1. General. Australia’s temporary residence program is designed to allow overseas people to come to Australia for specific purposes that benefit Australia. There are many types of visas under this category of visa. Temporary residents are required to pay taxes on income earned in Australia. They do not have access to social welfare benefits or national public health cover.
Among the diverse types of temporary residence visas that allow entry into Australia, the four most common ones are the Student visa, the Work and Holiday visa, the Visitor or Tourist visa, and the Temporary Activity visa.
Australia’s temporary residence policy facilitates the entry, on a temporary basis of people who can contribute to the economic, international relations, and cultural and social development of the Australian community. Holders of such visas, including members of their families will be able to live and work in Australia for a limited time.
2. The Economic Stream. The common types of visas in this stream are:-
Of all the above pre-requisites the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement is the most likely pre-requisite that will be the reason for the majority of student visa applications refusals. The Department of Immigration defines the GTE as follows…. “The genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement is an integrity measure to ensure that the student visa programme is used as intended and not as a way for international students to maintain ongoing residency in Australia. The GTE requirement applies to all student visa applicants.” Therefore it is critical that student visa applicants devote special attention to this pre-requisite to ensure a successful student visa application.
3. The Social/Cultural Stream.
The more common types of visas in this stream are:-
For more detailed information on all the above Social/Cultural Stream visit the Department of Immigration website for Temporary Activity Visas .
4. The International Relations Stream. The more common visas in this stream are:-
If an applicant is able to meet all the requirements of any particular category of visa he/she intends to apply for, then he/she is invited to contact James Tan Immigration Consultants by completing the Assessment Form create link in this website for a proper assessment to determine whether an application should be lodged with the Department of Immigration & Border Protection. This assessment costs only $150.00 and is credited to the applicant’s fees payable if he/she proceeds to instruct us to proceed with an application. In all instances lodgement fees (which can be quite substantial) once paid to the Australian Department of Immigration is non-refundable. Therefore the $150.00 assessment fee paid is money well spent.
6. Please note that the immigration information provided in this website is a guide only. You are advised to contact James Tan Immigration Consultants to for specific answers to any question affecting your case. For a prompt reply to any query with regard to your case you are invited to submit your confidential completed Assessment Form to James Tan Immigration Consultants for a quick and accurate assessment of your specific case.