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.
To lodge a Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (subclass 403) application, please prepare documents per the below checklist.
See: Application checklist
- Photocopies and translation
- All documents included in the application must be copies of the original documents.
- All documents not in English must be translated by an accredited translator.
- For clients in South Korea, the English translation must be translated and notarised by a Notary Public.
- For clients in Japan, the English translation must be translated by an accredited (http://www.naati.com.au) or professional translator. The translation must be either on company letterhead or must have the translator's official company stamp/seal and must include their contact details.
You must apply for this visa online.
- Online application
- Create an online ImmiAccount if you do not have one already
- Start your online application from your ImmiAccount
NOTE: It is strongly recommend that you attach your supporting documents to your online application at time of application.
If you need to provide subsequent supporting documents after the lodgement of your online application, you can attach them to your online application via ImmiAccount.
Please ensure that the size of each file does not exceed 5MB and we recommend clients to attach files in PDF format.
See: Attach documents to an online application
- Processing service standards
- Information on the average processing time service standard for visa applications processed in Seoul can be found at Application Processing Time Service Standards. Please note that the service standards are indicative only. Processing time on individual cases may vary depending on individual circumstances and the complexity of each case.
- Visa decision
- You will be notified of a decision by email (if you have agreed to electronic communication) or by post.
- Australian visas are recorded electronically so a visa label is not placed in your passport.