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Fact Sheet 51 - Training and Research Visa

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The Training and Research (subclass 402) visa allows people, who want to enter Australia on a temporary basis, to undertake occupational training, observe or participate in an Australian research project or participate in professional development activities. The visa has three streams— the occupational trainee stream, research stream and professional development stream. This visa is not a work visa.

Sponsorship and nominations

The Training and Research (subclass 402) visa is a sponsored visa. It is associated with the following sponsor classes:

  • training and research sponsors can sponsor research stream and occupational trainee stream applicants
  • visiting academic sponsors can sponsor research stream applicants
  • occupational trainee sponsors can sponsor occupational trainee stream applicants
  • professional development sponsors can sponsor professional development stream applicants.

An organisation may be approved as a sponsor for up to three years. For an approved sponsor to continue to employ or engage people from overseas, they will need to reapply before the sponsorship approval ceases.

The occupational trainee stream requires a nomination, unless the sponsor is an Australian Government agency. The sponsor must nominate a training position and a prospective person for the role. The nomination process identifies the position to be filled and skills required for it. Australian Government agencies must still be approved as an occupational trainee sponsor or a training and research sponsor.

Applying

Occupational trainee stream

Sponsorship applications for approval as a training and research sponsor associated with the occupational trainee stream should be lodged directly with the Specialist Temporary Entry Centre–SA. Nominations for this stream of the visa should also be lodged at this location. Sponsorship and nomination applications lodged elsewhere may experience delays.

All visa applications for the occupational trainee stream of the Training and Research visa must be lodged directly with the Specialist Temporary Entry Centre–SA. Occupational trainee stream applications lodged at other departmental offices, including overseas, will be considered as invalid applications.
See:
Specialist Temporary Entry Centre–SA

Research stream

Sponsorship applications for approval as a training and research sponsor associated with the research stream should be lodged directly with the Specialist Temporary Entry Centre–TAS. Sponsorship applications lodged elsewhere may experience delays.

All visa applications for the research stream of the Training and Research visa should be lodged directly with the Specialist Temporary Entry Centre–TAS if the applicant is in Australia, or at any immigration office outside Australia, if the applicant is outside Australia.

Professional development stream

Sponsorship applications for approval as a professional development sponsor should be lodged directly with the Specialist Temporary Entry Centre–TAS. Sponsorship applications lodged elsewhere may experience delays.

All visa applications for the professional development stream of the Training and Research visa must be lodged directly with the Specialist Temporary Entry Centre–TAS. Professional development stream applications lodged at other departmental offices, including overseas, will be considered as invalid applications.
See:
Specialist Temporary Entry Centre–TAS

Visa applicants—streams of the visa

Occupational trainee stream

The occupational trainee stream is for people who want to come to Australia on a temporary basis to undertake structured occupational workplace-based training. This may be to obtain registration or enhance their skills in their current occupation, area of tertiary study or field of expertise. Applicants are able to participate in a structured training programme provided by an Australian organisation or government agency. The training programmes should be for a minimum period of 30 hours a week. At least 70 per cent of this training is required to be workplace-based. The salary or wages payable to trainees must be in accordance with Australian labour laws and practices. The maximum stay period of the occupational trainee stream of the subclass 402 visa is two years.

Research stream

The research stream is for professional academics who are invited to Australia to observe or participate in an Australian research project. This may be in collaboration with other academics employed by a sponsoring Australian tertiary institution or research institution, for a period of up to 12 months. The Migration Regulations 1994 requires that visa holders do not receive a salary, scholarship or allowance from the sponsor, other than an allowance for living expenses in Australia and travel costs.

Professional development stream

The professional development stream is for professionals, managers or government officials invited to participate in a professional development training programme in Australia that usually lasts up to 18 months. The programme must have been arranged by an employer outside Australia that has entered into a professional development agreement with the Australian sponsoring organisation.

Dependants

You can bring your family members to Australia if you apply for this visa under the occupational trainee or research stream. You can include the following people in your visa application:

  • your partner (married or de facto)
  • you or your partner's dependent children
  • other dependent relatives living with you.

You cannot bring your family if you apply for this visa under the professional development stream.

Statistics

Statistical information regarding the training and research visa is available on the department’s website.
See: Temporary Entrants in Australia (Stock Data) Statistics

More information

More detailed information about the training and research visa, including links to sponsorship, nomination and visa application forms, is located on the department's website.
See: Training and Research visa (subclass 402) 

Fact Sheet 51 Produced by the National Communications Branch, Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Canberra.
Last Reviewed December 2013.