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Temporary Short Stay Visas

There are two main visa types which enable foreign nationals to travel to Australia for a short period of stay.  The visa type is selected based on the proposed activities to be conducted by foreign national wishing to travel to Australia.


1. Visitor Visa


A visitor visa allows stay of up to three months on each visit within 12 months from the date the visitor visa is granted.

The purpose of a visitor visa is to:

  • have a holiday or visit family and friends in Australia

  • study in Australia for up to three months in some circumstances

  • engage in business visitor activities while in Australia provided you:

    • do not work for or provide services to, a business or organisation

    • do not sell goods or services to the public.


Business visitor activities include:


  • making general business or employment enquiries

  • investigating, negotiating, signing or reviewing a business contract

  • activities carried out as part of an official government-to-government visit

  • participating in conferences, trade fairs or seminars, as long as you are not being paid by the organisers for you participation.


2. Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) Subclass 400 Visa


The Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa (subclass 400) is a temporary visa that lets foreign nationals to enter Australia to:


Family members can be included on the application however they will not be given work rights in Australia.


Generally this visa allows stay in Australia for up to three months in order to perform short-term, highly specialised, non-ongoing work.  In limited circumstances it may be possible to request stay of up to six months where there is a clear need for the scope of work to be performed within extended period of time. The scope of work nonetheless must be set and defined and be of a non ongoing nature.   Where a period of six months is requested, it will be necessary to provide additional supporting documentation including evidence relating to market rate as well as terms and conditions of employment.


Combining a holiday with your intended work or activity may be allowed if the holiday is of short term duration and secondary to the main purpose of your visit.

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