The Occupational Trainee is requested for a longer internship in Australia and serves as a visa for an internship and is the classic visa for an internship in Australia .. It is very important that the internship must be confirmed before you start the visa application. Our team Studentsgoabroad.com will support and advise you in advance to find an internship and apply for the necessary visa. To apply for an internship you can completing our non-binding online registration form.
The visa process has two parts: First, the approval of the placement and the second one is the actual visa application.
The internship must be confirmed before starting the visa application. The "Occupational Trainee" is especially suitable for an internship. However, it is not tied to a study, it is also aimed for professionals who want to have further training in their practical work. Other than an internship with a working holiday visa, this kind of visa is can be granted for up to two years. In addition one's can travel with the family. The visa process for a "Occupational Trainee" is considerably more expensive and not a self-seller.
The internship must be requested at the "Department of Immigration and Citizenship" (DIAC) with the form No.913. This process is referred in the documents as a nomination. This is not an automatic process and there are also some rejections possible.
The placement has to be aimed as a training period with an appropriate program and may not be a disguised full employment. Generally internships may not to be disadvantaged of Australians, because there is high unemployment rate. If a company works instead of an Australian permanent employment with a Occupational trainees, or is suspected of this, it looks bad with the permission. If there were already several interns which were able to complete an internship, this does not automatically mean that a new request goes through without problems.
After successful nomination, the actual visa with the "Form No.147 (pdf file) and the" approval letter "have to be submitted to the Australian Embassy. The appropriate visa granted to a residence with a temporary work permit and restricted as follows: Temporary Residence / subclass 442/Occupational trainee
Requirements for the visa
- Visa Application, Form No. 147
- Approval Letter to the nomination
- Processing fee (120,00 €) (credit card)
- A valid passport
- stamped envelope
- Letter from the university or company's rationale for internship
- Proof of medical insurance
- any medical examination
We do not assume a guaranty and the list above is based on our knowledge and the current information. More information can be found on the side of the DIAC Immigration Department and the Australian Embassy.
Good to know:
Special circumstances may be crucial, such as the ever-popular holiday after the internship should be clarified before.
Internship and following holidays:
As mentioned above, the Occupational Trainee visa is issued only for the duration of the internship. So who wants to take some time off in Australia after the internship, one should take this into account with the nomination and just ask with the company to apply for the whole period (internship and vacation).
Source: Occupational Trainee visa (subclass 442) in paragraph 1
If this does not work or who would like to think about this case later you can apply for a tourist visa. In this case one has to go to the DIAC and there has to be be paid a visa fee again - is not really recommended.