an asset and will make a contribution to Australia. Having a successful career is usually not enough.

DISTINGUISHED TALENT VISA (ONSHORE) (SUBCLASS 858)

A permanent visa for people in Australia, nominated for migration on the basis of their internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in a profession, the arts, sport, research or academia.

The Distinguished Talent visa is a unique path to migrate to Australia and is available to individuals who have outstanding achievements in a profession, the arts, sport or academia.

To be considered for a distinguished talent visa, the applicant must be regarded as a leader in his/her field and demonstrate that the applicant will be an asset and will make a contribution to Australia. Having a successful career is usually not enough.

MARA CODE OF CONDUCT

The Code of Conduct for registered migration agents is set out in legislation to regulate the conduct of registered migration agents. It prescribes our obligations towards our clients.

Provision for a Code of Conduct for migration agents is set out in Section 314 of the Migration Act 1958 and is prescribed in Schedule 2, Regulation 8 of the Migration Agents Regulations 1998.

You can read the Code of Conduct for registered migration agents by clicking on this link: Code of Conduct.

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