The Subclass 407 training visa is a temporary residence visa which allows you to participate in occupational training activities, including classroom-based professional development activities, to help to improve your skills. One of the subclass 407 visa requirements is a subclass 407 training visa sponsorship by an Australian organisation or government agency (including a foreign government). Another subclass 407 visa requirement is that you must also be nominated for the subclass 407 visa Australia (unless your sponsor is a Commonwealth Government agency, in which case you will need to be invited in writing). You need to select from one of three nomination types, depending on the purpose or type of training which you seek to undertake. Each nomination type has specified requirements, one of which requires your occupation to be included on a subclass 407 training visa occupations list.
The subclass 407 visa Australia can be granted for a period of up to two years and permits unrestricted travel to and from Australia for the duration of the visa. You can also include certain members of your family unit as dependent visa applicants, allowing them to accompany you to Australia.
We provide an overview of the subclass 407 visa Australia below, including what this visa allows you to do, the application process and valid application lodgement and the subclass 407 visa requirements for grant. We outline the three nomination types, including the occupational training to enhance skills nomonation type, for which one requirement is that your occupation is on the subclass 407 training visa occupations list. We also discuss some other potential visa options which you may be able to consider.
What Is The Subclass 407 Training Visa?
The subclass 407 training visa Australia is a sponsored visa designed to help you to improve your skills in your current occupation, area of tertiary study, or to participate in a professional development training program in Australia. The subclass 407 visa is not suitable for applicants whose sole purpose is to perform work in Australia but rather, to engage in workplace-based training.
The subclass 407 training visa application process consists of the following three stages:
- Sponsorship application – to be lodged by your proposed sponsor (unless they are already an approved temporary activities sponsor). Your proposed sponsor may already have an existing Sponsorship approval in place, in which case they would not need to lodge a sponsorship application (they are valid for five years).
- Nomination application – to be lodged by your proposed sponsor (unless it is a Commonwealth agency)
- Subclass 407 training visa application – to be lodged on your own behalf
Your proposed sponsor will be required to abide by several subclass 407 training visa sponsorship obligations as a condition of their subclass 407 training visa sponsorship approval. The current subclass 407 training visa sponsorship application lodgement fee is $420.
The nomination application relates to the position which you are being nominated for and which is required for all applications. Nomination requirements will differ, depending on the purpose of the proposed occupational training (there are three types, further discussed below in this article). The current nomination application lodgement fee is $170.
What Are The Eligibility Requirements For The Subclass 407 Training Visa Australia?
To qualify for grant of a subclass 407 training visa, you will need to satisfy the following subclass 407 visa requirements:
- be aged 18 years or over (unless exceptional circumstances exist);
- satisfy an English language requirement, with a minimum FunctionalEnglish competency level;
- have an approved temporary activities sponsor;
- if your approved sponsor is not a Commonwealth agency, an approved nomination is required;
- health and character requirements;
- adequate health insurance cover must be arranged for the duration of your intended stay in Australia (depending on your country of passport, you may be covered by a reciprocal healthcare agreement);
- Genuine temporary entrant requirement – you must demonstrate that you intend to stay temporarily in Australia for the purpose for which the training visa is granted, namely, to engage in workplace-based training. In assessing this criterion, the Department will consider the following:
- Your circumstances in your home country;
- Your potential circumstances in Australia;
- Your immigration history;
- The value of the course to your future;
- Your record of compliance with previous visa conditions, and intention to comply with training visa conditions;
- Any other relevant matter;
- currently have adequate means of support (or have access to) financial resources to support yourself during the period of your intended stay in Australia. No minimum financial requirement has been set by the migration legislation, and this will instead by determined on a case-by-case basis, having regard to salary expected to be earned by working in Australia, and support provided by third parties such as family members. The Department may also refer to Student Visa financial capacity requirements in making its assessment;
- have a good immigration history;
If you are applying for the subclass 407 visa Australia from onshore, you must either:
- currently hold a temporary substantive visa,* excluding one of the following:
- Subclass 403 (Temporary Work (International Relations) visa in the Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or Consular stream);
- Subclass 771 (Transit) visa;
- Special Purpose visa; or
- have held a substantive visa (excluding one of the visas listed above) and apply within 28 days after your last substantive visa ceased to be in effect.
*A substantive visa is any visa excluding a bridging, criminal justice or enforcement visa.
What Are The Nomination Types And Requirements For A Subclass 407 Visa Australia?
The occupational training must be workplace-based. Under Departmental policy (which is not legally binding, but is nevertheless a useful guide to help determine how Immigration is likely to interpret and apply the migration provisions), the occupational training program should satisfy the following:
- include at least 30 hours training per week; and
- at a minimum, 70% of that training must be conducted in the workplace (i.e. not in a classroom or similar teaching environment).
Nomination Type 1: Occupational Training For Registration
To qualify under this nomination type, the workplace-training must be a requirement for you to obtain registration, membership or licensing in your occupation, to enable you to be employed in Australia or in your home country. You must also have the appropriate qualifications and experience to undertake the occupational training.
Nomination Type 2: Occupational Training To Enhance Skills
This is the most common nomination type. It requires the occupational training to be a structured workplace-based training program which is designed to meet your training needs, as the nominee.
You must nominate a skilled occupation from a specified subclass 407 training visa occupations list and have at least 12 months full-time employment experience in your nominated occupation (in the two years immediately before lodgement of the application) to qualify under nomination type 2.
Nomination Type 3: Occupational Training For Capacity Building Overseas
This final nomination type comprises the following three categories:
- Overseas qualification
To be eligible under this first category, there must be a requirement that for you to obtain a qualification from a foreign educational institution, you must complete, over a period of six months or less, practical experience, research or observation. Additionally, this required occupational training must be in the form of a structured workplace‑based training program specifically tailored to meet your training needs.
- Government support
Under this category, the occupational training must be supported by a government agency in Australia or by the government in your home country. It must be a structured workplace-based training program specifically tailored to your training needs (including the duration of the training program).
This category would be suitable where, for example, the Australian Government has entered into an agreement with the Government of another country (e.g. a developing country), to provide occupational training to its residents in Australia.
- Professional development
The last category requires the following criteria to be satisfied:
- you must occupy a managerial or professional position for an overseas employer;
- the proposed occupational training must be relevant and consistent with developing your managerial or professional skills, and will provide skills and expertise which are relevant and consistent with the business background of your overseas employer; and
- the training must principally be delivered via face‑to‑face teaching in a classroom or in a similar environment (at least 55% of the overall training program according to Departmental policy).
For an occupation to be considered at the managerial or professional level, it would generally need to classified as a Major Group 1 or 2 occupation under the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO), however this is not mandatory and each application will be determined on its own merits.
As a subclass 407 training visa holder, you will be bound by condition 8102, which prescribes that you must not perform any (remunerated) work in Australia, other than the workplace training program as per your approved nomination.
How Do You Apply For A Subclass 407 Training Visa?
The subclass 407 visa Australia application is made online (except in certain specified circumstances where a paper form is required). Eligible members of your family unit who are applying as your visa dependents are to be included in your subclass 407 training visa application (i.e. as a combined application).
The current visa application charges for the subclass 407 visa Australia, payable at time of lodgement, are set out below:
|Visa class||Application lodgement fees – Main Applicant||Application lodgement fees – Additional Applicants|
|Subclass 407 visa||$325||Under 18: $80
Over 18: $325
A payment surcharge may also apply (depending on your method of payment). ‘Additional applicant’ refers to your family members who are also applying for the training visa.
If you are already a subclass 407 visa Australia holder and you are applying for a further subclass 407 training visa onshore, a Subsequent Temporary Application Charge (STAC) may also be payable.
What Other Visa Options May Be Available To You?
You might like to consider applying for a Student visa (provided you are eligible) which will allow you to complete a qualification in Australia, and which may then give you the option to apply for a Temporary Graduate visa in the future. To be eligible for grant of a student visa, you must satisfy a Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement. This will involve demonstrating to the Department why you wish to study in Australia, (or undertake further study and gain another qualification if you are applying for a subsequent student visa), and how this will help to improve your employment prospects and income-earning capacity upon your return to your home country.
Alternatively, you could work on gaining the necessary attributes to qualify for a skilled visa from offshore after you depart Australia. This might include gaining skilled work experience, preparing for and completing an English test or gaining a higher qualification.. Although Australian work experience can help you to qualify for a points-based skilled visa quicker than if you gain the work experience overseas, your offshore experience may still nevertheless be sufficient to meet visa grant requirements. Overseas work experience is also accepted for employer sponsored and nominated visas.
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Australia’s migrations laws are complex, and each case is different. We recommend that you seek professional advice before you proceed with applying for a subclass 407 visa australia, as being fully informed about the process and requirements that apply will give you the best chance of achieving a successful outcome on your application, and thus lessen the chance that it will be refused. A migration professional can help you to do this.
Several terms mentioned in the above article are defined in the migration provisions. It is vital to have a good understanding of these terms and how they apply in practice. Detailed advice about these is beyond the scope of this article and we would therefore recommend that you seek further information in this regard.
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