Is it impossible for Filipinos to work in Australia? You may think that way because of the current stricter visa rules.
With the Abolishment of Visa 457, it is tough to enter the Australian workforce as a foreigner. The skilled occupation list has continuously been shrinking like the 5 occupations dropped in Victoria and 160 occupations slashed out in Western Australia.
Who knows how many will be left by the end of the year.
But then, a seemingly overlooked visa has surfaced for the Filipino hopeful, Visa 400 or Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) Visa.
Visa 400 allows you to work for a company for up to 3 months for highly specialized non-ongoing work. You are also allowed to bring your spouse or dependent relatives for the duration of your stay.
This may seemingly be a short stint. But for some, this three months can really help them financially.
To be approved, you need to:
Show that you can support yourself and the family with you financially with an evidence of fund.
You have to meet the Health Care Requirements.
You must meet certain Character Requirements.
Pay up $280 AUD for the Visa application plus additional charges for your dependents.
Compared to the current work visas, the requirements are relatively easier. Visa 400 is even dubbed the “sleeper category” with its loosened requirements. It is even allegedly used to exploit workers at the expense of the Australians.
But with vigilance, you can avoid being exploited for grossly lesser salaries. Assuming you won’t be a victim for this, Visa 400 can open another gateway to be Overseas Filipino Workers.
With this, even for just a limited time, I hope you are able to work in the Land Down Under soon.