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  • Australian Entertainment Visa Subclass 420 Overview

    In order to come to Australia to work in the entertainment industry, you will need to get a 420 visa.  This includes jobs working for live performances, or in film and television productions.  Also, it is the same visa whether the applicant is an actual performer, or simply someone who works behind the scenes.

    As the entertainment industry usually runs on tight deadlines, we would advise you to seek professional assistance in the visa application process.  Our immigration experts at The Migration Place can help you with this visa, whether it’s for one person or a whole group.  Also, we can give you realistic timeline predictions, and we can make sure that no mistakes are made that set you back any longer.

    Australian Entertainment Visa Benefits

    In addition to being able to travel to Australia, the Australian entertainment visa allows the holder to work as the specific role for which they applied on their application.  It’s only a temporary visa, so the holder is only allowed to remain in Australia for the time that it was granted.  Additionally, the maximum time allowed for the 420 visa is two years, so it isn’t the correct choice for any job which will last longer than that.

    While having an Australian entertainment visa, the holder is allowed to come and go from Australia as many times as they would like.  Also, it’s possible to bring family certain members, such as your spouse and dependent kids, but you must make sure to include them in your application.

    Three Stages of the Application Process

    The 420 visa has a three-stage process that must be followed when applying.  The first stage is to find someone who will act as a sponsor.  This can be a government agency or organization in Australia, or a foreign person or government agency (if they have applied to be eligible).  They will have to lodge an application (proving their financial situation, among other things), and you can move on to the next step once that is approved.

    Next, there is a nomination procedure in which the sponsor must officially nominate the applicant.  You will need to provide many details of the journey to Australia.  For example, you will need to show the employment contract, performance dates, travel itinerary, and many other things.

    Finally, there is the actual application.  This is the standard type of visa application where you will need to submit copies of all necessary documents and provide information about where you will be staying.

    Australian Entertainment Visa Requirements

    It’s possible to apply for this visa whether the applicant is already in Australia or not.  However, if the application is made outside of Australia, the applicant must still be outside of the country when the visa is granted.  Or, still inside if applying from inside.

    Another big part of the 420 visa is proving your financial status.  The Australian government wants to make sure that you have enough money in your bank account to sustain you, and anyone who comes with you, for the duration of your stay.  So, you will probably have to show documents such as an employment contract and bank statements.

    Also, nearly all Australian visas require meeting certain health and safety requirements, and this one is no exception.  Not only do you have to prove that you won’t bring any contagious diseases, but you will also have to purchase health insurance to cover you in case anything happens while in Australia.

    Visa Decision

    The 420 visa application process can take a few months from start to finish, so make sure to apply as early as you can before your intended trip.  If your time limit is low, it’s critical that you complete the application as quickly as possible without making any mistakes.

    In the case that your Australian entertainment visa is denied, the immigration officials will give you reasons why and tell you about any rights you have to review.  If you find yourself in this scenario, we strongly urge you to contact us for assistance.  The review process can follow different decision making than the original application, so it can often be overturned.  However, there are very strict time limits, so you have to act quickly.

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    For all matters concerning 420 visa applications, contact The Migration Place today.