The Short-Term Mobility Visa is a new program aimed at easing the migration of skilled people desiring to come and work in Australia.

The Short-Term Mobility Visa is will be implemented in July 2016 and allows multiple entries into the country over a maximum of 12 months for the nominee to undertake specialized work “which may include intra-company transfer and foreign correspondents.”

This new visa program will serve as a replacement for the Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) subclass 400 visa, which only allowed specialists and skilled workers to come to Australia and participate in short-term employment usually up to three months but, under particular circumstances, could be extended to six months.

Only a small subset of people can apply for the Short-Term Mobility Visa, such as software developers who specialize in installing equipment and computer programs for Australian companies, or high-level executives who are seeking to set up business divisions in Australia.

Unlike the subclass 457 visa, the Short-Term Mobility Visa comes with several benefits such as:

  • Applicants are not required to have a minimum level of English language proficiency or skills requirements.
  • Employers do not have to undertake any labor market testing.
  • Migrants are only required to fulfill the basic health, character and safety requirements.
  • Applicants will be allowed to apply for subsequent visas such as permanent work visas.
  • Applicants can apply for the visa within Australia or from overseas.

Although this may seem to be an easier option for skilled migrants, only a small target audience of professionals with a particular skill set is expected to benefit from this visa.

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Another downside of this visa for those wanting to migrate to Australia is family members cannot be on the same visa application.

Skilled overseas workers are not just selected randomly to participate in this program. Instead, they pass through skilled migration programs that designed specifically for this purpose, so as to ensure that they make a valuable contribution to both the economy and the society, as well as succeed in the Australian labor market.