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Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (subclass 403)

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About this visa

The Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (subclass 403) will allow you to come to Australia on a temporary basis to:

  • undertake work or an activity under the terms and conditions of a bilateral agreement between a Commonwealth or state/territory government and a government of another country
  • represent a foreign government (where you do not have official status) or be employed as a foreign language teacher by a foreign government in an Australian school
  • undertake domestic work for the holder of a Diplomatic (Temporary) visa (subclass 995)
  • be a person to whom privileges and immunities will be accorded under the International Organisations (Privileges and Immunities) Act 1963 or the Overseas Missions (Privileges and Immunities) Act 1995.
  • Participate in the program of seasonal work


There are five streams for the Temporary Work (International Relations) (subclass 403) visa.

  • Government Agreement stream – for the temporary entry of people under an agreement between a state or territory government or the Commonwealth government and the government of a foreign country.
  • Foreign government agency stream – for the temporary entry of a person representing a foreign government (where you do not have official status) or to be employed as a foreign language teacher by a foreign government in an Australian school.
    This visa is not for DFAT-accredited representatives of foreign governments or foreign government agencies. You should consider applying for a Diplomatic (Temporary) visa (subclass 995).
    Examples: Diplomats, United Nation agency executives and consular officials (including service staff employed by a diplomatic mission).
  • Domestic worker (diplomatic or consular) stream - for the temporary entry of people who:
    • want to undertake full-time domestic duties in the household of an eligible holder of a Diplomatic (subclass 995) visa in Australia
    • have turned 18 years of age
    • have a letter of support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
  • Privileges and immunities stream - for the temporary entry of people to whom privileges and immunities will be accorded under the International Organisations (Privileges and Immunities) Act 1963 or the Overseas Missions (Privileges and Immunities) Act 1995.
  • Seasonal Worker Program stream – for working as a seasonal labourer in selected industries for Australian employers who cannot source local labour.  You must be invited by an approved Temporary Activities sponsor to participate in the Seasonal Worker Program.  Subclass 403 visa applications for this stream are not processed in Seoul or Tokyo office. Information on how to apply for this stream can be found at the Department’s website.

    See: Seasonal Worker Program stream

How do I apply for this visa?

 
Last updated: 21/12/2017