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Australian visa options overview for international applicants. Details at Department of Immigration and Border Protection, www.border.gov.au

RSP often advertises positions requiring an immediate start, due to project demands. Such positions are frequently short-term in duration, six months or less. Because of the genuine need for an immediate start, we will only consider applicants who have, or who can quickly obtain, a right to work in Australia – usually in the form of a Work and Holiday Visa.

Visa Finder

Go to www.border.gov.au > Individuals & Travellers > Visa > use the Visa Finder
Generally people are eligible for a 417, 462 or a 457 visa [until March 2018]. From March 2018 onwards the 457 visa will be replaced by a Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa.

Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 417 or 462)

Applicants from certain countries may qualify for a Working Holiday Visa. Processing and approval times for these visas are often less than 7 days. Securing this visa will increase your chances of being employed on urgent or immediate positions. You must be outside Australia when you apply for your first Working Holiday visa and when the visa is decided.
Holders of this visa can stay and work in Australia for up to 12 months from the date of first entry into the country. Work however is limited to no more than 6 months for each company. The visa does not support dependents.

To be eligible you must:

  • be at least 18 but not yet 31 years of age at the time of applying
  • not be accompanied by dependent children at any time during your stay in Australia
  • have not previously entered Australia on a Work and Holiday (462) visa
  • have not previously entered Australia on a Working Holiday (417) visa (unless applying for a second Working Holiday visa).
  • have a passport from one of eligible countries.

For eligible countries go to the Immigration website > Individuals & Travellers > Visa > and search for 417 and 462 visas > go to the Visa applicants tab > look for Eligible Countries

Temporary Business (Long Stay) (Subclass 457)

RSP will be able to continue to sponsor applicants on 457 visas until around February 2018, should you be eligible. Visa processing time can be three weeks or more, which means that this visa can only be considered for longer-term positions and not positions that require an immediate start. Exceptions may be possible.

This visa is employer nominated only, so it must be lodged by RSP. You cannot apply yourself.

If successful you may be sponsored to work in Australia for up to 2 years with RSP *.  As these visas are more complex, RSP uses a Registered Migration Agent to act on our and your behalf.
*This changed from 4 years to 2 years in April 2017 with the introduction of the TSS visa.

Successful Applications
Start compiling the following as these can take some time to obtain:

  • character reference – police [or penal] clearance certificate
    – provide a certificate for each country that you have lived in for 12 months or more over the last 10 years since turning 16.
    – note Immigration only accept specific clearances [relevant documents] per country. Check border.gov.au/Trav/Visa/Char – for the countries you need.
    – have a copy of the original certified by a notary or justice of the peace as a true copy.
    – for US residents, in addition to the ‘FBI Identity History Summary’  – if you resided in the US for at least three months in the past year, you will also need state police clearance certificates for each State in which you have lived for at least 3 months during the last 12 months.
    – clearance certificates are deemed valid by Immigration for 12 mths only.
  • english language proficiency – results from an english language test sat within the the last 3 years.
    – See www.border.gov.au for a list of accepted tests.
    – Passports from UK, USA and Canada are exempt.
    – If you have completed 5 years of full-time study delivered in english at a secondary or higher institution you may qualify for an exemption.  You must provide documentation from your institution. We can supply more information.

Having the following information scanned and ready to send, may assist in improving visa processing times:

  • passport scan – biographical pages open and pressed flat. If you have dual citizenship provide scans of both passports.
  • passport expiry – ensure your passport has more than 6 mths validity from your expected return date.
  • national ID – only if applicable
  • photo ID – a recent passport style colour photo, eg head and shoulders shot
  • university degree – under-graduate degree in one discipline and a post-grad degree or diploma in VFX? Provide scans of both.
  • no degree? – supply references from previous employers for the past 5 years on company letterhead, listing the details of your position and dates employed. We can supply more information.
  • resume – your full employment & educational history, including dates and positions held, for at least the last 5 years.  Include names of the films you have worked on, it may help!
  • name changes – any differences in names or dates of birth between documents will require a deed poll certificate or statutory declaration.
  • other? – we will provide you with the other documents if required, they require information such as past Australian visa grant numbers.
Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) – Short-Term & Medium-Term

From March 2018, the 457 visa will be abolished and replaced with the TSS visa. The introduction of the TSS visa is still in progress and more information will come to light in the next few months.

This visa will be an employer nominated sponsorship, so the nomination and application must be lodged by RSP. You cannot apply yourself.

The TSS visa will have two streams – a Short-Term stream of up to 2 years, and a Medium-Term stream of up to 4 years.

  • The Short-Term stream [STSOL] is designed for Australian businesses to fill skill gaps with foreign workers on a temporary basis.
  • The Medium-Term stream [MLTSSL] will allow employers to source foreign workers to address shortages in a narrower range of high skill and critical need occupations.

The occupation lists for which jobs are eligible for which stream are being reviewed by the government.

If successful you may be sponsored to work in Australia for up to 2 years with RSP. Sponsored applicants will have had significant correspondence with the recruitment team at RSP prior to their application being lodged. As these visas are more complex, RSP may engage the services of a Registered Migration Agent to act on their behalf.

Successful Applications
Having the information scanned and ready to send, as above for 457 visas, may assist in improving visa processing times. Additional requirements are:

  • work experience – you must have at least 3 years’ work experience relevant to the particular occupation.
  • age limit – you must be under the maximum age requirement of 45 years at the time of application.
  • english language proficiency – english language tests must have been sat within the the last 2 years.
  • permanent residence pathway – please note there are no PR pathways available with the STSOL. The MLTSSL visa does allow an employer sponsored permanent residence pathway after three years. It is still to be advised whether RSP’s positions will quality for the MLTSSL.
Health Requirements

Depending on your circumstances and the length of your proposed stay in Australia, you may need to undertake a health examination. This can include a chest x-ray and other  medical tests.

Medical examinations can apply to applicants of either the 457, 416 or 462 visa’s. They will most likely apply to the TSS visa. A medical examination may be required for applicants who have travelled from or reside in a country considered a tuberculosis health risk.

If required you will need to present to a panel doctor, approved by Australian Immigration, for a chest x-ray or medical examination as soon as possible.

For more information on Health Examinations see www.border.gov.au/allforms/health-requirements/health-exam.htm

The health assessment matrix can provide information on the likelihood of having to undergo a health examination. Check www.border.gov.au/allforms/health-requirements/1163i-supplement.pdf

Family members

With the 457 visa you can nominate dependents to accompany you to Australia at the time of application. This allows nominated dependents to work in Australia while the sponsored individual remains sponsored and employed by RSP.  Nominating dependents is still to be advised regarding TSS visas.
You must be able to provide a marriage certificate for your partner or meet the Australian Government’s requirements for de-facto partners.

Acceptable proof is scans of joint names on a rental lease, joint bank account statements, joint ownership of property, billing accounts in joint names or clearly shared bills at the same address or other legal document such as statutory declarations. Along with other requirements.

New Zealand Citizens

NZ citizens automatically have the right to work in Australia.

You are able to apply for a Special Category visa (subclass 444)

  • You do this on entry to Australia, simply by arriving and showing your valid New Zealand passport.
  • You will be granted the Australian visa once you present your passport, along with completed passenger card, to the Australian border officer or go through ‘smartgate’ (self service tunnel).

You will be eligible for this visa if you:

  • are a New Zealand citizen who holds a New Zealand passport that is in effect and
  • meet specific health and character requirements

This visa lets New Zealand citizens visit, study, stay and work in Australia.
Length of stay is from grant (usually on arrival in Australia) until you depart Australia.

See www.border.gov.au

  • You must have a valid New Zealand passport to apply for this visa.
  • You apply for this visa on your arrival to Australia
  • You are considered to have lodged and applied for a Special Category visa on arrival in Australia if you arrive without a visa and show your valid New Zealand passport.
  • You will also need to complete your Incoming Passenger Card.
  • Subject to you meeting health and character requirements, you will be granted a visa.

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Australian visa options overview for international applicants. Details at Department of Immigration and Border Protection, www.border.gov.au

RSP often advertises positions requiring an immediate start, due to project demands. Such positions are frequently short-term in duration, six months or less. Because of the genuine need for an immediate start, we will only consider applicants who have, or who can quickly obtain, a right to work in Australia – usually in the form of a Work and Holiday Visa.

Visa Finder

Go to www.border.gov.au > Individuals & Travellers > Visa > use the Visa Finder
Generally people are eligible for a 417, 462 or a 457 visa [until March 2018]. From March 2018 onwards the 457 visa will be replaced by a Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa.

Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 417 or 462)

Applicants from certain countries may qualify for a Working Holiday Visa. Processing and approval times for these visas are often less than 7 days. Securing this visa will increase your chances of being employed on urgent or immediate positions. You must be outside Australia when you apply for your first Working Holiday visa and when the visa is decided.
Holders of this visa can stay and work in Australia for up to 12 months from the date of first entry into the country. Work however is limited to no more than 6 months for each company. The visa does not support dependents.

To be eligible you must:

  • be at least 18 but not yet 31 years of age at the time of applying
  • not be accompanied by dependent children at any time during your stay in Australia
  • have not previously entered Australia on a Work and Holiday (462) visa
  • have not previously entered Australia on a Working Holiday (417) visa (unless applying for a second Working Holiday visa).
  • have a passport from one of eligible countries.

For eligible countries go to the Immigration website > Individuals & Travellers > Visa > and search for 417 and 462 visas > go to the Visa applicants tab > look for Eligible Countries

Temporary Business (Long Stay) (Subclass 457)

RSP will be able to continue to sponsor applicants on 457 visas until around February 2018, should you be eligible. Visa processing time can be three weeks or more, which means that this visa can only be considered for longer-term positions and not positions that require an immediate start. Exceptions may be possible.

This visa is employer nominated only, so it must be lodged by RSP. You cannot apply yourself.

If successful you may be sponsored to work in Australia for up to 2 years with RSP *.  As these visas are more complex, RSP uses a Registered Migration Agent to act on our and your behalf.
*This changed from 4 years to 2 years in April 2017 with the introduction of the TSS visa.

Successful Applications
Start compiling the following as these can take some time to obtain:

  • character reference – police [or penal] clearance certificate
    – provide a certificate for each country that you have lived in for 12 months or more over the last 10 years since turning 16.
    – note Immigration only accept specific clearances [relevant documents] per country. Check border.gov.au/Trav/Visa/Char – for the countries you need.
    – have a copy of the original certified by a notary or justice of the peace as a true copy.
    – for US residents, in addition to the ‘FBI Identity History Summary’  – if you resided in the US for at least three months in the past year, you will also need state police clearance certificates for each State in which you have lived for at least 3 months during the last 12 months.
    – clearance certificates are deemed valid by Immigration for 12 mths only.
  • english language proficiency – results from an english language test sat within the the last 3 years.
    – See www.border.gov.au for a list of accepted tests.
    – Passports from UK, USA and Canada are exempt.
    – If you have completed 5 years of full-time study delivered in english at a secondary or higher institution you may qualify for an exemption.  You must provide documentation from your institution. We can supply more information.

Having the following information scanned and ready to send, may assist in improving visa processing times:

  • passport scan – biographical pages open and pressed flat. If you have dual citizenship provide scans of both passports.
  • passport expiry – ensure your passport has more than 6 mths validity from your expected return date.
  • national ID – only if applicable
  • photo ID – a recent passport style colour photo, eg head and shoulders shot
  • university degree – under-graduate degree in one discipline and a post-grad degree or diploma in VFX? Provide scans of both.
  • no degree? – supply references from previous employers for the past 5 years on company letterhead, listing the details of your position and dates employed. We can supply more information.
  • resume – your full employment & educational history, including dates and positions held, for at least the last 5 years.  Include names of the films you have worked on, it may help!
  • name changes – any differences in names or dates of birth between documents will require a deed poll certificate or statutory declaration.
  • other? – we will provide you with the other documents if required, they require information such as past Australian visa grant numbers.
Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) – Short-Term & Medium-Term

From March 2018, the 457 visa will be abolished and replaced with the TSS visa. The introduction of the TSS visa is still in progress and more information will come to light in the next few months.

This visa will be an employer nominated sponsorship, so the nomination and application must be lodged by RSP. You cannot apply yourself.

The TSS visa will have two streams – a Short-Term stream of up to 2 years, and a Medium-Term stream of up to 4 years.

  • The Short-Term stream [STSOL] is designed for Australian businesses to fill skill gaps with foreign workers on a temporary basis.
  • The Medium-Term stream [MLTSSL] will allow employers to source foreign workers to address shortages in a narrower range of high skill and critical need occupations.

The occupation lists for which jobs are eligible for which stream are being reviewed by the government.

If successful you may be sponsored to work in Australia for up to 2 years with RSP. Sponsored applicants will have had significant correspondence with the recruitment team at RSP prior to their application being lodged. As these visas are more complex, RSP may engage the services of a Registered Migration Agent to act on their behalf.

Successful Applications
Having the information scanned and ready to send, as above for 457 visas, may assist in improving visa processing times. Additional requirements are:

  • work experience – you must have at least 3 years’ work experience relevant to the particular occupation.
  • age limit – you must be under the maximum age requirement of 45 years at the time of application.
  • english language proficiency – english language tests must have been sat within the the last 2 years.
  • permanent residence pathway – please note there are no PR pathways available with the STSOL. The MLTSSL visa does allow an employer sponsored permanent residence pathway after three years. It is still to be advised whether RSP’s positions will quality for the MLTSSL.
Health Requirements

Depending on your circumstances and the length of your proposed stay in Australia, you may need to undertake a health examination. This can include a chest x-ray and other  medical tests.

Medical examinations can apply to applicants of either the 457, 416 or 462 visa’s. They will most likely apply to the TSS visa. A medical examination may be required for applicants who have travelled from or reside in a country considered a tuberculosis health risk.

If required you will need to present to a panel doctor, approved by Australian Immigration, for a chest x-ray or medical examination as soon as possible.

For more information on Health Examinations see www.border.gov.au/allforms/health-requirements/health-exam.htm

The health assessment matrix can provide information on the likelihood of having to undergo a health examination. Check www.border.gov.au/allforms/health-requirements/1163i-supplement.pdf

Family members

With the 457 visa you can nominate dependents to accompany you to Australia at the time of application. This allows nominated dependents to work in Australia while the sponsored individual remains sponsored and employed by RSP.  Nominating dependents is still to be advised regarding TSS visas.
You must be able to provide a marriage certificate for your partner or meet the Australian Government’s requirements for de-facto partners.

Acceptable proof is scans of joint names on a rental lease, joint bank account statements, joint ownership of property, billing accounts in joint names or clearly shared bills at the same address or other legal document such as statutory declarations. Along with other requirements.

New Zealand Citizens

NZ citizens automatically have the right to work in Australia.

You are able to apply for a Special Category visa (subclass 444)

  • You do this on entry to Australia, simply by arriving and showing your valid New Zealand passport.
  • You will be granted the Australian visa once you present your passport, along with completed passenger card, to the Australian border officer or go through ‘smartgate’ (self service tunnel).

You will be eligible for this visa if you:

  • are a New Zealand citizen who holds a New Zealand passport that is in effect and
  • meet specific health and character requirements

This visa lets New Zealand citizens visit, study, stay and work in Australia.
Length of stay is from grant (usually on arrival in Australia) until you depart Australia.

See www.border.gov.au

  • You must have a valid New Zealand passport to apply for this visa.
  • You apply for this visa on your arrival to Australia
  • You are considered to have lodged and applied for a Special Category visa on arrival in Australia if you arrive without a visa and show your valid New Zealand passport.
  • You will also need to complete your Incoming Passenger Card.
  • Subject to you meeting health and character requirements, you will be granted a visa.

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