Category: Visitor visas

Changes to Health Requirements for Certain Visas

On 18 November 2017 new visa condition 8602 was introduced as well as changes to the health insurance requirements for subclass 457 visas, as explained below.

New Condition 8602

New Condition 8602 has been introduced which requires the visa holder not to have any outstanding public health debts while in Australia. Public health debts are those reported the Department of Immigration and Border Protection by any Commonwealth, State or Territory health authority but do not include health costs which are covered by health insurance or Medicare, or are for treatment for certain community health risks (eg tuberculosis).

Breach of condition 8602 may result in visa cancellation. Accordingly, visa holders who accrue a public health debt should arrange to repay any this debt with the relevant provider as soon as possible to avoid their visa being cancelled.

Visa Condition 8602 will be discretionary for some visas and mandatory for several visas including (but not limited to):

  • Subclass 188 (Business Innovation and Investment)
  • Subclass 400 (Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist))
  • Subclass 407 (Training)
  • Subclass 408 (Temporary Activity) (certain streams only)
  • Subclass 417 (Working Holiday)
  • Subclass 457 (Temporary Work (Skilled))
  • Subclass 461 (New Zealand Citizen Family)
  • Subclass 462 (Work and Holiday)
  • Subclass 476 (Skilled – Recognised Graduate)
  • Subclass 485 (Temporary Graduate)
  • Subclass 489 (Skilled – Regional)
  • Subclass 500 (Student)
  • Subclass 600 (Visitor)
  • Subclass 601 (Electronic Travel Authority)
  • Subclass 651 (eVisitor)
  • Subclass 676 (Tourist)

Health Insurance Requirements for Subclass 457 visas

Subclass 457 visa applicants no longer need to provide evidence, or a letter from their insurer confirming their health insurance arrangements when applying for a visa – they simply need to indicate they have made adequate arrangements on the online form.

However Condition 8501, “maintain health insurance” itself has not been changed – that is, 457 visa holders must still maintain adequate health insurance while in Australia.

Need Assistance?

Contact our firm at info@hartmanlawyers.com.au for more information regarding the most appropriate Australian visa strategy for your circumstances.

Disclaimer:

The information on this website is intended only to provide a summary and general overview on relevant matters. It is not intended to be comprehensive nor does it constitute legal advice. You are advised to seek legal or other professional advice before acting or relying on any of the content contained in this website.

Long-Term Australian Business Visa for Singaporean Nationals

New Long-Term Australian Business Visa for Singaporean Nationals

The Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, announced a new long-term Australian Business visa for Singaporean nationals during his recent official visit to Singapore earlier this month.

Singaporeans will have exclusive access to a new long-term, multiple-entry visa option by 1 January 2018. This will render it easier for Singaporean nationals to travel to Australia for business and tourism.

The long-term visa will be a separate stream within the Visitor (Subclass 600) visa and will allow eligible Singaporean nationals to travel to Australia for up to three months at a time over a six-year period, with a single application.

In addition to the new long-term business visa, Prime Minister Turnbull announced a new reciprocal arrangement with the Singaporean Government to extend the Work and Holiday visa program. This will enable a maximum of 500 young Australian and Singaporeans to undertake short term work or study within the reciprocal country. The Federal Government announced that the Australia-Singapore Work and Holiday visa arrangement will commence on 1 August 2017.

The new visa arrangements are intended to further boost business and tourism links between Australia and Singapore.

Disclaimer:

The information on this website is intended only to provide a summary and general overview on relevant matters. It is not intended to be comprehensive nor does it constitute legal advice. You are advised to seek legal or other professional advice before acting or relying on any of the content contained in this website.

ten year Visitor visa

New Ten Year Australian Visitor Visa (Initially Available to Chinese Nationals)

The eagerly awaited Ten Year Australian Visitor visa was introduced by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) on 19 December 2016.

The Ten Year Visitor visa forms part of the Visitor (subclass 600) visa as a separate ‘Frequent Traveller’ stream.

‘Frequent Traveller’ Visitor Visa Requirements

The newly created Visitor visa stream for frequent travellers permits both tourism and business visitor activities and allows up to ten years’ validity.

The primary requirements of this visa are as follows:

  • At the moment, this visa stream is only available to citizens of the People’s Republic of China, however a list of additional ‘specified countries’ is intended to be introduced.
  • The visa applicant must be outside Australia at the time of application.
  • The visa applicant must have a genuine intent to visit Australia as tourist or to engage in business visitor activity.
  • The visa applicant must be able to satisfy health requirements and may be requested to undertake a medical examination.

Ten Year Visitor Visa Conditions

The Ten Year Visitor Visa will be granted for up to ten years.  It will allow for the following:

  • Multiple entries and up to a three-month stay period after each entry during the validity period of the visa.
  • No more than 12 months cumulative stay in Australia in a 24 month period.
  • The Frequent Traveller stream will permit both tourism and business visitor activities, however use of this visa to maintain de facto residence or to work in Australia will not be permitted and such actions will lead to a consideration of cancellation.

Cost of the Visa

The Visa Application Charge for the Ten Year Visitor visa will be AUD$1,000.

The ‘Frequent Traveller Stream’ as part of the Visitor visa is currently only available to Chinese nationals at this initial stage.  However we will keep our clients, colleagues and contacts updated once the list of eligible countries is extended.

For advice regarding Australian visas, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@hartmanlawyers.com.au for Australian immigration assistance.

Disclaimer:

The information on this website is intended only to provide a summary and general overview on relevant matters. It is not intended to be comprehensive nor does it constitute legal advice. You are advised to seek legal or other professional advice before acting or relying on any of the content contained in this website.