Working in Australia - Other Industries Visa Application Information
What is the process after I have applied?
Step 1. When we have received your full application, we will use the information to prepare your visa forms and find you a placement. Your future employer will then complete the relevant details of your employment in a ‘Placement Agreement’. A Placement Agreement outlines the tasks you will be doing your time placement and include start and finish dates. Once this has been completed by your employer and returned it to us, we will then forward it to you, along with your visa forms, to check and sign before step number 2.
Step 2. Once we are sure that we have all the relevant forms and information, consisting of your visa forms, placement agreement, paperwork and an invitation letter prepared by us inviting you to stay in Australia for the length of your placement (up to one year), we will then lodge your visa application.
Step 3. Once your application has been lodged, you may be asked for health and character checks from Australia and your home country. You may also be asked to write a statement showing your intent to return home after this visa has expired.
Step 4. Immigration will then process your visa (please keep in mind that this make take up to 90 days) and they will issue us with a letter of approval.
Step 6. We send you your visa grant letter once you have finalised your insurance and any outstanding payments to us.
Will I need to have a health check?
All program participants from 'high risk' countries will need to have a Chest X-ray. To find out if your country is on that list please visit www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa/Heal/Meeting-the-health-requirement/Health-examinations
If your country is on this list, you will receive a request after we have lodged your visa. The system for the health checks is now all done electronically, so there is no need to send any results by courier to Australia. We will receive an X-ray from Immigration and will forward it to you as soon as we receive it. You can then find the doctor in your area that you need to see by visiting www.border.gov.au/Lega/Lega/Help/immigration-panel-physicians.
Please note that you cannot obtain this check from your own Doctor unless they are one of the approved doctors listed on the above website.
Please let us know when you have had your X-ray so that we can let Immigration know. Please keep any reference numbers or receipts for your chest X-ray just in case we need them later. Please contact us if you have any questions about this process.
Can I travel to Australia before my visa is granted?
People from some countries can travel to Australia on an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) (Tourist Visa). Please click here to see if your country is on the list. Please be aware that if we have lodged your visa application and you arrive in Australia, we will need to withdraw your application and relodge it when you arrive. This is because the visa has a rule that says that ‘if you are offshore when the application is lodged you must be offshore when the visa is granted. If you are in Australia when we lodge the application, you must be in Australia when the visa is granted.’ If we need to re-lodge the visa application you will need to pay another visa application charge which is $315 plus a $700 surcharge for applying while in Australia!
Please let us know if you intend to travel before your visa is granted, so that we can make sure you are covered by insurance and have a bed waiting for you when you get here!
Can the visa be granted to match my flight dates?
The visa is granted specifically around your employment dates and not around your flights. In fact Immigration asks you NOT to make flight bookings until your visa is granted. We understand that is sometimes not practical, however we cannot change the dates of your visa to match your flights! You must change your flights to match the visa. If you are going to make flight bookings please make sure that they can be changed without penalty.
Can I contact Immigration about the status of my visa?
No please DO NOT contact Immigration about the status of your visa. They have to process 1000’s of visas and if they have to answer even one email or phone call from each of the visa applicants, it would mean that they would have no time to process any of the visas! If you contact immigration, they will contact us to let us know, so that we can apologize and contact you and ask you to stop. They are doing their best to grant the visas as quickly as they can, and if there are many applications, it sometimes takes longer than we think. Please be patient and don’t make any airline bookings that you cannot change!
You will have the time of your life!
Ask someone who has done it!