Being one of the most preferred destination for immigrants, Australia has a wide range of activities and work opportunities. To travel to Australia for the purpose of taking part in work or activities on a temporary basis, as an Indian citizen, you will require an Australian Temporary Activity visa.
This type of visa, also known as the Australia Subclass 408 visa, it is issued for individuals travelling to the Commonwealth of Australia for performing activities or work on a short term basis. There are several streams of activities or work that come under this category. The duration and validity of the visa depend on the stream. The visa allows you to bring family members with you to Australia.
To obtain the Australia Subclass 408 visa, there are a number of requirements. This visa requires a sponsor from Australia. For the sponsor to be able to take you under their guidance, they will have to pass a support test, or sponsorship test depending on the duration and type of visa. Once they have been approved by the Department of Home Affairs, they have the right to sponsor you. You are allowed to then acquire the necessary documents as per the stream you belong to, and then follow the below steps-
Once the application is successfully submitted, the visa will be processed. You should be aware that the application is completed honestly, and accurately. Faulty or incomplete applications may cause in your visa being delayed, or even rejected. A visa rejection is considered seriously by the Australian Government, and as a result, might affect your visa applications in the future.
For you to be eligible for the visa-
The documents required for the Australia subclass 408 visa largely depends on the type of activity visa you are considered for. The general documents include -
The visa processing time for the activity visa depends solely on the type of work stream the visa belongs to. Some activity visas take as much as just 10 days, however, certain other types can take as long as months to process. It is advised to apply as early as possible to ensure that you get the visa in time for your activities. However, it is essential to make sure that you do not apply more than 6 months before your travel date.
The fees for the visa totally depends on the stream of activities you are taking part. Each type has fees respective to it. It is, therefore, crucial to find out the exact fees for the visa you are applying for. Apart from the application fees, you may have to pay additional service charges for obtaining police certificates, medical certificates, etc. It also depends on the duration of the visa, the number of entries, and any faster processing charges.
Once you have submitted your application, the High Commission will start processing your visa. If they require additional documents, they will contact you via email. In certain cases, you may be asked to subject to a biometric submission, police verifications, medical check-ups, etc.
To check your visa status, you can do it online by logging on to your ImmiAccount with your passport number, and name. Alternately, the High Commission will update you on the status via email. You can also contact the visa agency (if acquired), to get the status of your application.
While you are on an Australia subclass 408 visa-
Yes, there is a mandatory condition to hold a health insurance for this. The 3 months visa is issued for invited participants doing social/cultural activity in the country. Some countries have a reciprocal health insurance arrangement with Australia. However, if your country does not belong to those, you will need insurance to cover all your medical expenses, along with travel.
No, you cannot extend this type of permits. There is a ‘no further stay’ condition on your visa that prevents you from doing so. However, you can apply for a new visa once you exit the country. You would have to check the requirements for that visa before applying.
You cannot stay even for a day beyond your visa expiry. As per the conditions on the permit, you will have to leave before expiry, or on the date mentioned in the permit. Staying back after expiry is unlawful, and can make you automatically ineligible for future Australian visa applications.
Every individual applying for any time of visa is expected to meet the minimum health requirements. Depending on the type of activity visa you possess, its duration, your health conditions, as well as the risk factor of your country, you may be asked to submit to medical tests and might require a certificate showing that you meet the conditions. You will be notified about this while applying for your visa.
No, you cannot convert your temporary activity visa into another type as this would require you to break the ‘no further stay’ condition in your visa. However, once your visa expires, you can apply for another visa following that you meet the conditions for it.