Special Program visa (subclass 416) for the Seasonal Worker Program:
To participate in the Seasonal Worker Programme, you must be recruited under the rules of your government and its agencies. You must also be invited by an approved special programme sponsor.
Your government’s officials or your sponsor can help you with your visa application. Relevant government agencies are:
You must hold a valid passport from an eligible country to apply for this Special Program visa (subclass 416) for the Seasonal Worker Program. Your passport should also be valid for the entire period of your intended stay in Australia. If you plan to get a new passport, you should do so before applying for your visa. If you get a new passport after your visa has been granted, give the details of your new passport to one of the department of immigration and border protection offices.
You can give the department of immigration and border protection the information by email or by faxing a copy of the biodata or photo page of your new passport. If you lose your passport, or if it is stolen, you will need to get a new passport and then give the department of immigration and border protection the details.
The visa application charges are listed in Fees and charges.
You might have to pay other costs, such as the costs of health assessments, police certificates, or any other certificates or tests. You are responsible for making the necessary arrangements.
Your visa will be granted until a specified date, usually it will be the length of your employment in Australia, plus additional time for you to travel to and from the place you are employed.
Under the Seasonal Worker Programmethis Special Program visa (subclass 416) for the Seasonal Worker Program lets you:
You must comply with all visa conditions and Australian laws.
If you holdthis Special Program visa (subclass 416) for the Seasonal Worker Program as a participant in the Seasonal Worker Programme, you:
The ‘No further stay’ condition on your visa prevents you from applying for another substantive visa while in Australia, with the exception of a Protection visa.
You must tell the department of immigration and border protection if your circumstances change. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth, divorce, separation, marriage, de facto relationship or death in your family.
Please report changes in your circumstances via ImmiAccount. If you are not able to use ImmiAccount, you can use the following forms:
If you do not provide the department of immigration and border protection with the details of any new passport issued to you, you could experience significant delays at the airport and may be denied permission to board your plane.
Sponsors might be approved for up to three years or for the period of the agreement with Department of Employment.
You must comply with following sponsorship obligations:
You are responsible for meeting all your obligations, even if you have someone else authorised to act on your behalf, including a migration agent.
In this section, a primary sponsored applicant is a person your organisation intends to employ as a seasonal worker under the Seasonal Worker Programme.
You must cooperate with inspectors appointed under the Migration Act 1958 (the Act) who are investigating whether:
You must tell the department of immigration and border protection in writing when certain events occur. Send the information by registered post or electronic mail to a specified address and within certain timeframes of the event occurring.
Events where a sponsor must provide information to the department of immigration and border protection include:
This obligation starts to apply on the day the standard business sponsorship is approved or the work agreement commences.
This obligation ends two years after:
Where to send a notice of an event or change
You must send details of these events by email or to one of our state or territory offices listed below.
By email (preferred): [email protected]
By registered post:
You must keep records to show how you have complied with your sponsorship obligations. All records must be in a reproducible format and some must be capable of verification by an independent person.
You must keep records of:
This obligation starts on the day the sponsorship is approved.
The obligation ends two years after both of the following:
You do not need to keep any records for more than five years.
You must provide records or information, if they are requested by a departmental officer that goes to determining whether:
We may ask you in writing to provide records or information which relate to your sponsorship obligations, and any other matters that relate to your sponsorship of visa holders. You must provide the records or information requested if it is a record or information that:
This obligation starts to apply on the day the sponsorship is approved or work agreement commences.
This obligation ends two years after:
You must not take any action or seek to take any action that would result in the transfer or charging of costs (including migration agent costs) to another person, such as a sponsored visa holder or their sponsored family members this includes costs that relate to:
Sponsors are also required to pay certain costs associated with becoming a sponsor and not pass these costs, in any form, onto another person. These include:
In the event a primary sponsored person (or any of their sponsored family members) becomes an unlawful non-citizen, you may be required to pay the costs incurred by the Commonwealth in locating and/or removing the primary or secondary sponsored persons from Australia.
This obligation starts on the day the person you sponsored becomes an unlawful non-citizen.
It ends five years after they leave Australia. This means that the Department of Immigration and Border Protection might, up to five years after the person you have sponsored has left Australia, give you a letter requiring payment of the costs that the Commonwealth paid to locate and remove the person you sponsored prior to their departure from Australia.
You must comply with your obligations as a sponsor. We monitor your compliance with the sponsorship obligations and whether your visa holders are upholding their visa conditions.
We monitor you while you are a sponsor and for up to five years after you cease being a sponsor. We do this routinely and in response to information provided to the department of immigration and border protection, and in three main ways:
Your compliance with the sponsorship obligations might be investigated by Immigration inspectors who have investigative powers under the Migration Act 1958. Failure to cooperate with inspectors is a breach of the sponsorship obligations.
If you do not meet your obligations, we could take one or more of the following actions:
You could be invited to enter into an enforceable undertaking. Enforceable undertakings require you to promise, in writing, to undertake to complete certain actions to demonstrate that the failures have been rectified and won’t happen again.
Other circumstances in which administrative action might be taken
In addition, you could also have sanctions imposed if:
Source: The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Please visit www.border.gov.au to get updated information.