The Temporary Work (International Relations) visa Subclass 403 — Pacific Labour Stream is an offshoot of the seasonal worker program stream. This is a foreign government agency stream for people looking for temporary work and come from a specified Pacific Island country to fill worker shortages in regional Australia.
Under this government agreement stream you must be invited to apply for the international relations visa by an Australian sponsor. The sponsor must have Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade endorsement and be approved as a temporary activities sponsor. They must also be endorsed to participate in the Pacific Labour Scheme and Seasonal Worker Program. The visa subclass 403 allows you to work in Australia for up to three years.
The Pacific Labour Scheme helps to address worker shortages in in low and semi-skilled roles in rural and regional areas of Australia. Currently employers can recruit workers from:
Depending on how long your visa is granted for, it can be from 12 months up to three years to work in rural areas of Australia. But you cannot stay in Australia any longer than three years.
The Temporary Work Visa 403:
To be eligible for this visa, you must:
When an employer in rural and regional areas of Australia need unskilled or low-skilled workers, they apply for approval. For a sponsor to express interest in the scheme they must:
To become a temporary activities sponsor, an employer must also receive Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade endorsement. The cost of becoming a sponsor is $420 and the processing times vary.
Some diplomat or consular officials can hire a domestic worker. Diplomatic and consular officials are limited to a maximum of two if the head of a diplomatic mission and one when the career head of a consular post. But there are terms and conditions for hiring a worker for diplomatic or consular eligibility, including:
To apply for the Pacific Island stream of the temporary work subclass 403 visa:
The cost of the subclass 403 visa for temporary work internationally is $AU315.
Processing times are usually between eight and 12 days as long as you submit all the necessary information at the time of lodging your application.
Applying for a 403 visa or to become a sponsor of the Pacific Labour Scheme can be confusing and complex, and the requirements are always changing. The specialists at Direct Migration Experts can help you every step of the way. We are registered migration agents and can assess your situation to help you make the right choices and decisions. We can also assist with the documents you need and making your visa application as well as giving you all the information you need.
Call us on 1300 015 592 to talk to one of our experienced consultants.
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