Not anymore.

After analyzing its migration and visa category landscape, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has published the result of its consultation with stakeholders with the objective of simplifying visa applications.

The discussion paper states that the  “highly specialized nature of the various visa subclasses has created unnecessary complexity and a confusion of choice for clients when they are attempting to select the most appropriate visa. It has been identified that many of these visa subclasses have similar purposes, obligations and entitlements that could be collapsed and combined to create a more simplified structure.”

Fifty Percent Reduction

The Australian Government will reduce by 50 percent the number of Temporary Visas by 2012 and will target 50 per cent reduction in the total number of visa subclasses by 2015.

Simpler Visit Visa Categories

 

Existing Visitor Visa Framework

 

 

Proposed Temporary Work Visa / Short Stay Activity Visa

 

 

Business Short Stay – 456

Sponsored Business Visitor – 459

 

 

Visitor / Limited Work / Short Stay Activity Visa

Tourist – 676

Sponsored Family Visitor - 679

Visitor / Limited Work – Short Stay Activity Visa

ETA Business Entrant Long Stay – 956

(To be discontinued)

ETA Visitor – 976

ETA Business Entrant, Short Stay - 977

 

ETA

Limited Work - SSAV

Medical Treatment Short Stay 675

Medical Treatment

Medical Treatment Long Stay 685

Medical Treatment

 

  SIMPLER WORK VISAS, AUSTRALIA

 

Existing Visa

Proposed Visa

Business Short Stay excl. Business Visitors

Sports Participants

Document & Commercial

 

Short Stay Activity Visa

Exchange /  Sport / Religious Worker

Sponsored Long Stay Activity

Occupational Trainee

Professional Development

Visiting Academic

Sport Trainees

 

Training and Research

Government Agreement

Foreign Government Agency

Domestic Worker – Diplomatic Consular

Immunities and Privileges

Service Sellers

 

 

International Relations

Medical Practitioners

Domestic Worker – Executive

Business – Long Stay

Journalists

 

 

Business Long Stay

Entertainment

Media and Film Staff

 

Entertainment

 

Special Program

Working Holiday

Work and Holday

Special Programs

Working Holiday

Work and Holday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more info on how to apply for Visitor, Work, Student or Permanent Resident visas to Australia, call Immigrant Visa Center at (02) 634-8717.

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About the Author

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.


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