400 VISA

Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) Visa Subclass 400

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MARN 0961 448 | UPDATED MAY 2019


Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) Visa (Subclass 400) Overview

The Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa (subclass 400) is a temporary visa that lets you enter Australia to: do short-term, highly specialised, non-ongoing work. In limited circumstances participate in an activity or work relating to Australia’s interests.

Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) Visa (Subclass 400)

This visa is for individuals to visit Australia to:

  • Undertake short-term, non-ongoing, highly specialised work in Australia; or
  • Participate in non-ongoing cultural or social events at the invitation of an organisation in Australia.

You do not require sponsorship to apply for this visa. However, depending on your purpose of stay in Australia, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the support (generally by invitation) of the business or organisation for which you will be undertaking the proposed work or activity in Australia. 

Who Can Apply for 400 Visa?

  • You must be nominated by an approved Australian employer for a job anywhere in Australia for a maximum of 3 months ( in certain situations up to 6 months).
  • Meet the skills/qualifications criteria for occupations skill level 1-3.
  • Have a minimum of 2 years of work experience.
  • English language requirements. Variety of test and criteria applicable.
  • Meet health and character requirements.
  • Spouse and dependent children can be included in the application.

To be eligible for this visa you must be outside Australia to make an application. Some of the stay purposes for which this visa is not intended are:

  • Tourism;
  • Work in an ongoing position;
  • Business visits;
  • Ongoing religious work;
  • Working in the entertainment industry (unless involved in a production that will not be shown in Australia); or
  • Training or study.

Temporary Work Visa (Subclass 400) Length of Stay

Generally, the stay period allowed is up to three months but can be considered up to six months in limited circumstances if supported by a strong business case. You can’t apply for this visa in Australia or stay longer by extending this visa.