December 2, 2021

Australian Production Companies and the 408 Visa

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Foreign Film & TV Crew and Talent Need a Visa to Work in Australia

408 Entertainment Visa Expert for Your Film, TV, TVC Co-Productions

Are you an Australian production company working on a film, TV or TVC production that will engage overseas crew and cast? Then when you bring in foreign talents or crew to work in Australia they must be on the appropriate Australian visa. The most common and correct visa for the Entertainment industry is the 408 Entertainment visa.

Migration Ways has helped many Australian and overseas production companies, including (among many others) Matchbox, Goalpost, National Geographic, MTV, Nickelodeon, Finch, and the BBC. One of our most recent clients was producer John Hipwell for his film about the Boston marathon, Road to Boston. Read this article by Film Victoria about that production.

Migration Ways has also liaised with such industry bodies as Screen/Create NSW, Screen West, Screen Queensland, Film Victoria, Screen Australia, and AusFilm.

Learn more about the Australian Entertainment visa 408.

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408 Visa Expert Alberta Miculan

Alberta Miculan, Leading Australian Expert on Entertainment Visas

Our expert for 408 visas is Alberta Miculan, a former long-term resident of Los Angeles who is immensely experienced with the intricacies of the 408 visa, including working with the Department of Home Affairs, industry unions, guilds and bodies, as well as border entry authorities.

Alberta advises productions not to make the mistake of trying to enter Australia on the wrong visa or to assume that it is a simple thing to apply for the at-times complicated 408 visa. Book a Skype consultation with Alberta so she can explain to you the FULL process of applying for a 408 visa and advise you on how to best move forward so your shoot/production can go ahead on time.

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Reviews of Alberta Miculan’s Entertainment Visa Work

Following are reviews of Alberta’s Entertainment visa work from producers who have used her services.

We approached Alberta and her team at Migration Ways quite late in the process of our visa applications for James Cromwell and Dennis Waterman, the stars of “Never too Late”. They solved some complex issues for us quickly and seamlessly and were a pleasure to work with. 

Antony I Ginnane – producer “Never too Late”


Hello everyone…I just wanted to sing someone’s praises for a moment. We recently needed urgent help with visas for an overseas crew to enter the country in October. Alberta Miculan from Migration Ways was recommended to us. Alberta was fantastic! Not only was she extremely helpful, but also fast, professional and available to answer all my questions. I would highly recommend her to anyone who needs help in this area.  

Maia Hadley, producer Hadley Inc.


I just wanted to take a moment to officially thank you for the brilliant work you did on Jackie Chan’s “Bleeding Steel”.  Your ability to wrangle all of the Chinese applicants information, including the high profile cast and crew and then make the process as streamlined and predictable as possible for the large numbers of visas required, was greatly appreciated not only by me but also by the Chinese producers as well.

You also worked on the Chinese and Australian Co Production Dogfight, which required large numbers of Chinese visas to be processed in a very short time period.  Everyone involved including the Chinese and Australian producers appreciated your ability to get this done with ease.  No matter what challenges occurred in the process, you always remained in control and comfortably achieved everything you represented you would.  In the world of visas for large-scale international productions, actually achieving what you represented on time is something you should be very proud of.

Please know that any major production with substantial visa requirements, I will always bring to you and I will recommend others to do the same.  I look forward to a coffee and a catch up in the very near future.

Paul Currie, Co-founder and director of Lightstream Pictures, Australia


For our big budget co-production it was vital that our key Chinese cast and crew obtain smooth entry into the country. We worked closely with Alberta and Laura in the crucial months of pre production on navigating the complexities of visa applications. They streamlined the process for us and provided the high level consultation that our production required.

Once the first visas started rolling in it was an organised and straightforward process, all monitored by the capable Migration Ways staff. I would highly recommend their services to any production with visa requirements and commend them on their sound, expert advice.

I just like to thank you and your team for all the hard work you’ve done to get my sponsorship granted, it means a lot to me and I will be recommending you to all my friends.

Johnny Wang, Line Producer/Production Manager at October Pictures Company 


Dear Alberta and team,

I just wanted to advise you that I have two German film groups planning to shoot in OZ in the next few months and I have passed your details on to them.

It’s been many years now that you have been sorting out my many and varied clients’ filming visas and almost all with very little notice. It occurred to me that with your skills, attention to detail and rapport with immigration and others involved has meant that I can claim a 100% success rate with my groups.

I well remember those torturous years before I used your services and how organising visas was the most difficult part of a shoot. It’s such a relief that I am now able to put all that in your hands and be able to direct my attention to the production.

Thanks for always being there when I need you,

Kevin McGrath
Producer K&K McGrath PL


Contact Alberta Miculan

Please use this contact form to write to Alberta to book a Skype consultation about your visa or immigration needs.

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