As of 19 November 2016, the Subclass 420 Temporary Work (Entertainment) Visa was abolished and replaced with the Subclass 408 Temporary Activity Visa.
The new framework has been designed to simplify the process of applying for a temporary visa.
What are the main changes I need to know about?
408 Visa Application Process
The Department of Immigration’s new online-only portal (ImmiAcount) makes it easier for Members to lodge their own applications.
LPA has reviewed the immigration service we provide to Members. To ensure we continue to provide a high quality service, we will be making some changes to how we assist Members in obtaining visas in an efficient and timely manner.
These changes will require each Member to:
LPA will continue to provide immigration support to Members. If a Member requires LPA to act on its behalf, LPA will require:
LPA will continue to provide the following services:
Visa approval can be a lengthy process, especially if applicants have health or character issues to disclose.
Members are advised to send information well in advance of the arrival date. Failing to meet the below deadlines may delay visa approval and result in an applicant being denied entry into Australia.
Required LPA processing time
Citizens of low-risk countries (see below for a list): 6-8 weeks
Citizens of other countries: 10-12 weeks
Low risk (ETA) Countries:
Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR of China), Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Norway, Portugal, Republic of San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, The Netherlands, United Kingdom - British Citizen, United Kingdom - British National (Overseas), United States, Vatican City.
Sponsors can also use the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO), which is a free online facility that allows a person or Sponsor to check a visa’s status or the visa entitlements of a visa holder.
The following organisations are exempt from paying the Visa Application Charge (VAC):
IMPORTANT: The VAC exemption criteria for charities and not-for-profits have been restricted. Organisations that were VAC-exempt under the old regime may no longer receive the concession.
Any one of the above criteria being met will be sufficient for VAC-exempt status. For example, if an organisation is a registered charity, it does not need also to show that it is a “government funded organisation”.
An organisation will be VAC-exempt if it is a charity listed on the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) Register.
Government funded organisations and events
If an organisation is not a registered charity or an agency as described above, it must pay the VAC unless it can be classed as a
“government funded organisation” or is supporting/sponsoring the applicant for a “government funded event”.
LPA has received advice from the DIBP that these organisations will be named in a future legislative instrument, updated quarterly.
The Minister’s agreed definitions for the above are as follows:
This legislative instrument has yet to be made. LPA will provide further information to members as it becomes available.
Despite strong opposition from LPA, the DIBP proceeded with the abolishment of the bulk discount which previously applied to applications with more than 20 individual applicants.
As a compromise, the Minister has agreed to transitional arrangements providing a reduced VAC charge for affected parties outlined in Legislative Instrument 2016/117 (click here to view)
If an organisation’s DIBP Permission Request ID Number appears on the above legislative instrument, a reduced VAC charge of $70 per Applicant applies in respect of productions, engagements or programs commencing before 30 June 2017.
LPA offers practical information to help production companies, tours, venues and events become more energy efficient.
LPA provides Members with support in regards to the preparation of applications for the Subclass 408 Temporary Activity Visa to import overseas artists and associated personnel into Australia.