• Service: Private Enterprise, Private Companies, Immigration Services
  • Type: Regulatory update
  • Date: 15/03/2013

Migration Newsflash

Migration Newsflash
Keep up-to-date with issues and developments in the immigration environment.

Migration Newsflash: Simplification of Visitor visas 

From 23 March 2013, the current Visitor visa stream will be 'simplified'. This is in line with the Australian Government’s commitment to reduce the total number of visa subclasses by 50 percent by 2015.

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.


Key insights

  • 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.

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