Temporary Work (International Relations) Visa – Subclass 403
April 25, 2020

ABOUT SUBCLASS 403

The subclass 403 is designed for people who want to engage in specific work or activities that improve Australia’s international relations. For this visa, there are 6 streams available.

AVAILABLE STREAMS

Government Agreement

This stream allows holder to work under the terms and conditions of a bilateral agreement between Australia and that of another country.

Foreign Government Agency

This stream allows holder to enter Australia as a foreign language teacher or as a representative of a foreign government agency and engage in specific activities or work in Australia.

Domestic Worker

This stream allows holder to enter Australia and engage in domestic work for the household of someone who holds a Diplomatic (Temporary) visa or the subclass 995.

Privileges and Immunities

This stream allows holder to enter Australia with the privileges and immunities under Act 1963 or the International Organizations – Privileges and Immunities; or Act 1995 or the Overseas Missions – Privileges and Immunities.

Seasonal Worker Program

This stream allows holder to enter Australia to temporarily engage in a seasonal worker program. This is a limited program available in selected countries.

Pacific Labor Scheme

This stream allows holder to participate I the Pacific Labour Scheme program but it requires an endorsement by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to enter Australia.

AM I ELIGIBLE?

Government Agreement Stream
  • Engaged under the terms and conditions of a bilateral agreement between the Australian State/Territory government and another country.
  • You have support from the signatories of the agreement.
  • You are capable of funding your expenses (and any dependent family members you bring with you).
  • Onshore application: you must hold (or have held in the last 28 days) a temporary substantive visa, except; a subclass 403 (Temporary Work – International Relations – Domestic Worker stream), subclass 771 (Transit Visa) or Special Purpose visa.
Foreign Government Agency stream
  • You must have a letter of support from a foreign government agency, ministry, mission or international organisation.
  • You are capable of funding your expenses (and any dependent family members you bring with you).
  • Your work should also benefit Australia and contribute to any of the following:
    • Local business and export activity expansion
    • Generation of employment
    • Promotion and maintenance of good international trade relations
    • New skills and technology introduction
    • Training opportunities for Australians
  • Onshore application: you must hold (or have held in the last 12 months) a temporary substantive visa, except; a subclass 403 (Temporary Work – International Relations – Domestic Worker stream), subclass 771 (Transit Visa) or Special Purpose visa.
Domestic Work
  • You’re 18 years of age or above.
  • You have a letter of support from the Australian Government DFAT.
  • You work under a contract that meets Australian workplace laws and practices.
  • You are capable of funding your expenses (and any dependent family members you bring with you).
  • Onshore application: Have an interview with the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) to confirm your identity. You must hold a subclass 403 – Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or Consular) stream.
  • Offshore application – Have an interview at your Australian mission to confirm your identity.
Privileges and Immunities Stream
  • You have privileges and immunities listed under Act 1963 (International Organisations – Privileges and Immunities) or Act 1995 (Overseas Mission – Privileges and Immunities).
  • You have a letter of support from the DFAT.
  • You are capable of funding your expenses (and any dependent family members you bring with you).
  • Onshore application: you must hold (or have held in the last 12 months) a temporary substantive visa, except; a subclass 403 (Temporary Work – International Relations – Domestic Worker stream), subclass 771 (Transit Visa) or Special Purpose visa.
Seasonal Worker Program

You’re a resident of any of the region/country listed below:

    • Fiji
    • Solomon Islands
    • Nauru
    • Timor-Leste
    • Kiribati
    • Tonga
    • Papua New Guinea
    • Tuvalu
    • Samoa
    • Vanuatu
  • You’re invited by an approved Temporary Activities Sponsor to engage in the Seasonal Worker Program.
  • You are capable of funding your expenses (and any dependent family members you bring with you).
  • You’re at least 21 years old or above.
Pacific Labour Scheme Stream
  • You’re at least 21 years old and under 45 years old when you apply.
  • You’re endorsed by DFAT
  • You have a qualified sponsor (approved Temporary Activities sponsor/endorsed by DFAT to participate in the Pacific Labour Scheme)

OUR PROCESS

STEP 1 BOOK YOUR CONSULTATION

The first essential step in your migration process is to book a consultation. This is the stage where we identify the best and most suitable pathway for your circumstances.

STEP 2 PERSONALIZED MIGRATION ACTION PLAN (MAP)

After attending a consultation with us, we will provide you with a personalized MAP. This includes a checklist where we tell you how to prepare relevant documents and samples if necessary.

STEP 3 COLLECTION, REVIEW, AND DRAFTING

An application is not just about the submission of documents – it also includes the process of reviewing the documents to make sure that they are up to standard. What we mean by this is to ensure that every piece of documentation that we submit has been carefully reviewed by our migration specialists based on the standard of the Department of Immigration.

STEP 4 LODGMENT AND SUBMISSION

Here at Think Visa, we prepare what we like to call, Decision Ready Applications. This means that applications prepared by us are not only of high standard but also organized in a manner that is easy for the case officer to decide on and therefore significantly reducing processing time for you. There are circumstances that might require you to provide additional information in which we try to anticipate beforehand.

 

 

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