The Australian government has a lesser-known skilled working visa called the 400 visa, but it has an incredible advantage! The 400 visa enables Australian employers and recruiters to get overseas workers started in a role really quickly – think weeks, not months. It’s great for short-term positions. At a basic level, the subclass 400 visa differs from the subclass 482 visa in the following ways: The 400 visa enables a worker to come to Australia for a maximum cumulative stay of six months within a 12-month period – The visa takes us at the Ayers Group just a few weeks to get approved. The 482 visa allows a worker to come to Australia for an ongoing stay of two or four years and takes us around 1-2 months to get approved. The biggest benefit of the 400 visa for Recruiters is speed – it realistically opens the international market to roles that need to be filled quickly. The visa turnaround time is realistically less than the standard notice period a local worker would need to give their employer. With the local skills shortage and abundance of quality talent overseas, this visa needs more attention. The differences at a glance 400 VISA 482 VISA (on-hire with the Ayers Group) Department Processing Time One to four weeks 1-2 months with Ayers Maximum Length of Stay Up to 6 months Up to 12 month under Australia’s Interest stream (further detail below) Short Term Occupation – 2 years Medium Term Occupation – 4 years Inclusion of Family Members Yes – restricted activities no work or study Yes Spouse/Partner provided work rights Document Requirements for Sponsorship Letter of Invitation Letter of Support Position Description Labour Market Testing Market Salary Rates Employment Contract Personal Document Requirements Financial status Resume Passport Medical exam if visa over six months or high risk country. Passport English Language Ability unless exempt Resume Skills and Experience – evidence of minimum 2 years highly relevant work experience, Qualifications (if applicable), Work references payslips. Skills assessment unless exempt Health – Medical Examination and Chest Xray. Character – Police Clearances Applicants can apply from Onshore No Yes Need Help? With over 20 years in the business, we are perfectly positioned to manage your visa requirements. To find out more, contact us now.