The 420 Entertainment Visa Replaced by the 408 Entertainment Visa
If you are a narrative film, documentary, television, commercial, or music producer or artist, the visa you will need to film or work in Australia has changed.
From November 19, 2016, the Entertainment visa, subclass 420, has been replaced by the new Temporary Activity visa, subclass 408.
The Temporary Activity visa, subclass 408, has been designed to simplify the application process for a temporary visa and sponsoring an applicant. Please note that there are important differences between the old Entertainment, subclass 420, visa, and the new Temporary Activity visa, subclass 408. These key changes include:
- Sponsors and applicants (or their agents) must now lodge their applications online using Immi Account.
- Those applying for a Temporary Activity visa, subclass 408:
- Will now NOT need a nomination.
- Will NOT need to be sponsored by an Australian company if applying from outside Australia and if intending to stay in Australia for three months or less.
- Will need to be sponsored by an Australian company if applying from outside Australia and if intending to stay in Australia for more than three months.
- Will need to be sponsored if the application is made from inside Australia, regardless of the length of the intended stay. Any sponsor will need to provide a letter of support from the applicant confirming their relationship with the applicant and provide details of the temporary activity arrangements of the work in Australia.
- A single sponsorship category (Temporary Activities Sponsor) will replace the existing 6 sponsorship types (Long Stay Activity, Training and Research, Professional Development, Entertainment, Special Program, and Superyacht Crew). This new super category sponsorship will be valid for 5 years.
If you are currently an approved sponsor, your sponsorship will remain valid until May 18, 2017, or until your approval ceases (whichever is earlier). The processing of nominations for visa applications lodged before November 19, 2016, and visa applications lodged before or on May 18, 2017, will not be impacted. However, current sponsors will NOT be able to sponsor new visa applicants with their existing sponsorship status after May 18, 2017.
Current Sponsored Visa Holders
The proposed changes will not impact current sponsored visa holders. They will still, of course, be bound by their existing sponsorship obligations.
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