The new regime is intended to provide clearer separation between 'work' and 'business visitor' activities. Legislation supporting the specific details of the new Visitor visa regime is yet to be released.
This Migration Newsflash includes details of the announced changes to the Visitor visa stream.
- The government has confirmed that the existing nine (9) subclasses will become five (5) subclasses.
- A short activity work visa will be introduced known as Temporary work (short stay activity) visa – subclass 400.
- The new Temporary Work (short stay activity) – subclass 400 essentially replaces the subclass 456 and 459 visas. It will have strict criteria around what activities are permissible.
- The new Visitor (subclass 600) visa, the ETA (subclass 601) visa and the eVisitor (subclass 651) visa will have a ‘no work’ component but will allow business visitor activities to be undertaken.